UW to Host First Aid Seminar for Horse Owners

The University of Wisconsin (UW) School of Veterinary Medicine Continuing Education program will be hosting its 22nd annual seminar on Feb. 19. This year's topic is "First Aid for Horses--When to Call the Vet and What to do Before Help Arrives." The morning session will be held in the Ebling Symposium Auditorium, located within the Microbial Science building, 1550 Linden Dr., Madison, Wisc. The afternoon demonstrations will be at the UW Stock Pavilion, 1675 Linden Dr., also in Madison.

Four equine veterinarians from the UW School of Veterinary Medicine will cover a wide range of injuries and infections that might affect a horse, from foot abscesses, grazes, and minor wounds to puncture wounds, lacerations, and fractures that need immediate care. They will show participants how to assess and manage injuries until a veterinarian can examine the horse, including proper techniques for wound care and bandaging. They will also cover some of the techniques veterinarians use when treating infections of joints and tendon sheaths.

In the afternoon, natural horsemanship instructor Lori Wegner will provide participants with answers to common questions about equine first aid treatment. Instructors will demonstrate prevention and rehabilitation exercises.

Advance registration for this seminar is $45 per person (or $39 per person for groups of five or more) on or before Feb. 4. After that date, admission becomes $60 per person.

For more information contact Karl Olson at 608/265-5206 or Olsonk@vetmed.wisc.edu, or visit their website.

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