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Exploring Future of Laminitis Care, Prevention at April First Tuesday Lecture

By: Hannah Kleckner Hall Date: Mar 19, 2019

Join us at the 2018-2019 First Tuesday Lecture Series![March 25, 2019; Kennett Square, Pennsylvania] – Join Penn Vet’s Dr. Andrew van Eps, Associate Professor of Equine Musculoskeletal Research, as he shares exciting updates on advancements in laminitis management as part of the First Tuesday Lecture series at New Bolton Center.

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 variably 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 in the horse.  Most cases fit into 3 broad categories based on the underlying cause - Sepsis-related laminitis, Supporting limb laminitis, and Endocrinopathic laminitis. The van Eps laboratory is focused on identifying the key mechanisms driving these different forms of laminitis in order to develop effective preventative and therapeutic interventions.

In the upcoming talk, “Unravelling Laminitis: What We Know and Where We’re Going,” Dr. van Eps will share insights on the critical role that insulin dysregulation plays in causing laminitis, as well as new developments in diagnosing and treating insulin imbalances to help prevent the development of laminitis.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be held on Tuesday, April 2, 2019* at 6:30 p.m. in New Bolton Center’s Alumni Hall, 382 West Street Road, Kennett Square, PA.

Seating is limited. Kindly register prior to the event at

For any questions about the First Tuesday Lecture series, please contact Barbara Belt at 610-925-6500 or

*NEW DATE; “Unravelling Laminitis: What We Know and Where We’re Going” was previously scheduled for May 7, 2019.

About the First Tuesday Lecture Series:

The First Tuesday Lectures, free and open to the public, are presented September through December, and March through June. During the series, faculty and clinicians at New Bolton Center share current information on equine topics of interest to horse owners and caregivers. 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.

About Penn Vet

Ranked among the top ten veterinary schools worldwide, the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet) is a global leader in veterinary education, research, and clinical care. Founded in 1884, Penn Vet is the first 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, handling more than 34,600 patient visits 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. The hospital handles more than 6,200 patient visits a year, while our Field Services have gone out on more than 5,500 farm service calls, treating some 18,700 patients at local farms. In addition, New Bolton Center’s campus includes a swine center, working dairy, and poultry unit that provide valuable research for the agriculture industry.