Kenneth McKeever, professor in the Department of Animal Sciences and associate director of research at the Rutgers Equine Science Center (ESC), was elected president of the Equine Science Society (ESS) at its biannual meeting on June 2. The society is the preeminent international body of equine researchers, teachers, extension specialists and industry representatives whose focus is to promote quality research in the areas of equine science.
McKeever will serve a two-year term as president. Previously he served on the Board of Directors of the society as secretary/treasurer and vice-president.
“It is a humbling honor to be elected by my peers to lead the Equine Science Society, and as president my major goal will be to work to build public awareness of the excellent research, teaching and outreach efforts of our members,” said McKeever.
“The wide range of expertise provided by our members is a major resource for horse owners, veterinarians, policy makers, and anyone interested in ‘better horse care through research and education,’” he added.
Also promoted at the meeting was Carey Williams, associate professor in the Department of Animal Sciences and associate director of outreach at ESC. She was elected to the Board of Directors of the society joining ESC director Karyn Malinowski who is a current member..
McKeever said he will strive to bridge a connection between past and future medical science, and its history of using horses as a comparative model.
“We follow in the footsteps of those who used horses in the 18th and 19th centuries as an animal model for many of the classic discoveries in the field of medical physiology.”