Laminitis Care, Prevention Focus of Penn Vet Lecture

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be held Tuesday, April 2 at 6:30 p.m. in the New Bolton Center’s Alumni Hall.
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Laminitis is a crippling foot condition that remains a major cause of morbidity and mortality in horses worldwide. | Photo: Courtesy Dr. Amy Rucker
Andrew van Eps, BVSc, PhD, MACVSc, Dipl. ACVIM, associate professor of equine musculoskeletal research at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine’s New Bolton Center, will share updates on advancements in laminitis management as part of the school’s First Tuesday Lecture series.

Laminitis is a crippling foot condition that remains a major cause of morbidity and mortality in horses worldwide.

In a healthy hoof, connecting tissues called lamellae allow the weight of the horse to be transferred from the skeletal elements of the digit to the hoof wall. Laminitis affects these tissues, compromising this vital suspensory function and leading to lameness.

Laminitis does not occur on its own—it is a consequence of a wide variety of primary disease processes

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