September KENA Meeting Focuses on Equine Stem Cell Therapy

Over the last decade, research in the regenerative medicines has shown tremendous promise as a way to treat equine injuries. Stem cell therapy, a form of regenerative medicine, has been successfully used to treat injuries pertaining to tendon, ligaments, joints, and fractures. At the September 15 Kentucky Equine Networking Association (KENA) dinner meeting, Scott Hopper, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVS, of Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital, in Lexington, Ky., will discuss this topic.

The networking meeting begins at 6 p.m. with registration and a cash bar. During dinner, a brief overview of a breed or discipline is usually given. At the September meeting, Rocky Mountain horses have the honor of being the chosen breed that is presented.

The Keynote presentation on "Stem Cell Therapy in Horses" with Hopper begins following dinner at 7:30 p.m.

Hopper is a 1993 graduate of the University of Wisconsin Madison School of Veterinary Medicine. Following veterinary school, Hopper completed an internship at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital. The internship was followed by an equine surgical residency at Washington State University, where he also obtained his Masters of Science in Veterinary Science. After a year of clinical instructorship, Hopper returned to Rood & Riddle where he is currently a surgeon and partner.

"As a responsible horse owner, it is always important to stay current on medicines and therapies that benefit our horses," commented Anna Zinkhon, Kentucky Horse Council president."We all look forward to hearing more about regenerative medicines from Dr. Hopper."

A program of the Kentucky Horse Council and the UK Equine Initiative, KENA is an educational and networking dinner series for equine professionals in Kentucky, targeted specifically at those who participate in breeding and reproductive services, instruction, training, boarding, and showing.

The September 15 dinner begins with a cash bar and networking at 6 p.m. at the Lexington, Ky., Clarion Hotel. Cost to attend is $25 for the general public and $20 for KHC members, and the deadline for registration is September 12. For more information about KENA or the Kentucky Horse Council, or to register visit

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