Leatherdale Equine Center Hosts Event Showcasing Equine Research
The University of Minnesota’s Leatherdale Equine Center hosted a November 3 event showcasing the center's research. The event for industry professionals and friends of the Equine Center included tours of the equine facility, Piper Equine Hospital, and a poster session featuring more than 30 research projects – with the opportunity to interact with College of Veterinary Medicine faculty, graduate students, and postdoctoral students.
The Equine Center's research faculty spans the College of Veterinary Medicine and the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, with expertise in orthopedics, endocrinology, muscle and neurologic disease, pain management, nutrition and management, pasture and forage utilization, and equine genetics and genomics. Among the research topics presented were:
Pain management in horses
- Biomarkers used to determine severity of osteoarthritis
- Clinical lameness cases using force-plate analysis
Forage and nutrition
- Nutritive value, yield, and preferences
Equine genetics and the genomics laboratory
- Metabolomics used to unravel equine metabolic syndrome pathophysiology and identify new disease biomarkers
- Association between endocrine-disrupting chemicals and equine metabolic syndrome
The staff at the Equine Center are eager to present these kind of outreach events, and this session of equine research will now become an annual event.