Dr. Susan Eades Brings Wealth of Experience As Large Animal Hospital Leader
Posted January 17, 2018
Dr. Susan Eades and Texas A&M veterinary students examine a
horse at the Large Animal Hospital.
When Dr. Susan Eades, professor and head of the Large Animal
Clinical Sciences Department at the Texas A&M College of
Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM), enrolled in
engineering classes at Louisiana State University (LSU) in the
1970s, her family of engineers thought she was destined to take on
the family profession. However, Eades had a different plan.
Quickly realizing the field wasn’t for her, she traded her
engineering calculator for a stethoscope and started a
pre-veterinary program soon after she began her undergraduate
degree. Passionate about becoming a veterinarian and helping
companion animals, Eades continued her education at LSU and earned
her DVM degree in 1982.
Though Eades expected to specialize in companion animals, horses
had always intrigued her. In college, she took every opportunity to
interact with horses, including cleaning stalls and exercising
horses for a cutting and reining horse trainer. In veterinary
school, she purchased her first horse and developed a bond.
This bond, and her clinical rotations, further convinced Eades
to develop her skills in large animal medicine, with the goal of
working in a small-town mixed private practice. However, during her
fourth-year clinical rotations in small and large animal internal
medicine, Eades decided she wanted to specialize in internal
medicine, so she applied for academic internships after earning her
DVM degree and never looked back.
“I ended up never going into private practice,” Eades said.
“Instead, I stayed in academia.”
She participated in clinical research during her internship and
residency at New Bolton Center at the University of Pennsylvania
and decided that another degree would be the next step in her
career. She earned a Ph.D. from the University of Georgia in 1988
in veterinary physiology and pharmacology and then accepted a
position there as a clinical faculty member.
But Eades’ love for horses never waned; she started researching
laminitis, a crippling disease that is categorized by inflammation
in the horse hoof, at the University of Georgia. She described this
time in her life as “perfect” because her passions for medicine,
horses, and research were being used simultaneously in the
Her work with laminitis gave Eades the opportunity to
develop worldwide research collaborations. Though laminitis is a
complicated condition, Eades and her research partners around the
world have played a crucial role in gaining a better understanding
of the condition.
“We really have made a lot of advances,” Eades said. “It’s just
a difficult condition to treat because by the time signs of
laminitis are evident, there is already so much damage to the
tissues in the hoof that lameness is inevitable.”
Dr. Eades watches as fourth-year veterinary student Clarissa
Root examines Charlie.
After 10 years at the University of Georgia, Eades decided it was
time to continue her laminitis research and returned to Louisiana
to move her three children closer to extended family and work at
LSU as an associate professor. There, she became a full professor
and mentored faculty and taught students, further encouraging her
strong passion for education.
“I love teaching because I get to help students do something
they never thought they would be able to do, such as taking a blood
sample or putting in a catheter,” Eades said. “I love watching them
gain confidence and grow exponentially with every little skill they
Additionally, Eades learned the importance of veterinary
outreach programs while at LSU. She participated in these programs
by collaborating with Louisiana veterinarians helping them better
serve clientele across the state.
Eades’ mentoring and administration experience at LSU led her to
pursue her position at Texas A&M this past spring. With her
kids grown, Eades felt moving to Texas and working at the CVM was
an exciting next step in her career. After experiencing the Aggie
spirit and meeting other leaders at the CVM, Eades crossed the
Louisiana border once again to continue her leadership role in the
“At LSU, I became more active in faculty mentoring and
administration and decided I wanted to do that full-time as a
department head,” Eades said. “I came to the CVM because of the
resources, positive energy, and outstanding leadership that’s here
in the college.”
As a new CVM faculty member, Eades hopes to bring more focus
into outreach programs at Texas A&M.
“Some of my personal goals are to reach out to veterinarians for
feedback and find where we can strategically expand our services to
help them better serve their clients,” Eades said.
She also hopes to help the large animal faculty excel in their
efforts in clinical service, teaching, and research.
Though Eades looks forward to spending a lot of time at the CVM,
she also is excited for new adventures in her personal life. Eades
can be found hiking, walking her dogs, kayaking, playing
volleyball, following many different sport teams—including the LSU
gymnastics team—and, of course, caring for horses or watching the
Whether she’s lecturing students, mentoring a faculty member, or
contributing to worldwide research in laminitis, Eades hopes to
bring a lifetime of leadership to the CVM.
“I’m just really happy to be here,” Eades said.
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