Cornell University Hospital for Animals


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Heidi L. Reesink, VMD, PhD, DACVS-LA

  • Heidi L. Reesink, VMD, PhD, DACVS-LA
  • Title: Assistant Professor of Large Animal Surgery
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Heidi Reesink, VMD, PhD, Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons - Large Animal


Dr. Reesink is a board-certified large animal surgeon with clinical interests in large animal orthopedic surgery, equine sports medicine, lameness and emergency surgery.  Dr. Reesink’s research laboratory aims to unravel basic mechanisms underlying the development of orthopedic disease and to pioneer innovative therapies for the treatment of joint injury and arthritis in equine and human athletes.  Heidi is interested in translating novel research discoveries, including regenerative medicine, stem cell therapy, and lubricin therapy, to equine clinical patients with musculoskeletal disease.


Education and Training

2016          Cornell University, PhD in Comparative Biomedical Sciences

2007          University of Pennsylvania, VMD (Summa Cum Laude)

2003          Iowa State University, BS in Zoology (Honors)

Board Certification

2012       American College of Veterinary Surgery – Large Animal