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Megan Shepherd, DVM, PhD, DACVN

Clinical Assistant Professor
  • Clinical Nutrition
Megan Shepherd
Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences
VA-MD College of Veterinary Medicine
Virginia Tech
205 Duck Pond Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061

PhD, 2012
Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences
Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA

DVM, 2006
Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA

BS, Biology, 2002
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA

  • American College of Veterinary Nutrition, 2013
  • Obesity treatment and prevention
  • How to make implementation of weight-loss plans (obesity management) easier for caregivers
  • Nutrition communication

2012–present
Clinical Assistant Professor, Nutrition

Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences
Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA

2008–2012
Nutrition Resident

Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences
Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA

2007–2008
Associate Veterinarian

Damascus Equine Associates
Damascus, MD

2006–2007
Intern

Damascus Equine Associates
Damascus, MD

  • American Academy of Veterinary Nutrition
  • American College of Veterinary Nutrition
  • American Veterinary Medical Association
  • Virginia Veterinary Medical Association
  1. Benson, JL, ML Shepherd. Wet Pet Food: When Is It Indicated? Vet Focus November 2018 28.3:47-48.
  2. Witzel A, M Shepherd. Chapter 2 “Pathophysiology of Obesity: Metabolic Effects and Inflammation Mediators”, Obesity in the Dog and Cat, Taylor & Francis Group, 2018.
  3. Shepherd M. Chapter 10, “Example Cases”, Obesity in the Dog and Cat, Taylor & Francis Group, 2018.
  4. Morgan DK, S Willis, ML Shepherd. Survey of owner motivations and veterinary input of owners feeding diets containing raw animal products., Peer J March, 2017 e:e3031.
  5. Shepherd ML, WS Swecker, MA Ponder. Effect of Two Different Commercial DNA Extraction Kits on the Bacterial 16S rRNA gene Denaturing Gradient Gel Electrophoresis Profile of Arabian Gelding Feces., J Eq Vet Sci, Feb 2015 35:165.
  6. Shepherd, ML, MA Ponder, AO Burk, SC Milton, WS Swecker. Fibre digestibility, abundance of faecal bacteria and plasma acetate concentrations in overweight adult mares. J Nutr Sci 2014; 3(e10).
  7. Husen, Z, H Wang, M Shepherd, K Wen, G Li, X Yang, J Kocher, E Giri-Rachman, A Dickerman, R Settlage, L Yuan. Probioics and virulent human rotavirus modulate the transplanted human gut microbiota in gnotobiotic pigs. ISME J 2014; 6(39).
  8. Shepherd, ML, WS Swecker, MA Ponder. Characterization of the fecal bacteria communities of forage-fed horses by pyrosequencing of the 16S rRNA V4 gene amplicons. FEMS Letters 2012;326:62-68.
  9. Shepherd ML, RS Pleasant, MV Crisman, SR Were, SC Milton, WS Swecker. Effects of High & Moderate Non-Structural Carbohydrate Hay on Insulin, Glucose, Triglyceride, and Leptin Concentrations in Overweight Arabian Geldings. J Anim Physiol Anim Nutr 2012; 96:428-235.