Dr. Thomas G. Koch

Dr. Thomas Koch is a founding member of the North American Veterinary Regenerative Medicine Association. He is a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences, Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph, from which he obtained his Ph.D. in equine stem cells.

Dr. Koch was first to report the presence of stem cells within the umbilical cord blood of new borne foals. Dr. Koch’s research focus for the past 15 years has been on how these and other stem cells can be utilized to treat joint pain and damaged joint cartilage. Studies on equine, canine and human stem cells, joint cartilage and synovial joint health are pursued in parallel, along with tendon and ligament repair, and the regulatory roles of microRNA.

His work has been recognized by funding from local, provincial, national, and international sources of importance to animal as well as human health. He received his Veterinary degree from the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University, Copenhagen, Denmark, and completed a rotational internship in large animal medicine and surgery at the Ontario Veterinary College followed a residency in large animal medicine.