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Photo of Dr. SwerczekThomas W. Swerczek, DVM, PhD

Dimock Animal Pathology Building
Department of Veterinary Science
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40546-0076

Phone: (859) 257-4820
Fax: (859) 257-4119

Curriculum Vitae

Current research project: Since the discovery in 1980 of the syndrome which is causing early and late term equine abortions, my current research continues to focus on the factors that are abortagenic. These studies include climatic and environmental changes that induce stress to pasture forages, such as drought, excessive rainfall, frosts and freezes that induce nutrient imbalances, deficiencies and excesses in pastures forages.

The main focus of my current research is to determine what primary role imbalanced forage nutrients, such as spikes in potassium, nitrates and other non-protein nitrogen compounds play in causing gastrointestinal changes in the gut microflora leading to secondary opportunistic infections of fetuses by plant bacterial endophytes and bacteria such as alpha hemolytic Streptococcus spp., Actiobacillus spp., and other bacteria commonly found in the hind gut of herbivores.


Maxwell H.Gluck Equine Research Center
Department of Veterinary Science, University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky 40546-0099

Main Office (859) 257-4757
Fax (859) 257-8542