Gluck Center, Hagyard to Host Mary Passenger Lecture

Topics will include the horse’s upper airways, lameness diagnosis, and preventing injuries in equine athletes.

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The University of Kentucky (UK) Gluck Equine Research Center and Hagyard Equine Medical Institute will host the 14th Mary Passenger Memorial Lecture on Equine Medicine and Surgery Oct. 26 at 8:30 a.m. in the Gluck Center auditorium, in Lexington.

The schedule is:

  • 8:30 a.m.—Welcome—David Horohov, PhD, UK Gluck Center
  • 8:30 – 8:40 a.m.—History of Mary Passenger Lecture—Walter Zent, DVM, Hagyard Equine Medical Institute
  • 8:40 – 9:25 a.m.—Equine Upper Airways: An Update—Norm Ducharme, DMV, MSc, Dipl. ACVS, Cornell University
  • 9:25 – 10:10 a.m.—Observation, Science, and Equine Lameness Diagnosis—Sue Dyson, MA, Vet MB, PhD, DEO, FRCVS, Animal Health Trust
  • 10:10 – 10:55 a.m.—Not The Cost of Doing Business: Injuries are Preventable—Susan Stover, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVS, University of California, Davis
  • 10:55 a.m.—Closing Remarks—Horohov

Mary Passenger, VMD, was one of the first female equine veterinarians. After graduating veterinary school from the University of Pennsylvania in 1971, she moved to Lexington and earned a position at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, then known as Hagyard-Davidson and McGee Associates. Her time in Kentucky was cut short when she passed away from work-related injuries in 1974 at age 28.

The Mary Passenger Memorial Lecture Series began in 1986. The endowment fund for the initiation of the Mary Passenger Memorial Lecture on Equine Medicine and Surgery was established at UK by her parents, Dr. and Mrs. Richard Passenger, and a group of her friends and colleagues

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