Steffanie Burk, Associate Professor, Department of Equine Science

Steffanie Burk



Science Center 144B

Dr. Burk is originally from Harmony, Pennsylvania. She teaches a variety of courses, including Horsemastership, Horsemastership Lab, Equine Anatomy and Physiology, Forage Analysis, Therapeutic Riding, Service Learning, Advanced Topics in Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapies, Animal Nutrition, and summer travel courses. She has two horses of her own and enjoys riding in her spare time.


  • Ph.D., University of Kentucky, 2013. Animal Science
  • M.Ed., Slippery Rock University, 2007. Secondary Education (Science)
  • B.A., Slippery Rock University, 2005. Biology

Research, Creative, & Professional Work

  • Equine parasitology
  • Equine-assisted activities and therapies
  • Animal nutrition


  • Kemeny, E. Gramlich, C., Hutchins, D., Burk, S., Dietrich, J., Jones, E., and Kronyak, A. 2018. Comparative Effectiveness of Therapeutic Riding and Stress Management Class on Cortisol Levels and HRV in Youth on the Autism Spectrum. ATRA Research Institute Research Poster Abstracts, Annual Therapeutic Recreation, 26.
  • Burk, S.V. and C.E. Gramlich. 2018. College coursework and skills valued for employment in the equine-assisted activities and therapies field. NACTA Journal. 62(1): 16-20.
  • Keating, D., Lehman, J., and S. Burk. 2017. Cross-sectional analysis of salivary cortisol and strongyle-type egg shedding levels in horses. Journal of Equine Veterinary Science. 52: 51-52.
  • Kmietsch, J., Samuels, S., Lehman, J., and S. Burk. 2017. The effects of benzyl isothiocyanate and papain on cyathostome egg hatching. Journal of Equine Veterinary Science. 52: 42-43.
  • Lowe, S., Burk, S., and S. Birmingham. 2017. The effect of whole body vibration on equine hoof growth. Journal of Equine Veterinary Science. 52: 41.
  • Burk, S.V., S. Dangoudoubiyam, T. Brewster-Barnes, D.K. Howe, C.N. Carter, U.K. Bryant, and M.G. Rossano. 2016. Equine antibody response to larval Parascaris equorum excretory-secretory products. Veterinary Parasitology. 226:83-87.
  • Burk, S.V. and C.E. Gramlich. 2015. College curricula valued by equine-assisted activity and therapy centers. Journal of Equine Veterinary Science 35(5): 453.
  • S. Samuels, N. Heskett, S. Burk. 2015. Efficacy of Carica papaya seeds for reducing equine strongyle fecal egg counts. Journal of Equine Veterinary Science. 35(5): 390-391.
  • Rossano, M.G., S.V. Burk, A.M. Leed, W.J. Silvia, A.J. Pescatore, and E.S. Vanzant. 2015. Factors associated with persistence in the animal and food sciences degree program at the University of Kentucky: From Animal Science 101 to the capstone class. Journal of Equine Veterinary Science. 35(5): 453.
  • Burk, S.V., Dangoudoubiyam, S., Brewster-Barnes, T., Bryant, U.K., Howe, D.K., Carter, C.N., Vanzant, E.S., Harmon, R.J., Kazacos, K.R., and M.G. Rossano. 2014. In vitro culture of Parascaris equorum larvae and initial investigation of parasite excretory-secretory products. Parasitology Research 113(11):4217-4224.
  • Burk, S.V., M.G. Rossano, S. Dangoudoubiyam, T. Barnes, D.K. Howe, C.N. Carter, R.J. Harmon, and E.S. Vanzant. 2013. Passive transfer of antibodies that recognize larval Parascaris equorum excretory-secretory antigens. Journal of Equine Veterinary Science 33(5):360.
  • Rossano, M.G., S.V. Burk, W.J. Silvia, E.S. Vanzant, A.J. Pescatore, and R.J. Harmon. 2013. Comparison of demographic characteristics, animal science subject knowledge, academic performance and critical thinking skills in students majoring in animal science and equine science. Journal of Equine Veterinary Science 33(5):388.
  • Rossano, M.G., and S.V. Burk. 2013. Factors associated with student performance in an equine management course. NACTA Journal 57(2): 11-15.
  • Burk, S.V., M.G. Rossano, W. J. Silvia, E.S. Vanzant, A.J. Pescatore, and R.J. Harmon. 2013. Factors associated with course withdrawal and final course grade in an introductory animal science course. NACTA Journal 57(2): 16-23.
  • Gould, J.C., M.G. Rossano, L.M. Lawrence, S.V. Burk, R.B. Ennis, and E.T. Lyons. 2013. The effects of windrow composting on the viability of Parascaris equorum eggs. Veterinary Parasitology 191: 73-80.
  • Burk, S., M. Rossano,W. Silvia, E. Vanzant, A. Pescatore, and R. Harmon. 2012. Predictors of course completion status and final course grade for students in an introductory college animal science course. NACTA Journal 56 (Suppl. 1), 35. Abstract #0303.
  • Pescatore, A., S. Burk, E. Vanzant, M. Rossano, W. Silvia, and R. Harmon. 2011. The capstone course as a means of measuring assessment in an animal sciences program. NACTA Journal 55 (Suppl. 1): 80-81. Abstract #172.
  • Burk, S., M. Rossano, E. Vanzant, W. Silvia, and R. Harmon. 2011. Developing an assessment plan in an animal science department. Journal of Equine Veterinary Science 31 (5-6): 347-348.

Affiliations & Awards

  • Horses and Humans Research Foundation grant for “The Effect of Therapeutic Riding on Stress Levels in Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders.” Collaborator. Assisted with study design and wrote sections of grant proposal. Responsible for laboratory assays and relevant data analysis. December 2016. $88,000 total, $8,000 subaward to Otterbein University.
  • Certified PATH International Therapeutic Riding Instructor
  • Equine Science Society member
  • National Association of Equine Affiliated Academics member
  • American Quarter Horse Association member
  • Ohio Horseman’s Council member
  • Acta Parasitologica reviewer
  • American Association of Veterinary Parasitologists member
  • Annual Midwestern Conference of Parasitologists member
  • North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture member