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Philip Prater

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Philip Edward Prater, Professor, Veterinary Technology
Program/Dept: Veterinary Technology/Agricultural Sciences
Degrees, Licensures and Certifications: DVM
Research Interests:


Dr. Prater's current research interests lie in beef heifer development programs, ultrasound pregnancy diagnosis in beef cattle, estrous synchronization programs in beef cattle and small ruminants.


Contact Info:
Morehead State University
Derrickson Agricultural Complex
25 MSU Farm Drive
111 Vet Tech Lab
Morehead, KY 40351
Phone: 606.783.9364
Office Hours:


Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.



Dr. Philip Prater is a Professor of Veterinary Technology at MSU. He received his DVM degree from the Ohio State University in 1984 with an internship in Large Animal Ambulatory Medicine at OSU in 1985-86.  Dr. Prater continued his education with a residency in theriogenology at the University of Tennessee (UT) in 1986-88, where he attended to all in-house reproductive referrals and performed routine ambulatory visits to equine, dairy and beef clients. While at UT, his research projects focused on assisted reproductive techniques in domestic animals and reproductive endocrinology associated with the performance of these techniques. He became a diplomate of the American College of Theriogenologists (ACT) in 1989.


After seven years in private practice, Prater joined the faculty at the Morehead State University  where his primary responsibilities include teaching large animal clinical procedures and health maintenance of the equine and food animal herds on the University Farm. He has also developed a large animal referral center for patients from veterinarians in the region. Dr. Prater serves on the Kentucky Veterinary Medical Association's Board of Directors and on the advisory board of the Kentucky Cattleman's Association and the Kentucky Beef Network. He has authored and co-authored several peer reviewed articles and two book chapters on large and small animal reproduction. Dr. Prater serves as faculty advisor to Pre-Veterinary Medicine students and the Pre-Vet club at MSU.   Dr. Prater has served since 1996 on the Public Relations Committee of the ACT and served as chair from 1996 to 1998. From 1999-2001, he served on the Board of Directors of the ACT. Prater is currently serving a 3-year term as secretary of the ACT. In 2006, Dr. Prater was named the Veterinarian of the Year by the KVMA, and he also received the Outstanding Senior Teacher Award from the American Association of Colleges of Agriculture and Renewable Resources. In 2008, Prater earned the Morehead State University Distinguished Teacher Award, and was promoted to full professor.


For the past 13 years, Prater has served as a medical missionary to Asia and South America where he was a medical provider to impoverished adults, children and animals. He and his wife, Mary Alice have three sons who are the greatest joy in his life.


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