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Jennifer Barrett named Theodora Ayer Randolph Professor of Equine Surgery


Dr. Jennifer Barrett Dr. Jennifer Barrett

LEESBURG, Va., Nov. 20, 2013 – Jennifer Barrett, associate professor of equine surgery in the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech, was recently named Theodora Ayer Randolph Professor of Equine Surgery by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

The Theodora Ayer Randolph Professorship of Equine Surgery was established by its namesake to attract and retain eminent scholars to the Marion DuPont Scott Equine Medical Center. The recipient will hold the position for a period of three years.

A member of the Virginia Tech faculty since 2007, Barrett's research has focused on regenerative medicine and she has quickly become a leading expert in this equine discipline.

Her research interests include tendon, ligament, and cartilage healing, stem cell and platelet rich plasma therapies, and tissue regeneration. She introduced the new Regenerative Medicine Service at the equine medical center, which offers stem cell treatment and platelet rich plasma therapy to patients at the university's equine medical center and beyond. Her clinical interests include lameness, diagnostic imaging, orthopedic surgery, and emergency surgery.

Barrett achieved Diplomate status in the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2008, as well as achieving Diplomate status in the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation in 2013.

Prior to joining the equine medical center, she conducted a residency in equine surgery at the University of Illinois’ Veterinary Teaching Hospital. She held a postdoctoral research position in the University of Wisconsin’s Comparative Orthopaedics Research Laboratory in Madison and completed an internship in equine medicine and surgery at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky.

Barrett received her bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth University, two master’s degrees and a doctoral degree from Yale University, and a D.V.M degree from Cornell University.

The Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine is a leading biomedical teaching and research center, enrolling more than 700 Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, master of public health, and biomedical and veterinary sciences graduate students. The college is a partnership between the land-grant universities of Virginia Tech and the University of Maryland. Its main campus in Blacksburg, Virginia, features the Veterinary Teaching Hospital and large animal field services which together treat more than 79,000 animals annually. Other locations include the Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center in Leesburg, Virginia, and the Gudelsky Veterinary Center in College Park, Maryland.

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