Horsemen’s Laboratory is Expanding

Founder/CEO John Byrd, D.V.M. of Horsemen’s Laboratory has been an advocate of management of worms in equines utilizing fecal worm egg counts for more than 25 years. The idea to provide a simple, straightforward method that every horse owner could use to monitor and evaluate the worm population in their herd and to identify the correct treatment for the worm counts, resulted in his development of a simple kit that allowed the horse owner to mail in equine fecal samples for testing.

As a qualified veterinarian with significant experience in the field of equine parasitology, Dr. John Byrd also provides important insight into how to best manage the results of the tests. Today, Horsemen’s Laboratory is a ‘go to’ resource in this field, and it is not a surprise that the Company is continuing to expand.

“I am pleased to announce the addition of freelance PR/Marketing Specialist Nikki Alvin-Smith to the Horsemen’s Laboratory team, “ states Dr. Byrd. “As a lifelong horseman as well as veterinarian I have seen first-hand the impact that parasites can have on equine performance and overall health. When I established Horsemen’s Laboratory my goal was to help educate horse owners and provide a solution to the problem of high worm counts in horses from a diagnostic perspective. Nikki Alvin-Smith’s professional writing talents will help further educate the horse owner, in what they need to know about parasite management in their equine partners.”

As an experienced professional international Grand Prix level dressage competitor/clinician, as well as professional freelance writer for over 25 years, Nikki brings a unique perspective as a British ex-pat who has worked with horses on both sides of the Atlantic.

“I grew up in Britain and it wasn’t until I arrived in the USA over 30 years ago that I discovered the American habit of routinely worming horses. We always had our ponies checked regularly by the vet utilizing fecal counts, before we adopted which wormer if any, we would administer. Of course with resistance to wormers now prevalent, I guess we cannot be surprised that the routine administration of wormers might not have been the ideal worm management technique,” explained Nikki.

“I tremendously enjoy working as a freelancer for companies in the equestrian world to develop their brand recognition and drive sales. Horsemen’s Laboratory provides a sincerely needed service to the caring horse owner, who doesn’t want to waste money with a random horse worming protocol and who wants to manage their horses’ health properly. With worm resistance and cross contamination in the pasture with an equine herd, it is smart to do regular fecal worm egg count checks.”

John Byrd D.V.M. has been a pioneer in the U.S.A. as a founder in the quick and easy sample kit mail-in business, and has championed the need for a balanced approach to equine parasitology and had the foresight to provide a remedy to help the horse owner make educated choices when it comes to management of worms in their equines. The count kits are easy to use and can be purchased online on the Horsemen’s Laboratory site. Importantly you get more than just a fecal worm egg count report. As an experienced medical professional in this field, his consultant services to help you manage the results of the report are an extremely valuable resource for the horse owner. I’m very excited to be working as part of John’s team and helping horse owners everywhere benefit from his knowledge. “

Watch this space - Horsemen’s Laboratory will share a funnel of education and up to date news on horse parasitology through this valuable American Horse Publications distribution channel, for use by AHP members in the coming months. You can count on it!

About Horsemen’s Laboratory: Established in 1993 by John Byrd D.V.M., an experienced lifelong horseman and a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. As an equine medicine practitioner in California for 13 years, Dr. Byrd served as ex-officio member of the board of directors of the Pacific Coast Quarter Horse Racing Association where he also served as the organization’s official sales veterinarian.  In addition, Dr. Byrd frequently officiated as veterinarian for horse shows sponsored by the management of Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa, California.  Dr. Byrd’s extensive experience with horses led him to observe how a horse’s health could impact performance leading to the founding of the specialist lab for equine fecal worm egg counts. Please visit for more information.

Horsemen’s Laboratory
John Byrd D.V.M.
Tel: 217-586-2004
Photos are available on request.

 About Nikki Alvin-Smith: International and national published freelance writer and photographer in such world renowned publications such as The Chronicle of the Horse, Horse and Hound, Dressage and CT, Warmbloods Today, The Horseman’s Yankee Pedlar, Reiter, The Equine Journal, Spur, Hoofprints, Horsin’ Around, Horses All, Field & Stream, Western Horse and Gun, Pony Quarterly, Horses All Canada, Catskill Horse to name a few. Ghostwriting, blog services, PR/Marketing copy either direct with manufacturer or for agencies, copy editing and editor services also available. Nikki also produces catalog copy, white papers, e-books, corporate brochures and advertising copy for international corporations and PR/Marketing for celebrities.

As a Brit who has called the America home for the past 34 years, Nikki brings a unique perspective to the equestrian world. Nikki is also an accomplished Grand Prix dressage trainer/competitor, competing at international Grand Prix level to scores over 72% and is a highly sought clinician offering clinics worldwide. She has been a horse breeder/importer of warmblood and Baroque breeds for more than 25 years. Together with her husband Paul who is also a Grand Prix trainer, they run a private dressage breeding operation and training yard in the beautiful Catskill Mountains of New York. Please visit to learn more.


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