ST. PAUL — Horse owners and professionals should plan to attend two equine conferences in 2020 focused on performance horses. Both conference will be held in early February at the UMN Leatherdale Equine Center on the St. Paul Campus. Both conferences by jointly hosted by UMN Extension and the College of Veterinary Medicine.
On Friday, February 7, the UMN Equine Professionals Conference is being held for equine veterinarians, farriers, and veterinary technicians starting at 3:00 pm. Brian Nielsen, PhD, from Michigan State University will open the conference with his keynote on furosemide effects on performance horses. Alonso Guedes, DVM and Andres Gomez, PhD will discuss the connection between laminitis and pain management and how diet influences the equine microbiome, respectively. Additionally, two UMN research updates will focus on water quality and endocrine-disrupting chemicals and equine metabolic syndrome. Dinner, sponsors by Tribute Equine Nutrition, is included and the conference will conclude at 7:30 pm with a brief hot topics discussion. The conference, costing $75 per person, has been approved for three Minnesota Board of Veterinary Medicine continuing education credits. Online registration is required by February 4 and is available here. For more information on the conference, click here. Although the conference was planned for equine professionals, it is open to anyone interested in attending.
The following day, February 8, horse owners are invited to a day long program focused on performance horses. Once again, Brian Nielsen, PhD, from Michigan State University will open the conference at 10:00 am with his keynote on furosemide effects on the performance horse. Nicolas Ernst, DVM, and Marcia Hathaway, PhD will discuss identifying and managing lameness and using equine nutrition information, respectively. Michelle DeBoer, PhD, UW-River Falls will discuss amino acids and their impact on horse health, while Krishona Martinson, PhD, will discuss water quality and Elaine Norton, DVM will discuss using genetics to better care for your horse. There will be a 30 minute discussion on hot topics before the conference concludes at 3:30 pm. The conference costs $40 and includes lunch. Online registration is required by February 4 and is available here. For more information on the conference, click here. Although the conference was planned for performance horse owners, it is open to anyone interested in attending.
— University of Minnesota
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