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William Gilsenan


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Friday, September 24

  • Equine – Updates on liver disease

  • Equine – Update on muscle disorders

Dr. Bill Gilsenan received his veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 2008. Following an internship at Colorado State University, he completed a residency in large animal internal medicine at the New Bolton Center—University of Pennsylvania. He became board certified in large animal internal medicine in 2012. He held a faculty position at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine until joining the staff at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital as an internal medicine specialist in 2015.

Dr. Gilsenan enjoys all aspects of equine internal medicine but is particularly interested in cardiology, neurology and neonatology.

Cole Sandow


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Friday, September 24

  • What’s new regarding diagnostics & treatments of tendon injuries

  • What’s new regarding diagnostics & treatments of joint disease

Dr. Sandow graduated from LSU School of Veterinary Medicine. Following graduation, he completed a surgery internship at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute before working with a racetrack practice based in New Orleans, LA. Dr. Sandow then returned to Hagyard to complete an Internal Medicine fellowship prior to beginning an equine surgery residency at LSU. During his residency at LSU, he also earned a Master’s degree completing research on laminitis, condylar fracture repair, and intra-articular therapy. He received an Outstanding Surgical Resident award from the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and a resident research award from the Veterinary Orthopedic Society. Dr. Sandow has also delivered several presentations at state and national veterinary meetings. He is board certified in large animal surgery with the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.

Craig Lesser


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Friday, September 24

  • Podiatry – Update on laminitis

Craig Lesser, DVM, CF graduated from Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2015, 5 days after passing his AFA certified farrier exam.  After graduation Dr. Lesser completed an internship at Anoka Equine in Minnesota, before moving to Lexington KY to complete a podiatry fellowship at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital and has continued on as an associate. 

Dr. Lesser’s practice consists of treating diseases of the distal limb with focuses on laminitis, angular deformities in young horses, rehabilitation of sport horses, and infectious processes of the hoof.  

Stephen G. Jackson


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Saturday, September 25

  • Feeding the Young Horse

  • Feeding the Athletic Horse

  • Addressing Health Problems with a Nutrition Component

Born in Lubbock Texas 1953

High School: 1971 Gainesville Florida

Bachelor of Science: 1974 Texas A&M University in Animal Science

Ph.D. 1981: University of Kentucky, Equine Nutrition and Exercise Physiology

1975 – 1978: Extension Horse Specialist, University of Kentucky

1978 – 1990: Associate Professor of Animal Science, University of Kentucky

1990 – 1996: Vice President, Kentucky Equine Research, Versailles Kentucky

1996 – Present: President and owner, Bluegrass Equine Nutrition.

Catharine Nunnery


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Saturday, September 25

  • Equine Peri-Ocular Disease

  • Equine Corneal Disease

  • Equine Uveitis

Dr. Catherine Nunnery is a board-certified veterinary ophthalmologist that is dedicated to equine ocular health and vision. Dr. Nunnery received her Equine Science degree from Centenary College in Hackettstown, NJ.  She managed two show horse farms in New Jersey prior to attending veterinary school. Dr. Nunnery graduated from Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine and then completed a one-year internship at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, KY.  At the University of Florida, she completed a three-year residency in comparative veterinary ophthalmology with a focus on equine ophthalmology. Dr. Nunnery was board-certified in 2010 and started her career in small animal ophthalmology while building her equine ophthalmology practice. In 2014, she was able to transition to full time equine ophthalmology at the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center.  In 2017, Dr. Nunnery moved back to northern Virginia to run her practice, Equine Veterinary Vision, serving the equine communities in the Washington, DC region.  Equine Veterinary Vision one of two private practices in the United States dedicated solely to the equine eye.