Being charged with taking the reins of the Georgia 4-H Horse program, Dr. Julia Snyder McCann works with the multifaceted horse program that offers great opportunity for youth eager to grow their equine knowledge and abilities. Along with the 4-H Horse program, Dr. McCann also will teach an equine evaluation course for the Animal and Dairy Science curriculum in the spring semester.

Dr. McCann earned a B.S. in Animal Science at North Carolina State University and a M.S. in equine nutrition from Virginia Tech where she also coached the collegiate horse judging team. Realizing the desire to become a professional educator in the horse area, she pursued a Ph.D. at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX where she did research in equine behavior and physiology while also helping coach the nationally successful collegiate horse judging team with Dr. Jim Heird.

Serving as an Assistant and Associate Professor in the Animal and Dairy Science Department from 1986 to 2002, Dr. McCann taught several horse courses, coached the horse judging team and conducted nutrition and forage research. She filled a similar position for the VA Tech Animal and Poultry Science Department for 10 years before returning to UGA to take a public service position working with equine program again with extension being a primary focus.

So the trail in life has come full circle to bring Dr. Julia McCann and husband Dr. Mark McCann back to The University of Georgia where their professional careers began. They now reside east of Athens on a farm with the horses and the sheep flock that traveled from Virginia.

B.S., North Carolina State University Animal Science
M.S., Virginia Tech: Animal Science: Equine Nutrition
Ph.D., Texas Tech: Animal Science: Equine Behavior and Physiology

Description of Extension and Teaching Responsibilities:

My primary focus is to lead the GA 4-H Equine program. Programmatic goals are to facilitate youth development through 4-H equine activities which include the GA state horse quiz bowl, hippology, presentation competitions, and the GA State 4-H Horse show held in Perry, GA. Educational programs to promote safety and horsemanship development target both youth and adult audiences. Educational resources and in-service training target both agent and 4-H volunteer leaders. Having coached nationally successful collegiate horse judging teams, I will teach the equine evaluation class for the Animal Science curriculum.