Associate Professor, Theriogenology
Department of Clinical Sciences
Originally from Elba, Ala., Dr. Wilborn received a bachelor’s degree in animal science in 1998 and a DVM in 2002, both from Auburn University. She relocated to Wichita, Kansas where she spent three years working in mixed animal practice. She returned to Auburn in spring of 2005 and completed a theriogenology residency at Auburn University in 2008. Dr. Wilborn is currently an Associate Professor of Theriogenology in the JT Vaughan Large Animal Teaching Hospital and co-director of the Equine Reproduction Center.
Clinical interests involve theriogenology (reproduction) of all species including cattle, camelids, sheep and goats, with a particular interest in equine and canine theriogenology.
My current research involves the control of the mare’s reproductive cycle including ovulation induction and management of the anestrous and transition period. This has led to the investigation of a novel peptide (kisspeptin) believed to control many aspects of the reproductive cycle of the mare. Research of kisspeptin may allow better understanding of the mare’s cycle allowing more consistent methods of manipulation and breeding. I have also been involved with the investigation of new methods for estrus suppression in mares.