Penn State Extension Equine Parasite Seminar Scheduled

The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) Cooperative Extension Equine Program Team is offering a full day seminar designed to help horse owners make sense of the parasite puzzle. "Piecing Together the Equine Parasite Puzzle" will be held Feb. 4, 2012, at the Eden Resort and Conference Center, located at 222 Eden Road, Lancaster, Pa. The cost of $55 per person includes all instruction, hand-out materials, and lunch.

Until recently, the common method of reducing parasite infections in horses was to rigorously deworm horses every 6 to 8 weeks. Since there are only three major classes of deworming agents available, resistance to these drug classes is increasing and cases of resistant parasites are now being reported worldwide. Horses move frequently from state to state and often internationally as well and may move resistant parasites to new farms.

This one-day seminar will feature top specialists and researchers in the field who will review the life cycles of the parasites and will explain how resistance occurs. The speakers will also discuss the effects of rainfall, temperature, pasture rotation, and manure composting on parasite infection. Participants will learn how to prepare a slide and perform fecal egg counts and will be able to work with their veterinarian to develop a program targeted for their specific farm situation.

The schedule includes:

9:00 to 10:30 a.m.--Ed Jedzejewski, DVM, Manager Penn State Equine Farm
Thinking Like a Parasite: Types of Parasites, Biology, and the Science of Resistance

10:30 a.m. to Noon--Michael Sukhdeo, MSc, PhD, Rutgers University Department of Environment and Natural Resources
The Ecology of Parasite infection on Horse Pastures and Implication for Control Strategies

12:00 to 12:45 p.m. LUNCH (included in registration cost)

12:45 to 1:00 p.m.--David Wolfgang, DVM, Penn State Department of Veterinary Medicine
How to Conduct Fecal Egg Counts in Horses and What the Results Can and Cannot Tell Us

1:00 to 2:30 p.m.--Donna Foulk, Equine Extension Educator, and Wolfgang
Putting Together the Pieces: Participants will practice making a slide and counting eggs and will work through a series of problems dealing with parasite infection and management.

For any of the course content information, or to arrange for a course to be offered in your locale, contact Foulk at or at 610/746-1970. To receive program registration materials or to be added to the list serve regarding the Equine Program Team offerings, contact Norma Young at

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