The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine was well represented at the Sixth International Equine Conference on Laminitis and Diseases of the Foot held in West Palm Beach, Florida from October 29-3, with seven members and affiliates of the college in attendance. The conference assembles leading-edge scientists, practitioners, and farriers from around the world, as well as committed horse owners and caretakers, to share the latest knowledge and experience in preventing and treating laminitis and other conditions affecting horses’ feet.
Dr. Britta Leise, former clinical instructor and now assistant professor of Equine Surgery and Lameness at Colorado State University, gave two presentations on inflammatory gene expression in digital laminae in horses with laminitis. Dr. James Belknap, professor of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, gave three presentations in the scientific session on inflammatory gene expression, laminar leukocytes, and effects of cryotherapy in blocking inflammatory events in the laminae of horses with laminitis. He also served on the panel for the Breakfast Forum Open Mic Conversation with Experts. Dr. Theresa Burns, clinical instructor in Equine Field Services and doctoral student, gave two presentations on oxidative stress and insulin signaling in horses with laminitis. Dr. Rustin Moore, chair of the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences and associate dean of Clinical and Outreach Programs, served as the program director for the conference, moderated two scientific sessions, and served as the host and moderator of the Breakfast Forum Open Mic Conversation with Experts. Dr. Veronique Lacombe, adjunct assistant professor in Veterinary Clinical Sciences and research assistant professor in the College of Pharmacy, gave two presentations on her collaborative work on glucose metabolism in insulin-sensitive tissue in horses. Also in attendance from Ohio State were Ryan Lukens, fourth year veterinary student and recipient of a Laminitis Conference Student Travel Scholarship, and Dr. Emily Schafer, Equine Field Service intern.
Pictured from left to right, Dr. Britta Leise, Dr. James Belknap, Ryan Lukens, Dr. Emily Schaefer, Dr. Teresa Burns and Dr. Rustin Moore. Not pictured, Dr. Veronique Lacombe.
About the College of Veterinary Medicine at Ohio State
Founded in 1885, The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine is ranked fifth in the nation and includes more than 1,000 faculty, staff and students in the Departments of Veterinary Biosciences, Veterinary Clinical Sciences, and Veterinary Preventive Medicine. The Veterinary Medical Center is one of the largest specialty referral centers in the world, with more than 35,000 farm, equine, and companion animal patients each year. A nationally-recognized ambulatory practice and teaching unit in Marysville, Ohio provides farm animal experience to every veterinary student, and the Food Animal Health Research Program in Wooster, OH focuses on detection, control, and prevention of disease. Located on the only campus in the country with a comprehensive medical center offering seven health sciences colleges, we admit up to 162 veterinary students per class, and offer a new comprehensive graduate program in Veterinary and Comparative Medicine as well as a unique Master’s degree in Veterinary Public Health, in partnership with the College of Public Health. http://vet.osu.edu.