Meet our Nutritionist

About Dr. Dan Burke, Ph.D.

Dr. Dan BurkeDr. Dan Burke is the Director of Tribute Equine Nutrition at Kalmbach Feeds, Inc.

Dr. Burke received his B.S. in Animal Science from the University of Illinois and his M.S. in Equine Reproductive Physiology from Texas A&M University. He returned to the University of Illinois where he earned his Ph.D. in Equine Nutrition/Exercise Physiology.

At Illinois State University, Dr. Burke was an Assistant Professor and taught for 5 years. He developed a nationally recognized Equine Management Program. Dr. Burke founded Equine Educational Services, an equine nutrition and management consulting company that he ran for 9 years. He has also worked as a Scientist-Program Manager in the Animal Health Business Unit at Abbott Laboratories.

At Tribute Equine Nutrition, Dr. Burke is responsible for new product development, sales-team training, dealer and customer seminars and developing educational materials. He is the author of numerous scientific publications and lectures extensively to professional and lay audiences alike. Dr. Burke has bred, raised, and trained horses for 25 years - he has a high level of expertise combined with over 25 years of practical experience.

Dr. Burke recently acted as Editor for the Equine Nutrition Chapter for the publication and website “Clinical Veterinary Advisor: The Horse.”

Continuing Education Programs provided by Dr. Burke

We are proud to announce that Dr. Burke is available to teach continuing education classes for Equine Veterinarians for credit. The American Association of Veterinary State Boards RACE committee has reviewed and approved Dr. Burke with Tribute Equine Nutrition to conduct continuing education programs.

Dr. Burke can speak regarding the following topics:

  1. From Conception to the Training Barn:
    Nutrition for Sound Development and Growth
    DESCRIPTION: Research has shown the nutritional needs for sound growth begin in the first trimester in pregnancy and continue until the young horse’s growth rate has slowed significantly at or beyond 2-years of age. The nutrient content of the total diet of the pregnant mare, foal and lactating mare are addressed to help minimize developmental orthopedic disease (DOD).
  2. Why Fat-Enhanced, Lower Starch Diets Help Maximize Athletic Performance:
    Matching the Physiological Effects of Conditioning to the Diet of the Elite Performance Horse
    DESCRIPTION: 30 years of research has shown the effects of physical conditioning on the physiology of the horse, especially the skeletal muscle. Providing more calories in the form of fat (oils) and optimizing the level of non-structural carbohydrates (NSC = sugar plus starch) in the horse’s diet can improve endurance, accelerate recovery and help prevent tie-ups (R.E.R – recurrent exertion rhabdomyolysis).
  3. Nutritional Support for Select Metabolic Conditions in Horses: 
    “Easy-keepers”, “Hard-keepers”, Equine Metabolic Syndrome (EMS; insulin-resistance), Equine Polysaccharide Storage Myopathy (EPSM); Cushing’s Syndrome and Hyperkalemic Periodic Paralysis (HYPP). (90 minutes)
    DESCRIPTION:Many of the newly described “syndromes” as well as long-recognized issues in horses have their roots in feeding traditions which stem from feeding practices for cattle and hogs. Discussed are individualized feeding approaches for select conditions or syndromes and their nutritional rationale, focusing on low sugar/starch (low NSC = non-structural carbohydrates) diets.

     Dr. Burke has presented programs approved for continuing education credits in Texas, Oklahoma, Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Kentucky and Florida since 2005.

To learn more, visit the American Association of Veterinary State Boards website.

If you’re interested in setting up a continuing education program with Dr. Burke, please email us for more information and include “Continuing Education” in the subject line of your email.

Praise for Dr. Burke

“Dr. Burke, Tribute’s Nutritionist has helped me build my feeding program. He has been an essential part of my horses staying healthy.”

- Sarah Hippsentiel, Dressage Trainer at Pegaso Farms

“The previous feed I was using, I was noticing the toplines on my horses were leaving. I met Dr. Dan Burke with Tribute Feeds and I find that the staff has been very helpful in developing my feed program.”

- Jill Knowles, Hunter Jumper Trainer at Hidden Knoll Farms

“My experience working with Dr. Burke and the Tribute team has been outstanding. They really care about the health of your horse beyond selling you the feed. They try to match the feed to your program and your hay.”

- Ann Myers, Quarter Horse Breeder and owner of AQHA World Champion and Leading Sire,
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“It’s a great collaboration too with the Ph.D.’s involved and the whole staff at Tribute. I can make a phone call if I have a concern about a particular horse and the questions are always answered. It’s a great collaboration of information because I don’t just buy feed in a bag, I’ve got a lot of information and a lot of solid quality behind that feed, and it’s become a real intricate part of what I do here at Kesmarc.”

- Kirsten Johnson, Equine Veterinarian and Owner of Kesmarc, A Rehabilitation Facility

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