Florida Equine Vets Promote Excellence at Third Annual Symposium

More than 170 equine practitioners from Florida met Sept. 27-29 at the Atlantis resort on Paradise Island, the Bahamas, for the third annual Florida Association of Equine Practitioners (FAEP) Promoting Excellence Symposium.

"We've had an overwhelming response to this meeting," said FAEP President Timothy Lynch, DVM, Dipl. ACVS. "It's only our third year, and we have close to 200 equine practitioners coming--it's great."

Veterinarians who attended presentations at the event came away with 18 hours of continuing education credit and new knowledge of current topics in equine reproduction and lameness. Many of the presenters encouraged dialogue, with speakers questioning attendees on what steps they would take to diagnose and manage horses presented as case studies.

Presentations included:

  • Correlation of Radiographic and Arthroscopic Findings, presented by Dean Richardson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, head of surgery at the George D. Widener Hospital for Large Animals at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center;
  • Subfertility in the Stallion--A Case-Based Approach, presented by Dickson Varner, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACT, professor in the Department of Large Animal Medicine and Surgery at Texas A&M University;
  • Diagnostics for the Infertile Mare, and Management and Treatment of the Infertile Mare: What Would You Do? Presented by Michelle LeBlanc, DVM, Dipl. ACT, private practitioner with Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital, past president of the American College of Theriogenologists,
  • Practical Neonatal Foal Evaluation and Care--A Recipe Approach, presented by Carol Clark, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, veterinary internist, Peterson & Smith Equine Hospital;
  • Carpal Region Pain--Current Topics, Challenging Forelimb and Hindlimb Lameness, and Challenging Cases--Management of Proximal Metatarsal Lameness, presented by Michael Ross, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, professor of surgery at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center;
  • Navigating the Carpal Sheath: Diagnosis and Treatment of Merging and Emerging Conditions, and New Therapies for Cartilage Trauma and Arthritis, presented by Alan Nixon, BVSc, MS, Dipl. ACVS, professor of Orthopedic Surgery and director of The Comparative Orthopaedics Laboratory at Cornell University;
  • Investigation of Poor Performance and Neck and Back Pain, presented by Sue Dyson, MA, VetMB, PhD, DEO, FRCVS, head of Clinical Orthopedics at the U.K.'s Animal Health Trust; and
  • Inter-Estrus Interval and Pattern of Uterine Edema for the Breeding Management of Mares, Use of Medications to Induce Ovulation in Mares, and Methods of Inseminating with Frozen Semen, presented by Juan Samper, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACT, owner of a private veterinary specialty practice (JCS Veterinary Reproductive Services near Vancouver, British Columbia) and past president of the Society for Theriogenology.

"The biggest reason FAEP puts this on is we're all interested in great continuing education," said FAEP President Timothy Lynch, DVM, Dipl. ACVS. "Horse owners should know their veterinarians are getting great CE to stay up to date on the newest technology and modalities for treating horses."

Despite the proximity of warm Caribbean waters, seminars were well-attended for the duration of the conference.

"They got excellent speakers--probably the best they've ever had--and there's something for everybody," said attendee Anne Moretta, VMD, of Maroche Equine Clinic. "Reproductive, sports medicine--we're all happy."

FAEP Members honored Alfred M. Merritt, DVM, MS, Appleton Professor of Equine Studies and retired Director of the Island Whirl Equine Colic Research Laboratory at the University of Florida's College of Veterinary Medicine with the organization's Lifetime Achievement Award.

Presenter Clark said of Merritt at the awards dinner: "There probably isn't a person or practitioner at this meeting whose life has not been touched by Dr. Merritt." She noted that she has called upon her former teacher within the last year for guidance on difficult cases.

"It is absolutely amazing--I'm totally overwhelmed," Merritt said, upon receiving the award. "When you're in the thick of things you sometimes wonder what kind of impact you're going to have--this evening answers that concern for me."

The FAEP will host the 2008 Promoting Excellence Symposium in Puerto Rico Sept. 25-27. The 2008 Symposium will offer 30 hours of CE credit, with a focus on reproduction, lameness, and medicine (emphasis on ophthalmology). The group will also be adding a second symposium to the 2008 roster, with an event designed to address the needs of the solo practitioner planned for July or August, exact date to be determined. For more information see www.faep.net.  

The 2007 FAEP Promoting Excellence Symposium was sponsored by Adequan I.M., Bayer Animal Health, Fort Dodge, and Surpass.

Look for further coverge of this meeting on TheHorse.com and in an upcoming issue of The Horse: Your Guide To Equine Health Care.

About the Author

Erin Ryder

Erin Ryder is a former news editor of The Horse: Your Guide To Equine Health Care. She owns a portly gray gelding named Duncan and dabbles in several equestrian disciplines, with an emphasis on dressage.

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