Horse Health Presentations Featured at Dressage at Devon

The University of Pennsylvania's (Penn Vet) New Bolton Center is pleased to participate in the prestigious Dressage at Devon Horse Show with three presentations of interest to all horse owners and caregivers. At each of the three presentations, there will be an opportunity for questions and answers, and participants who sign in will have a chance to win a private tour of Penn Vet's New Bolton Center in Kennett Square, Pa., as well as lunch with a clinician. The talks will take place Sept. 28 and Sept. 30 in The Devon Room.

On Sept. 28 at 2 p.m, Elizabeth Davidson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, associate professor of sports medicine, and Patrick Reilly, chief of farrier services, will focus on issues of lameness and the role of the farrier in "A Team Approach to Soundness."

Davidson specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of lameness. She has particular interest in sport horse injuries and has expertise in neck and back pain. Her research includes the use high-speed treadmill for evaluation of poor performance and nuclear scintigraphy for identification of stress-related injuries.

Reilly has been chief of farrier services and director of the Applied Polymer Research Laboratory at New Bolton Center since 2006. He is continually exploring new materials and techniques for the advancement of hoof care, and is studying the development of a protocol for in-shoe force measurement as a means of quantifying the effect of different shoes on the hoof. As the husband of a Fédération Equestre Internationale dressage rider, Reilly is knowledgeable about dressage and specific hoof issues related to the sport.

On Sept. 30, Chelsey Miller, DVM, ophthalmology resident, will offer two presentations. Miller received her veterinary degree from North Carolina State University before completing an internship at Penn Vet's New Bolton Center. She continued her education at New Bolton Center and is now completing a residency in veterinary ophthalmology.

At 1:00 pm, Miller will present "Keeping Centerline In Focus: Cutting Edge Advances in Equine Ophthalmology," where she will address diamond burr debridement, cataract surgery with intraocular lens placement, glaucoma laser surgery, and the latest anti-fungal treatment.

At 2:30 pm, she will present "Behind the Scenes at New Bolton Center." Miller will take the audience on a virtual trip behind the scenes of Penn Vet's large animal campus. The presentation will focus on the George D. Widener Hospital, which carries one of the largest caseloads of any academic large hospital in the country, as well as other facilities on the almost 700-acre campus.

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