At Noon Today (May 28) The Horse.Com Presents Ask the Vet Live: Colic

Is there something you want to ask a veterinary specialist about colic? Attend Ask the Vet Live on today, Thursday, May 28, from 12 noon to 12:30 p.m. Ask the Vet Live: Colic is sponsored by Arenus ( This FREE live Q&A session is open to anyone registered on

To access the Ask the Vet Live: Colic go to

This first-of-its-kind, live e-mail question and answer session with three veterinary specialists from The Ohio State University will allow you to get information from some of the top practitioners in the country about colic, which is second only to old age as the leading cause of horse deaths each year. You can learn more about preventing, treating, and recovering a horse from colic, as well as the latest on colic research.

Our Vets on Call will be:

Margaret Mudge, VMD, Dipl. ACVS (surgery) and ACVECC (equine critical care), is an Assistant Professor-Clinical in Equine Emergency and Critical Care at Ohio State. She joined the OSU faculty in February 2006. Mudge completed her equine surgery residency at the University of California, Davis, then entered into a fellowship in Emergency and Critical Care at OSU, which she completed in 2005. Mudge, who is board certified in equine surgery and equine emergency and critical care, is responsible for the equine emergency service and therefore oversees a busy emergency clinic, especially adult horses and foals with gastrointestinal tract disease (colic). For more information visit her profile at

Britta Leise, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVS (surgery), is a Clinical Instructor in Equine Emergency Surgery and Critical Care. She came to OSU in August 2007 from Louisiana State University. Leise provides surgical and critical care services to the equine emergency service, including emergency colic surgery. She is completing her PhD by investigating laminitis/founder, which is a common complication that occurs in ill and injured horses, especially those with inflammatory and ischemic gastrointestinal tract disease. For more information visit her profile at

Sam Hurcombe, BVMS (DVM equivalent), MS, Dipl. ACVIM (internal medicine), is a Fellow in Equine Emergency and Critical Care. As such, he provides medical, emergency, and critical care services for adult horses and foals. He has clinical and research interests in several areas, including medical and surgical management of colic, bacterial translocation in surgical colic, head trauma, and foal sepsis/infection. For more information visit his profile at

Remember, to participate in the first Ask the Vet Live that will cover the topic of Colic today, Thursday, May 28, 2009, at 12 noon until 12:30, go to

 If you miss that live date don’t worry, we will archive the Questions and Answers in an article on

About the Author

Kimberly S. Brown

Kimberly S. Brown was the Publisher/Editor of The Horse: Your Guide To Equine Health Care from June 2008 to March 2010, and she served in various positions at Blood-Horse Publications since 1980.

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