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 ACVAA


Hector RC, Rezende ML, Mama KR, Steffey EP, Raekallio MR, Vainio OM, The combined effects of dexmedetomidine and vatinoxan infusions on minimum alveolar concentration and cardiopulmonary function in sevoflurane-anesthetized dogs, Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia, 48, 314-323, 2021. Ellis JS, Mama KR, Rao S, Sadler RA, Marinkovich M, Clancy MM, Howard LL, Lamberski N, Kinney ME. Comparison of a single versus staged two dart anesthesia induction protocol in Przewalski’s horses (Equus ferus przewalskii). Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 52(2): 453–459, 2021 DOI: 10.1638/2020-0133 Lawless SP, Moorman VJ, Hendrickson DA, Mama KR. Comparison of sedation quality and safety of detomidine and romifidine as a continuous rate infusion for standing elective laparoscopic ovariectomy in mares. Vet Surg 2021 Jul;50(5):990-998. DOI:10.1111/vsu.13627 Dvornicky-Raymond ZT, Scansen BA, Pierce KV, Mama KR, Hammond HK, Johnston MS. Transvenous occlusion of patent ductus arteriosus in a domestic chicken (Gallus gallus). Journal of Veterinary Cardiology (2021) 37, 18-25. Knych HK, Mama K, Oakleaf M, Harrison LM, McKemie DS, Kass PH. Concentrations of dexmedetomidine and effect on biomarkers of cartilage toxicity following intra-articular administration in horses. American Journal Veterinary Research., 2022 Kramer BM, Hector RC, Rezende ML, Hess AM, Mama KR. Sedative and Cardiopulmonary effects of intramuscular combinations of hydromorphone, acepromazine, dexmedetomidine and glycopyrrolate followed by intravenous propofol and inhalant isoflurane anesthesia in healthy dogs. American Journal Veterinary Research., 2022 Burton M, Conway R, Mishkin N, Mama KR, Knych H, Kendall LV, Sadar M. Pharmacokinetics of gabapentin after single, oral administration in domestic rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus). Journal of Exotic Pet Medicine. Vol 45: 1-5,, 2023 Moeller CH; Delk KW; Rao S; Love TR; Cloete CC; Mama KR. Development of a novel immobilisation protocol for black-faced impala (Aepyceros melampus ssp. petersi) in Etosha National Park. J. S. Afr. Vet. Assoc 94 n.1, 2023 Berlin ER, Kinney ME, Howard LL, Perrin KL, Phair KA, Clancy MM, Ferris RL, Knych HK, Mama KR, Pharmacokinetics of intravenous propofol in southern white rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum simum) after intramuscular etorphine-butorphanol medetomidine-azaperone. Am J Vet Res. 84:4, 2023

Research Specialty

All Animal Anesthesia And Analgesia Dogs, Cats, Horses, Ruminants, Exotics, Birds, Small Mammals, Reptiles...