Linda L. Blythe

Dr. Linda L. Blythe
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Professional Awards: 
  • Regent's Scholar, University of California, Davis, California 1970-74
  • University of California Veterinary School Medalist, University of California, Davis, California 1974
  • National Institutes of Health Fellowship, University of California, Davis, California 1976
  • Oregon Veterinary Medical Association, Distinguished Service Award (President's Award) 1983
  • Norden Distinguished Teaching Award, College of Veterinary Medicine, Oregon State University 1986
  • Oregon State University Burlington Northern Foundation Faculty Achievement Award 1989
  • World Greyhound Racing Federation Diploma of Excellence 1990
  • Smith Kline Beecham Award for Creativity in Teaching 1991
  • Norden Distinguished Teaching Award, College of Veterinary Medicine, Oregon State University 1992
  • Pfizer Award for Research Excellence 1996
  • James Yarbourgh Lecturer for International Canine Sports Medicine Symposium 1998
Professional and Research Interests: 

Dr. Blythe's research interests are in three distinct areas. Trained as a veterinary neurologist, she has studied equine neurological diseases including equine degenerative myeloencephalopathy and the role of vitamin E in its pathogenesis, equine temporohyoid-osteoarthropathy, and equine protozoal myelopathy. Mapping of the peripheral nervous system by neurophysiological techniques has resulted in sensory maps that allow a clinician to localize acute peripheral nerve injuries by testing the horse for perception of touch and pain in various cutaneous areas of the limbs. A second area of interest is in care of the racing and retired Greyhound as well as drug testing in this breed of racing animals. The third area of interest is in toxic plants in collaboration with Dr. Morrie Craig's laboratory with specific interest in endophytic fungus and pyrrolizidine alkaloid toxicosis.

  • Neurological diseases in large animals
  • Neurodiagnostics
  • Role of antioxidants in health and disease conditions
  • Neurotoxicology and plant toxicosis
  • Exercise physiology in horses and racing greyhounds
  • Bioremediation
  • Medical care of racing greyhounds


Lassen ED, Craig AM, Blythe LL.  1986.  Effects of racing on hematologic and serum biochemical values in greyhounds.. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. 188(11):1299-303. Abstract