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Erin Perry

Erin Perry, Professor

Animal Science

Dr. Perry is an award-winning scientist and author with more than a decade of research experience investigating working canine health and performance. She has been a canine search specialist for the Federal Emergency Management Agency for more than 20 years. She is a tenured professor and an invited speaker on working canine health and performance at both national and international conferences. Dr. Perry has served on the DoD Military Working Canine Research Forum Steering Committee, the US Joint Forces NORTHCOMM Canine Decontamination Working Group, the American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation Review panel and as a consultant for various law enforcement and emergency response agencies. Dr. Perry’s canine research program focuses on challenges faced by working dogs in operational conditions.

Dr. Perry spent several years with Purina Animal Nutrition before moving to academia. She has presented her research on equine palatability and gut microbiota at both national and international conferences. Dr. Perry has published multiple studies related to equine feeding preferences and gut microbiota stability. Dr. Perry’s current equine research program focuses on flavor preferences in horses and impacts to their feeding behaviors.

Erin Perry

Office Phone: 618-453-1358
Office: Agriculture Building, Room 131

Special Interests

  • Canine Decontamination
  • Canine Nutrition
  • Canine Travel Stress
  • Equine Nutrition
  • Metagenomics
  • Probiotics


  • B.S. Southeast Missouri State University
  • M.S. University of Missouri - Columbia
  • Ph.D. University of Missouri - Columbia


  • ANS 200 Companion Animal Management
  • ANS 219 Introductory Horse Management
  • ANS 316 Rations for Companion Animals
  • ANS 419 Equine Science Management - Capstone
  • ANS 481 Topics in Companion Animal Nutrition
  • ANS 490 Equine Internship

Recent Publications and Awards

  • "Assessment of equine fecal microbial profiles during and after a colic episode using pyrosequencing." Journal of Equine Veterinary Science Volume 33, Issue 5, Pages 347-348, May 2013,
  • E. Venable, Discepolo, D., Powell, E. and Liang, S., 2017. An evaluation of current working canine decontamination procedures and methods for improvement. Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research. 21:53:58
  • E. Perry, N. Gulson, T.-W. Liu, and K. S. Swanson. 2017.  Physiological effects of stress related to helicopter travel in FEMA search and rescue canines. Journal of Nutritional Sciences.  6:e28
  • S. Bland, E. Venable, J. McPherson, R. Atkinson.  2017.  Effects of turmeric, curcumin and liposomal-curcumin on bacterial populations found in the equine hindgut – preliminary study.  Journal of Animal Science and Technology 59, 15.
  • E. Venable, K. Fenton, V. Braner, C. Reddington, M. Halpin, S. Heitz, J. Francis, N. Gulson, C. Goyer, S. Bland, T-W. Liu, H. Holscher, and K. Swanson.  Effects of meal size and frequency on the equine cecal microbiota.  Journal of Equine Veterinary Science 49:113-121
  • E. Venable, S. Bland, H. Holscher, and K. Swanson.  2016. Effects of air travel stress on the canine microbiome:  a pilot study.  International Journal of Veterinary Health and Science 4(6) 132-139.
  • E. Venable, S. Bland, J. McPherson, and J. Francis.  2016. Role of the gut microbiota in equine health and disease.  Animal Frontiers.  6(3) 43-49
  • E. Venable, S. Bland, V. Braner, N. Gulson, and M. Halpin.  2015.  Effect of grazing muzzles on the rate of pelleted feed intake in horses.  Journal of Veterinary Behavior:  Clinical Applications and Research.  Volume 11.  P 56-59.
  • E. Venable, J. Kraemer, S. Sparks, and C. Goyer.  2015.  Effect of crumb rubber made from recycled tires on air quality in an indoor riding arena:  a pilot study.  Journal of Equine Veterinary Science.  Volume 36.  P 97-100.
  • R. L. Kallenbach, E. B. Venable, M. S. Kerley, N.J. Bailey. 2010.  Beef Production on Silvopastures with Stockpiled Tall Fescue. Agroforestry Systems. 80:379-384.