Laminitis: Coming Out of the Dark (Bluegrass Laminitis Symposium)

There isn’t yet a complete answer to how laminitis works and how to treat it, although researchers in several countries are working on it. D’Arpe characterizes the current state of laminitis knowledge by comparing it to the early stages of fracture

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Some people make it their life’s work to study and shed light on some poorly understood aspect of equine veterinary medicine. Their trailblazing work changes the way we evaluate and understand that problem, and it provides the information we need to improve how we care for horses in today’s world.

Italian equine podiatry veterinarian Lorenzo D’Arpe, DVM, of the University of Padua’s Department of Clinical Sciences, is one such pioneer, and his chosen field is equine laminitis. At the recent Bluegrass Laminitis Symposium, held Jan. 25-28 in Louisville, Ky., he discussed some of his cases and research. Additionally, The Horse caught up with him to discuss his history and theories of laminitis with this so-called "Mission Impossible veterinarian."

Worldwide Perspective
One could hardly call D’Arpe’s perspective limited, after his study at the University of Bologna in Italy; the University of Illinois, guest tour at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky.; PhD work at the University of Padua; and continuing study with Ric Redden, DVM, founder of the International Equine Podiatry Center in Versailles, Ky.

"Coming to the New World from the culture of the oldest university in the world has completely changed my life," he says. "It has been a real adventure

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Christy West has a BS in Equine Science from the University of Kentucky, and an MS in Agricultural Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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