Emergency Demonstrations and Training Offered

Hagyard-Davidson-McGee Associates (HDM) veterinary hospital will be offering equine emergency demonstrations to the general public on Aug.14, 2004, at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky. A more extensive three-day training course will be offered on Aug. 9-11, and is designed for those who would like to become certified in equine emergency response.

The purpose of the demonstrations is to educate horse owners and managers in safe horse handling techniques to be used when faced with dangerous situations or events that commonly occur on farms. These demonstrations will focus on effective methods using ordinary farm equipment and tools to safely manage common equine emergencies.

Several professionals will be conducting the demonstrations, including Nathan Slovis, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, from HDM; Rebecca Gimenez, PhD, from Clemson; Allan Schwartz from Days End Farm in Maryland; Chris Ogle from Code 3 Associates; and Captain Gary McFarland from Hutchens Station Fire Department in Bourbon County, Ky. The event will begin at 9 a.m. rain or shine and is free of charge.

The more intensive training course on Aug. 9-11 also will be held at the KHP and is designed to educate first responders such as firefighters, police officers, and other rescue personnel, as well as veterinarians. However, any individuals interested in equine and large animal rescue are welcome. Drs. Rebecca and Tomas Gimenez (DrMedVet, also of Clemson) will instruct and provide hands-on training for rescue and transport of a recumbent horse, containment of large animals, mud and water rescue, trailer accidents, and night search and rescue. This course costs $225 and includes lunches. Limited space is available, and registration is required.

For more information regarding either of these events, please contact LaTonna Wilson at 859/255-8741 or lwilson@hagyard.com.

This event is also sponsored by Fort Dodge Animal Health, Equestrian USRider Motor Plan, the Kentucky Horse Park, Thoroughbred Charities of America, Riovista Animal Products, and The Horse.

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