Lecture on Causes of Collapse in the Horse Scheduled

On Dec. 6, the New Bolton Center will present "The Collapsing Horse: When it's the Heart and When it's Not." The lecture is part of the First Tuesdays Lecture Series at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Veterinary Medicine at New Bolton Center in Kennett Square, Pa. The series offers the public open lectures on equine topics, at no charge, the first Tuesday of each month.

The Dec. 6 lecture will be presented in New Bolton Center's Alumni Hall by JoAnn Slack, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, assistant professor of cardiology and ultrasound in the Section of Sports Medicine at New Bolton Center.

Slack's presentation will include an overview of cardiovascular causes of collapse, including those resulting in sudden death, as well as other potential causes of collapse such as sleep deprivation.

"A horse that collapses may seriously injure himself and his rider or driver," Slack said. "When the collapse occurs in a public venue, perception of the sport by the general public may be negatively impacted. Determining the cause of the collapse requires a systematic examination of likely causes."

The First Tuesday Lecture Series offers faculty and clinicians at New Bolton Center an opportunity to share current information on topics of interest and relevance to horse owners and caregivers throughout the region. Upcoming lecture topics include nuclear scintigraphy (January), colic in three dimensions (February) and suspensory ligament disease (March).

For a complete list of scheduled lectures visit vet.upenn.edu/FirstTuesdays. Though the lectures are free, seating is limited. Please RSVP to vetpr@vet.upenn.edu.

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