Virginia Tech's Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center will host an educational event for Virginia Pony Club members on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2008. The meeting, "Horse Health Half-Day," will take place in the center's library from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Presentations will be given by faculty members on a variety of equine healthcare topics and a pizza luncheon will be served. The agenda is as follows:

  • 9:30 to 9:35 a.m.: Welcome by Dr. Nat White, Jean Ellen Shehan Professor and Director;
  • 9:35 to 9: a.m.: “Biosafety 101 – Win the War on Germs” by Dr. Martin Furr, Professor and Adelaide C. Riggs Chair in Equine Medicine;
  • 9:50 to 10:30 a.m.: “Respiratory Disease in the Performance Horse” by Dr. Jennifer Brown, clinical assistant professor in emergency care and equine surgery;
  • 10:30 to 11 a.m.: “Gait Analysis – Seeing Your Way to Soundness” by Dr. Nat White;
  • 11 to 11:30 a.m.: “Equine Emergencies – Don’t be Scared, be Prepared” by Dr. Sarah Dukti, clinical assistant professor in emergency care and equine surgery;
  • 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.: pizza party;
  • 12:15 to 1 p.m.: “Caring for Foals – Be Aware of Proper Care” by Dr. Anne Desrochers, clinical assistant professor in equine medicine.


No fee is charged for attending but seating is limited and pre-registration is required. This event is limited to members of the Virginia Pony Club aged 12 through 18. Registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

To register, contact Marjorie Musick at (703) 771-6881. In the event of a weather emergency, schedule changes will be posted on the Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center website.

Virginia Tech’s Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center is a premier full-service equine hospital located in Leesburg, Va., that offers advanced specialty care, 24-hour emergency treatment and diagnostic services for all ages and breeds of horses. One of three campuses that comprise the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, the center and its team of equine specialists are committed to providing exceptional treatment to patients, superior service to clients and cutting-edge research to the equine industry.