Carissa Wickens is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Animal Sciences at the University of Florida, and serves as an Extension Equine Specialist for the state of Florida. Her current responsibilities are to develop and implement equine education and outreach programs and to conduct applied research in the areas of equine management, behavior and welfare.
Carissa served as an Assistant Professor and Equine Extension Specialist with the Department of Animal and Food Sciences at the University of Delaware from July 2009-December 2013 where she taught undergraduate equine science courses and provided educational resources and programming for Delaware equine owners.
Carissa completed her Ph.D. in Animal Science at Michigan State University in May 2009 with an emphasis in horse behavior and welfare. The focus of her doctoral research was stereotypic behavior in horses, with a primary focus on the oral stereotypy of crib-biting.
She enjoys working with all equids, but has a special affinity for draft horses and Arabians.