Dr. McCracken attended Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in 1999. She completed a rotating internship at Hagyard and then continued on as Field Care Associate.She was trained in veterinary acupuncture through IVAS in 2006. Dr. McCracken is dedicated to veterinary education and is very involved in young vet development. She also actively purses the advancement of equine field care through various research projects, primarily focused on Rhodococcus equi in foals. She has published papers, book chapters and given lectures on the topic. She has also been an active voice for general foal field care. Her interests are in field medicine, herd health, broodmare management, neonatal care, medical ultrasonography, and field emergency and critical care.
Current Research Projects
Biomarkers (hematologic and biochemical) in predicting the development of clinical R. equi pneumonia from subclinical disease.
Characterization of the uterine microbiome of mares that foal prematurely compared with mares with normal gestational length and mares that have clinically normal foals compared with mares with clinically comprised foals. (Primary researchers: Drs. Oakley and Frazer).
Memberships & Affiliations
American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
Kentucky Veterinary Medical Association (KVMA)
Kentucky Association of Equine Practitioners (KAEP)
Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers’ Club (KTFMC)
American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP)
Hagyard Field Care
Cornell University, DVM
International Veterinary Acupuncture Society