Renowned for his research on equine laminitis, Andrew van Eps, BVSc, PhD, MACVSc, Dipl. ACVIM, joined the faculty of University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine’s (Penn Vet) New Bolton Center in December as associate professor of equine musculoskeletal research.

Van Eps has spent the majority of his career at The University of Queensland, in Australia, most recently as director of the equine hospital and associate professor of equine medicine. The university is also his alma mater; he graduated with his veterinary degree (BVSc) in 1999 and his PhD in 2008.

The move marks a return to New Bolton Center, where he completed his residency in large animal internal medicine in 2008 and spent another year as a lecturer and clinician.

“We are fortunate to have attracted Dr. van Eps to Penn Vet,” said Gary Althouse, MS, PhD, DVM, chairman of the New Bolton Center Department of Clinical Studies. “He comes to us both as a seasoned clinician and an equine researcher of international caliber.”

The focus of van Eps’ research is improving the understanding, prevention, and treatment of equine laminitis and other musculoskeletal diseases. Laminitis, the No. 2 killer of horses after colic, is a painful, debilitating condition with no known cure.

“The position at New Bolton Center is definitely a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me,” van Eps said. “Although I have always had a strong interest in research, it has taken a back seat to clinics, teaching, and administrative work in recent years. This position at New Bolton Center allows me to prioritize research, which for me is very ex