Dr. Rebecca Splan

Associate Professor

Dr. Rebecca Splan teaches courses in equine and animal science at Delaware Valley University. She has more than 30 years of experience in the horse industry, and over 20 years of experience teaching in higher education. She is passionate about experiential learning, curriculum development, and student mentorship. Since her arrival at DelVal, she has created new opportunities in equine undergraduate research, and developed study abroad programs in Germany and Great Britain for DelVal equine students.

Before joining the faculty at DelVal, Dr. Splan taught undergraduate and graduate courses at the University of Minnesota, Sul Ross State University, and Virginia Tech, where she also directed its sport horse breeding program. She has served as a member of the Boards of Directors for the National Association of Equine Affiliated Academics, the International Sporthorse Registry/Oldenburg Registry North America, the Virginia Arabian Horse Association, and the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy (now the Livestock Conservancy). She is also a USDF Bronze Medalist and “L” Program graduate with honors. Dr. Splan enjoys equine photography and showing her Quarter Horse mare in Ranch Riding events.


  • Equine Science and Management


  • Ph.D. in Animal Breeding and Genetics, University of Nebraska
  • M.S. in Animal Breeding and Genetics, University of Nebraska
  • B.S. in Animal Science, Michigan State University