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From the Horse's Mouth - Summer Edition

This quarterly newsletter is created by the UGA Veterinary Teaching Hospital for our equine clients. We hope you find the following information helpful. If you have any questions, please consult with your veterinarian or contact our large animal hospital at 706.542.3223. 

Register now for the 2019 Horse Owner Seminar and Trade Show!

On Aug. 10, our college's equine student group will host its annual Horse Owner Seminar from 8am to 4pm. This event is open to any horse owner wishing to expand their knowledge base and will include talks from equine practitioners, hands-on demonstrations, and a trade show and silent auction. Pre-registration closes on July 20, so reserve your spot today! (Learn more) (Register now)

Equine Asthma

Does the summer heat have your horse breathing heavier and/or struggling to keep up with exercise? There's no doubt that the heat and humidity can leave your horse moving a little slower. Have you considered the possibility that Equine Asthma could be causing your horse's breathing issues or exercise intolerance? Equine Asthma shares many characteristics of human asthma, including causes and clinical signs. (Learn more)

Horses with insect bite hypersensitivity

Our dermatology team is looking for horses with insect bite hypersensitivity (IBH) to participate in a clinical trial. Horses of any breed that have seasonal symptoms of IBH (pruritus, papules, crusts) for two consecutive insect seasons may be enrolled. The purpose of the study is to determine the molecular profile of involved cytokine and chemokine pathways for equine IBH, in an effort to identify new ways to help treat this condition. Costs pertaining to the visit/recheck, the collection of the skin biopsies and subsequent analysis are paid for by the study. Please call 706-296-7818 for further details or email Dr Banovic at (Learn more) 

Other clinical trials currently available for horse owners:

Could your horse benefit from one of the above clinical trials? Talk to your veterinarian or to our clinical trials coordinator, Lisa Reno, if you would like more information on participating. You can contact Lisa at 706.296.7818 or

*Clinical trials are conducted with approval from the Clinical Research Committee, the Hospital Board, and the University of Georgia Research FoundationThis is the end-stage testing to determine the safety and degree of effectiveness for new drugs or treatments before FDA approval. 

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