Being Prepared for Equine DisastersPreview

"Horses depend on us for SHELTER, as well as food and water - a large part of that "shelter" definition is providing safe trailering, safe housing, and preparing an evacuation plan for them in case of disaster.  Sometimes the biggest disaster is getting them to the veterinarian when they are injured or colicky - but it might be as horrific as dealing with an overturned horse trailer or reacting to a wildfire overtaking your town.  When an animal steps into your trailer, pasture or barn - can it expect to have the safest situation?  This presentation will discuss both preparation strategies, as well as response tactics for situations where local emergencies affect you and your horses - working with the fire rescue responders and while you are waiting for the veterinarian to arrive." 

 Rebecca Gimenez published the first textbook on Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue (Wiley-Blackwell) in 2008. A past Biology adjunct professor, her current scientific research interests include a national survey of trailer accident causality; a study of animal physiological responses to Technical Rescue procedures and equipment; improving fire prevention standards for animal facilities; and an investigation into poor nutrition in horse neglect cases. She serves as an advisor for two graduate students at the University of Edinburg, Scotland. 


Making "End of Life" Decisions for your Horse  Stull with Windfall 2

Few college-level curricula in equine management classes address the topics of death and euthanasia, even though every horse eventually will experience the process.  A comprehensive educational approach includes topics on assessing the need for euthanasia, decision-making techniques, acceptable euthanasia methods, physiology of dying, and appropriate carcass disposal options, as well as addressing the emotional context of the human-horse bond and the grief process.  Suggested projects for students include the development of an equine euthanasia plan or a quality of life assessment.  Since death and euthanasia are integral components in the U.S. societal issues concerning the number of unwanted horses, the slaughtering of horses for human consumption, and the development of minimum welfare standards and regulations, education and research in these subjects will help to effectively resolve these situations and enhance the welfare of horses.

Dr. Carolyn Stull received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from Purdue University, and then continued her studies as a graduate student at the University of Illinois.  She received her Master of Science and PhD degrees while working on research projects focusing on muscle and exercise physiology in the horse.  Currently, as a Cooperative Extension Specialist,  Dr. Stull directs the School of Veterinary Medicine’s animal Welfare Program focusing on the well-being of agricultural animals, primarily dairy cattle and horses.  


Using Equines for Assisted Learning gary trifon

The presentation will be an in depth look at Equine Assisted Learning, a new role for the horse. We will look at what it is all about, how it works and why it can be so successful in helping people. The presentation will also look at different aspects of EAL including what horses work best and the necessary skills for the equine specialists to be effective.

Gary Millar is an equine specialist, coach, leader, and pioneer in the field of Equine Assisted Learning. For many years, Gary has worked with people, helping them to improve the quality of their lives through interaction with live horses. He developed and operates the Arabian Horse Reading Literacy Project where children are motivated to want to read by exposure to good books and exhilarating interaction with live horses. Gary brings his horsemanship skills, business experience and his ability as a professional communicator to the table, and offers relevant, practical and real world learning in the Equine Assisted Learning workshops.

1. Because Of Horses - Lessons Learned, Lessons Livedtreesselfportrait

Because of Horses -  Lessons Learned, Lessons Lived is a visual chronicle of Scott Trees lifetime experiences with horses, people, and cultures from his photographic journeys throughout the world. Says Trees, "Because of Horses, I have been able to travel the world, meeting interesting horses, and people. As result of these experiences, I grew and learned a lot of life lessons along the way." Often humorous, but motivational and inspirational, Trees shares many stories and experiences that have impacted his life because of horses. The entire time he speaks, he enthralls the audience by showing his incredible images in support of the stories he shares .

2. Using Video and Photos in Equine Marketing

Images are important in advertising. Marketing in todays media rich content world, is not an easy task. There are literally millions of photographs and videos being printed and posted daily. Marketing horses is no different than any other business and in this presentation, Scott Trees shares the commercial side of his photograph and video experience. He also discusses the importance of image in advertising.

Scott Trees, as a creative artist, strives to bring the extraordinary out of the ordinary, not just in his work but his life. For over four decades he has traveled the world in search of his primary photographic subject, the horse. A winner of numerous awards for his talent, in 2009 Scott was the featured artist at the prestigious Kentucky Horse Park’s International Museum of the Horse.



Veterinary Product Development for the Equine Industry 

Merle Olson

The Animal Health Industry is responsible for the development of safe and effective products for horse owners. This presentation will describe the process in taking an idea through research and development and then finally to a new commercial product. There are essential steps taken to develop a new product and failure at any stage can result in cancellation of the project. Each step of the process will be outlined and what it means to the horse owner and their animals. Post- marketing monitoring and follow up will be described. The reasons behind some products being withdrawn from the market, and some not being suitable to be a commercial product, will be discussed. How to obtain safety and recall information from Health Canada for Pharmaceuticals or the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) for Vaccines will also be described.

Dr. Merle Olson was born and raised on a farm in the Radville area of Southern Saskatchewan. Dr. Olson attended the University of Regina receiving a BSc in Chemistry and Biology in 1975. He then attended the University of Western Ontario where he received a Master’s degree in Chemistry. He then attended the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) and following graduation in 1981 practised in Pincher Creek, Alberta. In 1984 Merle accepted a position at the University of Calgary (U of C). During this period he had over 200 papers, 45 patents and 30 graduate students in infectious diseases and pharmaceutical development.



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