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College of Veterinary Medicine

Elizabeth Santschi


Professor, Equine Surgery

Phone: 785-532-5700
E-mail: santschi@vet.k-state.edu

Education and Professional Training

  • Bachelor of Science: University of Illinois, College of Agriculture
  • D.V.M.: University of Illinois, College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Internship:  North Carolina State University
  • Residency:  Peterson and Smith Equine Hospital, Ocala, FL


  • Equine Surgery (4th year)
  • Supplemental Equine Studies (4th year)
  • Clinical Skills (3rd year)
  • Large Animal Surgery II (3rd year)
  • Equine Lameness Elective course coordinator (3rd year)
  • Clinical Anatomy (1st year)
  • Equine exercise physiology (undergrad animal science)


  • Investigating the biochemical causes of, and treatments for, subchondral bone lucencies
  • Investigating the prevalence and causes of stifle osteochondrosis


  • Dr. Santschi’s primary interest is in orthopedic diseases of juvenile horses. This includes disorders such as osteochondrosis and subchondral bone cysts, septic arthritis, and angular and flexural limb deformities.   
  • Other areas of interest include performance horse injury and fracture repair.   

Selected Publications