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Horse Health Education Conference to be held in New Gloucester

NEW GLOUCESTER, Maine — Horse owners, care takers and pre-veterinary students will learn about the most serious infectious diseases that can affect animals and what can be done to improve bio-security and prevent disease outbreaks on the farm at the Horse Health Education Conference on Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Pineland Equestrian Center.  The conference is for horse owners, prospective pre-veterinary students, 4-H  and Pony Club leaders and older youth, boarding farm owners and operators, horse business owners, horse trainers, farriers, auction houses, fair superintendents and others interested in learning more about infectious diseases of horses.

The featured speaker will be Dr. Mary Rose Paradis, large animal medicine, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University.

The conference will be hosted by the University of Maine School of Food and Agriculture, Animal and Veterinary Sciences; University of Maine Cooperative Extension; Pineland Farms; Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University; and Laboratory for the Expansion of Animal Disease Surveillance.

After presentations, a panel of local veterinarians will be available for an “Ask the Vet” panel discussion.

A dressage demonstration will be presented by Pineland Farms.

The cost of the conference is $15, $10 students for early registrations received by Nov. 9.   Late and walk-in registration is $25, $20 students.

To register, send check made out to UMaine Extension, and your name, address, phone and email to: Melissa Libby, 134 Hitchner Hall, UMaine Extension, Orono, ME  04469-5735. Register online at  A limited number of scholarships are available. Bring your own lunch or purchase a lunch ticket at registration desk.

For information about the conference or to inquire about vendor space, call 207-581-2788, in Maine 800-287-7170 or email



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