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Erika Berg

Erika Berg








Erika Berg
Associate Professor - Equine Science
Program Director - Bison Strides Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies

Office: Hultz Hall 174
Phone: (701) 231-9611

Research interests:
The impact of equine assisted activities and therapies on equine and human participants.

Ph.D., Animal Science – University of Missouri, 2006
M.S., Animal Science – Purdue University, 1995
B.S., Animal Science – Purdue University, 1994

Courses taught:
ANSC 210 Introduction to Therapeutic Horsemanship
ANSC 260 Introduction to Equine Studies
ANSC 300 Domestic Animal Behavior and Management
ANSC 310 Principles of Therapeutic Horsemanship Instruction
ANSC 364 Equine Anatomy and Physiology
ANSC 410 Therapeutic Horsemanship Teaching Practicum
ANSC 478 Research and Issues in Animal Agriculture


Select referred journal articles:

Berg, E.L. 2015. Horse Species Symposium: Developmental programming: Applications in the horse. J. Anim. Sci. 93:3243-3244. doi:10.2527/jas2015-9269.

Coverdale, J.A., T. Hoagland and E.L. Berg. 2015. Horse Species Symposium: Advances in equine stem cell biology. J. Anim. Sci. 93:860-861. doi:10.2527/jas2014-8894.

Berg, E.L. and A. Causey. 2014. The life-changing power of the horse: equine-assisted activities and therapies in the U.S. Animal Frontiers. 4:72-75.

Berg, E.L. 2012. The Equine Anatomy Project: student perceptions of a necropsy lab. North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture. 56:30-33.


Select proceedings:

Klose, R.A and E.L. Berg. 2019. Stress-related behavior of horses in adapted therapeutic riding lessons and hippotherapy sessions. J. Equine Vet. Sci. 76:95.

Swanson,. T.J., M.A. Gunkleman, L. Hanna, E.L. Berg and C.J. Hammer. 2019 Wish I had a horse camp: introducing youth to horses. J. Equine Vet. Sci. 76:111-112

Berg, E.L., M. Gooch, L. Feldmann, B. Knight and J. Verlaine. 2017. Equine assisted psychotherapy treatment in a residential childcare facility. J. Equine Vet. Sci. 52:118.

Berg, E.L. and K.A. LaFond. 2015. Frequency of stress-related behaviors among therapy horses. J. Equine Vet. Sci. 35:433.

Berg, E.L. and C.J. Hammer. Benefits of offering an introductory therapeutic horsemanship course. 2014. Uniting Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies with Higher Education. 13.

Berg, E.L. and C.J. Hammer. 2014. Utilizing a multi-program, collaborative approach to incorporate a therapeutic horsemanship program in higher education. 2014. Uniting Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies with Higher Education. 14.


Select Abstracts:

Bach-Gorman, A.R., E.L. Berg and C.J. Hammer. 2018. Equine guided counseling to address anxiety in undergraduate female college students. Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association Conference, Murfreesboro, TN.

Berg, E.L., J. Vaudrin, C. Hammer, T. Eck. 2016. Veteran's Educational Training Horsemanship Program Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship Intl. Conference and Annual Meeting, Williamsburg, VA.

English, S.A., H. Brady and E.L. Berg. 2015. Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies in Higher Education. National Association of Equine Affiliated Academics, St. Pete Beach, FL.

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