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Department of Animal Science adds new equine reproduction specialist

Kristen RenoKristen Reno has joined the team in the horse barns at Iowa State University and will serve as the new equine operations assistant along with manager, Nikki Ferwerda. She will be assisting with all aspects of mare, stallion and foal care, as well as breeding work and preparing horses for sales.

“Kristen has an abundance of experience working in the horse industry and will bring so much knowledge to our students and facilities,” said Ferwerda. Reno received her B.S. in animal science from Iowa State in 2018, with an emphasis in equine management.

Reno grew up in Fredericksburg, Iowa, and had a passion for horses from a young age. While she was attending Iowa State, Reno was a student worker at the horse barns and also served as a teaching assistant for the equine breeding and foaling lab. She gained additional experience working at Prairie Meadows Racetrack as a lab technician and as a veterinarian assistant during the 2017 quarter horse race season.

Most recently, Reno has worked in Nevada managing a private farm of thirty Straight Egyptian Arabian horses. Prior to that full-time position, Reno completed a one-year internship at the Colorado State University Equine Reproduction Lab.

“I am so excited to be back in the horse barns at Iowa State where I became passionate about a career in equine reproduction. I can’t wait to help other students discover their goals in the equine industry and help the program continue to grow,” said Reno.




Equine Management Option

The equine program is within the Department of Animal Science and a specialized option, Equine Management, is available for students. The Department of Animal Science Undergraduate Program intends for its graduates to be able to explain the symbiotic relationship of animals and humans, to contribute to the solution of complex problems of animal enterprise management, and to apply their knowledge and skills in a technically demanding global community. Graduates of our program will be knowledgeable about sustainable animal production practices that also ensure animal health and well-being and stewardship of natural resources.


Iowa State University Equine Program

The equine program at ISU is part of the Animal Science degree program. Students graduate with a BS in Animal Science, which is a 4-year degree. You can find the answers to most of your questions regarding the curriculum for an Animal Science degree at .

The Equine Science program at ISU utilizes the historic horse barns located on campus and the newer Equine Learning Center located on Mortensen road. The horse farm provides students with the opportunity to learn and work in a hands-on setting. The historic barns on campus house two student apartments, an office, reproduction lab, equine treadmill, and a classroom. The Equine Learning Center offers an additional 25 stalls, lab, breeding area, and summer pasture.