Hambletonian Festival Continues Veterinary Education

Two full days of veterinary education returned to the Meadowlands Racetrack, in East Rutherford, N.J., August 4-5 for the 2011 Hambletonian Continuing Education Seminar for Equine Veterinarians, sponsored in part by Pfizer Animal Health. The annual event, held in conjunction with the Hambletonian Festival of Racing offered veterinarians hands-on learning through a full day wet lab and seminar program.

Wet labs allow veterinarians to do more than just hear about the latest advances in veterinary medicine; They offer the chance to practice these techniques with other professionals in a collaborative environment. In this year's program, the Pfizer Animal Health wet lab focused on ophthalmic examinations, ophthalmic nerve blocks, and the placement of subpalpebral lavage.

The wet lab was conducted by Brian Gilger, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVO, professor of ophthalmology at the College of Veterinary Medicine at North Carolina State University. Dr.

The Continuing Education Seminar featured a full day of speakers for continuing education credit. Among the topics presented was a seminar from Mark Crisman, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVIM, of the equine veterinary services department at Pfizer Animal Health, on the prevention and treatment of equine respiratory disease. This event was free of charge to veterinary attendees.

"Pfizer Animal Health is dedicated to supporting veterinary education, and we are extremely proud to be sponsors of the Hambletonian Continuing Education Seminar, as well as participate in the Veterinary Wet Labs program," said Kathy Miranowic, equine marketing manager for Pfizer Animal Health. "Wet labs and other continuing education events provide veterinarians with opportunities to learn and develop new skills that in turn benefit their equine patients."

"Through this sponsorship and others that support veterinary education, Pfizer Animal Health demonstrates a commitment to practicing veterinarians and up and coming students," said Tom Lenz, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACT, senior director of equine veterinary services for Pfizer Animal Health. "These educational events help veterinarians offer new services to their clients or present new research on any number of topics from joint therapy and diagnostic techniques to nutrition management and antibiotic treatments."

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