Courtney Heaton

Animal Sciences

Degrees Earned

Ph.D. in Animal and Dairy Science – Mississippi State University (Starkville, MS)
M.S. in Animal Science – Texas A&M University (College Station, TX)
B.S. in Animal Science, minor in Business Administration – Texas A&M University (College Station, TX)

Professional Experience

August 2020 – Present
Lecturer, Auburn University
January 2020 – August 2020
Equine Extension Assistant, Mississippi State University

Recent or Select Honors & Awards

ASAS Josie Coverdale Memorial Graduate Student Research Award
Mississippi State University Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences Outstanding Doctoral Student Award
2018, 2019
Gamma Sigma Delta Honor Society of Agriculture Graduate Student Award of Merit Scholarship

Professional Affiliations

2017 – Present
Present American Society of Animal Science
2015 – Present
American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists
2014 – Present
Equine Science Society
2013 – Present
Gamma Sigma Delta Honor Society of Agriculture


My past research as focused on equine nutrition and exercise physiology concerning:

  • Dietary starch and glycogen replenishment
  • Equine fecal microbiome
  • Probiotic and prebiotic supplementation

I look forward to pursuing research opportunities with undergraduate students! 

Recent Courses Taught

ANSC 1100 Orientation to Animal Sciences

ANSC 2050 Introduction to Horse Management and Training

ANSC 3150 Equine Marketing

ANSC 3650 Physiology of the Equine Athlete

ANSC 4050 Horse Production

ANSC 4450 Equine Nutrition

Recent or Select Publications

  • Heaton, C. P. 2020. Forage management considerations for horses in Mississippi. Mississippi State University Extension Publication Number P3421.
  • Hatcher, J., C. A. Cavinder, C. P. Heaton, L. Figueiredo, A. Holtcamp, and T. Dinh. 2019. Psychological and physical benefits of interactions with horses. J. Extension. 57(3), Article 3RIB6. Available at:
  • Cavinder, C. A., E. N. Ferjak, C. A. Phillips, D. D. Burnett, and T. T. N. Dinh. 2018. Review: The importance of overall body fat content in horses. Prof. Anim. Sci. 34:125-32. doi:10.15232/pas.2017-01708
  • Phillips, C. A. Forage considerations for horses in the Southeast part II: plants to avoid. Southern Equine Consortium. 3(1):1-2.
  • Phillips, C. A., C. A. Cavinder, D. H. Sigler, and J. D. Fluckey. 2017. Effect of various levels of dietary starch on glycogen replenishment in the light working horse. Prof. Anim. Sci. 33(6):729-38. doi:10.15232/pas.2017-01651
  • Phillips, C. A. 2017. Forage considerations for horses in the Southeast part I: pasture management. Southern Equine Consortium. 2(3):1-3.


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