University of Kentucky College of Agriculture

Elizabeth LaBonty

Lecturer and Internship Coordinator

Animal & Food Sciences Department, University of Kentucky
Ag North, Room 212-D
Lexington, Ky 40546-0091

Phone: (859)2570166
Email: Elizabeth.Labonty@uky.edu
  Elizabeth Labonty


EDUCATION

  • Masters of Science, University of California-Davis, June 2006
    • Discipline: Animal Biology
    • Specialization: Equine Reproductive Physiology, Animal Assisted Therapy
  • Bachelors of Science, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, December 2002
    • Major: Animal Science
    • Specialization: Breeding and Genetics
  • Artificial Insemination Certification, ABS Global, 2002


TEACHING EXPERIENCE

  • Lecturer and Internship Coordinator, University of Kentucky (2009 – present)
    • Developed and instructed
      • EQM 101, Intro to the Equine Industry (F-2009, F-2010, F-2011)
        • 66, 94, & 113 students
        • GEN 100/200, Contemporary Issues in Agriculture (F-2009, S-F 2010, S-F 2011)
          • 32, 28, 31, 30, 27, & 24 students
          • EQM 399, Equine Internship (2009 – present, every semester)
            • Over 90 students
            • GEN 109 Spring 2010, Equine Careers (S-2010, S-2011)
              • 26, 29 students
            • GEN 109 Fall 2010, Equine Career Preparation & Employment Skills (F-2010, F-2011)
              • 26, 21 students
            • Advise over 40 students
  • Program Coordinator & Equine Instructor, Bluegrass Community College (2008 – 2009)
    • Developed and instructed
      • Intro to Equine Science, Equine Physiology, Equine Reproduction
      • Equine Lameness, Equine Bloodstock, Intro to Breaking and Training
      • General Biology
      • Authored two new Diplomas, two new courses, and one new Degree
      • Coordinated internships, internal and external service
  • Equine Instructor, Laramie County Community College (2005–2008)
    • Develop and instructed
      • Equine Science I & II (Internal and External Anatomy & Physiology)
      • Equine Health Management, Equine Business Law
      • Equine Reproductions, Equine Seminar, Equine Sales and Service
      • Basic Training and Management, Advanced Training Techniques
      • Green Horse Green Rider, Basic Horsemanship
      • Coordinated internships, advised students, wrote grants, served on committees
      • Co-Adviser Block and Bridle
      • Supervised and hosted state FFA and 4-H Horse Judging competitions
  • Teaching Assistant Fellow, Department of Animal Science, University of California- Davis (2004-2005)
    • Reproductive Physiology 121
      • Lab experience included: training 18 Angus bulls for AV semen collection; performing vasectomy and castration surgeries on live mice; collecting embryos; performing mouse IVF; and analyzing sperm morphology
      • Animal Science I & II
        • Lab experience included: handling and dissecting pregnant and non pregnant sheep, pig, and cattle tracts; and slaughtered sheep and pig carcasses


PRESENTATIONS

  • Speaker, Jefferson County 4-H Awards Banquet (2011)
  • Presented, “2010 Kentucky Equine Youth Festival: How to create an Event that will bring 6,000 people”, ESS (2011)
  • Poster Presentation, “Collaboration in Action: Equine Business meets Science”, NAEAA (2011)
  • Presented, “Resumes, Cover Letters, & Thank You Cards” UK Equine Career Fair (2009, 2010, 2011)
  • Poster Presentation Accepted, “When Two Worlds Collide: Examining the role of internships in building effective relationships between equine academics and the equine industry.” NAEAA (2010)
  • Presented, “From Balance to Riding” Kentucky 4-H Volunteer Forum, February (2010)
  • Guest Lecturer, “Cardiovascular, Nervous, Respiratory, Muscular Systems”; “Equine Health and First Aid”; “Equine Digestive System” Bluegrass Community College (2009)
  • Guest Lecturer, “Infectious Agents: Bacteria, viruses, protozoa, fungi” EQM 351 (2009)
  • Presented, “Factors affecting gestation length in Thoroughbred mares” (Davies et. al., 2002), UC Davis, (2004)
  • Guest Lecturer, “Performance Enhancement Drugs : What’s legal and what lies ahead” Farm Manager’s Club Meeting, Lexington KY (2003)
  • Guest Lecturer, “Time Management” University Foundations 101, University of Nebraska – Lincoln (2001)


SERVICE

  • Equine Initiative, Executive Committee Member (2011–present)
  • ANFS Professional Advisor Planning Committee, UK (2011)
  • GEN 100/200 Equine Program Representative, UK (2010, 2011)
  • Strategic Planning Committee, Goal 1, UK (2010)
  • Lecture Series Faculty Evaluation Committee, UK (2010-2011)
  • Student Volunteer Coordinator, Alltech National Horse Show (2011)
  • Equine Initiative Booth Volunteer, Round up (2010, 2011)
  • Equine Initiative Booth Volunteer, Alltech National Horse Show (2011)
  • Equine Initiative Booth Volunteer, Rolex (2011)
  • Coordinator, EI Clubs & Teams Meeting, UK (2011)
  • Coordinator, Equine Internship Reception, UK (2011)
  • Coordinator, Equine Fall Kick-off Barbeque, UK (2011)
  • Coordinator - Equine Career Fair, UK (2009, 2010, 2011)
  • Discussion Leader: K Week, UK (2009, 2011)
  • 4-H State Contest Speech Judge (2009, 2010, 2011)
  • Faculty member, UK Equine Initiative Student Working Group (2009 - 2010)
  • Coordinator - Get The Scoop, UK (2009, 2010)
  • UK Student WEG Volunteern Coordinator (2010)
  • Saddle up safely & College of Agriculture volunteer, WEG (2010)
  • WEG Endurance Event volunteer, President’s Secretary (2010)
  • Equine Studies Representative, GEN 100/200 College Committee, UK (2010)
  • Volunteer Coordinator for Kentucky Equine Youth Festival, UK (2009-2010)
  • 2010 WEG Equine Summit Planning Group, UK (2008, 2009)
  • Student Awards Committee, BCTC (2008)
  • President, LCCEA (2007-2008)
  • Faculty Co-advisor Block & Bridle, LCCC (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008)
  • Equine Instructor Search Committee Chair, LCCC (2008)
  • Agriculture Instructor Search Committee, LCCC (2006)
  • Coordinator, Wyoming 4-H Rendezvous (2005, 2006, 2007)
  • Coordinator, State FFA Convention, Wyoming (2005, 2006, 2007)


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

  • Academy of Teaching and Learning Scholar, UK (2010 - present)
  • National Association of Equine Affiliated Academics, Active Member (2009 - present)
  • Equine Science Society, Active Member (2009 – present)
  • National Education Association of Higher Education (2005 – present)
  • Phi Sigma Society (2004 – present)
  • Buck Brannaman Professional Horsemanship Clinic (2011)
  • Kentucky Horse Council, Member (2009-2010)
  • American Association of Equine Practitioners, Annual Conference (2009)
  • Creating Internship Programs that Produce Results, AgCareers.com (2009)
  • Assessment & Millennial Generation Workshops, Academic Programs, UK (2009)
  • Teaching Gen X & Gen Y, New Faculty Development Workshop Series, UK (2009)
  • Livestock Disease & Diagnostic Center Monthly Lecture Series (2009 - present)
  • Alltech News and Brews Monthly Lecture Series (2009 - present)
  • Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers Club Meetings (2009 – present)
  • New Horizons Teaching Conference (2008)
  • WEA, Higher Education Summit Conference (2007)
  • Teaching for a Change Conference (2005, 2006, 2007)
  • Buck Brannaman Clinic: Colt Starting & Horsemanship II (2006)
  • Ray Hunt Clinic: Colt Starting & Horsemanship (2006)


GRANTS

  • UK Service-Learning Mini Grant Application (2011)
  • Kentucky Horse Council Grant Application: Equine Internship Support Scholarship (2009)
  • Summer Development Grant: Developing Equine Science 1 for Web CT (Fully Funded) (2007)
  • University of Wyoming Grant: A Look into the Ethical Issues of Cloning and Stem Cell Therapy – The Equine Industry: Paving the Way (Fully Funded) (2006)
  • Golden Apple Mini-Grant : Professional Training Clinic for LCCC Equine Students, LCCC Foundation (Fully Funded) (2006)
  • Summer Development Grant : Developing Equine Business Law & Equine Seminar (Fully Funded) (2006)


PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP

  • Equine Science Society (2009 - present)
  • National Association of Equine Affiliated Academics (2009 – present)
  • Kentucky Horse Council (2009 - present)
  • National Education Associate of Higher Education (2005 - present)
  • Phi Sigma Society (2004 - present)


HONORS & AWARDS

  • Accepted: Academy of Teaching and Learning Scholars Program, UK (2010)
  • Outstanding Faculty, Scholarship Recognition Luncheon, LCCC (2006)
  • Madison Who’s Who Among Executives and Professionals, Honors Edition (2006-2007)
  • Phi Sigma Honor Society Member, Gamma Delta Chapter, UC Davis (2005)
  • University FACE Grant, UC Davis (2004, 2005)
  • Non Resident Tuition Fellowship – Jastro Shields, UC Davis (2004)
  • Andrew Christensen Non Resident Tuition Fellowship, UC Davis (2004)
  • Graduate Block General Fund Tuition Fellowship, UC Davis (2004)
  • Nominated for Teamwork/Support Award, Frucon Construction Corporation (2004)
  • Perfect Attendance Award, KEMI (2003)
  • Graduate Women in Science, Animal Science Department Honoree, UNL (2001)


PUBLICATIONS

  • Fernanda C. Camargo and Elizabeth A. LaBonty, 2010 Kentucky Equine Youth Festival: How to create an event that will bring 6,000 people, ESS, 2011
  • Elizabeth A. LaBonty and Tim C. Capps, Collaboration in Action: Equine Business meets Science, BED, 2011
  • Elizabeth A. LaBonty, Welcome address, Wildcat Canter, January, 2011
  • Elizabeth A. LaBonty, Welcome address, , Wildcat Canter, May, 2011
  • Elizabeth A. LaBonty, Community Service Project Summary, Wildcat Canter, September, 2011
  • Elizabeth A. LaBonty, When Two Worlds Collide: Examining the role of internships in building effective relationships between equine academics and the equine industry, NAEAA, 2010
  • E. A. LaBonty, B. A. Ball, and K. Sabeur, Characterization of a sperm protein responsible for sperm reservoir formation in the oviduct of the mare, Center for Equine Health Research Review, 29, Davis CA: University of California-Davis, 2005
  • Elizabeth A. LaBonty, Tom Reed, Laurus Literary Magazine, Lincoln NE: University of Nebraska Press, 2000

GRADUATE RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

  • Masters Thesis Title: The Effects of Animal Assisted Therapy on Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
    • Developed an ethogram to quantitatively analyze behavior in collaboration with the University of California – Davis Veterinarian Medicine Extension Department Project: Animal-Assisted Therapy Facilitating Social Behaviors in Children with Autism-Related Disorders (2005)
    • Characterized sperm protein responsible for sperm adhesion to the oviduct of the mare and identified its presence or absence in various equine tissue in collaboration with the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, Center for Equine Health funded grant
    • Developed and pilot tested 4-H Animal Science Curriculum on the Wells Fargo Grant funded 4-H Curriculum Project
  • Equine Reproduction (2004)
  • Curriculum Development Research, (Fall 2004, 2005)