CONTACT: Kelly Ketron, 800/525-2022 ext. 248


LEXINGTON, Ky., Feb. 12, 2009 — The recent loss of horses in Florida to an outbreak of equine botulism highlights the need for increased education and understanding of this and other preventable equine diseases, including equine herpesvirus, eastern equine encephalomyelitis, and West Nile virus.

The University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine, Neogen Corporation, and Fort Dodge Animal Health will be hosting a series of equine disease forums in Florida during the first week of March, to discuss recent developments in preventive equine health care.

Dr. Amanda M. House of the University of Florida, Dr. Bonnie S. Barr of Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital (Lexington, Ky.; sponsored by Neogen), and Dr. Kim Kauffman of Fort Dodge Animal Health will be speaking at each of the forums.

“Forums such as these are terrific ways for veterinarians and horse owners to connect on the topic of equine disease prevention,” said Dr. Jennifer C. Newman, Neogen’s Technical Service Veterinarian. “Educating horse owners and caregivers on disease pathology as well as preventive measures has a positive trickle-down effect on the overall health and well-being of the equine population. The veterinarian and horse owner working together can prevent undesirable outcomes.”

Each of the Florida equine disease forums will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. A light meal is included.

Monday, March 2 Jacksonville
  Duvual County Extension Office, 1010 N. McDuff Ave.
Tuesday, March 3 West Palm Beach
  Palm Beach County Extension Office, 559 North Military Trail
Wednesday, March 4 Orlando
  Orange County Extension Office, 6021 South Conway Rd.
Thursday, March 5 Ocala
  Marion County Extension Office, 2232 NE Jacksonville Rd.

 

Registration is $15. As seating will be limited, advanced registration is recommended. To register, contact Neogen’s Kelly Ketron at 800/525-2022 ext. 248, or via e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For more information, contact Kelly, or visit www.vetmed.ufl.edu/extension/equine/.