Patty Graham-Thiers

Professor and Department Head of Equine Studies Program Equine Studies

Dr. Graham-Thiers has over 20 years of college teaching and research experience.  She has developed multiple courses in the Equine Studies department including Conformation & Selection as well as Equine Exercise Physiology.

Dr. Graham-Thiers has developed an undergraduate research program in the Equine Studies Program. Her research focuses on optimal dietary protein and amino acids for exercising horses.


  • Virginia Polytechnical Institute, Blacksburg, VA
    Ph.D., Equine Nutrition and Exercise Physiology
  • University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
    M.S., Equine Nutrition
  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
    B.S., Animal Science


The undergraduate research program has also helped facilitate original undergraduate research projects for students in the Honor’s program. Dr. Graham-Thiers also oversees the internship program within the department.  

Professional Experience

She is a member of the Equine Science Society currently serving on the Nutrition Committee. She is also a member of the American Society of Animal Scientists.  Dr. Graham-Thiers served on the subcommittee on horse nutrition for the National Academy of Sciences, which developed the 6th revised edition of Nutrient Requirements of Horses, published in 2007. Dr. Graham-Thiers was a finalist for the Outstanding Faculty Award in 2012 through the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia.

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Contact Info

McGlothlin-Street Hall, Room 222
Emory, VA 24327



McGlothlin-Street Hall