Sertich to Review Mare Anatomy, Physiology, and Behavior

Sertich to Review Mare Anatomy, Physiology, and Behavior

Sertich will review the normal anatomy and physiology of the mare and explain abnormalities that are known to cause behavior changes.

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On Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 6:30 p.m., Patricia Sertich, VMD, Dipl. ACT, will present the lecture, “Gender: A Factor in Your Mare’s Performance,” as part of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet) First Tuesday Lecture Series.

Sertich—an associate professor of large animal reproduction who specializes in specializes in mare and stallion reproduction, high-risk pregnancies, and mare infertility—will review the normal anatomy and physiology of the mare and explain abnormalities that are known to cause behavior changes. She also will discuss the treatment and management of performance problems related to the reproductive system of the mare.

Horses are seasonal breeders and have considerable changes in their reproductive tract and reproductive behavior throughout the year. Sertich will explain why it is important to understand the normal anatomy, physiology, and behavior of the mare to make sound decisions about housing and management—key factors in balancing the mare’s needs.

During the First Tuesday Lecture Series, faculty and clinicians at New Bolton Center share current information on topics of interest and relevance to horse owners and caregivers throughout the region via a free lecture on the first Tuesday of each month. Many of the lectures highlight the advanced techniques performed by Penn Vet’s team of leading clinicians and the state-of-the-art equipment and facilities available to ensure the best possible outcomes for patients.

The Dec. 3 event will take place in Alumni Hall at the New Bolton Center. Due to limited seating, reservations are recommended and can be made by contacting Barbara Belt at beltb@vet.upenn.edu.

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