The University of Kentucky (UK) Department of Veterinary Science will host the Lawsonia intracellularis and equine proliferative enteropathy (EPE) symposium on Nov. 15 at the UK Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.

This symposium will offer an in-depth look at the latest information on the L. intracellularis bacterium and the disease (EPE) it causes in horses. The event is targeted toward veterinarians and anyone else interested in learning more about L. intracellularis and equine proliferative enteropathy.

Four hours of Continuing Education has been applied for with the Kentucky Board of Veterinary Examiners for veterinarians and veterinary technicians. Attendees must sign CE sheets at the meeting to receive credit.

The symposium costs $50. Those interested in attending should sign up early at as space is limited.

Lawsonia intracellularis and Equine Proliferative Enteropathy Symposium Schedule

1 p.m.--Welcome and Introductions
David Horohov PhD, William Robert Mills Chair in Equine Immunology at the UK Gluck Equine Research Center, and Ed Squires PhD, Dipl. ACT (hon.), director of UK Ag Equine Programs and executive director of the UK Gluck Equine Research Foundation

1:15-2 p.m.--Background and History of L. intracellularis, especially in pigs and horses, and available diagnostic tests
Connie Gebhart PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences at the University of Minnesota

2-3 p.m.--Typical presentation, clinical signs, treatment, prevention, and case reports
Nathan Slovis DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, CHT, director of the McGee Center at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute

3-3:30 p.m.--BREAK

3:30-4 p.m. Immunology—IFNg, weanlings, etc. 
David Horohov PhD, William Robert Mills Chair in Equine Immunology at the UK Gluck Equine Research Center

4-4:30 p.m.--Pathology—typical necropsy findings and newly reported necrotizing EPE
Alan Loynachan DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVP, assistant professor at the UK Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory

4:30-5:15 p.m.--Screening for L. intracellularis in horses 
Allen Page DVM, a PhD candidate at the UK Gluck Equine Research Center

5:15-5:30 p.m.--Group Discussion: Future research directions and imperatives

5:30-7:30 p.m.--Cocktail reception with hors d'oeuvres

Jenny Blandford is the Gluck Equine Research Foundation Coordinator at the Gluck Center.

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