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Dr David Orsini

International Equine Conference on Laminititis and Diseases of the Foot

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Register Today for the International Equine Conference on Laminitis and Diseases of the Foot

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Client: International Conference on Laminitis and Diseases of the Foot
Release Date: 2013-10-18

Presenters to Include World’s Leading Authorities

Wellington, FL - October 18, 2014 - The world's leading laminitis researchers, scholars, clinicians, and farriers will present their newest findings at the International Equine Conference on Laminitis and Diseases of the Foot, in West Palm Beach, Fla., in November. The conference program and speaker list includes presenters from the Australian Equine Laminitis Research Unit (AELRU), Tufts University, and Cornell University who will share critical laminitis research funded by the Animal Health Foundation (AHF).

Donald Walsh, DVM, president and founder of the AHF, will speak on his personal research into the history of relationships between obesity, grass founder, and chronic laminitis. He’ll also moderate a panel with researcher Nick Frank, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, and farrier Gene Ovnicek analyzing the clinical management of “real life” metabolic laminitis cases.

Chris Pollitt, BVSc, PhD, director of the AELRU, will join Walsh on the faculty at the conference; the AHF has supported his work for many years. Pollitt will review his team’s analysis of the function of the suspensory apparatus of the distal phalanx (coffin bone) and also reveal progress in early investigation of the lymphatic system in the equine foot.

In addition, Pollitt will present a 3-D process for creating digitally enhanced equine anatomy models of hooves from CT scans, using a 3-D printer. Pollitt has been a featured speaker at the six previous laminitis conferences.

Andrew van Eps, BVSc, PhD, MACVSc, Dipl. ACVIM, will be traveling to the conference with Pollitt from Australia. Eps received his PhD at the University of Queensland by researching laminitis with Pollitt at the AELRU; his previous contributions have included the first studies of the use of cryotherapy (ice therapy) to prevent laminitis. At West Palm Beach this year, he will lecture on cryotherapy, support-limb laminitis, and the use of pain medication for horses with laminitis.

Frank will be the newest face on the AHF roster of researchers as well as a key speaker at the conference. He is a professor of large animal internal medicine at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, where he researches the endocrinopathic form of laminitis. The Animal Health Foundation funded his recent research to verify a new test to identify horses with insulin resistance.

Cornell University’s Samantha Brooks, PhD, conducts laminitis studies funded by the Animal Health Foundation and submitted research that was accepted, but she is unable to present her lecture on the genetic mapping of susceptibility to endocrinopathy and laminitis.

The Laminitis Conference will be held Nov. 1-3, 2013, at the Marriott Convention Center in West Palm Beach. The event will feature 60 lecturers and abstract presenters from five continents, a variety of educational formats, poster sessions, a trade show, and social events.

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About the Laminitis Conference
The Laminitis Conference provides innovative and useful programs for veterinarians, farriers, horse owners, managers, trainers, and technicians. Attendees receive the latest, most advanced scientific and practical information, including the newest research and techniques used in the treatment of laminitis and other diseases of the foot. It is a valuable opportunity to network with colleagues and peers. Plus, new this year is an expanded Horse Owners’ Program with a focus on the wellness of the horse providing an opportunity for owners, trainers, and barn managers to talk to the experts. All the Conference's events, activities, entertainment, and meals are included in the registration.

The mission of the Laminitis Conference is to engage veterinarians, farriers, caretakers, and the greater equine community in a collaborative effort to advance, expand, and disseminate knowledge through research and collective experiences to effectively prevent and treat equine laminitis and diseases of the foot.

The conference will include:

  • The latest research and scientific information on laminitisA clinical focus on moving from the laboratory to the horse
  • Attendee poster session for the "sharing" of new ideas for future innovations by attendees
  • Scholarships and competitive poster program for the next generation of veterinarians from Colleges of Veterinary Medicine across North America and around the world
  • A dedicated foot segment for farriers, veterinarians, and others interested in the current trends and treatment of foot problems
  • An in-depth program for horse owners, managers, trainers, and technician

Fast Facts: 2013 International Equine Conference on Laminitis and Diseases of the Foot

When: November 1-3, 2013

Where: Marriott Convention Center
1001 Okeechobee Boulevard · West Palm Beach, Florida 33401 USA

For more information about the Laminitis Conference go to:


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