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Equine education series returns

The Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) is offering new equine education opportunities for both horse enthusiasts and veterinary professionals in 2021-22.

By WCVM Today

The college’s popular EquineED Talks, which are geared for horse owners and riders, transitioned from in-person events to online seminars and attracted hundreds of registrants for the eight free seminars offered last spring.

The WCVM’s seven-part equine continuing education (CE) series also proved popular with veterinarians, registered veterinary technologists and veterinary students from across Western Canada. As part of its mandate, the WCVM provides CE opportunities to veterinary professionals, as well as public outreach and extension for animal owners.

“One of the good things that happened because of the pandemic is that everyone became more accustomed to online meetings. We saw it as a great opportunity to offer this type of education virtually,” says WCVM associate professor Dr. Julia Montgomery. Besides participating as a presenter, the large animal internal medicine specialist has organized all of the speakers for the EquineED and Equine CE events.

“Based on the great response, we’ve decided to continue both equine health series and hope to make them annual events.”

For the upcoming CE series, the WCVM is offering seven two-hour sessions that cover topics including infectious diseases, emergency management, lameness, diagnostic testing and dermatology. The presentations are open to all veterinary professionals, and the cost is $25 per session. Click here for more details and to register for the sessions. The series begins on Wednesday evening, Oct. 27.

The WCVM’s EquineED Talks series kicks off on Tuesday evening, Oct. 19, with a 75-minute session featuring WCVM equine surgeon Dr. James Carmalt who will talk about equine lameness and the management of osteoarthritis and back pain.

The series’ line up also includes talks covering breeding, infectious diseases, performance horse health and nutrition, hoof health, and biosecurity. Click here to view the schedule and to register for one or more of the 11 free online events, which take place on selected Tuesdays over the next six months.

For more information about either series, contact Jackie Bahnmann, the college’s CE co-ordinator (; 306-966-7108).