2012 Laminitis Conference brings together Vets, Farriers

2012 Laminitis Conference brings together Vets, Farriers

Dr. Raul Bras applies a cast on a laminitic hoof during a wet lab at the conference.

Photo: Michelle N. Anderson, TheHorse.com Digital Managing Editor

Editor's note: This article is part of TheHorse.com's multimedia coverage of the 2012 Laminitis Conference held Nov. 2-3 in Monterey, Calif. Look for videos and more in-depth articles about specific topics presented at the conference in the coming weeks.

Hurricane Sandy threatened to ground East Coast-based presenters and participants of the 2012 International Equine Conference on Laminitis and Diseases of the Hoof (IECLDH) this past weekend.

Fortunately, said IECLDH Co-Director James Orsini, DVM, of University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center, everyone made it to Monterey, Calif., in time for the two-day conference dedicated to educating veterinarians, farriers, and owners about laminitis, general podiatry, diagnostics, and treatments.

This year's event, titled "The Equine Limb: Advanced Treatments and Diagnostics," took place Nov . 2-3, 2012, at the Monterey Conference Center. Steinbeck Country Equine Clinic in nearby Salinas, Calif., also hosted a half day of hands-on wet lab sessions.

The West Coast laminitis conference is held during the off years of the biennial International Equine Conference on Laminitis and Diseases of the Foot, which takes place in Palm Beach, Fla. "This is like the little cousin of the Florida conference," explained Tim Eastman, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, who owns Steinbeck Country Equine and helped organize the event.

The purpose of the California conference is to bring the latest laminitis and hoof-care information to veterinarians, farriers, and owners who can't make it to the Florida event, he added.

This year's lecture lineup drew approximately 95 attendees, with farriers making up a growing portion of the audience, Orsini noted. "This year's theme was really about bringing the veterinarian and farrier together in treating the horse," he added.

Lectures opened on Friday with Orsini and Nora Grenager, VMD, Dipl. ACVIM, of Grenager Equine Consulting in Fredricksburg, Va., reviewing "What's Hot and What's Cold with Laminitis" from the 2011 Florida conference. Attendees then broke into three tracks: podiatry, regenerative medicine, and diagnostics. Saturday morning included an additional owners-focused program that spanned all three topics.

In addition to Orsini, Eastman, and Grenager, conference faculty included:

  • Raul Bras, DVM, CJF, of Rood in Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky.;
  • Chris Gregory, MS, CJF, FWCF of Heartland Horseshoeing School, Lamar, Mo.;
  • Alexia McNKnight, DVM, Dipl. ACVR of McKnight Insight Equine MRI Consulting in Chadds Ford, Pa.;
  • John Peroni, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVS, University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine;
  • Wade Tenny, DVM, of Steinbeck Country Equine Hospital; and
  • Natasha Werpy, DVM, Dipl. ACVR, University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine.

Hands-on wet lab sessions included casting of the laminitic foot with Bras; W shoe forging with Gregory; stem cell harvesting and treatment; and diagnostic techniques, among other topics.

The 2013 Equine Conference on Laminitis and Diseases of the Foot is scheduled for Oct. 31-Nov. 2 in Palm Beach, Fla. More information is available at www.laminitisconference.com.


About the Author

Michelle N. Anderson, TheHorse.com Digital Managing Editor

Michelle Anderson serves as The Horse's digital managing editor. In her role, she produces content for our web site and hosts our live events, including Ask the Vet Live. A lifelong horse owner, Anderson competes in dressage and enjoys trail riding. She's a Washington State University graduate (Go Cougs!) and holds a bachelor's degree in communications with a minor in business administration and extensive coursework in animal sciences. She has worked in equine publishing since 1998. She currently lives with her husband on a small horse property in Central Oregon.

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