Taralyn McCarrel is an Assistant Professor of Large Animal Surgery at the University of Florida. She received her veterinary degree from the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph, following which she completed a rotating large animal internship at the same institution. She then moved to Ithaca, NY for a postdoctoral position in comparative orthopedic and regenerative therapy research at Cornell University principally under the mentorship of Dr. Lisa Fortier. Board certification with the American College of Veterinary Surgeons was achieved following an equine surgery residency at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, KY. The slow migration south was completed when she joined the faculty at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. Her clinical interests center around poor performance in the equine athlete, with a focus on joint disease and tendinopathy. Her research interests include the basic biology of PRP and stem cells as they relate to orthopedic disease, biologics and graft materials for cartilage repair, and most recently the effects of systemic medications on platelet function in PRP. She is a recipient of the Outstanding Surgical Resident Award from the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.