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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, Neurology, Orthopedics, Nutrition, Preventative Care, Diagnostic Imaging, and Infectious Disease. Each day is tailored to a specific audience. The program on February 8th is focused on the veterinarian, veterinary technician, veterinary student, and farrier where lectures will be related to hot topics and trends in equine veterinary medicine. February 9th will have two tracks, one for the veterinarian, technician, veterinary student and farrier, 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 2014 Equine Health Symposium, SCAAEP has reached out beyond NCSU, to bring in three special guest speakers, Dr. Steve Adair, Travis Burns, and Dr. Scott Morrison.

Guest Speaker Bios

Dr. Steve Adair earned his D.V.M from Auburn University. After receiving his D.V.M., Dr. Adair spent two years in private equine practice and completed a surgery residency at the University of Tennessee. He is presently an Associate Professor of Equine Surgery, Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Tennessee – Knoxville and is Director of the Equine Performance Medicine and Rehabilitation Center. Dr. Adair is board certified as a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and as a charter Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation. He is also certified in Animal Chiropractic by the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association and is a Certified Equine Rehabilitation Practioner. Dr. Adair’s primary research areas include Equine Musculoskeletal conditions, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy and Equine Rehabilitation.

Travis Burns is a Lecturer and the Chief of Farrier Services at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. Burns attended farrier school at the North Carolina School of Horseshoeing. He received his B.S. in Animal Science from North Carolina State University. He worked at the NCSU CVM before entering into a one year internship program at Forging Ahead, an elite multi-farrier practice in Northern Virginia. Upon completion of the internship program, based on his outstanding ability, he was retained at Forging Ahead as an associate farrier until joining the VMRCVM in 2010. He is a Certified Journeyman Farrier (CJF) with the American Farriers Association with a Therapeutic Endorsement (TE). As well as being an Associate in the Worshipful Company of Farriers (AWCF) from the United Kingdom. In addition, he is a member of the American Farriers Association, the American Association of Professional Farriers, the World Championship Blacksmiths, the Virginia Horseshoers Association and the North Carolina Horseshoers Association.

Dr. Scott Morrison grew up riding hunters and jumpers in New York.  After high school he attended horseshoeing school at Danny Ward’s Eastern School of Farriery.  Dr. Morrison put himself through undergraduate school (at Virginia Tech) and veterinary school (at VA-MD Regional College of Veterinary Medicine) shoeing horses.  In 1999, he was hired by Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, KY to do ambulatory work with an emphasis in Equine Podiatry.  As the podiatry caseload increased, Rood and Riddle built a podiatry center that is staffed by four veterinarians, two full-time technicians and four full-time farriers.  Currently his caseload is 100% podiatry.  Dr. Morrison has traveled throughout the United States and internationally consulting, lecturing, giving clinics and working on various foot conditions.

February 8 & 9, 2014 - Veterinarian, Veterinary Technician, Veterinary Student, & Farrier 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.

This event has been approved for 11 American & Canadian Associations of Professional Farriers (AAPF/CAPF) Continuing Education Credits. For more information visit their website

Veterinarians, technicians, students and farriers attending the February 8th course are welcome to attend the February 9th Horse Enthusiast Program at no additional charge. An excellent chance to mingle with horse owners and caretakers.

Registration Fees Include:

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

- Breakfast and lunch both days

- Equine Health Symposium T-shirt (not guaranteed for registrations after January 13th)


- Veterinary & Farrier Program Registration Fees

Registration is $125

- Student Registration Fees

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

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


February 9, 2014 - 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


Online registration is now closed. On site registration will be available as space allows. Please bring cash or check only.


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 8, 2014 to reserve your room and reference the Equine Health Symposium to receive the discounted group rate.

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

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.

Preliminary Schedule

February 8, 2014 - For Veterinarians, Technicians, Vet Students & Farriers

Time Topic Speaker
7:30 - 8:30 Registration & Breakfast  
8:30 - 8:45 Welcome to the NCSU-CVM Dr. Fogle
8:45 - 9:35 Anatomy of the Foot Dr. Smallwood
9:40 - 10:30 Basics of Shoeing Travis Burns
10:30 - 11:00 Break
11:00 - 11:50  Equine Rehabilitation—It’s more than stall rest Dr. Adair
11:50 - 1:00 Lunch
1:00 — 1:50 Acute Laminitis Dr. Morrison
2:00 - 2:50 Basics of Shoeing for Laminitis Travis Burns
2:50 - 3:05 Break
3:05 - 3:55 Cracks, Separations, Infections Dr. Morrison
4:00 - 5:00 Vet & Farrier Q&A Panel Various Speakers

February 9, 2014 - For Horse Enthusiasts

Time Topic Speaker
7:00 - 7:30 Registration & Breakfast  
7:30 - 8:00 Welcome to the NCSU-CVM Dr. Fogle
8:00 - 8:45 Anatomy of the Foot for Owners Dr. Shrauner
8:55 - 9:45 Your Foot Care Team: You, the Vet, and the Farrier Dr. Mansmann
9:45 - 10:15 Break
10:15 - 11:05 The Importance of Equine Health Insurance Dr. Cardenas & Dr. Blikslager
11:10 - 12:00 What did my horse bring back from the show last weekend? Dr. Katie Sheats
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch
1:00 - 1:50 Nutrition for the athlete and for rehabilitation Dr. Pratt-Phillips
1:55 - 2:45 Equine Rehabilitation Dr. Riley
2:50 - 3:40 Preventative Health and Nutrition for the Mule / Donkey Owner Dr. McLean
3:45 - 4:35 Deciding to breed a performance mare: When it makes sense and what is involved Dr. Bailey
4:40 - 5:30 Equine Preventative Health Jeopardy Dr. Fogle & Dr. Prange

February 9, 2014 - For Veterinarians, Technicians, Vet Students & Farriers

Time Topic Speaker
7:00 - 7:50 Registration & Breakfast  
7:45 - 8:00 Opening Comments Dr. Mansmann
8:00 - 8:50 Underwater treadmill Dr. Adair
8:55 - 9:45  Shoeing for suspensory injuries and rehabilitation Travis Burns
9:45 - 10:15 Break  
10:15 - 11:05 Chronic Laminitis Dr. Morrison
11:10 - 12:00 Rehabilitation of tendon and ligament injuries Dr. Adair
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch
1:00 - 1:50 Practical Stem Cell Therapy in the Horse Dr. Schnabel
1:55 - 2:30 Break  
2:30 - 3:20


Stem Cell Collection - Dr. Lauren Schnabel DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVS - A demonstration of bone marrow collection for mesenchymal stem cell culture processing and isolation.  The session will thoroughly cover: appropriate site preparation, local blocking of the collection site, and harvesting bone marrow from the sternum safely with a Jamshidi bone marrow biopsy needle.  


Soft Ride Demo titled “The many uses of Soft Ride boots to prevent and help horse hoof problems”

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3:30 - 4:20 Sound Horse Technologies - This demonstration will be a brief overview of the Sound Horse Technologies "Series I" Sigafoos technology. This product has been commercially available for 15 years and is now in regular use in several of the largest equine clinics in the USA.  The Sound Horse product ( is a reliable "glue-on" method to apply a conventional horseshoe to a compromised hoof -- cracked, broken, thin, brittle, shelly -- and putting the horse back to useful work. Proven on horses in all equine pursuits. Some discussion on adhesive types
with emphasis on acrylics.  (The presentation will NOT discuss trimming or shaping a shoe.)

The event will also host exhibitors.

Thank You To Our Sponsors:



Merck Animal Health





Sound Horse Technologies












NCSU CVM Equine Health Program


Soft Ride Deep Gel Equine Comfort Boots



FarmCall Plus






North Carolina Horse CouncilVettec Hoof Care



Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc.



Platinum PerformanceArenus