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Faculty and Staff - Robert C. Causey DVM, PhD

Robert Causey

Diplomate American College of Theriogenologists
Associate Professor, Animal and Veterinary Sciences,
Room 344, Hitchner Hall
University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469-5735
207-922-7475 (mobile)
207-581-2782 (office)
207-581-2729 (fax)


  • BS Animal Science University of Minnesota 1985
  • DVM University of Minnesota 1989
  • Member Royal College of Veteriary Surgeons 1992
  • PhD Veterinary Microbiology, Louisiana State University 1995
  • Diplomate American College of Theriogenologists 1996


Gores-Lindholm AR, LeBlanc MM, Causey RC, Hitchborn A, Fayrer-Hosken RA, Kruger M, Vandenplas M, Flores P, Ahlschwede S. Relationships between intrauterine infusion of N-acetylcysteine, equine endometrial pathology, neutrophil function, post-breeding therapy, and reproductive performance. (2013). Theriogenology (in press).

Causey RC, Artiushin SC, Crowley IF, Weber JA,Homola AD, Kelley A, Stephenson LA, Opitz HM, Guilmain S, Timoney JF.Immunisation of the equine uterus against Streptococcus equi subspecieszooepidemicus using an intranasal attenuated Salmonella vector. The VeterinaryJournal  2010; 184: 156-161

Leblanc MM, Causey RC, Clinical and subclinicalendometritis in the mare: both threats to fertility. Reproduction in DomesticAnimals. 2009; 44 Suppl 3:10-22

Lehnhard RA, Manso Filho HC, Causey RC, Watford M,McKeever KH. Maternal and foetal heart rates during exercise in horses.Comparative Exercise Physiology. 2009;6:43-48.

Causey R, Ruksznis D, Miles R. Field management ofequine uterine prolapse in a Thoroughbred mare. Equine Veterinary Education.2007;19:254-259.

Causey R, Mucus and the Mare: How little we know.Theriogenology. 2007;68:386-394.

Causey RC. Making sense of equine uterineinfections: the many faces of physical clearance. The Veterinary Journal 2006;172: 405-421.

Causey RC, Weber JA, Emmans EE, Stephenson LA,Homola AD, Knapp KR, Crowley IF, Pelletier DC, Wooley NA.The equine immuneresponse to Streptococcus equi subspecies zooepidemicus during uterineinfection. The Veterinary Journal. 2006;172:248-57.

Courses Taught

AVS 196: Introductory field experience in the handling and care of the University of Maine equine herd.

AVS 249: An introduction to laboratory and companion animal science. Species covered include rodents, rabbits, dogs and cats. Topics include characteristics of each species, welfare, husbandry, uses, diet and health maintenance.

AVS 303: Work experience at the equine operation at the J.F. Witter Teaching and Research Center.† Students work in teams to manage the University equine herd, including feeding, nutrition, health management, retraining of donated horses, maintenance and marketing.

AVS 353:  A survey of the reproductive biology of the horse and a discussion of horse breeding practices, including artificial insemination, semen evaluation and embryo transfer.

AVS 393: An introduction to the standardbred harness racing industry with detailed instruction on training and management of the standardbred race horse.

AVS 397: Field experience in the equine industry, or with an equine veterinarian. 

Research Interests

Equine Reproduction, Infectious diseases, Anatomy, Biomechanics, and economic sustainability of equine farms in Maine.   

Student Advisory

Dr Causey works with students involved in research at all levels as undergraduates, work study students, senior projects, honors theses, and Master’s and PhD projects. Undergraduate and graduate students are co-authors on publications.            

Professional Activities

Dr Causey is Coordinator of UMaine’s equine program, advisor to Drill team, Dressage Club and Equestrian Team. Licensed veterinarian in Maine, Virginia and Minnesota. Member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners.


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