UK to Host Equine Showcase and Breeders' Short Course

The University of Kentucky (UK) Equine Initiative will host a UK Equine Showcase on Jan. 20 and the 3rd Annual Kentucky Breeders' Short Course on Jan. 21 at the UK Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.

The UK Equine Showcase is a program highlighting the university's latest equine research focused on the young horse. The program will run from 1 to 5 p.m. with a reception following.

The 3rd Annual Kentucky Breeders' Short Course is an in-depth equine reproductive program from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Jan. 21, with lunch provided.

Both programs are open to veterinarians, owners, and managers of all horse breeds or anyone with an interest in learning more about equine reproduction and topics concerning the young horse. Continuing Education (CE) credit for veterinarians and veterinary technicians is pending approval by the Kentucky Board of Veterinary Examiners.

"The UK Equine Showcase is a great opportunity for those in the industry to learn about the latest equine research that is ongoing at the University of Kentucky," said Ed Squires, PhD, Dipl. ACT (hon.), director of the UK Equine Initiative and executive director of the Gluck Equine Research Foundation. "The annual Kentucky Breeders' Short Course will focus on equine reproductive efficiency. UK is fortunate to have many experts in equine science who can serve as speakers."

Topics and speakers for the UK Equine Showcase include:

  • Common infectious diseases of the young horse, David Horohov, PhD, William Robert Mills chair and professor at the Gluck Equine Research Center
  • Cartilage development and maturation, James MacLeod, VMD, PhD, director of the UK Equine Initiative and Dickson Professor of Equine Science and Management and the John S. and Elizabeth A. Knight Chair at the Gluck Equine Research Center
  • Building muscle in young horses, Kristine Urschel, PhD, assistant professor of equine science in the University of Kentucky's Department of Animal and Food Sciences
  • Nutritional needs of the young horse, Laurie Lawrence, PhD, (equine nutrition), professor in the University of Kentucky's Department of Animal Sciences
  • Vaccination strategies and immunity in young horses, Amanda Adams, PhD, a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Kentucky Gluck Equine Research Center
  • Deworming strategies for the young horse, Martin Nielsen, DVM, PhD, assistant professor in parasitology at the Gluck Equine Research Center
  • Pricing of young horses in the Thoroughbred industry, Jill Stowe, PhD, assistant professor in agricultural economics at the University of Kentucky

Topics and speakers for the Kentucky Breeders' Short Course include:

  • Pregnancy rates when breeding with natural mating or fresh, cooled, or frozen semen, Ed Squires, PhD, Dipl. ACT (hon.)
  • Causes of fertilization failures, Barry Ball, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACT, the Albert G. Clay Endowed Chair in Equine Reproduction
  • Pregnancy losses during early gestation, Barry Ball, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACT
  • Pregnancy losses during late pregnancy and diagnosis of placentitis, Barry Ball, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACT
  • Factors affecting the incidence of dystocia, Ed Squires, PhD, Dipl. ACT (hon.)
  • Performance of foals from high-risk pregnancies, Sydney Hughes, BS, graduate student at the Gluck Equine Research Center
  • Endometrial biopsy as an indicator of uterine artery rupture, Neil Williams, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVP, associate professor in the Department of Veterinary Science
  • Effect of tall fescue on pregnant mares and how to contain fescue, Karen McDowell, PhD, reproductive biology specialist at the Gluck Equine Research Center; William Witt, PhD, a researcher in the plant and soil sciences department at the University of Kentucky; and Ray Smith, PhD, forage extension specialist in the plant and soil sciences department
  • Proper nutrition for rebreeding mares, Laurie Lawrence, PhD, (equine nutrition)
  • Practical biosecurity for horse farms, Roberta Dwyer, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVPM, a professor at the Gluck Equine Research Center

To register, visit ca.uky.edu/gluck/NewsShortCourse2012.asp. Early bird registration (by Jan. 9) for the UK Equine Showcase is $45, or $35 when two or more people from the same organization register at the same time. The price is the same for the Kentucky Breeders' Short Course. Attendees can attend both days for $75.

Students are eligible to have their costs waived, but student designated space is limited and on a first-requested, first-served basis. Students interested in attending should email Jenny Blandford directly at jenny.blandford@uky.edu.


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