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Phone: 919.513.6421
Fax: 919.513.6689
1060 William Moore Drive
Raleigh, NC 27607

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Equine Health Symposium


This set of seminars will provide attendees with the most up-to-date information currently available in a variety of topics, including, but not limited to, Veterinary Business Management, Ophthalmology, Diagnostic Imaging of the Head, Neck, and Upper Airway, Comparative Anatomy, Equine Insurance, and Infectious Disease. Each day is tailored to a specific audience. The program on February 28th is focused on the veterinarian, veterinary technician, and veterinary student, where lectures will be related to hot topics and trends in equine veterinary medicine. March 1st will have two tracks, one for the veterinarian, technician, and veterinary student, and the other for the horse enthusiast.

All proceeds will support the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine Equine Health Program and the Student Chapter of the American Association of Equine Practitioners at North Carolina State University (SCAAEP).

For the 2015 Equine Health Symposium, SCAAEP has reached out beyond NCSU, to bring in two special guest speakers, Dr. Ann Dwyer and Dr. Safia Barakzai.

Guest Speaker Bios

Dr. Ann Dwyer has practiced at Genesee Valley Equine Clinic since graduating from Cornell in 1983. She has been director and principal owner of the clinic since GVEC founder Dr. Robert Pierson retired in 1996.

Since entering equine practice Dr. Dwyer has pursued ongoing interests in equine ophthalmology and practice management. She often shares the fruits of her research and expertise on these topics at national and international professional conferences.  She has authored five book chapters and multiple papers in refereed journals on equine ophthalmology, is a member of the Veterinary Management Group 7 (an equine practice business management group), and was also named an honorary member of the ACVO (American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists) in 2012. Dr. Dwyer is the immediate past president of AAEP (American Association of Equine Practitioners).

Dr. Safia Barakzai qualified from Bristol University and spent a year in practice before beginning a residency in equine surgery at the University of Edinburgh. She stayed on at Edinburgh for 9 years after her residency as a lecturer and then senior lecturer.  She is a diplomate of the ECVS and has published widely on disorders of the equine upper respiratory tract, dental surgery and imaging of the skull.   She moved to private practice in 2012 and is now the equine surgeon at Chine House Equine Hospital in Leicestershire, UK.


February 28 & March 1, 2015 - Veterinarian, Veterinary Technician, Veterinary Student Program

This set of lectures will provide the practicing veterinarian and veterinary technician with the most current information available on topics such as orthopedics, neurology, diagnostic imaging, pain management, and infectious disease. This course will offer 7 hours CVME credit on Saturday and 7 hours CVME credit for Sunday.

New for 2015: The Equine Health Symposium has been approved for 10 ARPAS (American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists) Continuing Education units.

Veterinarians, Technicians, Students attending the February 28th course are welcome to attend the March 1st Horse Enthusiast Program at no additional charge. An excellent chance to mingle with horse owners and caretakers.

New this year for Students:

Student Lunch: On Saturday several equine practices will be present and veterinary students attending the symposium will have the opportunity to interact with practice associates. They may inquire about future externship possibilities, internship programs, and network with these practices.

Online registration is now closed.

Online registration will close on February 20th at 5pm. There will be limited on-site registration as space allows.



Registration Fees Include:

- Access to leading experts in the field, lectures, round-table discussions, tours, and vendors

- Breakfast and lunch both days

- EHS T-shirt


- Veterinary Program Registration Fees

Registration is $125

- Student Registration Fees

NCSU Veterinary Students & Undergraduates - Please contact Ethan Hefner ( or Hannah Reynolds ( questions or for more information on how to register.

Veterinary Students (Non-NCSU) - Registration is $50


March 1, 2015 - Horse Enthusiast Program

This is the longest-running equine continuing education program at the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine. It began when the college began! This set of seminars will provide horse owners, caretakers, and riders the most current information available on topics such as head trauma and neurologic exams, pain management, nutrition, biosecurity, infectious diseases, and preventative care.

The most up-to-date information straight from the NC State University veterinarians and guest speakers on subjects that directly affect your horse's care and management. There will also be tours of the veterinary school.

The program's overall goal is to bring new health information to horse owners. The discussions are aimed so that novice owners and experienced professional trainers all have an opportunity to take home new information that they can apply to their horses. Exhibitors will also be available so attendees can learn about individual products or organizations during the lunch break.

This event provides a unique learning opportunity that no horse owner or enthusiast can afford to miss!

Undergraduate students are encouraged to register for the Horse Enthusiast Program.

- General Registration Fees

Registration is $50


If you do not receive an e-mail confirmation within four (4) days of sending your registration, please check your spam folder. If it is not there, contact our office at 919-513-6421.

Cancellation policy

Full refunds will be granted for notices received in writing seven days prior to the course. After that time, there will be a 25% cancellation fee. No refunds will be granted after the course has begun.

Location & Lodging

This course will be held at the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine at 1060 William Moore Drive in Raleigh, NC. A block of rooms have been reserved for EHS attendees at the Wingate by Wyndham State Arena Raleigh/Cary: 6115 Corporate Ridge Road, Raleigh, NC 27607 - 2.7 miles from the CVM. Please call 919-847-7383 by January 9, 2015 to reserve your room and reference the Equine Health Symposium (group code EHS) to receive the discounted group rate of $84/night.

For information on other area hotels, visit our informative website.

Veterinarian Social

Please join us for an evening social on Saturday, February 28th, at McCormick & Schmick's, Crabtree Valley Mall, 5:30pm - 7:30pm.

RSVP here:

ADA Statement

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assisting devices, services or other accommodations to participate in the activity, please contact to discuss your needs at least 30 days prior to the event.

Schedule - subject to change

February 28, 2015 - For Veterinarians, Technicians, Vet Students

Time Topic Speaker
7:15 - 7:45 Registration & Breakfast  
7:45 - 8:00 Welcome to NCSU CVM Callie Fogle
8:00 - 8:50 My Approach to the Field Exam of a Horse with Upper Airway Noise and Exercise Intolerance Safia Barakzai
8:55 - 9:45 Contracts, Compensation, and Contentment: What practice owners, associates and new graduates need to know about mutually satisfactory employment arrangements. Topics will include elements of a contract, various methods of compensation, basics of benefits and taxes, creative scheduling and tips for fostering a happy practice culture for all. Ann Dwyer
9:45 - 10:15 Break
10:15-11:05 Managing a Farm with Endemic Rhodococcus Wendy Vaala
Opportunities for Ownership: Explanation of the risks and rewards of practice ownership coupled with an overview of what it takes to buy or sell a veterinary practice. Student debt need not be an obstacle if the practice is properly valued and buyer and seller are motivated to make a fair deal.

Ann Dwyer
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch
1:00 — 1:50 Sinus disease: does early referral/therapy lead to improved patient morbidity and a more successful outcome?
Safia Barakzai
1:50-2:20 Break
2:20-3:10 Seeing Differently- Spotlighting the Equine Eye: Not your father's ophthalmology notes! Learn to really "see" everything that is inside the eyes of your patients. The lecture will use everyday objects as metaphors to explain key elements of ocular anatomy and physiology Ann Dwyer
3:15-4:05 Prognosis after Upper Airway Surgery and Causes of "Surgical Failure" Safia Barakzai
4:10-5:00 Field Colic U/S Callie Fogle
5:30 - 7:30 Veterinarian Social at McCormick & Schmick's Crabtree Valley Mall  

March 1, 2015 - For Horse Enthusiasts

Time Topic Speaker
7:15-7:45 Registration & Breakfast  
7:45 - 8:00 Welcome to NCSU CVM Callie Fogle
8:00-8:50 Equine Insurance (for both programs) Fernando Cardenas
8:55-9:45 The Amazing Eye of the Horse Ann Dwyer
9:45-10:15 Break
10:15-11:05 AM Skin Tumors Timo Prange
11:10-12:00 Dentistry Ben Schrauner
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-1:50 Strategic Deworming Wendy Vaala
2:00-2:50 Comparative Anatomy Demo
2:50-3:15 Break
3:15-4:05 Upper Airway Disease Claudia Reyner
4:10-5:00 The Importance of Annual Exams for Geriatrics Tonja Saetra

March 1, 2015 - For Veterinarians, Technicians, Vet Students

Time Topic Speaker
7:15-8:00 Registration & Breakfast  
8:00-8:50 Equine Insurance (for both programs) Fernando Cardenas
8:55-9:45 Imaging the Head and Neck Meghann Lustgarten
9:50-10:40 Tumors of the Head and Neck Lloyd Tate
10:45-11:35 Alphabet Soup of Practice Management: A primer on the many terms veterinarians need to understand if running a business or collecting a paycheck. From Accounts Receivable to Balance Sheets to Section 125 Witholdings to LLCs and S Corps...this talk will explain terms that both owners and associates need to know to survive and thrive in a changing marketplace.   Ann Dwyer
11:35-1:00 Lunch
1:00-1:50 Introduction to Dynamic Endoscopy and Cases in which to use Safia Barakzai

Demos - tentative

Imaging Head and Neck

Demos - tentative

Dynamic Endoscopy

The event will also host exhibitors.

Thank You To Our Sponsors:



NC State Equine Health Program

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NC Horse Council


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