That horse grazing in the pasture may save a child from an emergency room visit during an asthma attack. Both horses and humans may benefit from Dr. Virginia Buechner-Maxwell's work as a large animal veterinarian and former post-doctoral fellow in pulmonary medicine.
Buechner-Maxwell, a professor of clinical services, medicine, and equine and production management medicine in the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, is conducting a career-long investigation of human asthma and related equine disorders of heaves and inflammatory airway disease.
This type of research is called translational medicine because it compares human diseases with the same diseases in animals.
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