The schedule has been set for the 2013 University of Kentucky (UK) Department of Veterinary Science Diagnostic and Research Seminar Series at the UK Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, and this year offers a few changes.

The series kicked off Jan. 18 and 19 with the UK Equine Showcase and 4th annual Kentucky Breeders' Short Course, respectively. Over the course of two days, 14 faculty members from the UK College of Agriculture spoke on the latest equine research from the university relevant to the industry.

"We decided to not offer a separate one-hour seminar in January due to the quality of talks at the UK Equine Showcase and Kentucky Breeders' Short Course. Also, January is a busy time for those in the breeding industry," said Ed Squires, PhD, Dipl. ACT (hon.), director of the UK Ag Equine Programs and executive director of the Gluck Equine Research Foundation.

One of the biggest changes this year includes double seminars in February and September. These seminars will feature two speakers from 3:30-5:30 p.m. There will not be seminars in March, April, and May. The series will resume for regular seminars at 4 p.m. in June, July, and August. Squires said this change was implemented after speaking to several veterinarians in the community to help accommodate busy spring schedules.

The series will conclude with the Endocrine and Genetic Disorders Symposium from 1:30-5 p.m. in November. This is the third mini symposium offered as part of the seminar series. Previous mini symposiums included the Advances in Equine Neurological Diseases Symposium in 2011 and the Lawsonia intracellularis and Equine Proliferative Enteropathy Symposium in 2012.

All seminars, except the showcase, short course, and November symposium, are free. The seminar series is co-sponsored by UK Ag Equine Programs, UK Gluck Equine Research Center, UKVDL, Pfizer Animal Health, Kentucky Association of Equine Practitioners (KAEP), and

For those who cannot attend in person, films and archives these lectures, which are free to registered users at thanks to sponsor Pfizer Animal Health.

The complete schedule for the remainder of 2013:

February 28, 3:30-5:30 p.m.

  • Seminar I: Placentitis, with Barry Ball, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACT, Albert G. Clay Endowed Chair in Equine Reproduction, UK Gluck Equine Research Center; and Karen Wolfsdorf, DVM, Dipl. ACT, Hagyard Equine Medical Institute
  • Seminar II: Case Studies in Foal Problems, with Nathan Slovis, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, CHT, Hagyard Equine Medical Institute; and Peter Morresey, BVSc, MACVSc, Dipl. ACVIM, Dipl. ACT, Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital

No seminars in March, April, and May

June 27, 4 p.m.

  • Field Anesthesia, with Nora Matthews, DVM, Dipl. ACVA, Texas A & M University

July 25, 4 p.m.

  • Podiatry, with Scott Morrison, DVM, Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital

August 22, 4 p.m.

  • Respiratory Endoscopy, with Gary Priest, DVM, Harthill and Priest Equine Surgery

September 26, 3:30-5:30 p.m.

  • Seminar I: The role of nutrition in modulating the immune and metabolic responses of geriatric and EMS horses, with Amanda Adams, PhD, UK Gluck Equine Research Center
  • Seminar II: Nutrition and disease interactions: feeding the sick horse, with Ginger Rich, PhD, Rich Equine Nutrition Consulting

October 24, 4 p.m.

  • Cardiology, with Michelle Barton, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, University of Georgia

November 21, 1:30-5 p.m.

  • Endocrine and Genetic Disorders Symposium, with Teri Lear, PhD, UK Gluck Equine Research Center; Dianne McFarlane, DVM, PhD, Oklahoma State University; and Donald Thompson, PhD, Louisiana State University

Jenny Evans is the Gluck Equine Research Foundation coordinator at the Gluck Center.

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