Rutgers Presents Talk Featuring World-Renowned Equine Scientist

Oct 29, 2013 - 8:49 AM

New Brunswick, N.J. – Raymond Geor, BVSc, MVSc, PhD, DACVIM, will be the keynote lecturer for the Rutgers Equine Science Center’s annual year end event, “An Evening of Celebration and Science,” on November 19.  Geor, a world-renowned equine scientist, will give a talk, “Unraveling Equine Metabolic Syndrome: Definition, Diagnosis, and Management” about his research on the interconnections between equine obesity, and insulin resistance, and how these conditions increase susceptibility to laminitis.

The event, which is sponsored by Mid-Atlantic Equine Medical Center, will be on Tuesday, November 19 from 6:00 – 9:00 pm in the Campus Center on the G.H. Cook Campus in New Brunswick, NJ.

Equine Science Center Director Karyn Malinowski stated, “Dr. Geor’s presentation is a must hear for every owner of an older and/or obese horse, and for the veterinarians who treat them, too.  Equine Metabolic Syndrome (EMS) is a serious horse health issue that has grown in importance in recent years.  We are pleased to welcome Dr. Geor to the Equine Science Center for the ‘Evening of Celebration and Science.’”

Geor, a leading authority on equine metabolic syndrome, is a professor in and chairperson of the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University. Commenting on his research, Geor explains, “Previously, it was thought that the key driver of EMS was obesity.  That may not be completely accurate.  While affected animals may be obese, obesity could be a consequence of the issue, not the direct cause.  Obesity does not equal Equine Metabolic Syndrome.”

His talk will focus on the key clinical features of EMS as well as recommended approaches to diagnosis and management of the condition such that risk for development of laminitis is reduced.

“An Evening of Celebration and Science,” is an opportunity to unite equine professionals, veterinarians, horse owners, farm owners, educators and students, and equine enthusiasts for the purpose of learning current research initiatives and research being conducted at the Equine Science Center to address horse industry issues and challenges.  The event also provides a platform to celebrate the achievements, accomplishments, and contributions of individuals and organizations within the equine industry.

For more information about Geor’s talk and “An Evening of Celebration and Science,” please contact Tiffany Cody atcody@njaes.rutgers.edu or 848-932-9419.

About Rutgers Equine Science Center

The Equine Science Center is a unit of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Its mission is better horse care through research and education in order to advance the well-being and performance of horses and the equine industry. Its vision is to be recognized throughout New Jersey as well as nationally and internationally for its achievements in identifying issues in the horse industry, finding solutions through science-based inquiry, providing answers to the horse industry and to horse owners, and influencing public policy to ensure the viability of the horse industry.

For more information about the Equine Science Center, please visit esc.rutgers.edu.

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