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University of Tennessee Equine Hospital

The Equine Performance and Rehabilitation Center (EPRC) located at the UT College of Veterinary Medicine Veterinary Medical Center on the agricultural campus in Knoxville, Tenn., will be location of the third annual Equine Podiatry Conference on May 21. The expansion of the veterinary medical center and EPRC was completed in 2013. Photo courtesy UTIA.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine invites farriers and veterinarians to attend the third annual Equine Podiatry Conference to be held in Knoxville, Tennessee, on the UT agricultural campus Saturday, May 21, 2016.

Topics include body condition scoring, Palmar Foot Pain and farrier techniques for managing the condition.  A pre-conference workshop covering the anatomy and physiology of the foot will be held Friday, May 20, from 12:30 - 4:30 p.m.

One of the speakers, Dr. Scott Plesant, DVM, MS, DACVS, is a Professor in the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine (VMRCVM), Virginia Tech. He is a board-certified surgeon and currently serves as Director of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital’s Equine Podiatry Service, as a member of the Equine Field Service Section, and as the college’s Equine Extension Liaison. His clinical and research interests include equine podiatry, lameness and nutrition.

Another speaker, Travis Burns, CJF, TE, EE, AWCF, is a Lecturer and the Chief of Farrier Services at VMRCVM. He attended farrier school at the North Carolina School of Horseshoeing and received a bachelor’s degree in animal science from North Carolina State University. Burns worked at the university’s College of Veterinary Medicine before entering into a one-year internship program at Forging Ahead, an elite multi-farrier practice in Northern Virginia. Upon completion of the internship program, he was retained at Forging Ahead as an associate farrier until joining VMRCVM in 2010.

Dr. Dan Burke, PhD, MS will also speak. He is the Director of Tribute Equine Nutrition at Kalmbach Feeds, Inc. He received a BS in Animal Science from the University of Illinois and an MS in Equine Reproductive Physiology from Texas A&M University. He returned to the University of Illinois where he earned a PhD in Equine Nutrition/ Exercise Physiology. At Tribute Equine Nutrition, Dr. Burke is responsible for new product development, sales-team training, dealer and customer seminars and developing educational materials.

The conference takes place in the Equine Performance and Rehabilitation Center at the UT College of Veterinary Medicine’s Veterinary Medical Center located on the UT agricultural campus in Knoxville. Registration and check-in for the conference begins at 7 a.m., and the conference concludes at 5 p.m. The registration fee is $50 for farriers and $75 for veterinarians. Cost for both the conference and pre-conference workshop is $140 for farriers and $165 for veterinarians. The fee covers the cost of supplies and Saturday’s 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 May 11, 2016.

One of 30 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.

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