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VMC hosts spring equine education day

Dr. Fernando Marqués will discuss equine gastric ulcer syndrome (EGUS) on May 14. Photo: Christy Weese.

Dr. Fernando Marqués is one of the featured speakers at the VMC spring equine education day on May 14. Photo: Christy Weese.

Local horse owners, breeders and riders can learn more about equine gastric ulcers and basic hoof care at the WCVM Veterinary Medical Centre’s spring equine education day on Wednesday, May 14.

The free event, which will take place in Ryan/Dubé Equine Performance Centre, begins at 9:30 a.m. with a two-and-half-hour presentation by Dr. Fernando Marqués on equine gastric ulcer syndrome (EGUS).

Marqués, an associate professor and a board-certified specialist in large animal internal medicine at the WCVM, has conducted research on the disease that affects many performance horses but often goes undetected or untreated. As part of his talk, Marqués will conduct gastroscopic examinations of several client-owned horses and discuss ways that EGUS can be prevented.

Dr. Kate Robinson, an assistant professor and equine field service clinician, will give a second presentation on basic hoof health care from 1-2 p.m. As part of the WCVM Veterinary Medical Centre’s (VMC) Field Service team, Robinson is a familar face to many local horse owners. Her current area of interest is community-based research — investigations of current health issues in the equine population that involve local horses and their owners in the research process.

The spring equine education day is part of the VMC’s ongoing efforts to provide high-calibre horse health information to members of the local equine community. Besides the presentations, the day’s participants will have the chance to enjoy a barbecue lunch sponsored by Merial Canada. The lunch will take place from 12-1 p.m. at the equine performance centre.

To register for the event, please email myrna.macdonald@usask.ca or call 306-291-9950 for more information. Please RSVP by Friday, May 2.

Pay parking on campus is available in the WCVM’s south entrance loop, at the Agriculture Building (underground parking) or in Parking Lot 4 (north entrance).

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