Margo Macpherson, DVM, MS, PhD, DACT

​AVMA Members Working to Advance Animal and Human Health through Research

Professor and the Chief of Service in Reproduction, University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine

Educational Background

I received a BS and DVM from Michigan State and an MS in Veterinary Medicine and Surgery from Texas A&M. I was board certified in the American College of Theriogenologists in 1994 and served as President of the ACT in 2005. I am currently a Professor and the Chief of Service in Reproduction at the College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida.

Do you have any pets?

Yes, I have 2 geriatric and obese cats.

What is the focus of your research?

My research program focuses on effective treatments for equine placentitis. Using a live animal model in ponies, we test different drugs (antimicrobials, anti-inflammatory agents and progestins) to see what passes the equine placenta. We have also tested several drugs in mares with experiementally-induced placentitis to see if foal survival is improved after treatment.

What is the scientific and clinical significance of your research?

Our work has direct relevance to clinical veterinary medicine as we have shown that some commonly used drugs do not cross the equine placenta. Importantly, we have also shown drugs that have improved foal survival in mares affected with placentitis. More recently, we have adopted an evidence-based approach to identifying how effective drugs may work in placental infections.

What do you find most enjoyable about research?

I am a clinician first and a scientist second so I enjoy finding things that improve equine health, particularly with regard to equine pregnancy. Also, from each project that we conduct in our laboratory, everyone involved (students, residents and faculty members) learns new skills or gains clinical experiences that them to be better veterinarians.

What advice do you have for veterinarians considering a career in biomedical research?

I would encourage all young veterinarians to get a taste of biomedical research. My experiences have helped me be a more critical thinker, which has helped me both as a scientist and a veterinarian.

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