Van Eps to Speak on Laminitis Prevention and Treatment

Van Eps to Speak on Laminitis Prevention and Treatment

Laminitis, the No. 2 killer of horses after colic, continues to have an enormous impact on equine welfare, in wide and varied circumstances.

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Laminitis, the No. 2 killer of horses after colic, continues to have an enormous impact on equine welfare, in wide and varied circumstances. Andrew van Eps, BVSc, PhD, MACVSc, Dipl. ACVIM, associate professor of equine musculoskeletal research, will describe different approaches for successfully preventing and treating laminitis, as part of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine’s (Penn Vet) First Tuesday Lecture series.

The presentation, “Laminitis: Why Does It Occur? How Can We Better Manage It?” will take place on Tuesday, May 2, at 6:30 p.m. in New Bolton Center’s Alumni Hall, located at 382 West Street Road in Kennett Square.

It wasn't until fairly recently that researchers and veterinary clinicians acknowledged that there are different forms of laminitis, and that these forms have different inciting factors and mechanisms, and therefore might require different approaches for successful prevention and treatment. What about the pony that becomes lame every time he sniffs fresh grass? How about the champion racehorse with an injury in one limb? Or the mare that has failed to pass her placenta after foaling? Van Eps will share recent advances in understanding laminitis, why it occurs in different situations, and what can be done to prevent and treat it.

Renowned for his research on equine laminitis, van Eps joined the faculty of Penn Vet’s New Bolton Center in December 2016. A seasoned clinician and equine researcher, his work focuses on improving the understanding, prevention, and treatment of equine laminitis and other musculoskeletal diseases. In addition, van Eps is working to solve supporting-limb laminitis, the type that led to the death of 2006 Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro, who was treated at New Bolton Center for a catastrophic leg fracture during the Preakness Stakes that year.

Van Eps has co-authored nearly 50 peer-reviewed publications along with 15 additional publications and has been a co-investigator on 15 research grants. He’s given more than 60 presentations, primarily on topics related to laminitis, in places from Hong Kong to Palm Beach.

Van Eps received his veterinary degree (BVSc) and PhD from The University of Queensland in Australia, where he served as director of the equine hospital and associate professor of equine medicine. He completed his residency in internal medicine at New Bolton Center in 2008 and is board-certified in large animal internal medicine.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Due to limited seating, reservations are recommended and can be made by contacting Barbara Belt at beltb@vet.upenn.edu.

The next First Tuesday lecture will take place on June 6, as Dean Richardson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, presents “The Recovery Pool: Defying Gravity after Orthopedic Surgery.”

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