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Registration Desk Hours

Conference Center Courtyard

Friday, January 20:  3:00  - 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, January 21: 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Monday, January 22

Gastric Ulcers

Noon - 1:00 p.m.


1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Healing with Horsepower, Overview of Three New Orthobiologic Studies - Nathan Voris

2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Can All Behavior Issues Be Blamed on Gastric Ulcers?Ben Sykes

Learn the common and less common clinical signs of gastric ulcers as well as current concepts on accurately diagnosing Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome.

3:00 - 3:30 p.m.


3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Medical Treatment of Gastric UlcersBen Sykes

Acquire from the current literature how and when to use omeprazole and when and why you should reach outside the omeprazole box.

4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Management Strategies to Treat and Prevent Gastric Ulcers - Ben Sykes

Explore treatment and prevention of gastric ulcers, from housing and feeding to music and husbandry considerations.

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Wearable Technology: A Game Changer Chris Kawcak

Discover the advances of wearable technology and where it can take our industry.

6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Welcome Reception


Tuesday, January 23

6:30 - 7:30 a.m.


Diagnosing and Treating the Neck and Back

7:30 - 8:30 a.m.

Field Imaging of the Cervical Spine and Back - Kathryn W. Bills 

Improve your ability to obtain diagnostic quality X-rays and ultrasound images of the cervical spine and back with portable equipment.

8:30 - 9:30 a.m.

Neck and Back X-rays: What Does It All Mean? - Kathryn W. Bills

With the increasingly frequent inclusion of neck and back radiographs in routine pre-purchase examinations, distinguish between incidental vs potentially pathologic findings in clinically normal horses and discuss which findings may cause reason for concern.

9:30 - 9:50 a.m. 

Sustainability Initiative - Jim Zeliff

9:50 - 10:15 a.m.


10:15 - 11:10 a.m.

Clinical Diagnosis and Management of Horses with Neck and Back PainErin Contino

Review the clinical characteristics, medical treatment options and rehabilitation strategies to manage horses with neck and back pain.

11:10 a.m. - 12:05 p.m.

Surgical Options for Kissing Spine - Chris Kawcak

Examine the existing surgical options to treat horses with kissing spine, including advantages and disadvantages and prognosis associated with the various techniques. 

12:05 - 1:00 p.m.

What's Happening in Racing? Hot Topics and How They May Affect Us All - Emma Adam

Discuss the changes brought about by the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act, including the AAEP and its members’ involvement, and in the context of what is happening in other countries amid public perception issues and how these events may influence many aspects of our profession. 

Wednesday, January 24

6:30 - 7:30 a.m.


Imaging and Treating the Stifle and Digital Tendon Sheath

7:30 - 8:30 a.m.

Imaging the Equine StifleKathryn W. Bills

Learn to diagnose stifle disease and injuries using X-ray and ultrasound.

8:30 - 9:30 a.m.

Treatment of Stifle Issues - Chris Kawcak

Assess medical and surgical options to treat horses with stifle disease/ injury, including advantages, disadvantages and prognosis associated with the various treatment options. 

9:30 - 10:00 a.m.


10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Imaging the Digital Tendon SheathKathryn W. Bills

Discover the advances in equine imaging techniques that aid in the accurate diagnosis and tracking of tendon and tendon sheath lesions. 

11:00 a.m. - Noon

Treatment of Tendon Sheath InjuriesChris Kawcak

Examine the medical and surgical options for treating lesions of or within the tendon sheath and case selection for various options. 

Noon - 1:00 p.m.

Orthobiologics: How to Make Sense of the Alphabet Soup - Erin Contino 

Explore the myriad of orthobiologic options currently available and determinations on what, when and how to use them.