Irwin Foundation Donates $10,000 to Seminar Series

The Irwin Foundation recently donated $10,000 to the University of Kentucky Gluck Equine Research Center to fund veterinary education. The money will be used to support the 2011 Department of Veterinary Science Equine Diagnostic and Research Seminar Series.

"The support of the Irwin Foundation for continued veterinary education is greatly appreciated," said Ed Squires, PhD, Dipl. ACT (hon.), executive director of the UK Gluck Equine Research Foundation and the director of advancement and industry relations at the Gluck Center. "The donation will be utilized to support our monthly seminar series, which offers one hour of continuing education credit to veterinarians."

The Irwin Foundation, located in Mt. Clemens, Mich., has provided scholarship funding for veterinary education to keep students focused on their careers instead of wondering how to pay for them. Other support by the foundation includes the purchase of three Andalusian horses for another university's veterinary program.

"For over 15 years, the Irwin Foundation has provided crucial funding for the support of veterinary education," said A. Dale Ihrie III, attorney and director of the Irwin Foundation. "It is our sincere hope that these funds will enable the continuing education of veterinary professionals dedicated to equine health and welfare."

The Seminar Series is a monthly seminar for veterinarians, students, and horse owners in Central Kentucky. The seminars are held on the fourth Thursday of each month and have been hosted by the Kentucky Horse Park while the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (formerly the Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center) undergoes renovation. For more information on the Seminar Series, visit

Jenny Blandford is the Gluck Equine Research Foundation assistant at the Gluck Center.

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