Horse owners, care takers and pre-veterinary students will learn about the most serious infectious diseases that can affect their animals and what can be done to improve biosecurity and prevent disease outbreaks on the farm at the Horse Health Education Conference on Saturday, November 17th at the Pineland Equestrian Center in New Gloucester. This program is for horse owners, prospective pre-veterinary students, 4-H & Pony Club leaders & older youth, boarding farm owners & operators, horse business owners, horse trainers, farriers, auction houses, fair superintendents and others from New England who are interested in learning more about infectious diseases of horses.
The featured speaker is Dr. Mary Rose Paradis, Large Animal Medicine, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University, New Grafton, MA. This conference is hosted by the University of Maine School of Food & Agriculture, Animal & Veterinary Sciences; University of Maine Cooperative Extension; Pineland Farms; Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University; and Laboratory for the Expansion of Animal Disease Surveillance (LEADS).
The program includes a review of infectious diseases in Maine, vaccinations and diagnostic tests. Respiratory bacterial infections such as strangles, Rhodococcus equi and also respiratory viral infections such as equine herpes virus & influenza will be discussed. An important emphasis will focus on preventing infectious disease by using biosecurity measures on the farm.
Following the presentations a panel of local veterinarians will be available for an “Ask the Vet” panel discussion. An exciting addition will be a dressage demonstration, offered by Pineland Farms.
Cost is $15 for adult & $10 for students for early registrations received by November 9th (a limited number of scholarships are available, please contact us.) Late and walk-in registrations are $25 for adults and $20 for students. To register send check for registration (made out to UMaine Extension) and your name, address, phone, and email to Melissa Libby, 134 Hitchner Hall, UMaine Extension, Orono, ME 04469-5735, 207-581-2788 in Maine 1-800-287-7170 or Melissa.Libby1@maine.edu. Or register online at http://bit.ly/ROVdNF. Bring your own lunch or purchase lunch ticket at registration desk.
Vendors from the horse industry are invited to apply for a vendor space ($100 for approximately a 10′ X 10′ space) at the Trade Show. Space is limited. Vendor applications to Melissa Libby, 134 Hitchner Hall, UMaine Extension, Orono, ME 04469-5735, 207-581-2788 in Maine 1-800-287-7170 or Melissa.Libby1@maine.edu.
You can also visit the events calendar at www.extension.umaine.edu. UMaine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution. To provide adequate time to respond to your request please provide as much notice as possible.
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The University of Maine Cooperative Extension and the University of Maine Department of Animal and Veterinary Science are looking for ways to improve educational programming in Maine that will support the equine industry. An EQUINE SURVEY has been developed to identify the health concerns of horse, pony and other equine owners as well as the extent of the equine industry and where educational information is needed for those involved in the equine industry.
Survey participants include breeding stock owners, trainers, farriers, riding instructors, feed store owners, veterinarians, 4-H Horse Leaders, backyard horse owners and others. Questions have also been included on preferred methods of getting information either through face to face meetings, virtual meeting, newsletters, etc. The results of the survey will be used by UMaine Extension and the Department of Animal and Veterinary Science to develop educational programs that will help equine owners meet their goals.
Those interested in completing the survey can go to http://conta.cc/equinesurvey or contact Donna Coffin at 165 East Main St., Dover-Foxcroft, ME 04426, phone 207-564-3301 or email email@example.com and ask for a survey to be mailed to them.
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