Kouba, Joann M.

Kouba, Joann M.
Associate Professor
128 Weber Hall
Manhattan KS 66506
785-532-7059 fax

Area(s) of Specialization

Equine Physiology



B.S. , Truman State University, 1993
M.S. , Clemson University, 1995
Ph.D. , Texas A&M University, 2001

Bio Brief

Dr. Kouba was born and raised in Bellevue, Nebraska. She entered Northeast Missouri State University in 1989, majoring in Animal Science with an Equine emphasis. Following graduation, she began her graduate career in Animal Physiology at Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina. While at Clemson, she was actively involved in their undergraduate teaching program and her thesis focused on the use of Domperidone to treat pregnant mares grazing endophyte-infected tall fescue. She then moved to Texas and started on her Ph.D. in Equine Reproductive Physiology at Texas A&M University. While at A&M, Dr. Kouba was also heavily involved in their undergraduate program, teaching courses in horse training, horsemanship, reproduction and management, as well as the introductory animal science labs. Her dissertation dealt with the control of prolactin secretion in the pregnant mare, and the interaction between various reproductive hormones and endogenous opioids.
In the fall of 2001, Dr. Kouba joined the KSU faculty as the horse teaching and research specialist with a 80% teaching and 20% research appointment. Since 2001, she has taught 10 on-campus equine courses as well as 2 distance courses, advises ~60 students annually, and mentors equine graduate students pursuing advanced degrees with a reproductive physiology emphasis. Beyond her on-campus classes, Dr. Kouba also believes in enhancing educational opportunities for students through international experiences. She has led 3 equine study tours, visiting England, Scotland, Ireland, Spain, Portugal and Morocco. Her research program focuses on understanding how reproduction is controlled in the mare and stallion, and the interaction between nutrition and reproductive function.
In addition to her equine interests, Dr. Kouba and her family also enjoy showing and breeding German Shepherds.


  • Equine Reproduction Management [ASI 504]
  • Horse Science [ASI 521D]
  • Equine Enterprise Management [ASI 333]
  • Foaling [ASI 403]
  • Equine Health [ASI 444]
  • Principles of Equine Reproductive Management [ASI 502D]