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ECIR Group Inc., NO Laminitis! Conference, Georgetown, TX, November 6-8, 2015


Hours noted are approved by AAVSB/RACE for a total of 13 hours veterinary professional CE.*

Thursday, November 5


5:30pm - 7:00pm

MEET AND GREET ~ Georgetown Community Center Meet fellow attendees over hors d’oeuvres and cash bar.

Friday, November 6

Session Topic

7am - 8am

SIGN IN ~ Georgetown Community Center

8:00am - 8:15am

Jaini Clougher, BVSc, BSc, ECIR Group Inc. President ~ Welcome

8:15am - 9:15am

Eleanor M. Kellon, VMD

*PPID and IR Myths and Misconceptions

Our understanding of equine metabolic disorders, mechanisms, treatments and diagnostic criteria is continually changing. This process requires that some hypotheses be abandoned, but may also bring the realization that new is not always definitive. Past, current and proposed future scientific theories, including their real-world implications for the horse, will be presented.

9:15am - 10:15am

Eleanor M. Kellon, VMD

*Ovarian Abnormalities In Mares With Refractory Insulin Resistance

In women, there is a well-described syndrome of ovarian cystic disease (PCOS — Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome), which is accompanied by insulin resistance. Individual cases of mares with severe insulin resistance refractory to good control by the usual diet measures alone, and who have been found to have one or more features similar to PCOS in women, will be discussed. Reproducible positive outcomes through testing and simple treatment options will be reviewed.

10:15am -10:30am


10:30am - 11:30am

Eleanor M. Kellon, VMD

*Ancillary Supplements For Horses With Laminitis And Metabolic Syndrome

The cornerstone of dietary support for thousands of ECIR Group horses has been a low-sugar/starch, forage-based, mineral- balanced diet. Nutrient recommendations are evidence-based, from the National Research Council, “Nutrient Requirements of Horses” and additional peer-reviewed studies. The collective experience of 13 years has continually demonstrated that relief of acute laminitis pain due to hyperinsulinemia can often come within one to two days. Special considerations, however, such as chronic pain, can require support which might include adjunct amino acids, antioxidants and adaptogens. The pharmacokinetic mechanisms of supplemental nutraceuticals will be discussed.

11:30am - 12:30pm

Eleanor M. Kellon, VMD

*Winter Laminitis

Cold weather can sometimes induce severe hoof pain in horses with EMS even when control of PPID, diet, and physiologically correct trim are in place. In some cases there may or may not be a prior history of acute laminitis. Potential hormonal and circulatory changes behind this phenomenon will be discussed.

12:30pm - 1:30pm

LUNCH ~ Georgetown Community Center

1:30pm - 2:30pm

Philip J. Johnson, BVSc, MS, DACVIM, DECEIM, MRCVS

*Equine Metabolic Syndrome: Its origins and evolution

Origins of the concept of an equine metabolic syndrome as a risk factor for laminitis will be presented and the manner by which it has been characterized over the years discussed. Present understanding about equine metabolic syndrome has evolved significantly since it was first proposed and the current thinking about what constitutes this common equine medical problem will be presented.

2:30pm - 3:30pm

Philip J. Johnson, BVSc, MS, DACVIM, DECEIM, MRCVS

*Endocrinopathic Laminitis: Changing perspectives and recent revelations

Although most classic laminitis research throughout the antecedent several decades has been centered on that associated with toxemia and gastrointestinal disease, an explosion of new knowledge has resulted from the realization that most cases of laminitis result from endocrinological disturbances such as metabolic syndrome. Placing the new discoveries and their implications into the pantheon of equine laminitis research over the years will be presented.

3:30pm - 3:45pm


3:45pm - 4:45pm

Philip J. Johnson, BVSc, MS, DACVIM, DECEIM, MRCVS

*Understanding the Equine Microbiome

Some of the most exciting and novel research with implication for both human and animal health is centered on the microbiome. In this lecture, the concept of an equine microbiome will be introduced and explained with emphasis on how this remarkable organism might be playing a role in common equine diseases such as laminitis and metabolic syndrome.

4:45pm - 6:15pm

Abstract Poster Session ~ Peer-reviewed submissions describing relevant original research and case reports specific to equine laminitis and endocrine disease.

6:30pm - 8:00pm

BBQ Dinner ~ Georgetown Community Center From deep in the heart of Texas, enjoy unique flavors developed through long slow roasting, special dry rub and post oak.

Saturday, November 7

Session Topic


Doors Open ~ Georgetown Community Center

8:00am - 9:00am

Robert M. Bowker, VMD, PhD

*Laminitis: Why is it good for the coffin bone to be porous, while in women we call it osteoporosis?

The coffin bone has long been viewed to be normally very porous in the dorsal cortical bone. We call similar findings in the legs and feet of women osteoporosis and they are viewed to be unhealthy. We will discuss where there is a difference and how this potentially impacts laminitis.

9:00am - 10:00am

Robert M. Bowker, VMD, PhD

*Laminitis: The suspensory apparatus of the coffin bone and its function in health and disease.

The suspensory apparatus of the coffin bone is viewed as crucial in a healthy foot. This presentation will review what makes a healthy suspensory apparatus, how f oot tissues viewed via microscope are compromised prior to laminitis, and the effect the tissues and suspensory apparatus can have on rehabilitation.

10:00am -10:15am


10:15am - 11:15am

Robert M. Bowker, VMD, PhD

*The Vascular Cushion of the Frog: What does it do?

This lecture will show histological evidence that most of the blood flow to the foot passes to the rear of the foot, providing support and dissipating vibrational energy.

11:15am - 12:15am

Robert M. Bowker, VMD, PhD

*Nerves, Nerves, Nerves: Why are they so important to the horse?

The horse’s foot has a wealth of sensory nerves. Ongoing research will be presented to show how the foot is innervated and the impact nerves have on blood flow and comfort in all gait abnormalities, especially acute and chronic laminitis, and founder.

12:15pm - 1:15pm

LUNCH ~ Georgetown Community Center

1:15pm - 2:15pm

Lavinia Fiscaletti, BA

Trim: The essential, missing ingredient

You have the right diagnosis, your diet is forage-based, tested and balanced, you are even on the path to exercise, yet things are still not right. Too often the trim is the last, forgotten, part of rehabilitation. Learn the simple methods used to recognize common hoof capsule distortions and how to determine the corrections needed to realign the hoof capsule with the bony column.

2:15pm - 3:15pm

Daisy A. Bicking, DEP, APF, CFGP, CLS

*Building Successful Teams to Rehabilitate the EMS Horse

When rehabilitating foundered horses, having the right Team is critical to success. In this presentation the audience will learn the important components of the right Team and tips for success on developing them.

3:15pm - 3:30pm


3:30pm - 4:30pm

Daisy A. Bicking, DEP, APF, CFGP, CLS

*Case Study Presentation of Successful Rehabilitation Using DDT&E and an Effective Team

Detailed case studies demonstrating the critical role of correct diagnosis, diet, appropriate exercise and the right Team are presented in this lecture. Hurdles which were overcome in real life scenarios will be presented.

5:30pm - 8:00pm

Trim Session at nearby arena via five-minute drive. ~ Lavinia Fiscaletti and Daisy A. Bicking

Sunday, November 8

Session Topic


Doors Open ~ Georgetown Community Center

8:30am - 9:30am

Kathleen Gustafson, PhD

Forage Analysis: How and why

The nutrient content of the bulk of the equine diet pasture and hay is often not considered. In horses with PPID or IR, emphasis is placed on the carbohydrate content. Which carbohydrates matter? What other nutrients? Why is feeding poor quality hay to horses with metabolic issues a bad idea? The benefits of forage analysis and mineral balancing will be discussed.

9:30am - 10:30am

Benjamin R. Buchanan, DVM, DACVIM, DACVECC

Texas Grass: Review of seasonal sugar and starch data; how warm and cool season grasses differ

In much of the US, the belief is that horses should not be on pasture in the spring, a time when much pasture laminitis is reported. In Texas, the pattern is different with most of the laminitis in the summer and early fall. Sugar and starch data collected from several months and potential differing management practices will be explored.

10:30am -10:45am


10:45am - 12:30pm

Full Panel ~ Question and Answer Session

12:30pm - 2:00pm

LUNCH and ECIR GROUP INC. ANNUAL MEETING ~ Georgetown Community Center


*This program was reviewed and approved by the AAVSB RACE program for 13 hours of continuing education in jurisdictions that recognize AAVSB RACE approval. Please contact the AAVSB RACE program if you have any comments/concerns regarding this program's validity or relevancy to the veterinary profession. Participants should be aware that some boards have limitations on the number of hours accepted in certain categories and/or restrictions on certain methods of delivery of continuing education. Contact Nancy Collins ecirgroup1@gmail.comfor further information.