Colorado State University veterinarians are hosting a community workshop on Monday, June 27, with webinar locations to talk about how the recent equine herpesvirus-1 outbreak occurred, how a similar outbreak may be prevented in the future, and what future research could tell veterinarians and horse owners about why the disease is so devastating to horses, and how outbreaks can be prevented in the future.
Two speakers are equine veterinarians at Colorado State University’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital, and one speaker is a veterinarian and director of the university’s Equine Sciences Program with expertise in infectious disease. All three veterinarians were involved in helping professional equine organizations and horse owners through the recent outbreak of equine herpesvirus, or EHV-1. The equine section of the hospital is working toward establishing an equine neurologic disease center to study, prevent and treat illnesses such as EHV-1 and other conditions that impact the neurological system.
The workshop will consist of:
– An overview of the recent EHV-1 outbreak,
– Advice for horse owners and event planners about how to prevent EHV-1 and other infectious disease outbreaks through basic measures and biosecurity practices,
– What veterinarians know about EHV-1 and how a common, usually not harmful infection can sporadically turn into a disastrous outbreak,
– Why EHV-1 is somewhat of a mystery and the questions that still need to be answered regarding its impact on the neurological system,
– Research CSU is conducting to better understand these questions, and
– CSU’s efforts to establish a center to study and treat equine neurological diseases and conditions.
The workshop will be held at the Colorado State University Denver Center, Suite 101, at 475 17th St., Denver. Live webinars also will be available at the university’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital, DMC Presentation Room, 300 Drake Rd, or available online. The workshop is slated to begin at 5 p.m. with a welcome to guests.
Presentations are from 5:30-6:30 pm. with a question-and-answer session immediately following. Extended question-and-answer sessions and receptions will be hosted at the Denver Center and Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Events conclude at 8 p.m.
– Dr. Jerry Black, a veterinarian and head of the Equine Sciences Program at CSU. Black was heavily involved in the National Cutting Horse Association response to the recent EHV-1 outbreak. The outbreak is believed to have begun at a cutting horse event in Utah. Black is a board member of the association as well as past president of the American Association of Equine Practitioners and a current board member of the American Horse Council.
– Dr. Paul Lunn, an equine veterinarian and head of the Department of Clinical Sciences at CSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. His research interests center on equine immunology and infectious disease with a specific focus on equine influenza and EHV-1 infections. He currently chairs the Research Advisory Committee of the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation and is a past president of the American Association of Veterinary Clinicians.
– Dr. Lutz Goehring is an equine veterinarian at CSU’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital with a research focus on epidemiological and pathological aspects of EHV as well as equine neurological disorders. He heads a team of CSU researchers devoted to multiple aspects of infection including EHV, such as the pathogenesis of the infections and how to prevent them.
The event is free and open to the public; space is limited at the Denver and Fort Collins event venues. Participants must pre-register to attend the event and are encouraged to do so as soon as possible. Registration is available at https://advancing.colostate.edu/CVMBSWebcast2011. The weblink to view the presentation live will be provided at the time of registration.