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Equine Encore 2018

Equine Encore 2018

Thu, October 11, 2018 - Fri, October 12, 2018

This course is designed to provide equine veterinarians with up-to-date information and techniques that can immediately be incorporated into their practices so they can better serve their clients. Our “How To” focus will be on: Medicine, Lameness and Surgery. 1 hour of LEAP will be included in this program.

Event Agenda

Thursday, October 11, 2018

7:45-8:20 Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:20-8:30 Welcome and Opening Remarks
8:30-9:20 Field Surgery: Orthopedics
-Kevin Claunch, DVM, DACVS
9:20-10:10 Field Surgery: Soft Tissue
-Kevin Claunch, DVM, DACVS
10:10-10:40 Break- Visit with sponsors and vendors
10:40-11:30 Field Surgery: Foals/Immature Horses
-Kevin Claunch, DVM, DACVS
11:30-12:00 Decision making and expected outcomes in spinous process osteotomy
-John Peroni, DVM, MS, Dip ACVS
12:00-1:00 Lunch with the UGA Clinical Faculty
1:00-1:30 How I Manage Splint Bone Fractures
-Jesse Tyma, DVM
1:30-2:00 How I Use Ultrasound to Evaluate the Equine Scrotum
-Maria Ferrer, DVM, PhD, DACT
2:00-2:30 How I Select Anti-microbials to Treat Equine Metritis
- Robyn Ellerbrock, DVM, DACT
2:30-3:00 How I Provide Analgesia and Pain Management in the Field
-Rachel Reed, DVM, DACVAA
3:00-3:30 Refreshment Break
3:30-4:20 How I Distinguish Between Colic and Colic Imposters
-Jarred Williams, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVS, ACVECC 
4:20-5:10 Discussion Panel
-Jarred Williams, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVS, ACVECC
5:15-6:00 Social- Holiday Inn, Downtown Athens 

Friday, October 12, 2018

8:00-8:30 Continental Breakfast
8:30-9:20 Clinical Pearls in Equine Medicine
-Phoebe Smith, DVM, DACVIM
9:20-10:10 Common Procedures in Neonatal Foals
-Phoebe Smith, DVM, DCVIM
10:10-10:30 Refreshment Break
10:30-11:20 Endocrine Dysfunction  in Geriatric Horses
-Phoebe Smith, DVM, DACVIM
11:20-11:50 A Review of the Top 4 Medicine Articles of 2018
-Michelle Barton, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
11:50-1:20  GVMA Lunch with Roundtable Discussion
1:20-2:10 Equine Cruelty, Cases, Law & Resources (LEAP)
-Claudine Wilkins
2:10-2:40 How I Manage Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndromes
-Katherine Macdonald, DVM, DACVIM
2:40-3:10 How I Perform an Ophthalmologic Exam in the Field
-Katie Diehl, DVM ,MS, DACVO
3:10-3:30 Break
3:30-4:00 How I Place and Use a Subpalpebral Lavage System in the Field
-Kate Myrna, DVM ,MS, DACVO
4:00-4:30 How to Perform Basic Ophthalmic Surgery in the Field
-Sarah Czerwinski, DVM, MS, DACVO

Event Sponsors

Event Speakers

Jarred Williams, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVS, ACVECC


Dr. Williams received his Bachelor of Science (2000), Master of Science (2002), and DVM degree (2006) from the University of Georgia. He did his rotating internship at Alamo Pintado Equine Medical Center in California, and subsequently completed 2 residencies in Equine Surgery and Equine Emergency/Critical Care, and a PhD at Ohio State University. In 2013, he returned home to join the Department of Large Animal Medicine at the University of Georgia, where he is a Clinical Assistant Professor of both Surgery and Emergency and Critical Care. Dr. Williams is board certified as a Diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care. His clinical and research interests are in the areas of hypoperfusion and colic.

Kathryn Diehl, DVM, MS, Dipl. AC


Dr. Diehl is currently an assistant professor of ophthalmology at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. She graduated with her BA in biology from Cornell University, then MS and DVM from the Ohio State University. She then did a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at UGA, then a combined residency in comparative ophthalmology and fellowship in cellular biology at the University of Wisconsin. Since then she practiced as faculty at the University of Minnesota, Auburn University and the University of Wisconsin, as well as in private specialty practice, before returning to Georgia in 2014. Dr. Diehl also serves on the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists genetics and exam committees and tries to stay active and fit with just about any outdoor pursuit.

Rachel Reed, DVM, DACVAA


Dr. Rachel Reed attended veterinary school at North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine before entering private mixed animal practice in New England. She then completed a residency in Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia at the University of Tennessee. Dr. Reed now works as a Clinical Assistant Professor in Anesthesiology at the University of Georgia. She enjoys running and spending time with her dog and cat.

Kevin Claunch, DVM, DACVS


Dr. Kevin Claunch graduated from Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2010. He completed an internship at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky in 2011 followed by a surgical residency at the University of Georgia 2011-2014. He joined Weems & Stephens Equine Hospital in Aubrey, TX in 2014 and became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2015.



Dr. Quandt obtained her DVM from Iowa State University 1987, followed by a residency and MS in anesthesia from the University of MN. She became boarded in anesthesia in 1993. Dr. Quandt was a faculty member of the University of Georgia from 1991 to 1998, and then did a critical care residency at UC Davis/University of MN. She became a clinical professor of anesthesia at the University of MN from 2001 -2011. Dr. Quandt was boarded in Emergency Critical Care in 2007. She is currently an associate professor of comparative anesthesia at the University of Georgia.

Jesse Tyma, DVM


This is Dr. Tyma’s third year large animal surgery resident at the UGA Veterinary Teaching Hospital. She is originally from outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and graduated from Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2014. Prior to coming to UGA she completed a rotating internship at Rhinebeck Equine in the Hudson Valley of New York. Her practice interests include gastrointestinal surgery, wound management, lameness, emergency medicine, and acupuncture.

Maria Ferrer, DVM, PhD, DACT


Dr. María Ferrer received her veterinary degree in 2000 from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. She earned her MS degree from Louisiana State University in 2005, and became a diplomate of the American College of Theriogenologists in the same year. Dr. Ferrer started her career as a private practitioner. She then pursued formal training in Theriogenology in Louisiana State University (2002-2005). Dr. Ferrer worked as a Clinical Assistant Professor (2006-2013) and Clinical Associate Professor (2013-2014) at Kansas State University, before accepting her current position as an Associate Professor in Theriogenology at the University of Georgia in 2014. Dr. Ferrer’s research interest is in male infertility, andrology and spermatology. She also enjoys clinical work in mare infertility. She dedicated her career to teaching, research and clinical service in Theriogenology. She is a member of the Society for Theriogenology, American College of Theriogenologists and Argentine Association of Equine Practitioners.

Robyn Ellerbrock, DVM, DACT


Dr. Ellerbrock is an assistant professor at the University of Georgia. She received her BS (2007) and DVM (2012) degrees from Cornell University, and then completed a internship in equine sports medicine in California, before completing a residency in Theriogenology at the University of Illinois.

Phoebe Smith, DVM, DACVIM


Phoebe Smith was born and raised in Kentucky and graduated from Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 1997. She moved west to pursue an internship at Alamo Pintado Equine Medical Center, then practiced general equine medicine in southern California for two years before beginning residency training in internal medicine at UC Davis. Achieving board certification in Internal Medicine in 2003, Dr. Smith returned to Alamo Pintado as a specialist, focusing on emergency/critical care, neonatal and internal medicine cases. In 2007, Dr. Smith accepted a position at The Ohio State University as clinical assistant professor in Equine Internal Medicine. She returned to California in 2010 to raise her daughter and establish a niche internal medicine and consulting practice.

Claudine Wilkins


Claudine Wilkins began her career as a prosecutor after earning her Master of Environmental Law and Policy at Vermont Law School in 1997, and her Juris Doctor (J.D.) in 1996. In 1998, she created an annual Animal Law, Enforcement and Shelter Symposium which unites veterinarians, legal professional and all those involved in animal cases. This year will be 20th annual symposium at the GA state Bar Headquarters. After prosecuting, she opened her own personal injury law firm and in 2004, she gained national attention in one of the largest verdicts in the nation in a landmark liquor liability case. In 2009, she founded the Animal Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia, a mainstream section that offers resources to all Georgia attorneys. In 2014, she founded Animal Law Source, an organization that serves as a resource for animal law professionals across the state and, a website dedicated to assisting those professionals. Her continuing efforts to draft legislation protecting children and animals resulted in the passage of many state and local laws Some of those include our states dog fighting law, dangerous dog law, the cost of animal care bond law, and the animal cruelty law. Having trained thousands of professionals, she continues teaching prosecutors, judges, attorneys, law enforcement, animal control officers, veterinarians, vet techs, animal shelter staff, rescue/foster, dog trainers, students and professionals involved with animals throughout Georgia on animal law, animal cruelty, neglect, fighting, abandonment, hoarding, large impound cases, equine cruelty, public safety, dangerous dog, civil dog bite cases and liability issues facing all professions involved.

Michelle Barton, DVM, PhD, DACVIM


Dr. Barton is a Professor of Large Animal Medicine at the University of Georgia, College of Veterinary Medicine. She received her DVM from the University of Illinois and her PhD from the University of Georgia. Her clinical interests include Large animal cardiology and neonatology

Katherine MacDonald, DVM, DACVIM


Dr. MacDonald is currently a Large Animal Internal Medicine Resident at the UGA Veterinary Medical Center. She received her DVM from North Carolina State University in 2014. After completing vet school, she did an Equine Medicine and Surgery internship at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital.

Sarah Czerwinski, DVM , MS, DACVO


Dr. Sarah Czerwinski graduated from veterinary school at the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph, Ontario, Canada in 2010. She completed a rotating internship in equine medicine and surgery in Alberta, Canada, and an internal medicine fellowship in Lexington, KY. She then completed a residency in comparative veterinary ophthalmology at the University of Florida. Following 1.5 years in private practice, Dr. Czerwinski joined the ophthalmology team at the University of Georgia to further pursue her passion for equine ophthalmology. Her interests outside of work include horseback riding, traveling, and spending time with her Jack Russell terrier, Basil.

Kate Myrna, DVM ,MS, DACVO


Dr. Kate Myrna has a BA from Vassar College and received her DVM from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 2004. She completed a 1-year internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at Western College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan, and went on to complete a 1-year specialty internship under the mentorship of Dr. Nancy Cottrill in Small Animal Ophthalmology at Angell Animal Medical Center – Western New England. Dr. Myrna then completed a Residency in Comparative Ophthalmology and obtained a Master of Science in Comparative Biomedical Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Myrna is interested in comparative ophthalmology, corneal wound healing and ocular analgesia.

Contact Information

Contact: Melissa Kilpatrick

Driving Directions

Event Hotels

Holiday Inn 197 East Broad Street, Athens, GA 706-549-4433 * BLOCK CODE: VEE
Holiday Inn Express  513 West Broad Street, Athens, GA  * 706-546-8122 
Georgia Center Hotel 1197 South Lumpkin Street, Athens, GA  * 800.884.1381
Hilton Garden Inn 390 Washington Street, Athens, GA  * 706.363.9948 
The Hotel Indigo 500 College Avenue, Athens, GA * 706.546.0430 
Courtyard by Marriott  166 North Finley Street, Athens, GA  * 706.369.7000 
Springhill Suites 3500 Daniells Bridge Road, Athens, GA 30606

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