Lecture on Equine Drug Research, Testing Scheduled

On April 2, the University of Pennsylvania's School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet) will present "The Dope on New Drug Research and Testing." The lecture is part of the First Tuesdays Lecture Series at Penn Vet's New Bolton Center in Kennett Square, Pa. The series offers the public open lectures on equine topics, at no charge, on the first Tuesday of each month.

The April 2 lecture will be presented in New Bolton Center's Alumni Hall by Lawrence Soma, VMD, a professor of anesthesia and the Marilyn M. Simpson Professor of Veterinary Medicine at New Bolton Center. He has spent much of his career developing standards to effectively test for illegal substances in racehorses.

"The methods used for doping control in the equine athlete have made great strides in the last decade," says Soma. The presentation will illustrate many of the advances in surveillance capabilities and discuss the many challenges that still exist in identifying the newer protein based drugs, peptides, and naturally occurring substances that are now available.

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 the Penn Vet Podologic Museum (May) and equine anesthesia (June).

Though the lectures are free, seating is limited. Interested parties are asked to RSVP to beltb@vet.upenn.edu

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