Equine Science Award
Section Awarded: National
Dr. Josie A. Coverdale, Equine Science Award
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Dr. Coverdale (born in Jefferson, IA and raised in Krum, TX) earned degrees from Texas A&M University (B.S., Animal Science; 1998) and Iowa State University (M.S. and Ph.D., Animal Nutrition; 2000 and 2003, respectively). Dr. Coverdale was an Assistant Professor at the University of Georgia (2003-2006) and joined Texas A&M’s Department of Animal Science in 2006. She was promoted to Associate Professor in 2012 and Equine Science Section Leader in 2015. A February 2016 traffic accident led to the premature passing of Dr. Coverdale. Her research focused on fetal programming, promotion of foal health, and the gut microbiome. She also studied nutraceutical modulation of synovial inflammatory molecules associated with arthritis. Dr. Coverdale taught graduate and undergraduate equine science and animal nutrition courses and mentored over 25 graduate students. She presented nutrition information to equine producers in the U.S. and abroad. Dr. Coverdale was an outstanding representative of the American Society of Animal Science.