New York to Offer CEM Training Sessions for Vets

Licensed veterinarians in New York have been invited to attend training sessions regarding contagious equine metritis (CEM), sponsored by the New York State Veterinary Medical Society, Agriculture Commissioner Patrick Hooker announced March 4.

CEM is a contagious venereal disease of horses that has recently been diagnosed in 12 stallions outside of New York state. Subsequently, more than 600 horses throughout the United States have potentially been exposed to CEM, including nine mares in New York.

By expanding the pool of veterinarians qualified to perform testing for CEM, the state will be better positioned to respond to a potential outbreak if one were to occur there.

The training seminars will provide licensed New York State veterinarians with instruction on CEM, as well as access to horses to gain first-hand experience in culture and treatment techniques. The seminars, hosted by the New York State Animal Health Diagnostic Center and Rhinebeck Equine, are scheduled for March 18 in Ithaca and March 25 in Rhinebeck.

The seminars are free, but space is limited and will be filled on a first come, first served basis. To reserve a place at either seminar, contact Teresa Steigerwalt with the Animal Health Diagnostic Center at 607/253-3931 or at ts284@cornell.edu.

The nine potentially exposed New York mares, none of which had tested positive for CEM as of March 4, have all been quarantined until required testing and treatment are completed for each mare.

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