Khursheed Mama

Interim Department Head Clinical Sciences


(970) 297-4124

About Khursheed

Dr. Mama developed her keen desire to work with animals while growing up in India where she was fortunate to have opportunities to ride horses and care for pet animals including dachshunds, guinea pigs and chickens. At the age of nine, while watching a procedure on a horse, she thought to herself, "surely we can do better," but wasn’t seeing great training opportunities close to where she lived. So, after finishing high school in India, she applied and was accepted to Washington State University where she completed both her undergraduate and veterinary degrees. The Palouse was a stark contrast to the city of millions she grew up, but she was grateful to still be able to ride horses and through that build many cherished friendships. Upon graduation and still holding onto the thought that she would be an equine veterinarian (despite having enjoyed her anesthesia rotations in veterinary school) she pursued a large animal rotating internship at the University of Guelph. It was there she became convinced her true passion was indeed anesthesia. Therefore, she pursued an anesthesia and critical care residency at the University of California, Davis and worked there for a few years before moving to Colorado State University where she has been a faculty member since 1996. She enjoys managing a variety of species while also teaching DVM and graduate students and has pursued research interests directed at improving patient care and safety. She feels fortunate that as part of her job she has had the opportunity to advance anesthesia and pain management through continuing education for veterinarians in many different venues both nationally and internationally.


DVM, Washington State University, 1989


Diplomate ACVA


Kreeger TJ, Mama KR, Huizenga M, Hansen C, Tate C. Bispectral Index Analysis of Opioid Immobilization of Rocky Mountain Elk. Journal or Zoo and Wildlife Medicine; 74:902-905, 2010 Wagner AE, Mama KR, Steffey EP, Ferreira TH, Rezende MR. Comparison of cardiovascular effects of equianesthetic doses of sevoflurane alone and sevoflurane plus intravenous lidocaine in horses. American Journal of Veterinary Research; Accepted December 2009 Wagner AE, Mama KR, Contino EK, Ferris DJ, Kawcak CE. Experiences with standing sedation in horses using xylazine, butorphanol, and subanesthetic doses of ketamine. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association; Accepted 2010 Scruggs SM, Mama KR, Bright JM, Zirofsky D. Accelerated idioventricular rhythm following propofol induction in a dog undergoing ocular surgery. Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia; 37:385-386, 2010 Catbagan DL, Quimby JM, Mama KR, Rychel J, Mich PM. Comparison of the efficacy and side-effects of subcutaneously administered sustained release buprenorphine and oral transmucosal buprenorphine in cats post surgical ovariohysterectomy. American Journal of Veterinary Research; Accepted February 2010 - currently undergoing editorial review Rezende ML, Boscan P, Stanley SD, Mama KR, Steffey EP. Evaluation of cardiovascular, respiratory and biochemical effects, and anesthetic induction and recovery behavior in horses anesthetized with a 5% micellar microemulsion propofol formulation, Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia; 37(5):440-50, 2010 Additional accepted manuscripts in 2010 but will include them in 2011Boscan P, Rezende ML, Grimsrud K, Stanley SD, Mama KR, Steffey EP. Pharmacokinetic profile in relation to anesthesia characteristics after a 5% micellar microemulsion of propofol in the horse. British Journal of Anaesthesia; 104(3):330-7, 2010 Rezende MR, Wagner AE, Mama KR, Ferreira TH, Steffey EP. The effects of intravenous lidocaine administration on the minimum alveolar concentration of sevoflurane in horses. American Journal of Veterinary Research; Accepted February 2010

Research Specialty

Mixed Animal (large and small)