The Colorado State University Student Chapter of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (SCAAEP) is an organization within the College of Veterinary Medicine that is dedicated to helping equine veterinary students obtain experience and knowledge above the standard curriculum currently offered in veterinary school.   SCAAEP hosts wet labs, speakers, and lunch rounds throughout the year, and our main event- the CSU Equine Symposium, which is open to students as well as practicing veterinarians.


 Meet our 2020-2021 Advisors & Officers


Advisor: Dr  Jenn Hatzel

Jenn Hatzel is originally from Katy, Texas and attended Texas Tech University as an Animal Science major.  She was awarded her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2007 within the charter class at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California.  Since then, she has participated in an internship in Ocala, Florida; fellowship in Lexington, Kentucky; Masters degree at the University of Florida; and residency in equine theriogenology at Colorado State University.  She balances her time between the busy equine breeding season with three two-legged kiddos, a husband, and small family farm.

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Advisor: Dr  Katie Seabaugh

Katie Seabaugh is originally from Kalispell, Montana where she grew up with cows and horses and competed in lower level hunter/jumper shows as well as eventing.  She originally went to veterinary school to work on cows but eventually realized she could combine her career with her passion and become an equine vet.  She obtained her Doctorate in veterinary medicine from Washington State University in 2007.   The following year she completed an internship at a specialty equine referral practice in Oakdale, California.   Following the path she set for herself she obtained and completed a large animal surgical residency at Colorado State University and subsequent board certification in the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2013.  Also, in 2013 she took a faculty position at the University of Georgia and began pursuing board certification in the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation.  She achieved this certification in January 2015.  In 2016, Dr. Seabaugh returned to CSU. She is joined in Fort Collins by her husband, who is an equine radiologist and faculty member at CSU. Together they have two kids, Beckett and Calder, two dogs, a cat and a horse.   

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President: Bailey Harmon

I am a third-year veterinary student from Nashville, Indiana. After asking for “one riding lesson” for my eighth birthday, I grew up riding in 4-H and eventually fell in love with three-day eventing. I competed through college with Jenny (pictured), who is now happily retired. After graduating from Indiana University in 2015, I spent years traveling, working, and riding infrequently, so I am very excited to be back in the academic world and once again involved with horses. Jenny’s bouts with lameness during her career inspired me to pursue equine medicine, and I am lucky to be doing so at a program as wonderful as CSU.

Email address: beharmon@rams.colostate.edu


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I am a third year veterinary student with a passion for equine medicine. I grew up in Hillsboro Oregon and I went to my undergraduate here at CSU, where I got a degree in Equine Science. I grew up riding and owning horses, but now I enjoying spending my time with other people’s horses and my cat Phillip. I am excited to be a part of this officer team and help others find their passion in equine medicine!

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I am a third-year vet student, born and raised in Littleton, Colorado. I grew up riding horses with the Westernaires, performing in disciplines ranging from dressage to roman riding! I completed my B.S. in Equine Science at CSU in 2015, my M.S. in Biomedical Sciences in 2018 and am now working on my DVM! I am excited to be a part of the SCAAEP officer team as horses are my passion and I’m eager to share my enthusiasm with others!

Email Address: lmckaig@colostate.edu

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I am a third-year veterinary student from Oceanside, California. I earned my bachelor’s degree in Integrative Physiology at the University of Colorado and am now working on my DVM. I’ve always been interested in equine medicine, and since working at the CSU’s Equine Reproduction Laboratory, I’ve found a passion for theriogenology as well. I am excited to be a part of this officer team and look forward to a career in equine medicine.  


Secretary: Bernadette Maertens

I am a second year vet student from Colorado who is passionate about horses! While I spent much time riding in reined cowhorse events growing up, I didn’t quite realize my love of equine medicine until my first year of vet school after I got to experience many of CSU SCAAEP’s events and wet labs. I am looking forward to helping make this year in SCAAEP a great one!

Maria BrockThird Year Rep: Ria Brock

 I am a third-year veterinary student and am interested in pursuing a career in mixed large animal practice with focuses on equine lameness and beef cattle herd health management. I grew up in Colorado and was actively involved in 4H and a variety of equine disciplines, including hunter jumpers, western pleasure, ranch horse versatility, and breakaway and team roping. I have degrees in Biomedical Sciences and Microbiology from CSU and am excited to be continuing my education in Colorado. I currently have two horses, Lacey and Briggs, and enjoy taking them for trail rides around our beautiful state. I am looking forward to a great year with CSU’s student chapter of AAEP and am honored to be serving on the officer board.

Email address: mbrock@rams.colostate.edu

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Second Year Rep: Clarissa Carver

Clarissa is originally from Northern Illinois, she came to CSU for her undergraduate degrees in equine and animal science and is part of the combined Master’s of Animal Science/ DVM program here. Clarissa’s research focused on equine nutrition looking at the interaction between diet and gene expression. She grew up riding and showing horses in local pleasure, 4-H, and Hunter/Jumper shows and hopes one day to get back in the show ring. After graduation, she would like to do general large animal practice and potentially pursue board certification in veterinary nutrition.

Email address: ccarver@rams.colostate.edu

EM pictureFirst-Year Representative: Erin McCready

I am a first year veterinary student originally from Lakewood, Colorado. I grew up loving horses, veterinary medicine, and traveling- I managed to combine all three by working 4 consecutive thoroughbred foaling seasons at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in Kentucky (twice) and stud farms in Australia and South Africa. I then returned to Colorado to complete a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and International Development. I currently live in Fort Collins with my cat -who thinks she is a dog- Agnes and my pit bull Olive. Post-graduation I am interested in pursuing a career in equine medicine with a focus on neonates.

Email address: erin.mccready@colostate.edu

IMG_3014Lunch Rounds Coordinator: Connor Dugan

Veterinary has not been a lifelong goal of mine like it has been for many others but in the end, horses ended up drawing me to this field. My current goal is to practice, at a minimum, equine medicine with the potential to do all large animal species. I would very much like to own my practice, but I’m not sure if I want that to be an urban or rural practice yet. I decided to run for an officer position in SCAAEP for a couple reasons. The biggest ones being that I have always enjoyed working with horses, and I’d personally love to help other people realize how amazing these animals are. Riding on and coaching equestrian drill teams taught me that sharing these animals with others is as exciting and rewarding as working with them myself. I also wanted to become more involved with AAEP as a newer member of the veterinary community in order to build my network, experiences and resources to help shape my veterinary career.


LAET Coordinator: Jordan Tarbutton

I am a second year veterinary student from Castle Rock, Colorado. I grew up riding horses in 4-H, was active in my county fair and rodeo, and have always had an interest in equine medicine. I completed my B.S. in biomedical sciences here at CSU. I’m passionate about emergency and critical care for both equine and small animal. I am excited to be a part of this officer team and help provide awesome opportunities within SCAAEP!

Email address: jdt1997@gmail.com


Website/Scholarship Coordinator: Marion Steiblen

Marion was born and raised in France, she came to CSU and pursued both equine sciences as well as a business degree in the honors program. Additionally she completed a 6 month internship at Hagyard, KY and currently works in the radiology department and the equine Orthopaedic Research Center at the CSU VTH. She is a second year veterinary student and she has been working on creating this new website for the SCAAEP and is looking forward to being even more involved in the events to come this year.

Email address: msteible@rams.colostate.edu


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