AAEP Foundation to Host International Equine Colic Research Symposium

The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Foundation will host the 10th International Equine Colic Research Symposium, July 26-28, 2011, in Indianapolis, Ind., at the Indianapolis Downtown Marriott.

The symposium, held every three years, alternating between Europe and North America, is designed to bring together leading researchers, practitioners, residents, and graduate students to share knowledge about equine colic, the leading cause of premature death in horses. The two-day symposium will take place at the same location immediately following the AAEP Focus on Colic and Business Education: Practices in Transitions, Transitions in Practice meetings.

As with previous symposiums, the presentations this year will accelerate the exchange of new information about colic among investigators while stimulating new collaborations and research projects. This year's symposium has attracted top researchers from around the world to present the newest information on a variety of colic-related topics. More than 40 scientific sessions and more than 75 poster presentations will be offered during the symposium.

"Equine practitioners and researchers remain committed to solving the puzzle of equine colic," said symposium chairman Nat White, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVS. "We look forward to sharing the knowledge that we've gathered over the past three years and applying new solutions to this deadly problem."

The meeting format will be similar to previous Colic Research Symposia. Fifteen-minute scientific sessions will be followed by a five-minute period for questions, and discussion will take place throughout the symposium.

Attendees will have the opportunity to view research posters each evening during receptions. Poster sessions July 26 and 27 will expand beyond the scientific sessions, giving attendees the opportunity to review and discuss the posters with the various presenters.

A limited number of travel scholarships are available to assist graduate students, residents, or researchers wishing to attend the Colic Research Symposium, but unable to do so without financial assistance. Five travel awards of $650 (£400) will be handed out to help cover travel and lodging costs.

The complete program, registration, lodging, travel scholarship information, and sponsor information is available online at aaepfoundation.org.

"This important research meeting would not be possible without the support from industry partners," said AAEP Foundation chairman Wayne McIlwraith, BVSc, PhD, Dipl. ACVS. "We can't thank our partners and the other equine and research funding organizations enough for their support."

The symposium is presented by AAEP Educational Partner Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc.

Additional sponsorship support is being provided by; American Quarter Horse Foundation, Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation, Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health, Morris Animal Foundation, North American Equine Ranching Information Council, Nutrena, and Platinum Performance.

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