To increase horse owners' awareness and understanding of regenerative medicine, the North American Veterinary Regenerative Medicine Association (NAVRMA) and Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital are hosting "The Horse Owner's Guide to Regenerative Medicine" on June 4, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m., at the Marriott Griffin Gate Hotel in Lexington, Ky. The educational forum will offer practical information about this new area of veterinary medicine and is designed to help owners understand what has been achieved with these therapies, what the current research tells us, and what still needs to be explored.

Several advanced scientific therapies for previously untreatable joint disease and equine injuries have been introduced into equine veterinary medicine over the last decade. Veterinarians use IRAP (interleukin-1 receptor antagonist protein), platelet-rich plasma, and stem cell therapies to manipulate the body's biological mechanisms to stimulate healing. Research for these therapies is ongoing, and new information is gathered each day. While these regenerative medicine treatments are exciting for both veterinary professionals and horse owners, it is important for the owner to understand the science behind each therapy in order to have reasonable expectations for success.

The program will offer four presentations with opportunities for attendees to ask questions after each presentation. The meeting will conclude with an open question and answer forum with the presenters.

The program, moderated by NAVRMA President Gregory Ferraro, DVM, will be:

  • Stem Cell 101 - Presented by John Peroni, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVS, University of Georgia
  • Sorting Out IRAP, PRP and Stem Cells - Presented by Jamie Textor, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, University of California-Davis
  • Using Stem Cells for Orthopedic Injuries - Presented by Larry Galuppo, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, University of California-Davis
  • Treating Laminitis with Stem Cell Therapy - Presented by Raul Bras, DVM, and Vern Dryden, DVM, CJF, Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital

Attendance is free but a reservation is required. Reservations are due by May 31 and should be sent to Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital by e-mail at or by phone at 859/233-0371.

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