Car accident claims life of respected equine veterinarian Josie Coverdale

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Dr Josie Coverdale
Dr Josie Coverdale

The veterinary fraternity in the US is mourning the loss of equine veterinarian Dr Josie Coverdale, who died on February 13 after sustaining injuries in an accident in Bryan, Texas.

The accident happened at about 7.40am on Friday, February 12 , at the intersection of Harvey Mitchell Parkway and Raymond Stotzer. Police said a preliminary investigation found that a Ford Explorer driven by a 25-year-old College Station resident, was north bound on Harvey Mitchell attempting to make a left turn on to Raymond Stotzer. Coverdale’s 2011 Ford Fusion was southbound on Harvey Mitchell when the Explorer failed to yield the right of way and turned in front of her.

Coverdale, 38, was an associate professor in equine science in the department of animal science at Texas A&M University. She taught undergraduate and graduate courses in equine nutrition, and also directed research in equine nutrition with an interest in forage utilization and hindgut fermentation. She was sought internationally for her expertise in equine nutrition and taught classes around the globe, including South Africa, Costa Rica, Panama and Dubai.

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of Dr Josie Coverdale, who was highly respected by both her students and faculty here at Texas A&M,” said department head Dr Russell Cross. “Josie was truly a valued member of our faculty here and made such a tremendous impact with regards to teaching and research.”

Coverdale, who was born in Jefferson, Iowa, received numerous awards during her career, including the Excellence in Teaching Award from Iowa State University, where she earned a master’s degree in equine nutrition and doctorate in calf nutrition. Most recently, she received the 2015-16 Distinguished Achievement Award for College-Level Teaching from the Association of Former Students at Texas A&M. She served as an assistant professor at the University of Georgia before joining the faculty at Texas A&M as an associate professor in 2006.

She was a member of the Equine Science Society, American Society of Animal Science, American Society of Dairy Science and North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture.

A memorial service was held on Wednesday at the Thomas G. Hildebrand Equine Complex in College Station.

Coverdale is survived by her husband, Mark, and parents, Judy and Larry Piltingsrud of Krum, Texas.

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