Tuskegee University Annual Horse Health Scheduled for Saturday, April 21

by Anissa L. Riley


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TUSKEGEE, Ala. (April 13, 2012) - Just as companion animals need preventive care, so do large animals such as horses. The Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine (TUSVM) recognizes that horses, a family friend in some cases and family worker in others, also need preventive care, especially during the spring and summer months to keep them healthy. The upcoming hot, humid months can cause some serious problems for horses. In an effort to help prevent horse-related springtime illnesses, TUSVM is hosting its 20th Annual Horse Health Fair on Sat, April 21 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the School’s Large Animal Hospital.

The following free services will be offered to all horse owners during the Horse Health Fair: physical examinations, fecal parasite examinations, and nutrition counseling. For a minimal fee, clients can also receive other services for their horses to include deworming treatment, Coggins test for Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA), and preventative vaccines like Influenza, Rabies, Eastern and Western Encephalomyelitis, Tetanus, Rhinopneumonitis, and West Nile. A farrier will also be on site.

Dr. Jeannine Bellamy, assistant professor and clinical sciences large animal clinician, is serving as the chairperson and faculty advisor for the horse health fair. TUSVM is encouraging everyone in the local community and adjacent communities to participate and help ensure the health and well-being of their horses so that they will be “tuned-up” for springtime and the coming hot, humid summer months

“This is an excellent time for every horse owner to get their horses vaccinated and on a good parasite control program for some serious diseases like Encephalitis (sleeping sickness) which is a mostly fatal disease (90% to 95% fatality rate) and is carried by mosquitoes. The threat of mosquitoes is certain with the rainy spring season now here and the humid summer just ahead,” said Dr. Bellamy.

Again, everyone in Macon County and surrounding counties are welcome and encouraged to participate. Appointments are not necessary for the horse health fair. For more information, contact TUSVM’s Large Animal Hospital at 334-727-8436, 8461.

To learn more about the Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health, visit www.onemedicine.tuskegee.edu