Dr. Patrick McCue, Director of the Equine Reproduction Laboratory, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, will host "Saving Foals: A Horse Owner's Guide to Foaling and Foal Care," from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, in Room 118/120 of the Animal Cancer Center at the James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital, 300 W. Drake Road, Fort Collins.
Ideal for all horse owners and breeding managers, this free, interactive seminar will provide up-to-date information on foaling prediction, the foaling process and foal care. The session also will detail how to recognize problems during foaling, when to call for professional assistance and how to perform emergency "on-farm" resuscitation in a neonatal foal.
Establishing communication with your regular veterinarian regarding foaling and how to be prepared for a foaling emergency will be key components of the seminar. A demonstration of how to use routine foaling supplies and diagnostic tests and what items to have in an emergency foaling kit will follow the lecture.
"The ultimate measure of success in equine reproduction is birth of a live, healthy foal," Dr. McCue said. "Our goal is to help participants reach this goal through education and communication."
This seminar is the first in a series on horse owner education that will be offered by CSU's Equine Hospital Section. The Equine Hospital supports all equine athletes and companions by providing comprehensive veterinary care; education for current and future veterinarians, horse owners and other equine professionals; and cutting-edge research to treat today's equine concerns and lead to tomorrow's cures.
Dr. McCue is the Iron Rose Ranch Professor of Equine Theriogenology in the Department of Clinical Sciences. He coordinates the clinical broodmare, foaling and embryo transfer services offered by the Equine Reproduction Laboratory. He also treats dystocias, high-risk pregnancies and other equine reproduction cases at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital. In addition, he writes a monthly column called "The Breeding Shed" for the American Quarter Horse Journal.
The seminar is free and open to the public, though space is limited and reservations are required by Friday, March 20. To make reservations, contact Kathie Sexton at: firstname.lastname@example.org, or (970) 297-1269.