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OSU Vet Med Hosts Equine Seminar

Monday, February 3, 2020

Dr. Emily McCool, assistant professor of ophthalmology, examines a horse's eye as seminar attendees observe.

Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine recently hosted Advanced Equine Diagnostics, a two-day seminar for equine veterinary practitioners sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim, Boland Veterinary Sales, Patterson Animal Health and the veterinary college and organized by Dr. Rosslyn Biggs, the college’s continuing education director. Participants attended lectures and hands-on labs to hone their clinical skills.

“Continuing education opportunities like this one allow the veterinary college to deliver educational content and connect with practitioners in important ways. Some of the participants in this event were alumni, but a large number were not, and this event allowed us to introduce them to the college and our facilities, providing us with an opportunity to showcase our resources and build important networks,” said Biggs.

During the seminar, Drs. Mike Schoonover and Megan Williams, board certified equine surgeons, demonstrated how to ultrasound horses for ligament issues and stifles. Dr. Emily McCool, a board certified ophthalmologist, talked about common ophthalmological issues in horses followed by a lab where attendees used a device that enabled their phone to take pictures of the horse’s eye to forward to an ophthalmologist for consultation. Board certified veterinary pathologist Dr. Susan Fielder shared information on joint fluid and corneal swabs. Equine internal medicine specialists, Drs. Jillian Paegelow and Lyndi Gilliam, spoke about abdominal fluid and equine liver disease respectively.

“This continuing education opportunity was sponsored by Boehringer-Ingelheim, Boland Veterinary Sales, Patterson Animal Health, and the College of Veterinary Medicine,” said Biggs. “Industry partnerships such as this one enable the veterinary college to deliver highly specialized continuing education to veterinarians, improving their ability to provide services. Advanced seminars such as this one would not be possible without industry support.”

MEDIA CONTACT: Derinda Blakeney, APR | OSU College of Veterinary Medicine | 405-744-6740 | derinda@okstate.edu

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