Horseowners' Seminar to Address Disaster Preparedness

Even horses are not immune to the changes since September 11, 2001. Florida Equine Veterinary Services prepares to address disaster preparedness in its upcoming Equine Emergency Care Seminar in Orlando in September.

"We don’t know when to expect an emergency, but we can plan for one," said Dr. Erin Denney-Jones, president of Florida Equine Veterinary Services. "It’s our goal to get horse owners ready for any equine emergency, be it illness, injury or disaster." Dr. James Hamilton, a partner and equine practitioner with Southern Pines Equine Associates in the North Carolina sandhills, will present the disaster preparedness portion of the seminar. Dr. Hamilton is a team commander with the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Disaster Response Program.

Several other topics will be discussed at the 6th annual seminar. Mary Phelps Hathaway, equine insurance specialist in Central Florida, will address options for insuring your horse. Dr. Dennis Brooks, veterinary ophthalmologist with the University of Florida, will discuss common eye emergencies. Dr. Dana Zimmel, assistant professor of equine extension at the University of Florida, will address colic emergencies and neonatal emergencies. Dr. Hamilton will also discuss trailerside emergency care.  

The Florida Horseowners Seminar will be held from 11:30am-6pm on September 6, 2003 at Sea World Port-of-Call in Orlando, FL. Admission is $55 and includes a behind-the-scenes tour of the Clydesdale Hamlet at Sea World Orlando, immediately following the seminar. For an extra fee, seminar attendees may wish to experience the area’s newest attraction, the Dixie Stampede Dinner & Show at a discounted rate.   

For more information, contact Dr. Erin Denney-Jones at 352/241-0383, 800/546-3894, or send an e-mail to

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