Harold Schott, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, MSU College of Veterinary Medicine
One of the oldest veterinary colleges in the nation, the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine serves as an essential resource for the state of Michigan and the world. It provides unparalleled training for future veterinarians, world-class care for animals, and groundbreaking research aimed at attaining better health for animal and human populations. The college is organized into six departments: Large Animal Clinical Sciences, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Pathobiology and Diagnostic Investigation, Pharmacology and Toxicology, Physiology, and Small Animal Clinical Sciences. The Veterinary Medical Center provides expert care to animals in need, treating more than 20,000 small animal patients per year and more than 2,000 large animals. The college also is home to the Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal Health—one of the leading veterinary diagnostic labs in the world—and several research centers.
Dr. Hal Schott is a Professor in Large Animal Clinical Sciences, MSU Veterinary Medical School. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Cornell in 1980 and a DVM from the Ohio State University in 1984. He worked in a private equine practice in Santa Barbara, Calif., from 1984 to 1987 and followed that with a residency and PhD program at Washington State University from 1987 to 1991. He was on the WSU faculty from 1991 to 1995 as an instructor and then an assistant professor of equine internal medicine. In 1995, he came to Michigan State University as an assistant professor and progressed to associate and then full professor. He is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. His clinical interests include all types of urinary tract disease in horses, and his research focuses on fluid and electrolyte physiology, especially with prolonged endurance exercise.
Dr. Schott is a native of Ohio who was an avid polo player through high school and college. In fact, he chose his undergraduate college (Cornell) because it had a polo team on which he could play.
The very first month Dr. Schott was in practice, his boss went on vacation, and he was left to manage a horse with chronic renal failure. It was that early case that stimulated a career-long involvement. He subsequently became interested in endurance races after he was asked if he would volunteer to be the official veterinarian at an endurance ride event. He’d had an interest in exercise physiology during vet school and had studied the effect of exercise on kidney function during his PhD, so endurance racing brought together several areas that appealed to him.
Nowadays, he’s often on the road, collecting information from endurances races in Michigan, as well as nationally and internationally. He’s done one 25-mile ride himself.
Dr. Schott is married to Dr. Annette Petersen, a veterinary dermatologist at MSU, and they have two children, Melissa and Noah. Their household includes three horses, all Thoroughbreds — LeNez, Forever in Orbit, and Peter. Two of them are research horses he adopted, and all three have won at least one race. They also have a pony named Rusty, an adopted donkey named Sabi, and two dogs, a golden retriever named Simon and a Lab/Newfoundland cross named Lea. The menagerie further includes three cats – Oscar, Pumpkin, and Katie — a military macaw named Matti, and saltwater aquarium fish.
When he is not working, Dr. Schott likes to spend time with his family, work around their farm, and travel up north. He also likes to run.
Dr. Schott will present a program at the 2018 Michigan Horse Expo:
- Friday, March 9:
- Seminar Room B ~ 12:45 – 1:45 p.m.
Cushings Disease – Diagnosis, Treatment and Outcome.
- Seminar Room B ~ 12:45 – 1:45 p.m.