Tips for Providing Veterinary Care for Foals in the Field

While many mares are able to deliver their charges with ease, broodmares of all experience levels face unexpected challenges. | Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt/The Horse

University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet) New Bolton Center foaling experts, Michelle Linton, BSc, BVMS, Dipl. ACVIM, and Jennifer Linton, VMD, Dipl. ACT, will share details on dealing with dystocia cases, highlighting their various specialties, as part of Penn Vet’s First Tuesday Lecture series.

The presentation, “Dystocia: How to Deal with a Difficult Birth,” will take place on Tuesday, March 6 at 6:30 p.m. in New Bolton Center’s Alumni Hall, 382 West Street Road, in Kennett Square.

With any foaling, every second counts. While many mares are able to deliver their charges with ease, broodmares of all experience levels face unexpected challenges.

“A complicated foaling is one of the true equine emergencies,” said Jennifer Linton, an associate professor of clinical equine field service and board-certified theriogenolgist. “After 40 minutes of active labor, the chance of survival for the foal drops off drastically.”

The duo will compare and contrast what owners can expect during the foaling process, the importance of a vigilant eye, and when calling your veterinarian is absolutely necessary.

“Foaling is an exciting time, but it can be nerve-racking for horse owners,” said Michelle Linton, a board-certified internist who specializes in the management of late gestation mares and neonatology and runs the New Bolton Center’s Healthy Mare Foaling Program. “Preparation is the key because everything can happen so fast. You need to know what to expect, when to recognize a problem and what to do if you suspect a problem.”

The lecture is free and open to the public. Due to limited seating, interested parties are encouraged to register in advance at firsttuesdaynbc.eventbrite.com. Individuals with questions about the First Tuesday Lecture series should contact Barbara Belt at 610/925-6500 or beltb@vet.upenn.edu.

 

Spring First Tuesday Lecture Line-Up:

  • April 3—Helen Aceto, VMD, PhD, and Rose Nolen-Walston, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, will present “Bad Bug, Bad Bug, Whatcha Gonna Do?”
  • May 1—Elizabeth Davidson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, ACVSMR, and Liz Arbittier, VMD, CVA, will present “Sports Medicine”
  • June 5—Dean Richardson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, will present “Cool Things About Equine Anatomy”