Equine Parasite Symposium at Gluck Equine Research Center

The problem of anthelmintic resistance is now recognized as a serious challenge for the control of equine gastrointestinal nematodes, particularly small strongyles (cyathostomins). Benzimidazole resistance is practically ubiquitous in much of the world, resistance to pyrantel is increasing in prevalence, and several recent studies have reported shortened egg reappearance periods of cyathostomins after ivermectin treatment (read more). Also of particular concern are the worldwide reports of resistance to ivermectin-moxidectin anthelmintics in Parascaris equorum (ascarids or roundworms).

A scientific meeting was held in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 2008. This meeting brought together scientists, equine veterinary practitioners, and representatives from the pharmaceutical industry. Attendees focused mainly on diagnosis of anthelmintic resistance, but also addressed strategies for control. The meeting format allowed plenty of time for discussion, and participants considered the meeting a great success.

Because several of the speakers from the Copenhagen meeting will be in the United States during the spring of 2009, the University of Kentucky's Gluck Equine Research Center is arranging a similar symposium for U.S. scientists, veterinary practitioners, and representatives of the pharmaceutical industry. The meeting will begin on Tuesday, March 24 in the early afternoon, with the first half-day dedicated to practice-oriented issues, and will continue the next morning with a full day of presentations and discussions.

Attendess will address the current state of anthelmintic resistance in equine parasites with emphasis on mechanisms of development and methods to diagnose anthelmintic resistance. Development of sustainable methods for control of equine parasites will receive special focus.

Organizers said they look forward to bringing together equine parasitologists and other interested individuals for a focused meeting to discuss current and important issues relating to parasite control in horses.

Registration can be completed through the Gluck Center Web site. The registration fee is $50 before March 7; after this date, it is $100.

For further information, contact Dr. Martin K. Nielsen.

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