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Virtual Equine Welfare Forum a Huge Success


Friday, February 18, 2022

The popularity of Purdue Veterinary Medicine’s annual Equine Wellness Forum persists, even with virtual presentations. Historically held as an in-person event, the 2022 program, held on Saturday, February 12, featured presentations given on the Zoom platform covering topics ranging from basic preventative health care to the latest medical advances.

The forum began with a welcome by Dr. Ellen Lowery, director of Purdue University Veterinary Hospital, who led a virtual tour of the new Veterinary Hospital facilities that are nearing completion. After his opening remarks, the program continued with interventions from six special speakers.

Purdue University Veterinary Hospital Director Ellen Lowery kicked off the Virtual Equine Wellness Forum with a virtual tour of the hospital’s new facility nearing completion.

The educational sessions were kicked off by Dr. Stephanie Thomovsky, Clinical Associate Professor of Veterinary Neurology, who gave a presentation titled “The Use of Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy in Veterinary Species”. Another talk featured Dr. Erin Wilson of Nutrena, who addressed the topic “Nutritional Management of Equine Chronic Myopathies”. A former student of Purdue Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Wilson included in her presentation a discussion of healthy types of grains and grasses to feed horses, and the appropriate mix for each.

Forum attendees were also treated to presentations by three veterinarians who are new clinicians at the Large Animal Hospital. Large animal internal medicine clinician Dr. Sarah Gray gave a lecture on “Choking and its Complications”. Dr. Michelle Tucker, Assistant Professor of Large Animal Surgery, spoke on the topic “Head Tilt and Bell’s Palsy”. And Dr. Sarah Gray, a large animal surgery clinician, provided an “update on navicular syndrome”. The day also included an overview of Purdue Veterinary Medicine’s equine health research by Dr. Sandy Taylor, associate professor of large animal internal medicine.

The forum was open to veterinary professionals, who were able to earn continuing education credits for their participation, but most attendees were horse owners looking to further their knowledge. Over 80 people have registered to participate in the Virtual Equine Welfare Forum in its live online format. All lectures given that day have been recorded and are available to participants for a limited time. “Given that it was not possible to hold the event safely in person this year, we were delighted to have the opportunity to continue to provide this valuable information and education for the equine industry virtually. “said Susan Xioufaridou, Director of Alumni Relations and Special Events for PVM. . “The presenters did a fantastic job and the sessions went off without a hitch. We thank everyone who registered to participate, making this Virtual Equine Welfare Forum a success.

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