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Caroline A McKinney - DVM, MPH

Caroline A McKinney
Large Animal Internal Medicine

Caroline began her horseback riding career, and love for horses, at the age of four. Since then, her life has revolved around them. Like her love for horses, the decision to become a veterinarian was also made at a young age. Riding took Caroline through competitive hunter jumper circuits and collegiate competition. Academic pursuits led her to Vanderbilt University for a Bachelor of Arts and then onto the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine for veterinary schooling. During veterinary school, Caroline was involved with AAEP, serving as the chapter President, and the Large Animal Hospital student technician team, and serving as a student director for that group. During veterinary school, Caroline simultaneously pursued a Master’s in Public Health through Tufts’ School of Medicine. She hopes to use this training, along with her veterinary degree, to help equids in developing nations. Following veterinary school, Caroline completed a rotating internship at an equine private practice outside of Nashville called Tennessee Equine Hospital. Caroline has a Labrador-cross who showed up on her doorstep during internship. When not working, she enjoys hiking with her dog and fiancée, distance running, and baking.


  • DVM – Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, 2016
  • MPH – Tufts University School of Medicine, 2016
  • BA - Vanderbilt University, 2012
  • Measuring Stress in the Equine Therapist: Cortisol Changes in Horses used in Therapeutic Riding. McKinney et al. Journal of Equine Veterinary Science. 2014; Volume 35, Issue 11, 922 – 928. Advisors: Nicholas Frank DVM, PhD, DACVIM and Megan Mueller, PhD

General Research Interests

  • Gastrointestinal pathophysiology
  • Endocrinology
  • Respiratory pathophysiology
  • Foreign Animal Disease
  • Human-Animal Interactions