Michigan State Hosting Equine Colic Lecture

You walk to the barn to do your chores, like you do every evening. But instead of finding your horse eager to see you and ready for his evening meal, you find him in terrible discomfort. You try not to panic as one of the most feared words in the equine world comes to mind: Colic.

Many horse owners have had the above scenario happen to them and the same question races through their mind as they call their veterinarian: What do I do until the veterinarian arrives, what caused my horse to colic, and will my horse survive?

Surgeons with the Equine Emergency Medicine and Surgery Section of the Michigan State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital will address these questions at a seminar, "Recognizing, Preventing, and Treating Colic in Your Horse," on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2009.

"Colic is the single most common and serious equine emergency recognized nationally and internationally," said Susan Holcombe, VMD, PhD , Dipl. ACVS, ACVECC, equine surgeon at MSU. "Colic accounts for more equine deaths noted by equine insurance companies than any other disease. Some types of colic are related to the way we manage horses and can be minimized or prevented. Other forms of colic occur by chance, but survival is directly related to early recognition and treatment of the problem."

"During this seminar, we hope to address many of these issues, answer your questions, and help you develop a colic free program for your horse," Holcombe said.

Vanessa Cook, VetMB, MS, Dipl. ACVS, ACVECC, will speak with Holcombe.

The seminar will be held in E-100 Veterinary Medical Center, East Lansing, Mich., from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Admission is free. Please RSVP to Judy Lessard at 517/355-0001. Refreshments will be served.

The Veterinary Medical Center is located at the intersection of Wilson Road and Bogue Street on the MSU campus. Maps and directions can be found at msu.edu/maps/index.html. Guests should park in the north ramp of the Wharton Center parking ramp off of Shaw Lane, walk south out of the ramp to Wilson Road, and cross the street. The entrance to E-100 is to the right of the Small Animal Clinic (do not use the Small Animal Clinic entrance.

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