Historic Parasitology Research Herds 1

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Two equine parasitology research herds were established at the University of Kentucky in the 1970s by Drs. Harold Drudge and Gene Lyons, and they are unique in the world today. These two world-renowned parasitologists had the vision and foresight to establish these research resources to help address many pertinent questions about equine parasite control.

One herd is harboring multi-drug resistant parasites and the other has been kept without deworming since 1979. The herds remain an invaluable resource for the parasitology research program today.

We are thankful to have these horses and ponies available to us today. We are determined to maintain Dr. Lyons' legacy by sustaining these historical herds and continue this long-standing research. State and federal funding to universities are being reduced every year, and equine-specific research grants are very limited. Therefore, we rely heavily on private support. The yearly cost for these herds is $100,000. We hope you will consider donating to our parasitology program so we can continue the research in this area and protect the health and well-being of horses worldwide!

On this page, you will find more information about the Historic Parasitology Research Herds and learn how you can support them.

Dr. Lyons