Emma Adam, BVetMed, MRCVS, Dipl. ACVIM, ACVS, PhD, has been named the equine outreach veterinarian for the University of Kentucky (UK) Department of Veterinary Science. She will begin July 1.

“I am very pleased to welcome Dr. Emma Adam to our program in this very important role,” said David Horohov, PhD, department chair and Gluck Equine Research Center director. “The purpose of this position is to enhance the overall outreach efforts of this department in terms of our teaching, service, and research activities. Dr. Adam is uniquely qualified for this position given her exceptional expertise in equine surgery and medicine as well as her research background.”

The position was created to provide a better link between the research and diagnostic laboratories and those UK serves, said Nancy Cox, MS, PhD, dean of the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment.

“We expect a lot from this new position, and we have the perfect person in place to accomplish a new era of service to the veterinary and horseman community,” she said. “We could not be more fortunate to have such a person as Dr. Emma Adam taking on this transformative position.”

A native of Newmarket, England, Adam grew up on a commercial breeding farm and later worked for 10-time champion trainer Sir Michael Stoute. Adam has experience with many equine disciplines. She has worked with breeding, racing, and athletic stock around the globe in Newmarket, England; Normandy, France; Melbourne, Australia; and several locations in the United States.

“I’m very excited about the scope and possibilities of this position,” Adam said. “This position is about forging links between the equine industry and the university so everyone can leverage our combined resources and share knowledge. As a clinician with firsthand experience of the demands of our profession and industry, I plan to be accessible and engaged in serving the industry and veterinary professionals.”

Adam earned her doctoral degree in UK’s Department of Veterinary Science. James MacLeod, VMD, PhD, oversaw her research at the Gluck Center, in which she examined articular cartilage and asked fundamental questions about what gene expression patterns make articular cartilage so unique. She also compared the pattern with cells currently used in regenerative medicine. She earned her bachelor of veterinary medicine degree from Royal Veterinary College and her bachelor of science from King’s College, both in the U.K.

She completed an internship at Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, followed by an internal medicine residency at Texas A&M University’s College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and a surgery residency at University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine’s New Bolton Center. At the New Bolton Center she helped care for 2006 Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro and was involved with many of his surgeries to repair a shattered leg sustained in that year’s Preakness Stakes.

Adam is a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, American College of Veterinary Surgeons, American Association of Equine Practitioners, and American Veterinary Medical Association.