Full Program

The full program is now available.

Invited Speakers

Dr. Anthony Blikslager – “Colic Prevention to Avoid Colic Surgery: A Surgeon's Perspective”

Colic Prevention to Avoid Colic Surgery: A Surgeon's Perspective

Dr. Anthony Blikslager

Dr. Anthony Blikslager is Professor of Equine Surgery and Gastroenterology at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, USA. His research is focused on equine colic and mechanisms whereby intestinal mucosa repairs after strangulating obstruction. Dr. Blikslager was awarded the Alumni Distinguished Professor Award and the Ned E. Huffman Leadership Award from NC State University in 2017. He won the Applied Equine Research Award from the World Equestrian Veterinary Association in 2011. He is an active member of the American Gastroenterological Association and was inducted as a Fellow of the AGA in 2010. Dr. Blikslager chaired the Large Animal Scientific Advisory Board of the Morris Animal Foundation in 2008. He received the Pfizer Award for Excellence in Research from North Carolina State University in 2006. He has in excess of 170 peer reviewed publications.

Dr. Blikslager received a PhD in Gastrointestinal Physiology at North Carolina State University in 1997. He became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1995 following a residency in Large Animal Surgery at NC State University from 1990-1994, and an Equine Medicine and Surgery internship at the University of Missouri-Columbia from 1989-1990. He initially received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 1989.

Dr. Jan Roser – “Enhancing Fertility in Mares: Recombinant Equine Gonadotropins”

Enhancing Fertility in Mares: Recombinant Equine Gonadotropins

Dr. Jan Roser

Dr. Janet F. Roser received her MS degree in Animal Science in 1978 and her PhD degree in Physiology in 1982 while in the Department of Animal Science at UC Davis under the auspices of Dr. J. Warren Evans. She then went on to do a two year post-doctoral fellowship at the Hormone Research Laboratory at the University of California San Francisco Medical Center under the auspices of Dr. Harold Papkoff. Upon completion of the post-doc, Dr. Roser worked in the biotech industry for 2 years after which she returned to the Davis campus as a faculty member in Animal Science studying reproductive endocrinology mainly in the stallion and mare for the next 29 years. She retired in 2015 as professor emeritus.

Dr. Roser’s research program addressed the endocrine events in the mare, stallion, boar, elephant and other exotics that operate to initiate, sustain and regulate target organs. Her approach was to investigate the role and mechanism of action of reproductive hormones on inducing a cellular response at the level of the pituitary, gonads and embryo. In addition was the exploration of the paracrine/autocrine system that modulates cellular responses. Her premise was the following: By understanding the control of normal reproductive events, it will then be possible to elucidate the basis of endocrine dysfunction associated with reproductive failure.

While studying hormonal regulation in the stallion, Dr. Roser identified several factors that act locally on the function of Leydig and Sertoli cells in the testes as well as principal cells in the epididymis. From her studies, she developed a theory that the decline in testicular function in idiopathic subfertility is initially due to dysfunctional Sertoli cells after which other testicular cells are effected. This theory still holds true today. Later, Dr. Roser turned her focus on ovarian function in the mare. With colleague Dr. Irv Boime, University of Washington Medical School, St Louis, she determined the efficacy of recombinant equine follicle stimulating hormone (reFSH) and recombinant equine luteinizing hormone (reLH) on superovulation in the mare. A “use” patent was awarded to Dr. Roser and 3 other colleagues. The company, Fertilplus Partners, LLC, was developed by Dr. Roser and two other partners, Drs. Pablo Ross and Ed Squires, to market the recombinants. Dr. Roser has published 122 scientific journal articles and 12 book chapters during her career. She was a PI or CO-PI on 35 grants amounting to over 2.2 million dollars.

Dr. Roser taught Horse Husbandry, Horse Production and Management and Equine Reproduction in the Department of Animal Science throughout her career at Davis. She developed the Stud and Foal Management Internships at the Animal Science Horse Barn which have become very popular with the students. Dr. Roser also developed three distance learning courses with Cal Poly and Fresno State. During her career, the equine science program has flourished with 8 equine courses taught through Animal Science on the Davis campus. For the last 25 years, Dr. Roser has given equine science lectures on two University Extension Horse Packing trips in the Sierras in the summer: Mustang-A Living Legacy and Mountain Horsemanship-Veterinary Care and Horse Packing in the Wilderness. Dr. Roser is an equestrian, riding her Quarter Horse mare, Sheka, on a daily basis.

Dr. Barbara Murphy – “Chronobiology and the horse: Internal timing in an elite athlete”

Chronobiology and the horse: Internal timing in an elite athlete

Dr. Barbara Murphy

Dr. Barbara Anne Murphy is Head of Equine Science and Programme Coordinator of the BAgrSc Animal Science – Equine degree within the School of Agriculture and Food Science at University College Dublin. Having worked for leading equine breeding operations in the US and Ireland, she combines expertise gained from both her academic equine science background and equine industry experiences to oversee a relevant and highly competitive degree programme. Following a BSc in Equine Science from the University of Limerick, she spent a year working within the Thoroughbred industry before pursuing a PhD in Veterinary Science at the Gluck Equine Research Center, University of Kentucky. Her widely read PhD Dissertation entitled “Investigations of circadian regulation and immune-circadian interaction in the horse” shone light for the first time on a new area of equine science research – chronobiology. Her current scientific research relates to studying how environmental cues, primarily photoperiod, regulate biological rhythms in animals. Specifically, her studies investigate how circadian and circannual rhythms are involved in important reproductive phenomena and how disruption of these rhythms impacts growth, health and performance in the equine and bovine species.

Dr. Hilary Clayton - "Ground Reaction Forces: the Sine Qua Non of Terrestrial Locomotion"

Ground Reaction Forces: the Sine Qua Non of Terrestrial Locomotion

Dr. Hilary Clayton

Dr. Hilary M. Clayton is a veterinarian, researcher and horsewoman. For over 40 years she has performed innovative research in the areas of locomotor biomechanics, lameness, rehabilitation, conditioning programs for equine athletes, and the interaction between rider, tack and horse. She has published 7 books and over 200 scientific articles on these topics. Dr. Clayton is a charter diplomate and past president of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation. She is an Honorary Fellow of the International Society for Equitation Science and has been inducted into the International Equine Veterinarians Hall of Fame, the Midwest Dressage Association Hall of Fame and the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame. She is a lifelong rider and has competed in many equestrian sports, most recently focusing on dressage in which she competes through the Grand Prix level.

2019 ESS Symposium Program

Monday, June 3rd

  • Conference Registration – Opens at 2:00 pm
  • ESS Board of Directors Meeting – 2:00 pm
  • Opening Reception – 5:00 pm
  • Welcome and Invited Speaker (Nutrition) – 7:00 pm
    • Dr. Anthony Blikslager – “Colic Prevention to Avoid Colic Surgery: A Surgeon's Perspective”

Tuesday, June 4th

  • Conference Registration – Opens at 7:00 am
  • Student Competition Presentations 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Invited Speaker (Reproduction)
    • Dr. Jan Roser – “Enhancing Fertility in Mares: Recombinant Equine Gonadotropins” – 12:30 pm
  • Poster Session #1 – Exercise, Nutrition, and Teaching & Extension – 1:30 pm
  • Student Competition Presentations 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm
  • Graduate Student Professional Development Session – 6:00 pm
  • Student Mixer – 7:00 pm

Wednesday, June 5th

  • Conference Registration – Opens at 7:00 am
  • 5k Fun Run/Walk – 6:00 am
  • Workshop Session #1 – “The fate of wild and/or unwanted horses and burros; how do we make a difference” – Dr. Tom Lenz – 8:00 am
  • Concurrent Workshop Sessions – 10:00 am
    • "Future Application of Models to Predict Nutrient Requirements: Outlook on Equids"
    • "Are you ready to publish? - Understanding the publishing process"
    • "Development and Incorporation of Equine Hospice, Euthanasia and Grief Recognition/Support into the undergraduate curriculum"
    • "Hands On Podcasting for Equine Teaching and Extension"
  • North Carolina Industry Tour – Busses load at 12:00 pm
  • North Carolina BBQ & Local Fares at Legends Grille – 5:30 pm

Thursday, June 6th

  • ARPAS Exam – 6:00 am
  • Conference Registration – Opens at 7:00 am
  • Invited Speaker (Biosciences)
    • Dr. Barbara Murphy – “Chronobiology and the horse: Internal timing in an elite athlete” – 8:00 am
  • Poster Session #2 – Biosciences, Genetics, Production & Management, and Reproductive Physiology – 9:00 am
  • Oral Presentations – Nutrition, Teaching & Extension, Exercise, Genetics and Reproductive Physiology - 10:30 – 12:00 pm
  • Invited Speaker (Exercise)
    • Dr. Hilary Clayton - "Ground Reaction Forces: the Sine Qua Non of Terrestrial Locomotion" – 12:45 pm
  • Oral Presentations – Nutrition, Biosciences, Exercise, and Production & Management - 2:15 pm – 4:30 pm
  • General Business Meeting – 5:00 pm
  • Pre-Banquet Cocktails – 6:30 pm
  • Awards Banquet – 7:00 pm