Purina Animal Nutrition announces the hiring of Robert Jacobs, PhD, as an equine research nutritionist.
“Dr. Jacobs’ passion for researching ways to better the lives of horses through nutrition will be a great asset to our company and to our customers,” says Mary Beth Gordon, PhD, director of equine research and new product development at Purina Animal Nutrition. “Our team is devoted to developing products based on sound scientific research, and Dr. Jacobs will certainly contribute to that goal.”
Most recently Jacobs worked as a graduate teaching and research assistant in the Department of Animal and Poultry Sciences at Virginia Tech. He also held research and teaching roles at the Middleburg Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Middleburg, Virginia, and at the University of Florida.
Earning a PhD in animal science from Virginia Tech, Jacobs wrote his dissertation about the influences of omega-3 fatty acids on equine uterine health and embryonic development in obese, metabolically compromised mares. In 2012 he earned his master’s degree from the University of Florida, where he wrote his thesis about the effects of arginine supplementation on equine uterine health. He earned his bachelor’s degree in 2010 from the University of Florida, where he majored in animal science and pre-veterinary medicine.
“I’m looking forward to being a part of the Purina Animal Nutrition team," said Jacobs. "Purina Animal Nutrition’s focus on science-based nutrition combined with its state-of-the-art research facilities makes it a leader in the industry.” In his new role, he will conduct nutritional research that he hopes will help horse owners achieve their nutritional, breeding and performance goals.
Purina Animal Nutrition is committed to research innovation and the continuous improvement of its nutrition solutions. More than 24,000 studies have been conducted at the Purina Animal Nutrition Center, and tens of thousands of ingredient and nutrient combinations have been evaluated to create the best animal feed. This is just scratching the surface of understanding all the ways proper animal nutrition contributes to efficiency, productivity, longevity and health of animals.
“I believe nutrition provides us with the greatest opportunities to impact the lives of our equine companions,” Jacobs said. “We feed our horses on a daily basis, and providing them with the best feeds and supplements truly enables us to better their lives. The unique nature of the horse, in which they are considered both a livestock species and a companion animal, allows me to not only impact the life of the animal, but also the lives of the owners who invest a great deal of emotion into the care of their horses.”
Purina Animal Nutrition LLC (www.purinamills.com) is a national organization serving producers, animal owners and their families through more than 4,700 local cooperatives, independent dealers and other large retailers throughout the United States. Driven by an uncompromising commitment to animal excellence, Purina Animal Nutrition is an industry-leading innovator offering a valued portfolio of complete feeds, supplements, premixes, ingredients and specialty technologies for the livestock and lifestyle animal markets. Headquartered in Shoreview, Minn., Purina Animal Nutrition LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Land O’Lakes, Inc.