NYTB And Cornell Host Symposium

The College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University and the New York Thoroughbred Breeders (NYTB) teamed to present the latest in equine health care information at the inaugural Cornell at Saratoga Symposium, held July 30-Aug. 2, in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. The idea for the symposium was conceived last year when the NYTB approached the staff of Cornell to request a program to bring continuing education to owners, breeders, trainers, and horse enthusiasts. The two groups met monthly, surveyed the membership of the NYTB to decide on topics, and put together a program that featured veterinarians and Thoroughbred industry professionals from across the country. There also was a trade show and entertainment, including the annual New York Thoroughbred Breeders' awards.

About 250 people attended the four-day symposium. Topics included drug issues, the West Nile virus, angular limb deformity in foals, gastric ulcers, furosemide and clenbuterol, nutrition in the broodmare, lyme disease, EPM, rhodococcus equi, pasture management, vaccinations, selling Thoroughbreds at the sales, popular Thoroughbred bloodlines, and more.

Brenda Daniels, executive staff assistant in the office of the associate dean for clinical programs and professional services, said that the symposium was a great success and she received many positive comments from attendees. "We couldn't be more pleased," she said. "I think we met or exceeded expectations with exhibitors, sponsors, and registered guests. Everyone left happy, or really, really happy. Everyone wants to be invited back."

Plans are under way for another Cornell at Saratoga symposium to be held next year.

For more information, contact Sherry Jones, 607/253-3199; sjj1@cornell.edu

About the Author

Sarah Evers Conrad

Sarah Evers Conrad has a bachelor’s of arts in journalism and equine science from Western Kentucky University. As a lifelong horse lover and equestrian, Conrad started her career at The Horse: Your Guide to Equine Health Care magazine. She has also worked for the United States Equestrian Federation as the managing editor of Equestrian magazine and director of e-communications and served as content manager/travel writer for a Caribbean travel agency. When she isn’t freelancing, Conrad spends her free time enjoying her family, reading, practicing photography, traveling, crocheting, and being around animals in her Lexington, Kentucky, home.

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