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.
She has presented research at national and international meetings and has been published in many peer-reviewed journals.
- Improved Ability to Maintain Fitness in Horses During Large Pasture Turnout
- Relationships between dietary, plasma, and muscle amino acids in horses
- Effect of protein source on nitrogen balance and plasma amino acids in exercising horses
- Amino acid supplementation improves muscle mass in aged and young horses
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.