Purina Veterinary Conference 2002

Only 20 miles from downtown St. Louis, Mo., is a 1,200-acre research farm owned by the nutrition company Purina Mills. On Oct. 3-5, 140-plus veterinarians and another 50 Purina Mills representatives gathered to tour that research facility and

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Only 20 miles from downtown St. Louis, Mo., is a 1,200-acre research farm owned by the nutrition company Purina Mills. On Oct. 3-5, 140-plus veterinarians and another 50 Purina Mills representatives gathered to tour that research facility and hear speakers lecture on various topics during the Purina Mills Veterinary Nutritional Conference.

Three of the speakers were of international caliber, two with credentials in the field of reproduction and one in the field of foal health. They were Michelle LeBlanc, DVM, Dipl. ACT, of Rood and Riddle Animal Hospital in Lexington, Ky.; Terry Blanchard, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACT, of Texas A&M University; and Wendy Vaala, VMD, Dipl. ACVIM, of B.W. Furlong and Associates in Oldwick, N.J. Each presented two lectures scheduled for one hour each, but which carried beyond that because of the chorus of questions posed by the audience during and after the presentations.

Purina also offered its own formidable array of lecturers and researchers, including Karen Davison, PhD; Katie Young, PhD; Randel Raub, PhD; Ray Geor, BVSc, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM; and Kent Lantner, MBA. The Purina official in charge of it all and who served as everything from tour guide to troubleshooter to speaker was Scott King, DVM, product manager for Equine Senior and Purina Mills Equine Supplements

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Les Sellnow was a prolific freelance writer based near Riverton, Wyoming. He specialized in articles on equine research, and operated a ranch where he raised horses and livestock. He authored several fiction and nonfiction books, including Understanding Equine Lameness and Understanding The Young Horse. He died in 2023.

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