Sarah Hooper

Biomedical Sciences

Ross University College of Veterinary Medicine

Sarah E. Hooper
Assistant Professor, Physiology of Biomedical Sciences

Dr. Sarah Hooper is an integrative physiologist at the Ross University College of Veterinary Medicine, specializing in ecophysiology of wildlife and companion animals. After completing her doctor of veterinary medicine degree at the University of Georgia, she was awarded a National Institutes of Health (NIH) T-32 training grant thru the Comparative Medicine Program at the University of Missouri to pursue a residency and PhD.

With the emerging recognition of the seasonal neuroendocrine cycles that affect reproduction, metabolism, and hibernation, in bat species, Sarah was invited to focus on ecophysiology as a postdoctoral research fellow at the US Forest Service Northern Research Station. Her current research focuses on integrating bat physiological responses and population status into assessments of forest management activities and landscape health. The ultimate goal of this research is to develop best management practices for improving the fitness (health) of bat species by using minimally invasive samples to characterize bat’s physiological responses to the environment and establish health

parameters for threatened and endangered bat species.


Using Deuterium Oxide as a Non-Invasive, Non-Lethal Tool for Assessing Body Composition and Water Consumption in Mammals

1Department of Veterinary Pathobiology, University of Missouri, 2College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Missouri, 3Department of Animal Science, University of Missouri, 4School of Natural Resources, University of Missouri, 5USDA USFS Northern Research Station

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