Pharmacology, Therapeutics and Toxicology Faculty 

Scott Stanley

Thomas Tobin 


Medications, toxic compounds, and problems associated with detection of performance enhancing drugs are the focus of the Pharmacology, Therapeutics, and Toxicology group.

Drugs, medications, and toxins affect horses in specific ways. Performance altering drugs, stimulants, depressants, narcotics, and tranquilizers can all influence racing performance; the program develops highly sensitive tests for these substances. Examples include the development of ELISA tests for narcotics and other drugs abused in horses.

Dr. Stanley currently runs two laboratories: One is a research lab at the Gluck Equine Research Center and the other, The Equine Analytical Chemistry Lab, is a service lab.  One of his research focuses is the Equine Biological Passport (EBP) which aims to identify specific biomarkers that will detect drug use by monitoring these biomarkers over time.