Dawn Sherwood
Assistant Professor
OSU Campus
Department of Animal and Rangeland Sciences
310 Withycombe Hall
Corvallis, OR 97331
United States


Applied research conducted by Dr. Sherwood is beneficial to horse owners across the country.  The major areas of study are mud and pasture management to better the health and productivity of the pasture.  These management systems are also evaluated for their influence on the horses’ level of fitness.

Many of the studies conducted are by Undergraduate Seniors enrolled in the Animal Science Senior Research Project.  This project provides undergraduate students with valuable research experience while supplying the horse owner with beneficial information. 

The second area of research involves evaluating the behavior of wild stallions in herd settings.  This behavior is then studied to see if there is a correlation between herd behavior and the stallions’ response to people and other ‘abnormal’ situations.

Dr. Sherwood also collaborates with other Departments on various research projects involving horses.


Ph.D. Animal Science, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, 2007

M.S. Animal Science, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, 1998

B.S. Animal Science, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, 1994

A.S. Pre-Veterinary Medicine, Northwest College, 1991


Refereed Journal/Book Chapters:

D. M. Sherwood.  Pacific Northwest Insect Management Handbook.  Horse Insecticides.  A Pacific Northwest Extension Publication.  2009-2014 (Editor).

National Conference Proceedings:

D. Sherwood.  Castration of Wild Horses:  A Unique Classroom Setting.  Proc. Equine Science Society.  J. Equine Vet. Sci. 2011.  31:352.

D. M. Sherwood.  Collaborative Effort to Manage a Tribal Wild Horse Population in Oregon.  Proc. National Assoc. Equine Affiliated Academics.  2011.  13-14.

D. M. Sherwood, F. Brummer, J. Mecham.  A Collaborative Effort to Assist the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, Oregon, in Managing Wild Horse Herds.  Proceedings of the 9th Annual Western Region County Agents Meeting.

A. Rowson, D. Sherwood, Y. Wang, S. Puntenney, N. E. Forsberg.  2010.  Effects of an experimental feed additive on neutrophil-mediated killing of Streptococcus equi and on markers of innate immune function in horses.  J. Anim. Sci. 2010.  88:764.

Abstracts: 4

Presentations within Oregon: 25