Some 200 veterinarians, stem cell researchers and other medical professionals from throughout the United States and abroad will gather March 5-6 in the heart of California’s Central Coast horse region for a groundbreaking conference on the use of stem cell therapy and regenerative medicine to treat horses and other animals.

The inaugural North American Veterinary Regenerative Medicine Conference will be held at the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott in Buellton, about a 30-minute drive north of Santa Barbara. This two-day working meeting will include scientific presentations, live demonstrations, and discussion sessions.

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Researchers and veterinary practitioners will come together to discuss the latest research and practical applications of regenerative medicine. Topics will include new research developments and techniques for harvesting, expanding and preserving stem cells, as well as clinical applications and methods for using stem cells in orthopedics, including treating tendon and ligament injuries.

During a roundtable session, participants will discuss how they are using regenerative medicine in their equine veterinary practices.

Live demonstrations at the Alamo Pintado Equine Medical Center in nearby Los Olivos will highlight stem cell collection techniques from bone marrow and fat, and laboratory processing of bone marrow samples.

The meeting is coordinated by the UC Davis Center for Equine Health and the Alamo Pintado Equine Medical Center. More information and registration are available on