Equine Acupuncture Focus of Sept. KENA Meeting

A topic of growing interest for many horse owners is equine acupuncture. At the Sept. 20 Kentucky Equine Networking Association (KENA) dinner meeting, Rhonda Rathgeber, DVM, PhD, from Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, in Lexington, Ky., will discuss the use of acupuncture in equine medicine.

The networking meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. with registration and a cash bar. Next, E.S. "Rusty" Ford, Equine Programs Manager for the Kentucky Office of the State Veterinarian will present a brief segment on the Kentucky Livestock Care Standards and Equine Health & Welfare Council. A short presentation on the Kentucky Mountain Saddle Horse will follow.

The keynote presentation, "Equine Acupuncture," with Rathgeber begins following dinner at 6:30 p.m.

Rathgeber is a partner with Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in Lexington, Ky. She holds a PhD in equine anatomy and locomotion from Washington State University.

KENA is a program of the Kentucky Horse Council and the UK Equine Initiative. It is an educational and networking dinner series for equine professionals in Kentucky, targeted specifically at those who participate in breeding and reproductive services, instruction, training, boarding, and showing.

The Sept. 20 dinner will be held at the Clarion Hotel in Lexington, Ky. Cost to attend is $25 for the general public and $20 for KHC members. The registration deadline is 3 p.m. on Sept. 17. For more information about KENA or the Kentucky Horse Council or to register visit kentuckyhorse.org/kena/.

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