Equine Welfare Subject Of Dec. 8 Veterinary Association Forum

The welfare of one of man's most important animal companions will be the subject of the American Veterinary Medical Association's (AVMA) 1999 Animal Welfare Forum. The Forum will be held December 8, 1999 at the Albuquerque Convention Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The Annual Forum, sponsored by the AVMA, is being held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the American Association of Equine Practioners.

Speakers from around the country will discuss topics related to equine welfare. "There is not a weak link in this Forum," said Chairman Dr. Douglas Corey. “I am extremely excited about this forum, these speakers are some of the best in their fields.”

Dr. Robert Miller, an equine practitioner from Thousand Oaks, California will discuss The Revolution in Horsemanship. Philosopher, Dr. Bernard Rollin of Fort Collins, Colorado will talk about Equine Welfare and Emerging Social Ethics. Dr. John Madigan of Davis, California will review with participants The Equine Practitioners Role in Disasters. Dr. Douglas Freeman of Amherst, Massachusetts will discuss Pregnant Mare Urine Ranching: Management and Research.

Other speakers include: Dr. George Mundy of Lexington, Kentucky who will discuss Racing; Dr. Ron DeHaven of Riverdale, Maryland who will discuss The Horse Protection Act--A Case Study in Self-Regulation; Dr. Venaye Reece of Camden, South Carolina who will review Equine Slaughter Transport: Update on Research and Regulations; Dr. Dane Frazier of Lebanon, Missouri, whose topic is Who Speaks for the Horse--The Sport of Endurance riding and Equine Welfare; Dr. Jay Merriam of Uxbridge, Massachusetts who will discuss Carriage Horses 1999: Current Status and Ongoing Concerns; and Cynthia Schonholtz of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association who will give Animals in Rodeo: A Closer Look.

One of the highlights of the Dec. 8 Forum will be the presentation of the 10th Annual AVMA Animal Welfare Award. The 1999 Award will be presented to Dr. Eric Davis of the University of Tennessee, College of Veterinary Medicine. The award recognizes efforts to advance animal well-being, dedication to animal care, and contributions to the community and society. Dr. Davis is being honored for his work with a volunteer group, the Remote Area Medical Veterinary Volunteers, which has brought veterinary care to Indian reservations in North and Central America.

According to Dr. Corey this meeting will be, "one of the finest equine welfare programs ever. It is going to be stimulating and thought-provoking for the equine community."

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