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Annette McCoy

Associate Professor

Primary Affiliation

Computational Imaging


Status Affiliate Faculty

Home Department of Veterinary Clinical Medicine




  • Biography

    Annette McCoy is an associate professor in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Medicine and a board-certified equine surgeon with a Ph.D. in genetics.


    • B.S., animal science, Michigan State University
    • M.S., clinical sciences, Colorado State University
    • Ph.D, comparative and molecular biosciences, University of Minnesota
    • D.V.M, Michigan State University
  • Honors
    • 2013-2014: Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, University of Minnesota
    • 2013: Burroughs Wellcome Fund ‘Becoming Faculty’ Workshop Invited Participant
    • 2013: Council of Graduate Students Travel Award, University of Minnesota 
    • 2012: Vaughn Larson Scholarship Award, University of Minnesota
    • 2011: AAEP Foundation Past Presidents’ Research Fellow 
    • 2010-2013: NIH T32 Training Grant in Comparative Medicine and Pathology (Univ of Minnesota) 
    • 2010: ACVS Resident’s Forum, 2nd place, Large Animal Clinical Research Presentations
  • Research

    Research interests:

    • Identifying genetic factors that play a role in performance and orthopedic disease in the horse; specifically, osteochondrosis, osteoarthritis, and the development of alternative gait patterns

    • Amnion and wound healing

    McCoy research orthopedic disease, addressing clinical issues in horses and using the species as a translational model for humans.

    Within the Beckman Institute, she collaborates with Mariana Kersh, an associate professor of mechanical science and engineering, to investigate the influence of early exercise on bone modeling and remodeling with the goal of fracture prevention in equine and human athletes. She is also investigating quantitative MRI sequences for early joint disease diagnosis in collaboration with Brad Sutton, a professor of bioengineering and the technical director of the Biomedical Imaging Center, and Bruce Damon, an adjunct professor of bioengineering and the co-director of the Carle Illinois Advanced Imaging Center.

    McCoy's highly interdisciplinary research aims to bring a biological perspective to biomechanics as well as imaging approaches to musculoskeletal disease.