This will be the first equine podiatry conference to be held at this location

UT CVM Equine Hospital

The newly expanded Equine Performance and Rehabilitation Center (EPRC) is located at the UT Veterinary Medical Center on the agricultural campus in Knoxville, Tenn. It will be the location of the Equine Podiatry Conference to be held Saturday, March 8, 2014. Photo courtesy UTIA.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine invites farriers and veterinarians to attend the inaugural Equine Podiatry Conference to be held in Knoxville, Tenn., Saturday, March 8, 2014.

Topics include therapeutic shoeing, common causes of foot lameness, and nutrition and hoof quality. The conference also includes demonstration laboratories.

One of the speakers, Dr. Raul Bras, CJF, grew up in Puerto Rico where he showed and bred Paso Fino horses. After earning his veterinary degree from Ross University, he completed an internship at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky., and attended Cornell University Farrier School. Bras is a Certified Journeyman Farrier and shareholder at Rood and Riddle.

Chris Gregory, CJF, FWCF, is also presenting at the conference. Gregory, a professional horseshoer since 1987, opened the Heartland Horseshoeing School in 1995 with his wife and has graduated more than 1,000 students from the program. In addition to being a Certified Journeyman Farrier, Gregory earned the Fellowship of the Worshipful Company of Farriers.

The conference takes place in the Equine Performance and Rehabilitation Center at the UT Veterinary Medical Center located on the UT Institute of Agriculture campus in Knoxville. The expansion of the veterinary medical center and EPRC was completed in 2013. Registration and check-in begins at 7:30 a.m., and the conference will conclude at 5 p.m. The registration fee is $45 for farriers and $70 for veterinarians. The fee covers the cost of supplies and lunch. Space is limited.

Participants can register online at or by mail, fax or email. For additional information, email Barbara Campbell at or call 865-974-7264. The deadline to register is February 28, 2014.

One of 28 accredited veterinary colleges in the United States, the UT College of Veterinary Medicine educates students in the art and science of veterinary medicine and related biomedical sciences, promotes scientific research and enhances human and animal well-being.

In addition to the programs of the College of Veterinary Medicine, the UT Institute of Agriculture also provides instruction, research and public service through the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, the UT AgResearch system of 10 AgResearch and Education centers and UT Extension offices in every county in the state.



Sandra Harbison, CVM media relations, 865-974-7377,