John C. Miller Chair of Excellence in Equine Reproductive Physiology

The John C. Miller Chair of Excellence in Equine Reproductive Physiology is one of 100 Chairs of Excellence in the Tennessee Higher Education System. Housed at Middle Tennessee State University, in the School of Agribusiness Agriscience Horse Science Center, it was founded through a bequest of Mary E. Miller of Lewisburg, Tennessee in honor of her husband, John C. Miller. Mr. Miller was a the owner of the 1973 World Grand Champion Tennessee Walking Horse, Delight Bummin Around, and he was active in the breeding of Tennessee Walking Horses. 

The purpose of the John C. Miller Chair of Excellence in Equine Reproductive Physiology is to assist the equine industry in Middle Tennessee and to train students in equine reproduction. This is done through teaching, training, research and providing breeding services with MTSU stallions and stallions belonging to the public.
 Dr. John HaffnerDr. John Haffner

A veterinarian in residence to teach, conduct research, and serve as a resource for the equine industry for our nationally recognized equine program is an invaluable asset. Dr. Haffner teaches equine reproduction and breeding along with other courses in animal welfare and equine health. He is the advisor to the MTSU Pre-Veterinary Society. Dr. Haffner serves as the Attending Veterinarian on MTSU’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee. He has developed a working relationship with scientists at Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc. who has funded research projects, and discussion is under way for more studies. Dr. Haffner has presented work at the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Forums, Mongolian Fast Horse Seminars, and at state and local veterinary meetings.

Dr. Haffner oversees all health programs for our equine herd at the Middle Tennessee State University and is a guest lecturer in several animal science courses. He provides veterinary service to university clients who breed mares to the stallions housed at the Horse Science Center. This activity produces income for the program. Due to his relationship with a prominent breeding farm, MTSU acquired a World Champion Tennessee Walking Horse stallion that is being used for breeding and teaching.

Additionally, Dr. Haffner brings an international connection as he travels to Mongolia on an annual basis to teach and conduct research. In August 2016, he took a teaching trip to Mongolia in accordance with a memorandum of understanding between MTSU and the Mongolian School of Veterinary Medicine where he holds a position of Adjunct Professor. Dr. Haffner is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Association of Equine Practitioners, and is a past president of the Middle Tennessee Academy of Equine Practitioners. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in Equine practice 1997 – 2017.

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