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ND specialist named to National Equine Council

Carrie Hammer, NDSU associate professor and Extension equine specialist, is named to the Horses and Humans Research Foundation's Scientific Advisory Council. Photo courtesy NDSU

NDSU's Carrie Hammer has been selected to join the Horses and Humans Research Foundation's Scientific Advisory Council.

Carrie Hammer, the North Dakota State University Extension Service's equine specialist, has been named to the Scientific Advisory Council for the Horses and Humans Research Foundation (HHRF).

The 26-member council is a group of leading researchers and experts from equine-assisted activities and related fields. The members respond and contribute to a variety of foundation research-related needs. That includes advising and assisting the staff and board in scientific strategy decision making, educational outreach, and grant applications and assessment.

Hammer also is an associate professor and director of the Equine Science program in NDSU's Animal Sciences Department. She teaches several courses, including Equine Nutrition, Equine Industry and Production Management, and Large Animal Techniques, and coordinates student internships.

Her research focuses on improving equine health. She recently expanded her research into equine-guided education. She is certified in the EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association) model as an equine specialist and is involved with an interdisciplinary group on campus to increase awareness of animal-assisted therapy.

Hammer also has authored or co-authored several articles for scientific journals and the news media, and is a reviewer for scientific journals.

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"Dr. Hammer's expertise will be a valuable addition to the advisory council," says Greg Lardy, head of the NDSU Animal Sciences Department. "Her breadth of experience in the equine industry will make her a trusted adviser for the group."

She earned bachelor of science and master's degrees, a Ph.D. and doctor of veterinary medicine degree from Iowa State University.

"Having experienced the positive ways in which horses can interact with humans, I am excited to work with HHRF to support quality scientific research and increase the dissemination of information regarding the numerous benefits of EAA/T (equine-assisted activities/therapies)," she says.

–N.D. State University