Penn Vet Clinicians to Speak at Pa. Horse World Expo

The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet) will have a larger presence than ever before at the Pennsylvania Horse World Expo. An expanded booth size will allow for more displays and one-on-one interaction with Penn Vet equine clinicians and staff.

On Feb. 22-23 veterinarians from the George D. Widener Hospital on Penn Vet's large animal campus (New Bolton Center) will share their clinical and research expertise in seven presentations. The lectures and discussions cover a broad range of veterinary topics of interest to all horse owners:

Feb. 22 at noon: Caitlin Rothacker, DVM, will take a fresh look at the lameness exam with "Lameness 101: Principles of the Exam, News in the Treatments." Rothacker is a resident in the field service and sports medicine sections at Penn Vet's New Bolton Center.

Feb. 22 at 1:00 p.m.: Jennifer Wrigley, CVT, will present an overview of nutrition for the horse with "To Feed or Not to Feed: The ABCs of Equine Nutrition." Nursing Supervisor of Penn Vet's Equi-Assist home care nursing program, Wrigley is a licensed certified veterinary technician with special skill equine nutrition as well as caring for horses with laminitis, neonates, and the post-hospitalized equine patient.

Feb. 23 at 11:00 a.m.: Emilie Setlakwe DVM, will present "Cough, Wheeze ... Could it be Heaves?" A Penn Vet resident in large animal internal medicine at New Bolton Center, Setlakwe will address that mysterious cough, what it means, and what should be done about it.

Feb. 23 at noon: A fellow in large animal ultrasound and cardiology at New Bolton Center, Laura Faulkner, VMD, has expertise in matters of the equine heart. She will present "What's the Buzz? Heart Murmurs in Horses."

Feb. 23 at 1:00 p.m.: Headshaking is sometimes more than meets the eye. Joy Tomlinson, DVM, will talk about what that headshaking means and how it should be handled in "Is He or Isn't He? The Truth About Headshaking in Horses." Tomlinson is a resident in large animal medicine at Penn Vet's New Bolton Center.

Feb. 23 at 2:00 p.m.: Colic is amongst the top killers of horses. Christina Howard, DVM, will present valuable information about types of colic and news about treatments in her presentation "Colic: a Pain in the Abdomen." Howard is an intern at Penn Vet's New Bolton Center with a strong interest in gastrointestinal surgery.

Feb. 23 at 3:00 p.m.: "Behind the Scenes at New Bolton Center" will share a broad overview of Penn Vet's vast large animal campus at New Bolton Center. Long time Emergency Service and Critical Care clinician Janet Johnston, DVM, will be the presenter. Johnston is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and the American College of Veterinary Surgery. Her area of interest is large animal emergency and critical care, with a special emphasis on equine colic.

The expo will take place at the Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg, Pa. All presentations will take place in Seminar Hall B. The schedule is subject to change. More information about equine veterinary concerns, the New Bolton Center, and Penn Vet will be available at the Penn Vet New Bolton Center booth at the Pennsylvania Horse World Expo, Booth 241. The expo runs February 21-24. For more information about the expo and for updated schedules, visit

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