[September 12, 2013; Kennett Square, PA] – On Tuesday, October 1 at 6:30 p.m., Rose Nolen-Walston, DVM, will present a lecture on “Treating Heaves in Horses,” as part of the First Tuesday Lecture Series at Penn Vet’s New Bolton Center, 382 West Street Road, Kennett Square, PA.

heaves lectureThe series offers free lectures to the public on equine topics the first Tuesday of each month. The lectures take place in New Bolton Center’s Alumni Hall. Due to limited seating, reservations are recommended and can be made by contacting Barbara Belt at beltb@vet.upenn.edu.

Dr. Nolen-Walston will discuss New Bolton Center’s cutting-edge research on heaves and review the most current recommendations for treatment. Heaves is a chronic and often career-limiting lung disease seen in older horses. The correct medical name for heaves is Recurrent Airway Obstruction, or RAO. Horses with RAO are hypersensitive to inhaled triggers, usually hay and barn dust, and respond with difficulty breathing and reduced airflow. Although no permanent cure exists for RAO, changes in management of the horse, as well as certain medications, can reduce the symptoms to the point where many horses can engage in athletic pursuits and have an excellent quality of life.

Dr. Nolen-Walston is Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Department of Clinical Studies at New Bolton Center, specializing in large-animal internal medicine.

During the First Tuesday Lecture Series, faculty and clinicians at New Bolton Center share current information on topics of interest and relevance to horse owners and caregivers throughout the region. Many of the lectures highlight the advanced techniques performed by Penn Vet’s team of leading clinicians and the state-of-the-art equipment and facilities available to ensure the best possible outcomes for patients.

Penn Vet is a global leader in veterinary medicine education, research, and clinical care. Founded in 1884, Penn Vet is the only veterinary school developed in association with a medical school. The school is a proud member of the One Health Initiative, linking human, animal, and environmental health.

Penn Vet serves a diverse population of animals at its two campuses, which include extensive diagnostic and research laboratories. Ryan Hospital in Philadelphia provides care for dogs, cats, and other domestic/companion animals, seeing nearly 33,000 patients a year. New Bolton Center, Penn Vet’s large-animal hospital on nearly 700 acres in rural Kennett Square, PA, cares for horses and livestock/farm animals. In addition to treating about 6,000 patients annually, New Bolton Center includes a swine center, working dairy, and poultry unit that provide valuable research for the agriculture industry.

For more information, visit www.vet.upenn.edu.