Overview

How does nutrition affect the health of horses? How can certain types of feed or nutrition protocols help to prevent or reduce acute or chronic health issues?

During this virtual series of equine health continuing education (CE) seminars, speakers will focus on topics relating to horses with special nutritional needs and nutritional management as part of disease management. 

The 2021 equine health seminar series is presented by the Western College of Veterinary Medicine's  (WCVM) continuing education team. 

Registration

This equine health CE series is open to veterinarians and other veterinary professionals.

Each two-hour seminar has been approved for two CE credits (total of 14 credits) by the following: 

  • Saskatchewan Veterinary Medical Association (SVMA)
  • Alberta Veterinary Medical Association (ABVMA)

Click the button below to register for one or more of the equine health seminars. 

Cost: $25 per seminar (plus GST) or $175 for all seven sessions (plus GST). 

Schedule

Can a bad diet lead to colic? Management and nutritional needs of post-operative colics

Can a bad diet lead to colic? 

In this presentation, Dr. Bracamonte will talk about how different diets can cause horses to develop abdominal pain (colic). He will also cover how certain weather conditions and times of the year can predispose horses to colic. 

Management and nutritional needs of post-operative colics

Nutritional management is an important factor following post-operative colics. In this presentation, Dr. Bracamonte will discuss the recommendations and guidelines for feeding horses in the immediate post-operative period and how they can safely transition back to a normal diet.

Speaker: 

  • Dr. Joe Bracamonte, associate professor, Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences, WCVM

Time and date: 

  • 6:30-8:30 p.m. CST
    Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Registration

  • Click here to register for the March 3 event. 
  • Fee: $25.00 (plus GST)

Meeting information: 

  • Webex meeting link will be emailed to all registrants in advance of the event

Nutrition and reproductive health

This session will focus on feeding practices to support mare and stallion fertility. Using real-life examples, Dr. Card will cover the following concepts and topics in the discussion:

  • how mare nutrition has an impact on fetal metabolic programming
  • the subsequent health of the individual horse
  • the practical aspects of how we should feed a mare for optimal fertility
  • pregnancy and lactation
  • what practitioners should think about when recommending supplements for mares and stallions

Speaker: 

  • Dr. Claire Card, professor, Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences, WCVM

Time and date: 

  • 6:30-8:30 p.m. CST
    Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Registration

  • Click here to register for the March 17 event. 
  • Fee: $25.00 (plus GST)

Meeting information: 

  • Webex meeting link will be emailed to all registrants in advance of the event

Muscle diseases responsive to nutritional management

This presentation will cover muscle diseases of horses in which nutritional management is an important part of disease management or prevention. Please send suggestions or questions for discussion to julia.montgomery@usask.ca by March 29.

Speaker: 

Time and date: 

  • 6:30-8:30 p.m. CST
    Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Registration

  • Click here to register for the March 31 event. 
  • Fee: $25.00 (plus GST)

Meeting information: 

  • Webex meeting link will be emailed to all registrants in advance of the event

Gastric ulcers, treatment and prevention

Speaker: 

  • Dr. Tiago Afonso, assistant professor, Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences, WCVM

Time and date: 

  • 6:30-8:30 p.m. CST
    Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Registration

  • Click here to register for the April 14 event. 
  • Fee: $25.00 (plus GST)

Meeting information: 

  • Webex meeting link will be emailed to all registrants in advance of the event

Horse health myths and navigating supplements with health claims

Panel discussion featuring several WCVM clinicians (panelists to be announced)

This panel discussion will focus on how to approach and dispel common horse health myths and assist clients in navigating the world of supplements with health claims. Please send suggestions or questions for discussion to julia.montgomery@usask.ca by April 26.

Time and date: 

  • 6:30-8:30 p.m. CST
    Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Registration

  • Click here to register for the April 28 event. 
  • Fee: $25.00 (plus GST)

Meeting information: 

  • Webex meeting link will be emailed to all registrants in advance of the event

Equine metabolic syndrome (EMS), diagnostic testing and nutritional management

This CE event will provide information on current recommendations for equine metabolic syndrome (EMS) diagnostic testing and management of horses with EMS. Amanda Van De Kerckhove, a nutritionist with Co-op Feeds, will also provide an in-depth discussion of nutritional management. The event will also include a Q & A session. Please send your questions by Feb. 1 to julia.montgomery@usask.ca.

Speakers: 

Time and date: 

  • 6:30-8:30 p.m. CST
    Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Registration

  • Click here to register for the Feb. 3 event. 
  • Fee: $25.00 (plus GST)

Meeting information: 

  • Webex meeting link will be emailed to all registrants in advance of the event

 

Nutrition and airway health and management of equine asthma

This presentation will cover recent advances in equine asthma including a newly approved inhalant therapy for horses with severe equine asthma. Dr. Montgomery will also discuss different management strategies and how these may be tailored to fit both the horse’s needs and the client’s abilities. Please send suggestions or questions for discussion to julia.montgomery@usask.ca by February 15.

Speaker: 

Time and date: 

  • 6:30-8:30 p.m. CST
    Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Registration

  • Click here to register for the Feb. 17 event. 
  • Fee: $25.00 (plus GST)

Meeting information: 

  • Webex meeting link will be emailed to all registrants in advance of the event

Speakers

Click on the following links to learn more about the equine health series' speakers. 

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