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Sports Medicine

Equine Sports Medicine is the practice of taking the findings of scientific studies and applying them to the management and treatment of the exercising horse. In other words, it is taking the science of equine exercise physiology into the field, arena, racetrack, trail, pasture- wherever horses need exercise- to maximize health & performance and to minimize exercise- related injuries and disease. Sports Medicine is for all horses, regardless of age, use, or activity level, not just elite athletes.

Sports Medicine at NC State is a interdisciplinary program, incorporating faculty that specialize in lameness & orthopedics, cardiopulmonary disease, neurology, and endocrine disease, with an advanced array of imaging equipment.


Advanced imaging is often necessary for lamenesses and complex medical problems seen in exercising horses. NC State has state of the art imaging equipment that will accommodate the equine patient. Imaging options include:


Photo by Philip Ruckart, Educational Media & Design, NC State University, College of Veterinary Medicine

Treatment and Rehabilitation of Orthopedic Conditions


Medical aspects of sports medicine focus upon suboptimal performance of exercising horses. The primary areas include metabolic, endocrine, and cardiopulmonary problems.

Did you know? Up to twelve percent of horses are affected with "heaves" (chronic respiratory disease).

Research in the Sports Medicine Program

The ongoing research in the Sports Medicine Program at the College of Veterinary Medicine is concentrated in:

Current clinical research areas that you might find of interest:

  1. Diagnosing hypothyroidism
  2. The relationship between Cushing's Diseases and hypothyroidism
  3. Possible causes of anhidrosis
  4. Laminitis and endotoxemia
  5. Heart disease
  6. Suspensory ligament problems
  7. New drugs for treatment of pain related to lameness
  8. New LASER therapies
  9. The use of diagnostic ultrasound in joint evaluation to evaluate and propose specific stifle injuries in the adult athlete
  10. MRI
  11. New dentistry and upper airway treatments and procedures
  12. Evaluating shoeing balance


Babetta Breuhaus
Sam Jones
Rich Redding
Malcolm Roberts
Jock Tate

Interns, Residents, Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows

Stacie Boswell, Equine Intern
Amanda Curling, Equine Medicine Resident
John "Weston" Davis, Large Animal Surgery Resident
Liara Gonzalez, Large Animal Surgery Resident
Jay Harrington, Equine & Small Animal Ophthalmology Resident
Karin Kruger, Equine Medicine Resident
Raphael Labens, Doctoral Student
Daniel Orellana, Equine Theriogeneology Resident
Katie Sheats, Doctoral Student,
Andrew Smith, Equine Intern
Renan Sper, Equine Theriogenology Intern

For a list of graduate programs and how to apply click here.

Contact Information

Betta Breuhaus
Associate Professor of Equine Medicine

Rich Redding
Associate Professor of Equine Orthopedics

Department of Clinical Sciences
1060 William Moore Dr.
Raleigh, NC 27607

Phone: 919.513.6630
Fax: 919.513.6336