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Laminitis conference to award scholarships

October 8, 2007

At this year's Fourth International Equine Conference on Laminitis and Diseases of the Foot more than 60 scholarships will be awarded to a variety of students, interns, residents, veterinary technicians, nurses and other health care providers.

The scholarship programme was created in 2003 by the Organizing Committee of the Second International Equine Conference on Laminitis and Diseases of the Foot, to help encourage the next generation of professionals, students, interns and residents to better understand equine laminitis and other problems of the equine foot, as well as to learn about the important research being done to find the best prevention and treatment for this crippling disease of the horse.

In the first year 20 scholarships were awarded, and in 2005 during the third conference, over 40 scholarships were awarded.

It is hoped that every school of veterinary medicine will send two representatives to this year's three-day conference, so that the effort to "find the cure" will embody the entire profession. Each award recipient will return to their respective school and present a seminar to their faculty and student body on a specific aspect of what they have learned during the conference. This has a dual impact: 1) the new information presented by the world's experts on the equine foot is spread to an even larger audience so that the knowledge is gained and shared and 2) the presenters have the experience of reviewing what they learned at the conference, while also gaining the additional practice of becoming good public speakers.

The scholarship covers the conference registration, travel, hotel accommodations and meals for the recipient. The scholarships are donated by private donors, corporations and foundations that recognize the value of this unique program. The Conference outreach has increased this year with the support of a high school science class and their teachers with an interest in Veterinary Medicine.

The Fourth International Equine Conference on Laminitis and Diseases of the Foot will be held November 2-4, 2007 at the Palm Beach Convention Center in West Palm Beach, Florida. The conference is under the direction of James A. Orsini, DVM, DACVS, of the University of Pennsylvania's School of Veterinary Medicine. Mr. and Mrs. John K. Castle, will be honored during the conference for their support and leadership through the years. Also being honored at the event are Mr. and Mrs. Roy Jackson, owners of Barbaro, the 2006 Kentucky Derby champion who succumbed to this disease.


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