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Ashley Whitehead


Instructor (Equine Clinical Sciences)
Veterinary Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences (VCDS)

Degrees and Board Certification: 

DVM, BSc, DVSc, Diplomate ACVIM (large animal)

Contact Information: 

+1 (403) 210-7830
CSB 101E


Following a Bachelor of Science program at the University of Guelph, Dr. Whitehead completed her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at the Ontario Veterinary College in 2005.  She then moved to Wisconsin where she completed a rotating equine internship at the Wisconsin Equine Clinic & Hospital. In 2006, Dr. Whitehead returned to Guelph to start a combined clinical residency and graduate degree program in large animal internal medicine. Dr. Whitehead obtained the status of Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (DACVIM) in 2012.

Dr. Whitehead practices within UCVM’s Distributed Veterinary Learning Community at Moore Equine Veterinary Centre and provides large animal internal medicine consultations. Dr. Whitehead’s clinical interests include equine health management, equine infectious diseases, equine gastrointestinal conditions, neonatal foal intensive care and camelid (llamas and alpacas) medicine. Dr. Whitehead is also trained in veterinary acupuncture.

Teaching : 

Dr. Whitehead has been on faculty at the University of Calgary, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine since 2010 and teaches across the curriculum in a wide variety of courses including Equine Medicine & Surgery, Clinical Skills, Clinical Presentations and Professional Skills.

Currently, Dr. Whitehead is Chair of the Clinical Skills Program and coordinates the Clinical Skills III course.

Research / Scholarly Activities: 

Dr. Whitehead is currently investigating the epidemiology of infectious agents associated with diarrhea in young foals from across Alberta. Dr. Whitehead is also studying necrotizing enterocolitis, a condition that causes severe destruction of the small intestines and colon of foals, which has been associated with Clostridium perfringens and is often fatal.

Previously, Dr. Whitehead has published scientific articles on her research in vaccine development for Rhodococcus equi in foals, equine placental characteristics and foaling rates and risk factors for abortion in mares with colic.