Fourth Annual Stallion Service Auction to Benefit Equine Health Studies Program

The Louisiana State University (LSU) School of Veterinary Medicine (SVM) announces its fourth annual Stallion Service Auction, which will be held Oct. 15-Dec. 17. The event is a multi-breed, Internet-based auction to help the SVM's Equine Health Studies Program (EHSP) expand and renovate its clinic.

"Due to the expanding Louisiana horse industry, the Equine Clinic case load increases each year," said Rustin M. Moore, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVS, professor of equine surgery and director of the EHSP. "To continue to provide efficient, quality care, it is necessary to expand the school's facilities."

Through the web site, a stallion owner can donate a breeding session to a stud, either by live cover or by artificial insemination, to be bid on by mare owners locally, nationally, and internationally for the 2005 breeding season. Bidding begins Oct. 15, but the site opened in July for potential donors and bidders to view. All donations are welcomed, and donated breeding services are tax-deductible for the fair market value regardless of the winning bid price.

Bidding begins at 50% of the standard stud fee, so interested bidders have an opportunity for reduced-rate breeding to top-quality stallions. Donors of breeding services also benefit from extensive marketing and advertising of their stallions and farms via the Internet and equestrian publications.

This year's proceeds from the event, now in its fourth year, will go toward the construction of a new equine isolation unit. The school needs $926,300 to build the isolation unit, which will be used to hospitalize critically ill horses with infectious and potentially contagious diseases such as salmonellosis and strangles. This new state-of-the-art facility will replace the current two-stall isolation unit, and it will enable the school to more effectively and safely treat sick horses.

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