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Dr. Carissa Wickens



Dr. Carissa Wickens joined the faculty in the Department of Animal and Food Sciences at the University of Delaware (UD) in July of 2009 as the Assistant Professor of Equine Science. She also serves as the Equine Extension Specialist for the state of Delaware. Carissa completed her Ph.D. in Animal Behavior and Welfare at Michigan State University (MSU) in May 2009. The focus of her doctoral research was stereotypic behavior in horses, with an emphasis on the oral stereotypy of crib-biting. During her Ph.D. program, Carissa also assisted with the development of an online Animal Welfare Assessment Course funded through the USDA Higher Education Challenge Grants Program. Carissa received a Certificate in Horse Management from the Institute of Agricultural Technology at MSU in 1998 and completed a B.S. in Animal Science with a specialization in agribusiness in 2001. In 2003, she received a M.S. in Animal Science from MSU with an emphasis in equine nutrition.  Upon completion of her Master’s degree, Carissa spent one academic year (2003-04) studying and working under the direction of Dr. Cindy McCall at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama before returning to MSU. Currently at UD, Dr. Wickens is developing and teaching undergraduate animal science courses focused on the horse, and delivering both adult and youth equine education and outreach programs. Carissa presently teaches ANFS 220 Introduction to Equine Science and ANFS 426 Equine Management and guest lectures on equine topics in other Animal and Food Sciences courses including Introduction to Animal Science, Animal Nutrition, and Animal Behavior. Dr. Wickens enjoys driving draft horses and the addition of a team of Belgian/Spotted Draft crosses to the University of Delaware teaching herd is giving students the opportunity to learn how to harness, drive, and care for these animals.

Media, Podcasts and Presentations

FREE webcast sponsored by MHU
Is it Coping or is it a Vice? A Review of Cribbing, Weaving and Other Stereotypic Behaviors
January 2013

Relation to MHU

Webcast Expert: Is it Coping or is it a Vice? A Review of Cribbing, Weaving and Other Stereotypic Behaviors

Peer Reviewer: Horse Behavior and Welfare