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Equine Surgeon Elected to National Specialty Board Leadership Role

Annette McCoy, equine surgeon

Annette M. McCoy, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVS, was recently elected to the Board of Regents of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS) as the large animal regent. ACVS is the certifying board for veterinarians specializing in surgery. ACVS membership includes more than 2,300 Diplomates.

From 2017 to 2022, Dr. McCoy served on the ACVS Examination Committee, and she has long served as a reviewer of abstracts submitted for the organization’s annual meeting.

“My own mentors inspired me to become involved in the ACVS,” said Dr. McCoy. “It is important to give back to the community and to help make sure the next generation of surgeons is trained well.”

Dr. McCoy is an associate professor of equine surgery at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. In addition to her research, teaching, and clinical service, she has overseen the equine internship program at the college since 2015. She recently became the program director of the equine surgery residency program at Illinois as well.

Dr. Santiago Gutierrez-Nibeyro and Dr. Sarah Gray, the two other boarded equine surgeons at the college, are also active in ACVS. Dr. Gutierrez is the director of the Residency Program Compliance Committee, and Dr. Gray serves on the Resident Credentialing Committee.

Dr. McCoy earned her veterinary degree from Michigan State University and completed a rotating large animal medicine/surgery internship at the University of Minnesota. She then completed an equine surgery residency and master’s degree at Colorado State University. She became an ACVS board-certified surgeon in 2011.

After earning a PhD in Comparative and Molecular Biosciences from the University of Minnesota, Dr. McCoy joined the faculty at Illinois in 2015. Her research focuses on the genetic factors influencing musculoskeletal disease and the role of early exercise on gait development, bone modeling, and fracture prevention.