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Camie Heleski

Camie Heleski received her Ph.D. in Animal Science with an emphasis in equine behavior and welfare; her M.S. was also in Animal Science, with an emphasis in equine nutrition and exercise physiology. She worked at Michigan State University for 25 years as Coordinator of their two-year Horse Management Program. In 2016, she began teaching and advising at the University of Kentucky in their Equine Science and Management program. Her applied research interests have revolved around equine behavior and welfare, horse-human interactions and working equids in developing regions of the world; more recently she has begun examining issues related to the Thoroughbred racing industry. She was actively involved with the International Society for Equitation Science as a Council member for 12 years.  She served as the Scientific Chair for the NFACC Canadian Equine Welfare Code Committee, and has travelled to Brazil, Mexico, Honduras, Egypt and Mali in support of her research/outreach with working equids.  Dr. Heleski grew up on a horse farm where she and her family raised, trained and showed horses. She enjoys riding her Arabian gelding in the discipline of dressage. Camie and her daughter have recently adopted an Off the Track Thoroughbred, named Abu.