Tel: (585) 889-1170

Short Courses

These classes are great opportunities for you to gain in-depth knowledge on a specific topic and meet other horse people from the area. The fee for each course is $8. Light refreshments will be served. The courses are interactive and hands-on, making class size limited, so be sure to call us early at (585) 889-1170 to reserve space for your family and friends.

After School Youth Short Course

“My Horse Needs the Doctor!  Learning the Parts of a Veterinary Physical Exam”


Tuesday November 2, 2019 4:30-6:00 PM


For: Youth 8-14 years old


Presented by: Lauren DeGennaro, DVM


The horse is an amazing animal, but when it gets sick, how do veterinarians know how to make it better? This course will teach the basics of how veterinarians examine a horse, from its heart to its hoof. Along the way we will learn about some anatomy of the horse. We will also learn about some of the common tools vets use to help us complete our examination of the horse. At the end, there will even be a short trivia game where you can test your new-found knowledge! So bring your curiosity and prepare to have fun learning how veterinarians examine the horse!


This course is most appropriate for youth 8-14 yrs old. Class size is limited. Parents are welcome to watch from the sidelines. 


Wild, Wondrous, Worrisome?  What Every Horse Owner Should Know About Wound Healing


Tuesday March 19, 2019 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM


Presented by: Mandi Beckmann, DVM


If you own a horse for long enough, odds are that at some point you will be faced with the task of helping a wound heal. Big or small, all shapes and locations – there’s lots to know and consider when it comes to healing and recovery.
Dr. Mandi Beckmann will talk about common types of wounds, how we treat them, what to watch for as they heal, and cutting edge therapies for wound care and healing.


Tough Times, Hard Decisions: Topics We Would Rather Not Discuss!


Monday, February 11, 2019 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM


Presented by: Amy Leibeck, DVM 


Owning a horse is a big responsibility when things are going well, but when the unexpected happens, the full impact of that responsibility is really felt. Being prepared for those unpredictable situations can help you to make practical and responsible decisions when emotionally charged events happen.
Dr. Amy Leibeck will discuss decision making around high cost on-farm and referral hospital services. How will you decide if a life saving procedure will be reasonable for your equine partner? How will your horse be transported if need be?
During the evening, end of life decisions will be discussed. Quality of life for our equine friends is not always easy to assess, but owner, caretaker and veterinarian together can consult to help make the best choice for the horse at these times.
The euthanasia procedure and carcass disposal will be covered. We are in a new age of disposal since the rendering services we have used in the past are no longer accepting horses. Hydrocremation, cremation, burial and composting will be on the docket in this informative evening of topics we would rather not discuss!

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