Short Courses at Penn Vet’s New Bolton Center Offer Valuable Training for Amateurs and Pros
Thursday, August 04, 2011
The two-day courses focus on behavior, stallion handling, mare and foal care and more, earning participates Continuing Ed credits
[August 4, 2011; Kennett Square, PA] – The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine’s New Bolton Center is pleased to offer a series of Equine Short Courses. These intensive, two-day courses, presented by the Havemeyer Equine Behavior Lab and the Georgia and Philip Hofmann Research Center for Animal Reproduction, are open to the public, and designed to be of particular value to veterinarians, horse owners, breeders, trainers, handlers, veterinary technicians, veterinary students and residents in related fields. There is no pre-requisite for participation, and each course is valid for 16 hours of Continuing Education credits.
Programs include a mix of small group presentations, informal talks, and on-site demonstrations by Sue McDonnell, PhD and colleagues. Dr. McDonnell, board certified in Applied Animal Behavior, has traveled worldwide to study the behavior of horses and is the founding head of Penn Vet’s Equine Behavior Program, where her work includes clinical, research and teaching activities.
Stallion Handling (October 20 and 21) focuses on the concepts and skills for safe, efficient handling and general management of breeding stallions. Topics include stallion and mare restraint, handling for natural covering, dummy mounts, the breeding shed and encountering and correcting the common behavior problems of breeding stallions. (Also to be offered in March, 2012.)
Mare and Foal Care and Behavior (Friday, October 28 and Monday, October 31) looks at both the physical and behavioral aspects of the pregnancy and delivery. On day one the care of the pregnant mare, an in-depth look at normal and abnormal events of delivery and health care of the foal are examined with Patricia Sertich, VMD, DACT, associate professor at Penn Vet. On day two, Dr. McDonnell focuses on the behavioral aspects of pregnancy, delivery and foal development.
Horse Behavior (November 3 and 4) provides an in-depth investigation of social and reproductive behavior of horses, including how horses interact, the subtleties of equine communication and the ways in which trainers can influence behavior. Time will also be spent observing resting, foraging, breeding and other natural behaviors of the School’s semi-feral pony herd.
“This is one of the very few places to reliably observe a herd of horses exhibiting the natural behaviors that they would exhibit in their habitat, without interference from humans,” says Dr. McDonnell. “It is one of the best ways to understand what really makes horses tick.”
Cost for each Short Course is $500 for one day or $900 for both days. At the conclusion of the two-day course, participants will receive a certificate of completion. Courses take place at New Bolton Center in Kennett Square, PA. For more information or to register visit www.vet.upenn.edu/labs/equinebehavior or call 610-925-6203.
Penn's School of Veterinary Medicine is one of the world's premier veterinary schools. Founded in 1884, the School was built on the concept of Many Species, One Medicine. The birthplace of veterinary specialties, the School serves a distinctly diverse array of animal patients, from pets to horses to farm animals at our two campuses. In Philadelphia, on Penn's campus, are the Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital for companion animals, as well as classrooms, laboratories and the School's administrative offices. The large-animal facility, New Bolton Center, in Kennett Square, Pa., encompasses hospital facilities for the care of horses and food animals as well as diagnostic laboratories serving the agriculture industry. The School has successfully integrated scholarship and scientific discovery with all aspects of veterinary medical education.
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