Martin Nielsen

last updated 3/2/2018

Martin K. Nielsen

Regular Faculty at University of Kentucky

800 Rose St., Lexington, Kentucky, United States
HQ Phone:
(859) 323-5000

General Information


Associate Professor - M.H. Gluck Equine Research Center, University of Kentucky

Assistant Professor - Gluck Equine Research Center

Contributor - Horsetalk

Teacher - University Large Animal Hospital

Danish Minister - Science Helge Sander

Parasite Control Task Force - American Association of Equine Practitioners

Assistant Professor - M.H. Gluck Equine Research Center, University of Kentucky

Assistant Professor - University of Copenhagen

Junior Clinical Veterinarian - Royal Veterinary & Agriculture University



DVMUniversity of Kentucky

PhDUniversity of Copenhagen

doctorate in veterinary medicineRoyal Veterinary and Agricultural University


Board Member - KAEP

Member, Department of Large Animal Sciences, Faculty of Life Sciences - LIFE

Assistant Professor In Equine Clinical Parasitology - University College Dublin

Faculty Member - UK Department of Veterinary Science

Recent News  


Martin Nielsen, equine parasitologist, veterinarian and assistant professor at the University of Kentucky Gluck Equine Research Center, has launched the first research crowdfunding project at UK and possibly the first such effort in the field of veterinary science.

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Uncategorized | Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers' Club

LEXINGTON, Ky., (March 23, 2015) - A recent study led by Martin Nielsen, assistant professor at the University of Kentucky Gluck Equine Research Center, found that all veterinary medicine textbooks have misidentified a common equine parasite.
The large equine roundworm Parascaris equorum, commonly referred to as the ascarid, which is known for infecting foals, is actually a different species-Parascaris univalens. The research suggests P. univalens is the main species now observed in equines. The broader designation Parascaris spp. should be used instead unless cytological characterization (a technique for characterizing chromosomes) has confirmed the species. "Parascaris univalens is really the forgotten parasite," Nielsen said. "It is almost never mentioned in the textbooks, and most people have only heard about one roundworm species infecting equids." univalens was discovered more than 130 years ago. The species only possesses one germ line chromosome pair as opposed to two for P. equorum, but the two species are otherwise considered structurally identical. "We really wanted to find specimens of both species to study and find differences in their DNA," Nielsen said. "We were part of another study analyzing numerous Parascaris specimens from several different continents, and the conclusion there was that only one species was found," Nielsen said. Contact: Martin Nielsen, 859-218-1103

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Martin Nielsen, DVM, Ph.D., DEVPC DACVM
University of Kentucky, Lexington, Ky.

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