Press Release

Horse Health Education Conference

NEW GLOUCESTER, Maine — Horse owners, care takers and preveterinary students will learn about the most serious infectious diseases that can affect their animals and what can be done to improve biosecurity and prevent disease outbreaks on the farm at the Horse Health Education Conference on Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Pineland Equestrian Center.

The featured speaker is Dr. Mary Rose Paradis, Large Animal Medicine, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University, New Grafton, Mass.

The program includes a review of infectious diseases in Maine, vaccinations and diagnostic tests. Respiratory bacterial infections such as strangles, Rhodococcus equi and also respiratory viral infections such as equine herpes virus & influenza will be discussed.  An important emphasis will focus on preventing infectious disease by using biosecurity measures on the farm.

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

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Cost is $15 for adult and $10 for students for early registrations received by Friday, Nov. 9  (a limited number of scholarships are available, please contact us.) Late and walk-in registrations are $25 for adults and $20 for students. To register send check for registration (made out to UMaine Extension) and your name, address, phone, and email to Melissa Libby, 134 Hitchner Hall, UMaine Extension, Orono, ME  04469-5735, 207-581-2788 in Maine 1-800-287-7170  Or register online at Bring your own lunch or purchase lunch ticket at registration desk.

Vendors from the horse industry are invited to apply for a vendor space ($100 for approximately a 10′ X 10′ space) at the Trade Show. Space is limited. Vendor applications to Melissa Libby, 134 Hitchner Hall, UMaine Extension, Orono, ME  04469-5735, 207-581-2788 in Maine 1-800-287-7170 or

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