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Ashlee Watts

Assistant Professor fo Large Animal Surgery

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Department: VLCS

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  • Ph.D. , Cornell University 2012
  • D.V.M. , Colorado State University 2003


  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons; Large Animal, 2008

Scholarly Interests

Equine Orthopedics. Research Interests: Comparative Orthopedics; cartilage and tendon repair; stem cell biology; stem cell therapy; gene therapy; osteoarthritis prevention; regenerative medicine


Cell- and gene-based approaches to tendon regeneration.
Nixon AJ, Watts AE, Schnabel LV.
J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2012 Feb; 21(2):278-94.
PMID: 22244071 [PubMed - in process]
Comparison of plasma and peritoneal indices of fibrinolysis between foals and adult horses with and without colic.
Watts AE, Fubini SL, Todhunter RJ, Brooks MB.
Am J Vet Res. 2011 Nov; 72(11):1535-40.
PMID: 22023133 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
What is your diagnosis? Cervical vertebral compressive myelopathy at C6-7.
Sparks HD, Nixon AJ, Watts AE.
J Am Vet Med Assoc. 2011 Jun; 238(12):1559-60.
PMID: 21671808 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
In vitro elution of amikacin and ticarcillin from a resorbable, self-setting, fiber reinforced calcium phosphate cement.
Watts AE, Nixon AJ, Papich MG, Sparks HD, Schwark WS.
Vet Surg. 2011 Jul; 40(5):563-70.
PMID: 21545461 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
Continuous peripheral neural blockade to alleviate signs of experimentally induced severe forelimb pain in horses.
Watts AE, Nixon AJ, Reesink HL, Cheetham J, Fubini SL, Looney AL.
J Am Vet Med Assoc. 2011 Apr; 238(8):1032-9.
PMID: 21492047 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
Fetal derived embryonic-like stem cells improve healing in a large animal flexor tendonitis model.
Watts AE, Yeager AE, Kopyov OV, Nixon AJ.
Stem Cell Res Ther. 2011 Jan; 2(1):4.
PMID: 21272343 [PubMed]
A technique for laser-facilitated equine pastern arthrodesis using parallel screws inserted in lag fashion.
Watts AE, Fortier LA, Nixon AJ, Ducharme NG.
Vet Surg. 2010 Feb; 39(2):244-53.
PMID: 20210975 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
A technique for internal fixation of scapulohumeral luxation using scapulohumeral tension sutures in three alpacas and one miniature steer.
Watts AE, Fortier LA, Nixon AJ, Ducharme NG.
Vet Surg. 2008 Feb; 37(2):161-5.
PMID: 18251810 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
Gene therapy in musculoskeletal repair.
Nixon AJ, Goodrich LR, Scimeca MS, Witte TH, Schnabel LV, Watts AE, Robbins PD.
Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2007 Nov; 1117:310-27.
PMID: 18056051 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
In vitro analysis of nonthermal plasma as a disinfecting agent.
Watts AE, Fubini SL, Vernier-Singer M, Golkowski C, Shin S, Todhunter RJ.
Am J Vet Res. 2006 Dec; 67(12):2030-5.
PMID: 17144805 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
Septic epiglottic chondritis with abscessation in 2 young Thoroughbred racehorses.
Infernuso T, Watts AE, Ducharme NG.
Can Vet J. 2006 Oct; 47(10):1007-10.
PMID: 17078251 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
Comparison of arthroscopic approaches and accessible anatomic structures during arthroscopy of the caudal pouches of equine femorotibial joints.
Watts AE, Nixon AJ.
Vet Surg. 2006 Apr; 35(3):219-26.
PMID: 16635000 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

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