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Animal Science Faculty

Marci Crosby

Marci W. Crosby


Equine Instructor/Extension Specialist

Animal Science Research Center
Division Of Animal Sciences
Columbia, MO 65211


Masters of Science, Animal Biology, University of California, Davis, Degree expected June 2007. Specialization in Equine Reproductive Physiology and Endocrinology. 3.96/4.00 GPA. Major Professor: Dr. Janet F. Roser.

Bachelor of Science, Animal Science, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Equine Science emphasis, Agricultural Business minor, 3.90/4.00 GPA, Summa Cum Laude, May 2004

Teaching Experience

Teaching Assistant, Animal Science Department, University of California, Davis, CA (9/05 - present)
Assisting professors with Horse Production, Reproductive Physiology, and Introductory Animal Science courses. Topics include physiology, anatomy, and animal management. Responsibilities include instructing laboratory sections, providing assistance to students, grading exams and documenting progress. Additionally, served as Lead Teaching Assistant for Horse Production in 2006. Overall student evaluations average 4.74/5.00.

Career Discovery Fellow, World of Animal Biology, Science and Society Career Discovery Groups, University of California, Davis, CA (9/06 - present)
Responsibilities include mentoring a group of 15 freshman undergraduates interested in animal biology careers and organizing discussions, activities, and assignments focused on student's career interest.

New Internship Development, D. E. King Equine Internship Programs University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR (8/01 - 8/04)
Developed and implemented Barn Management Internship (fall semester) and Breeding Management Internship (spring semester). Topics included foaling, imprinting, stallion collection, artificial insemination, and handling horses of all ages. Responsibilities included supervision of facilities, instruction of students with diverse skill levels, development of teaching material, management of barn staff, and assessment of intern skills.

Teaching Assistant, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR (1/01 - 8/04)
Assisted professors teaching Behavior and Training Lab, and Horse Production Lab. Responsibilities included teaching students with widely variable levels of experience and skill. Topics included non-traumatic methods of training horses of all ages and breeds, proper mare care from breeding through postpartum, proper foal care and imprinting. Additionally served as Schedule Coordinator during foal watch spring of 2003 and 2004.

Equine Management Experience

Research Project Manager, "Bioactivity ofreFSH in the mare", University of California, Davis (6/06 - 10/06)
Managed and organized intensive research trial of 15 broodmares, while teaching undergraduate interns. Responsibilities included recruitment and management of 16 interns and 3 technicians, daily supervision of teasing, ultrasound, health and well-being of all research animals, performance of all jugular catheterization, artificial insemination and uterine lavage.

Veterinary Technician, Hagyard-Davidson-McGee Equine Medical Institute, McGee Internal Medicine Center, Lexington, KY (1/05 - 8/05)
Responsibilities included work in neonatal and adult intensive care and isolation units, close monitoring of critical and post surgical equine patients, administration of medical treatments, assisting veterinarians with treatments and diagnostics, updating veterinarians on patient's progress, and medical record keeping.

Equine Manager, Three Bar J Appaloosas, Fayetteville, AR (1/96 - 1/05)
Responsibilities included web page design, horse marketing, health record development, health care program design and implementation, broodmare and breeding management, foal registration, artificial insemination, lavage, foaling of mares, handling horses of all ages.

Assistant Manager, Meremel Farms, West Fork, AR (1/04 - 1/05)
Personnel manager for foal watch staff and internship program. Responsibilities at this foaling and boarding facility included foaling out 23 mares, milk calcium and IgG tests, beginner riding instruction, herd health of 25 client owned horses, and halter breaking.

Co-Manager, University of Arkansas Equine Pavilion, University of Arkansas Equine Program, Fayetteville, AR (5/00 - 8/04)
Responsibilities included assisting instructors with classes and annual fundraising events, managing employees and volunteers, helping to plan and facilitate events, designing associated fliers, updating and implementing health care program and a computerized record keeping system, registering horses in 5 different breed registries, implementing teasing program, monitoring of prepartum and postpartum broodmares, coordinating foal watch schedule for 20-25 students, teaching stallion collection and semen handling, developing power point presentations used in undergraduate level courses, and providing tours and media interviews.

Research Assistant, Gary White, D.V.M., Sallisaw, OK (3/04 - 6/04)
Collected data from 30 mares and foals for pilot study for international pharmaceutical company. Completed study results in review, due to be published in 2007.

Barn Staff, Meremel Farms, West Fork, AR (5/02 - 9/02)
Responsibilities included preparation and care of thoroughbreds at Keeneland Mixed Sale, AR Thoroughbred Breeders Mixed Sale, and Fasig-Tipton TX Thoroughbred Sale. Also halter breaking, fitting for sale, training yearlings, and designing feeding regimens and training schedules to have horses in optimal condition for sale.

Extension and Outreach Experience

  • Lab Instructor, Equine Artificial Insemination Workshop, University of California, Davis, February 2006, and 2007
  • Volunteer, Horse Days 21th Annual Horse Day Symposium, University of California, Davis, October 2006
  • Instructor, Picnic Day Ranch Kid Olympics, University of California, Davis, April 2006
  • Volunteer, 20th Annual Horse Day Symposium Farrier Workshop, University of California, Davis, October 2005
  • Co-Producer and Instructor, Horse Lover's Day Camp, University of Arkansas, June 2002 and June 2004
  • Committee Supervisor, Horse Festival, University of Arkansas, Spring 2000 to 2004
  • Co-Coordinator and Committee Supervisor, Razorback Roundup Horse and Livestock Sale, University of Arkansas, November 2001 to November 2004
  • Ambassador and Student Supervisor, Lipizzan Show, University of Arkansas, February 20022004
  • Tour Guide, Farm Field Day, Equine Farm Management, University of Arkansas, June 2002 and 2003
  • Committee Member, Sigma Alpha Brownie Roundup, Regional Event, November 2001 and 2003
  • Committee Member, Sigma Alpha Sorority Halloween Carnival for Disadvantaged Children, Annually, October 2000-2002
  • Director, Benton County 4-H Horse Club Day Clinic, May 2002


Awarded Henry A Jastro and Peter J. Shields Research Award, Department of Animal Science, University of California, Davis, Summer 2006 - Spring 2007
Presented to outstanding graduate students following written research proposal.

National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Spring 2001 - Fall 2005 Membership is based on grade point average and class standing, and is by invitation only

Alpha Zeta, Professional Agriculture Honor Fraternity, University of Arkansas, Spring 2002­January 2005 Honorary, professional society for students and industry professionals in the agriculture and natural resources fields. Must be ranked within upper 2/5 of class.

Outstanding Undergraduate Student, Department of Animal Science, University of Arkansas, 2004 Presented to one outstanding graduating senior in the department

Scholastic Achievement Award, American Society of Animal Science 2002, 2003, and 2004 Presented to those who achieve high scholastic standards with in the area of animal science. Must be in top ten percent of class and nominated by a faculty member.

Honor Lists, University of Arkansas Chancellor's List (5 semesters) Dean's List (All 8 semesters)

Florence E. King Equine Scholarship, $26,000 over 4 years, Department of Animal Science, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR, May 2000 - May 2004
Prestigious University of Arkansas Animal Science Program undergraduate scholarship awarded to one incoming freshman every two years.

Arkansas Distinguished Governor's Scholarship, Up to $16,000 over 4 years, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR, May 2000 - May 2004 Undergraduate scholarship that offers 100 scholarships each year to academically superior high school graduates.

Chancellor's Distinguished Governor's Scholarship, Up to $16,000 over 4 years, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR May 2000 - May 2004 Competitively awarded undergraduate scholarship for Arkansas Distinguished Governor's Scholarship recipients.

Appaloosa Competitive All-Breed Activities Program, Achieved national standings by wInnmg:
1999 Third Place Open Trail 1999 Fifth Place In Hand Classes
1998 Reserve Champion Open Western Pleasure 1998 Third Place In Hand Classes

Continuing Education and Professional Meetings

Equine Reproductive Technique Short Course, UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, Davis, CA, September 2006

14th Annual Kentucky Equine Research Nutritional Conference, Lexington, KY, October 2004

Equine Reproduction Short Course, Jos and Kathleen Mottershead Instructors, Fayetteville, AR, February 2004

Thoroughbred International Exposition and Conference, Lexington, KY, June 2003 Equine Nutrition and Physiology Society meeting, Lansing, MI, June 2003

Leadership and Professional Affiliations

Sigma Alpha, Professional Agriculture Sorority, August 2000 - Present

Vice President of Equine Affairs, Block and Bridle, University of Arkansas, May 2003 ­May 2004

Treasurer, Block and Bridle, University of Arkansas, May 2002 - May 2003

Treasurer, Sigma Alpha, Professional Agriculture Sorority, April 2001 - December 2002 Appaloosa Horse Club, Moscow, ID, January 1996 - Present