Dr. McConnico is originally from north central Ohio, where she lived for 18 years. She obtained her BS in Animal Science from the University of Arkansas, her DVM from Louisiana State University, and her PhD and clinical residency in large animal internal medicine from North Carolina State University. She is board certified in the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (LA) and her clinical interests include equine critical care and internal medicine. The long term goals of Dr. McConnico’s research collaborations are elucidating the pathophysiologic mechanisms associated with intestinal diseases in horses, determining the link between these diseases and other related abnormalities (eg. laminitis, endotoxemia, myositis), with the broader intention of preventing, attenuating, and determining effective treatment modalities for these life-threatening conditions.