Ellen Jackson Honored by UC-Davis Faculty

Northern California breeder and trainer cited for contributions to research studies.

Ellen Jackson of Victory Rose Thoroughbreds has received a University of California-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine 2013 Distinguished Service Award for her service in support of numerous equine performance-related research studies.

Jackson was honored at a faculty reception Oct. 30. She was also cited for her critical contributions to improving equine neonatal foal care, and her support of UC-Davis’ educational training programs for veterinary students.

A successful trainer on the Northern California circuit as well as a breeder and owner, Jackson has granted UC-Davis faculty and students access to her facilities and horses. According to a statement from the university, her assistance has made possible significant discoveries that have improved the health and well-being of horses and advanced the veterinary profession.

She has allowed her horses to be brought into the school’s Equine Athletic Performance Laboratory in addition to granting access to her horses. Her contributions have aided faculty advanced research on cardiovascular and pulmonary physiology studies on treadmills, racehorse kinetics and kinematics on different racing surfaces, and pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetic studies, the university said.

At her Victory Rose facility in nearby Vacaville, Calif., Jackson has provided financial support and coordinated her employees to assist with racehorse management directly related to research studies and teaching efforts. She has substantially contributed to improving equine neonatal foal care by allowing Davis faculty to observe birth processes and conduct trials of new procedures to humanely restrain foals for administering medications and collecting blood samples.

Over the past decade, thousands of tissue and blood samples have been obtained from horses at her farm for research and diagnostic teaching, the university said.