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Talking horses

Press release issued: 1 October 2002

Media release
Talking horses

Horse lovers in and around North Somerset are in for a treat with a second series of talks this month by leading experts on key aspects of horse welfare.

The series will open on October 7 with a talk by Dr Frank Taylor on colic. The next event, on October 21, will deal with ophthalmology and will be given by Rob Lowe. Care of the aged horse will be the subject of a talk on November 4 by Rob Pascoe, while on November 18 clinician Geoff Lane will discuss breathing and upper airway problems. Training horses the 21st century way will be the subject of the final talk on December 2 by Dr Jeremy Naylor.

All five events follow on from the success of the "Welfare through Knowledge" talks held last spring. The talks are being organised by the University of Bristol's renowned School of Veterinary Science at Langford. The School incorporates the Bristol Equine Centre, which the University has been developing over the past decade into one of the world's foremost facilities of its kind.

Professor Avril Waterman-Pearson, Head of the Department of Clinical Veterinary Science, said: "The Equine Centre is of national and international importance for its teaching, research and clinical work, but it's also part of the local equine community.

"We're keen to develop our relationship with all those who care for and work with horses. These talks are a great way of opening up the Equine Centre to more people who share our enthusiasm and want to learn more."

Professor Waterman-Pearson added that money raised from the events would be put towards the development of a new equine surgery suite and intensive care unit at Langford. This will complement the diagnostic facilities, equine sports medicine unit and clinical stables that already form parts of the Equine Centre.

All the events will take place at the School of Veterinary Science at Langford, starting at 7pm with welcome drinks. Tickets cost £8 and can be booked in advance by telephoning Bristol 928 9502.

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Copyright: 2002 The University of Bristol, UK
Updated: Tuesday, 01-Oct-2002 13:11:40 BST

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