Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University
Patricia J. Provost

Assistant Professor

Colic, Adhesion Formation, Wound Healing, Large Animal Surgery
Director, Equine Sports Medicine Program
Chair, Companion Animal Health Fund

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  • MS - Michigan State University - 1989
  • VMD - University of Pennsylvania - 1985

Board Certification

  • American College of Veterinary Surgeons (DACVS)
  1. Quinteros DD, Garcia-Lopez JM, Provost PJ. Complete caecal bypass without ileal transaction for caecal impaction in horses: seven clinical cases (1997-2007). Aust Vet J, 88(11):434-8, 2010.
  2. Jenei T, Garcia-Lopez J, Provost PJ, Kirker-Head C. Surgical Management of Small Intestinal Incarceration through the Gastrosplenic Ligament: 14 Cases (1994-2006). JAVMA, 231(8): 1221-4, 2007.
  3. Bellezzo F, Hunt RJ, Provost PJ, Bain FT, Kirker-Head C. Surgical Repair of Rib Fractures in 14 Neonatal Foals: Case Selection, Surgical Technique and Results. EVJ, 36(7):557-562, 2004.
  4. Chevalier H M, Provost PJ, Karas AZ. Effect of caudal epidural xylazine on intraoperative distress and postoperative pain in Holstein heifers. Veterinary Anesthesia & Analgesia, 31(1):1-10, 2004.
  5. Smith J, Provost PJ, Paradis MR. Bacterial meningitis and brain abscesses secondary to infectious disease processes involving the head in horses: seven cases (1980-2001). JAVMA, 224(5):739-742, 2004.

General Research Interests

  • Gastrointestinal pathophysiology of colic and adhesion formation
  • Pathogenesis and treatment of equine skin tumors
  • Wound healing
  • Treatment of equine back pain

Selected Research Projects

  • The significance of EGF, TGF-B, PDGF-BB, MMP 2 & 9 in the normal and ulcerated equine eye
  • Efficacy comparison of dressings on full thickness infected wounds
  • Prevention of post-operative abdominal adhesions in pigs and ponies using a biopolymer implant
  • EGF, PDGF-BB, TGF-beta 1 as potential mediators of equine corneal epithelial cell and keratocyte migration in cell and in organ culture
  • An assessment of an alternative method for the management of equine back pain
  • Prevention and treatment of equine MRSA infections


  • Director - 4th Year Clinical Equine Surgery Rotation
  • Co-Director - 3rd Year Equine Medicine & Surgery Course
  • Director - 3rd Year Bovine Surgery Elective
  • Director - Equine Clinical Skills (Year 1 & 2)
  • Faculty Surgeon - Shelter Spay/Neuter Program

Research Interests by Area

Other Areas of Research
  • Mediators of corneal epithelial cells and keratocytes

Major Specialized Equipment

  • Video-endoscopy
  • High-speed treadmill
  • Digital Radiography
  • MRI
  • CT
  • Laser