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GVEC’s Annual Winter Horse Health Seminar



2019 marked the 30th anniversary of our Winter Seminar. This educational event has become a tradition for horse lovers in the Genesee Valley region. It is presented free of charge courtesy of GVEC and our local and national sponsors.



Saturday February 2, 2019, 8:00 am to 12 noon

Wheatland Chili High School

940 North Road

Scottsville, NY 14546


This year our program included two main presentations.


Updates on Equine Conditions and Diseases:  What Horse Owners Need To Know To Keep Their Horse Healthy


Linda Mittel, MSPH, DVM, Senior Extension Associate at the NY State Veterinary Diagnostic Lab at Cornell, provided information on current and new diseases in horses based on reports from the Animal Health Diagnostic Center.   Strangles, equine corona virus, parasites, herpes, Lyme disease, ticks, and Cushing’s disease are a few of these diseases. Dr. Mittel discussed signs to look for in your “sick” horse. She also explained your veterinarian’s lab tests and suggest ways to prevent the introduction and spread of diseases at your farm.

 Dr. Mittel earned her MSPH in Parasitology and Lab Practices at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public Health and her DVM from Auburn University. She practiced equine medicine in Texas, Arkansas, Kentucky, Florida, Connecticut and New York, later taking on management and ownership roles in equine practice serving New York and Connecticut. She joined the Animal Health Diagnostic Center at Cornell University in 2009.  A typical day finds her conducting phone consultations with practicing veterinarians, researching rare and unusual cases, assisting in laboratory testing needs, and providing critical result interpretation and disease management. She enjoys learning about new and emerging equine diseases, and conducts research on infectious diseases, tick borne diseases, and parasites in horses.


Pesky Persistent Pastern Pustules and Hives that Just Won’t Quit!


Are you ready to listen to someone who gets to see skin problems all day long?  Julia Miller, DVM joined us from the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine to talk about bumps, pus, scabs, itching and allergies.  Dr. Miller has grown up hearing about dermatology issues at the dinner table.  Her father is Dr. William Miller who has starred on our stage in the past.  This Dr. Miller is a 2012 Cornell graduate who went on to do a rotating large animal internship at the University of Georgia involving internal medicine, surgery and emergency care of horses and farm animals.  She worked her way up the eastern seaboard working in clinics in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia before returning home and narrowing down her focus to dermatology.  We are sure that she has seen plenty of skin disease in those southern states as well as during her recent training.  She chose to spend her time at the podium going into some depth on two common and persistent problems: pastern dermatitis (scratches) and hives.


Our trade show exhibitors displayed all sorts of booths with great products, information about horse clubs, and educational opportunities. We also raffled off many wonderful door prizes.

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