Healthy Horses is an educational day with a focus on successful equine health care. The day includes lectures, lunch and live equine demonstrations. Our topics this year include two Q&A panels, on preventative health care and equine lameness, as well as lectures on equine herpes virus, neck pain in horses, and rehabilitation from lameness injuries. For a complete list of topics, take a look at this year's brochure. We will also feature tours, a lameness locator demonstration and a high- speed treadmill demonstration!
Registration is limited, so be sure to register early!
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Saturday, April 14, 2012
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5th Annual Healthy Horses Conference
Saturday, April 28, 2012
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Welcome to The Equine Ledger       
    News for Horse Lovers from the UF College of Veterinary Medicine  Spring, 2012



Dr. Amanda House 

Welcome to our fourth edition of theEquine Ledger! This brief newsletter is from the UF Equine Veterinary Extension Service and Large Animal Hospital, and will provide you with helpful information about equine health care and upcoming educational events at our college. In this issue, we have highlighted our Large Animal Surgery Service, exciting new research involving treatment of osteoarthritis in humans and horses and new articles on the foal.


As a spring reminder, don't forget about booster vaccinations! Call your veterinarian and be sure your horse is protected against  Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), Western Equine Encephalitis (WEE), Tetanus, Rabies and West Nile Virus. These are the core vaccines for all horses. You may be boosting for equine herpes virus and influenza now as well! Based on multiple requests from the past couple of years, we will be including updated recommendations for vaccines and deworming at the upcoming Healthy Horses Conference!


We hope you will join us for our 5th Annual Healthy Horses Conferenceon Saturday, April 28, 2012! Healthy Horses is an educational day with a focus on successful equine health care. The day includes lectures, lunch and live equine demonstrations. The presenters are the board certified faculty of UF's Large Animal Hospital, and a brief summary folder of the lectures will be provided to all attendees. We have the same fantastic sponsors at this year's event, with door prizes as well! You can register for the conference online at   The University of Florida is dedicated to improving owner education and hope you will make this an annual event. It is a wonderful opportunity to see our hospital facility and meet veterinarians from all of our services. Please be sure to also visit our updated website for additional equine event information at We hope to see you in April! And remember, we're here when you need us!


 Amanda M. House


Amanda M. House, DVM, DACVIM
Large Animal, Assistant Professor
UF Large Animal Hospital

Large Animal Surgery Team 

From left to right: Drs. Andrew Smith (resident), Patrick Colahan, Interim Chair David Freeman, Alison Morton, Murray Brown, David Dymock (resident) and Sarah Graham.

Osteoarthritis Gene Therapy
Could Help Both People and Animals

Dr. Ghizivanni from the UF College of Medicine and Dr. Patrick Colahan from the UF Large Animal Hospital. 
University of Florida
equine veterinarians and researchers are developing a gene therapy technique that could help both humans and horses fight osteoarthritis, a very important cause of poor performance in horses. The goal is to create a one-time treatment that works long term. View the full story on UF's osteoarthritis gene therapy.



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