The Equine Medical Center serves as an educational resource for veterinarians and veterinary technicians. Our continuing education programs help veterinary professionals stay apprised of leading-edge research and advancements in clinical care.

The Equine Medical Center has planned a series of three virtual continuing education events for veterinary technicians.

To be held from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on consecutive Thursdays from Oct. 1 to Oct. 15, each session will offer participants two hours of continuing education credit.

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Thursday, Oct. 1, 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.

"Blood Work Interpretation"
Elizabeth MacDonald, BMVS, MS
Clinical Instructor in Equine Medicine
Blood work can offer invaluable insights into the health and function of a horse's body systems. This overview of routine laboratory diagnostics will touch on preferred sample-collection sites, as well as blood components and their associated diseases.

"Fluid Therapy"
Emily Schaefer, VMD, Diplomate ACVIM (LAIM)
Clinical Assistant Professor of Equine Medicine
This session will review fluid therapy from a technician's perspective, including why we select the fluids we do, why and when we choose additives, and basic monitoring of the patient on intravenous fluid therapy.

Thursday, Oct. 8, 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Elizabeth MacDonald, BMVS, MS
Clinical Instructor in Equine Medicine
This session will present an overview of the anatomy of the equine eye, the equipment used for examination, and the diagnosis and treatment of common ocular conditions.

"Pain Management"
Maureen Kelleher, DVM, CVA, Diplomate ACVS
Clinical Assistant Professor of Sports Medicine and Surgery
Knowing how pain occurs and how to treat it is as important for the technician as it is for the veterinarian. This session will review the infammatory pathway and the medications available to treat pain.

Thursday, Oct. 15, 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.

"Respiratory Workup"
Megan Marchitello, DVM
Resident in Equine Medicine
This session will review an equine lower airway evaluation from start to finish, including how to decide which diagnostics to perform, examples of normal and abnormal diagnostic imaging, and the commonly identified airway diseases.

"Physical Therapy for Horses"
Maureen Kelleher, DVM, CVA, Diplomate ACVS
Clinical Assistant Professor of Sports Medicine and Surgery
This session will review physical, exercise, and manual therapies for the horse that can be implemented as part of recovery from an injury or to prevent injury from occurring.

Held at the Equine Medical Center in January each year, our continuing education event for veterinarians features faculty experts from the center, the VA-MD College of Veterinary Medicine, and other equine professionals who share information on the latest diagnostic and therapeutic techniques. Exact date and more details will be posted when available.

EMC will host a continuing education day for veterinarians on Friday, January 31, offering attendees up to six hours of continuing education credit.

Doors open at 8 a.m., and the first presentation will begin promptly at 9 a.m. A nominal charge of $50.00 is required to register.

Attendees are welcome to attend part or all of the day's presentations. A continental breakfast, lunch, and beverages will be provided. If you have any questions, please email


  • Nathaniel A. White II, DVM, MS, DACVS - Intestinal Injury During Colic
  • James Brown, BVSc, MS, DACT, DACVS - Use of N-butyl Cyanoacrylate for Skin Closure Following Equine Colic Surgery: Retrospective Comparison of Incision Complications with Stainless Steel Staples 
    Progressive Ethmoid Hematoma Involving the Sphenopalatine Sinus; Use of Standing Cone Beam CT for Surgical Planning and Monitoring Recurrence
  • Krista Estell, DVM, DACVIM - Traumatic CNS Injuries Build on Reperfusion
  • Renata Ramos, DVM, MS - Equine Ophthalmic Emergencies
  • Sophie H. Bogers, BVSc, MVSc, PhD, DACVS-LA - Diagnosis and management of septic osteoarthritis
  • Stephanie Hernandez, VMD - Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome in Neonates:
    Pathophysiology and Treatment

Full 2020 Annual CE Conference schedule

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Information about seminars for horse owners will be posted here when available.

More information about Farrier Continuing Education opportunities will be posted here when available.


To learn more about our continuing education programs, contact Sharon Peart at 703-771-6842 or