Dr. Belknap inducted into International Equine Veterinarians Hall of Fame

Dr. James Belknap, Professor of Equine Surgery in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and a well-known specialist in equine laminitis, has been inducted into the 2012 Class of the International Equine Veterinarians Hall of Fame.

Established in 1997, the International Equine Veterinarians Hall of Fame honors veterinarians who have contributed to the knowledge and recognition of proper hoof care for horses. Veterinarians are nominated in two classes: practicing equine veterinarians who work closely with farriers in the field; and college and industry veterinarians involved in teaching, research or other important aspects of hoof-care education. Members are selected by current Hall of Fame members as well as members of International Horseshoeing Hall of Fame. More details about the ceremony and other 2012 inductees are available from the American Farriers Journal.

Dr. Belknap received the award at the 9th Annual International Hoof-Care Summit in February. Certified Journeyman Farriers Trey Green and Todd Adams were also in attendance at the conference. Both regularly work with Dr. Belknap and other veterinarians at Ohio State to provide hoof care for horses with laminitis, conformational defects, and other hoof diseases. Please read more about their farrier services.

Dr. Belknap has authored over 30 peer-reviewed journal articles, numerous review articles,  and four book chapters on laminitis pathophysiology and treatment.  Dr. Belknap’s work with laminitis has also been featured in numerous lay magazines including Equus, The Horse, The Thoroughbred Times, Hoof Beats, and Western Horseman.  He has made over 40 presentations on laminitis pathophysiology and treatment at international meetings including the AAEP Annual Convention, British Equine Veterinary Association Congress, World Equine Veterinary Association Congress, three consecutive International Equine Conferences on Laminitis and Diseases of the Foot, North American Veterinary Conference, ACVIM Forums, and ACVS symposia.  Dr. Belknap has received over $3 million in competitive research funding for his laminitis studies.  Other awards he has received for his work with laminitis include the Zoetis (formally Pfizer) Scientific Award for Laminitis Research and the Equine Veterinary Journal Open Award chosen by the British Equine Veterinary Association for the article with the greatest scientific impact in a given year.  Dr. Belknap is currently co-editor with Dr. Ray Geor (Michigan State University) on the first comprehensive textbook to be published on equine laminitis.

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