About Dr. Lisa Lancaster, DVM

Like many young girls who love horses, I planned on becoming a veterinarian since childhood. Growing up, I always felt at home when riding… my view of the world framed by a horse’s ears. Becoming a farrier, however, was not a vision I had for myself until I finished shoeing school, when I found myself equally at home riding horses or working on their feet. When I attended horse shoeing school with the simple goal of providing basic hoof care to my own horses, I did not realize I would end up first working as a farrier, and later developing an academic interest in horse foot science.

My fascination with all things hoof related led me to choose Michigan State University for veterinary school, so I could work in the Equine Foot Lab with Bob Bowker. After vet school, I became certified in acupuncture at the Medical Acupuncture for Veterinarians course at Colorado State University. Today I combine my interests with a focus on treating laminitis and studying the science of acupuncture and the equine foot.

I spent so many years benefiting from what horses offer to humans that I am happy to finally offer something to help these amazing animals. I am dedicated to helping owners make good hoof and horse care decisions. I am grateful to be involved in teaching and research. And I love sharing what I learn about acupuncture, horse, and hoof science with my colleagues and clients!

Education and Credentials

DVM, Michigan State University, 2006
Animal Chiropractic Certification, Parker College of Chiropractic, 2006
Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation Training, 2006
Veterinary Medical Acupuncture Certification, Colorado State University, 2007
Medical Massage for Animals, canine certification, CSU, 2008
Equine Rock Tape Certified, 2016

Before vet school:
Farrier Training, Colorado School of Trades, Denver, CO 1998
Equine Sports Massage, Loveland, CO 1998

Selected Publications: Peer Reviewed

(You can download pdf copies of peer reviewed open access papers and conference proceedings from my ResearchGate page.)

Equine Hoof Wall Tubule Density and Morphology – Lancaster LS; Bowker RM; Mauer WA, The Journal Of Veterinary Medical Science / The Japanese Society Of Veterinary Science [J Vet Med Sci], ISSN: 1347-7439, 2013; Vol. 75 (6), pp. 773-8
Acupuncture Points of the Horse’s Distal Thoracic Limb: A Neuroanatomic Approach to the Transposition of Traditional Points. Lisa S. Lancaster and Robert M. Bowker. Animals 2012, 2(3), 455-471
Density and Morphologic Features of Primary Epidermal Laminae in the Feet of 3-Year Old Racing Quarter Horses. LS Lancaster, RM Bowker, WA Mauer. American Journal of Veterinary Research, 68(1), 2007

Laminitis Conference Presentations

Radiographic Findings Regarding the Toe Crena – Journal of Equine Veterinary Science, Volume 33, Issue 10, October 2013, Page 856. Bjorn Berg, Lisa S. Lancaster
Equine Hoof Wall Tubule Density and Morphology – Journal of Equine Veterinary Science, Volume 33, Issue 10, October 2013, Page 851. Lisa S. Lancaster, Robert M. Bowker, Whitney A. Mauer
Developmental Changes in Epidermal Laminae and Tubules of Equine Hoof Wall in the Term Fetus and Young Horse – Journal of Equine Veterinary Science, Volume 33, Issue 10, October 2013, Pages 851-852. Robert M. Bowker, Erin E. Haas, Lisa S. Lancaster
Medical Acupuncture for Equine Laminitis – Journal of Equine Veterinary Science, Volume 31, Issue 10, October 2011, Page 604. Lisa Lancaster
The Toe Crena: Gross and Microscopic Examination of the “Normal” White Line – Journal of Equine Veterinary Science, Volume 31, Issue 10, October 2011, Pages 590-591. Lisa Lancaster
Hoof Capsule Flares: Gross and Microscopic Examination of the “Normal” Hoof Wall – Journal of Equine Veterinary Science, Volume 31, Issue 10, October 2011, Page 572. Lisa Lancaster

Popular Press

The Crena of the White Line. LS Lancaster. Hoofcare and Lameness Journal of Equine Foot Science, forthcoming.
Acupuncture for Laminitis. Lisa Lancaster. Holistic Horse. Issue 79. June/July 2012.
Equine Acupuncture. Lisa Lancaster. The Horse’s Mouth Newsletter, published by Dr. Eleanor Kellon, vol. 2, No. 7, July 2012.
Laminar and Tubule Density Research, LS Lancaster. Hoofcare and Lameness Journal of Equine Foot Science, 2005
The Sound Hoof: Horse Health from the Ground Up, Lisa Simons Lancaster. Tallgrass Publishers, 2004(This book is out of print, but a few copies are still available at hoofcare.com.)
What Current Hoof-Care Thinking Means to Your Shoeing Business. Lisa Simons. American Farriers Journal, Jan/Feb 2002
Rethinking Traditional Hoofcare. Lisa Simons. Hoofcare and Lameness Journal of Equine Foot Science, 2001

Veterinary Academic and Publishing Affiliations

Consulting Editor, Hoofcare and Lameness Journal of Equine Foot Science
Research Collaboration with Dr. R. Bowker, Equine Foot Lab, MSU: Inside a Laboratory that Looks Inside Horses’ Hooves
Teaching Assistant for CSU Medical Acupuncture for Veterinarians
Western Dressage Association of America: Horse Health and Hoof Care Blog
Consulting Editor, Holistic Horse Journal

Non-Veterinary Academic Background

Adjunct Faculty Humanities & Social Sciences. Colorado Mountain College, Vail, CO. 1991–1997
PhD International Politics. University of Denver, 2001
French Language Study, Cavilam Institute, Vichy, France, 1999
M. Sc. International Relations. London School of Economics, London, England, 1990
Hebrew Language Study, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel, 1988
B.A. Political Philosophy. Summa cum laude. Syracuse University, 1986

More about Dr. Lancaster: See a few photos of my life with my horse Eddie, or visit my clinical practice website Lancaster Veterinary Services.