Dr. Rustin Moore wanted to be a veterinarian, an Appalachian James Herriot, as far back as he can remember, yet he had no idea what professional opportunities lay ahead or which career paths he would take. Little did he know what he would do, how much he would accomplish and contribute, or those he would influence and impact. Dr. Moore has become a world-renown equine surgeon and researcher; dedicated veterinary educator, role model and mentor, and highly-regarded academic administrator. He is considered a visionary, influential, and transformational leader among his colleagues and peers. They characterize him as humble, caring, compassionate, inspirational, and a person with unwavering commitment who tirelessly serves The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine and the veterinary profession.
Originally from Spencer, West Virginia, where he graduated from Spencer High School in 1982, he received a bachelor’s degree in Animal and Veterinary Science from West Virginia University in 1986, and his DVM and PhD degrees from The Ohio State University in 1989 and 1994, respectively. He completed a one-year large animal internship at the University of Georgia and a three-year equine surgery residency at Ohio State in 1993. He achieved board-certification and became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1994.
Dr. Moore began his faculty career in 1994 at Louisiana State University (LSU) and quickly rose through the ranks to become professor by 2001 and remained there until 2006. He served as Service Chief of Equine Medicine and Surgery and Director of the Equine Health Studies Program from 2000 to 2006. He was appointed the Paula and Milton Wyman Endowed Professor in 2004.
While at LSU he assumed emergency leadership of a large-scale rescue effort for nearly 500 horses along with many other animals during the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. He also has become well known for his work with Molly, a pony rescued after Hurricane Katrina and subsequently attacked by a dog, requiring the lower half of her leg to be amputated. After the surgery she was fitted with a prosthetic limb and continues to do well nine years later. Molly serves as a therapeutic friend to children and adults who have physical or mental challenges. She has traveled all over the United States spreading hope, joy and courage to those in need, and has visited schools, nursing homes, children’s hospitals and cancer camps, as well as the Ronald McDonald House, the No Barriers Festival, and Walter Reed Medical Center. Molly is truly amazing and has a positive impact on everyone she meets.
Dr. Moore served as the Chair of the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences at Ohio State from 2006 to 2014. He was named the Bud and Marilyn Jenne Endowed Professor in 2008, a position he still holds. He served as the Acting Director of the Veterinary Medical Center from 2009 to 2011, the Associate Dean of Clinical and Outreach Programs from 2010 to 2014, and the Executive Director of the Veterinary Medical Center since 2011. He currently serves as the Associate Executive Dean of the College, Executive Director of the Veterinary Medical Center, and Director of the Alice Lloyd Finley Memorial Veterinary Research Farm.
Dr. Moore’s clinical interests include equine lameness, surgery, and colic and its associated complications. His research interests include laminitis, gastrointestinal disease, and endotoxemia. He has been a principal or co-investigator on approximately 120 funded grants totaling over $4 million. He has served as an advisor, co-advisor or committee member for 21 graduate (PhD and MS) students,18 of whom had either their first position or current position in academia, as well as a clinical advisor or mentor for more than 25 interns and residents.
Dr. Moore has authored or co-authored more than 15 book chapters, 120 peer- or editor-reviewed manuscripts, and 175 scientific abstracts. He has given numerous scientific and continuing education presentations at local, state, national and international conferences. He frequently serves as an invited speaker at national and international equine veterinary clinical, research, educational and leadership symposia.
He has received numerous awards for his work, a few of which include the Pfizer Award for Research Excellence while on faculty at LSU in 1996. He was named the recipient of the 1997 Young Distinguished Alumni Award by the WVU College of Agriculture and Forestry in 1997. He was named an LSU Distinguished Faculty in 2001. He was the recipient of the 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award for his work and support of laminitis research. He also served as the 2010 Commencement Speaker for the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design.
Dr. Moore is a member of numerous external organizations where he has served multiple volunteer leadership roles, including the American Association of Equine Practitioners where he has served on the Educational Programs Committee, Foundation Advisory Committee, Board of Directors, chair of the 2004 and 2009 Equine Laminitis Research Workshops, and a member of the “On Call Team,” providing expertise to media about issues in the equine industry and horse racing. He also served as President of the American Association of Veterinary Clinicians from 2011 to 2012, and in a variety of capacities for the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, including on the Board of Regents. He currently serves as the Co-Director of the International Laminitis Conference, a bi-annual conference focused on conquering this devastating disease of horses, which took the life of Secretariat and Barbaro and countless other horses.