Beroza to Speak at Cornell Symposium

Innovative equine surgeon Gregory Beroza, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, Dipl. ABVP, will be the featured lecturer at the Cornell Veterinary College symposium scheduled for Feb. 22 on the college's Ithaca, N.Y., campus. In the portion of the symposium dedicated to equine practice that begins at 6:30 p.m., Beroza will speak about "Private Practice vs. Academia."


Megan Campbell, a student member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners and one of the symposium's organizers, said Cornell's veterinary students hoped to gain insight from Beroza into the daily life of a practitioner in the field.


"We wanted to give the students more exposure to the different things they might encounter once they leave the academic setting," Campbell said. "We asked Dr. Beroza to talk to us about what it is like in real practice as opposed to just being in the clinic at school."


Beroza, a Diplomate of both the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, spent three years as an associate professor of equine surgery at Tufts Veterinary School and served a residency at University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center before establishing his private practice, Long Island Equine Medical Center, in 1990.


While at New Bolton, Beroza performed the equine center's first arthroscopic surgery, which has since become an essential tool in the treatment of equine joint ailments. He pioneered the use of Equiscan, a high-resolution form of nuclear scintigraphy for diagnosing subtle orthopedic changes, and was the first private practitioner to make nuclear scintigraphy available to horsemen. Beroza also holds a patent for the Equine Gastrointestinal Lavage System and Method that was adapted by Johnson Corporation for use in people to catheterize clogged arteries. His latest innovation, the BERWITZ Palatoplasty Procedure, a revolutionary surgical treatment to correct displacing soft palates in horses, has drawn horses from across the nation to his facility on Long Island.


Beroza said he would stress two crucial issues in his lecture to Cornell veterinary students: "I hope to enlighten veterinary students to the high standards of veterinary care available to equine practitioners outside the university settings. Also, I would like to encourage students to take full advantage of the university experience and to continue their quest for knowledge beyond graduation."


Following the lecture, Beroza will conduct a wet lab on the proper procedure for assessing the type and severity of colic, the leading cause of death in horses.


In May, Beroza will also present three in-depth lectures during the ABVP Symposium at Manhattan Beach, California.


For more information, contact Long Island Equine Medical Center at 631/427-2213 or visit its web site at

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