Your Horse and Regenerative Medicine

Newsdate: Fri, 13 May 2011 - 06:18 am
Location: LEXINGTON, Kentucky

To increase horse owners’ awareness and understanding of regenerative medicine, the North American Veterinary Regenerative Medicine Association and Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital is hosting “The Horse Owner’s Guide to Regenerative Medicine,” June 4, 2pm-5pm, at the Marriott Griffin Gate Hotel in Lexington, Kentucky.

The educational forum offers practical information about this new area of veterinary medicine and is designed to help the owner sort out what has been achieved with these therapies, what the current research tells us and what still needs to be explored.

Several advanced scientific therapies for previously untreatable joint disease and equine injuries have been introduced into equine veterinary medicine over the last decade. Veterinarians use IRAP, PRP and stem cell therapies to manipulate the body’s biological mechanisms to stimulate healing. There is ongoing research for these therapies and new information is gathered each day. While the promise of cure is very exciting for both veterinary professionals and horse owners, it is important for the owner to understand the science behind each therapy in order to have a reasonable expectation for success.

The program will offer 4 presentations with opportunities for attendees to ask questions after each presentation. The meeting will conclude with an open question and answer forum with the presenters.

The program, moderated by NAVRMA President, Dr. Gregory Ferraro, will be:

  • Stem Cell 101 presented by Dr. John Peroni, University of Georgia
  • Sorting Out IRAP, PRP and Stem Cells presented by Dr. Jamie Textor, University of California-Davis
  • Using Stem Cells for Orthopedic Injuries presented by Dr. Larry Gallupo, University of California-Davis
  • Treating Laminitis with Stem Cell Therapy presented by Dr. Raul Bras and Dr. Vern Dryden, Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital

Attendance is free but a reservation is required. RSVPs are due by May 31, and should be sent to Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital by e-mail at or by phone at (859) 233-0371.

The North American Veterinary Regenerative Medicine Association (NAVRMA) promotes the acquisition and distribution of knowledge regarding the emerging fields of regenerative medicine and stem cell therapy. These areas of medical research and their clinical applications are concerned with the regeneration of damaged tissues and organs and the development of new methods to help the body heal itself.

The mission of NAVRMA is to foster the exchange and distribution of scientific information and its clinical applications between research investigators, veterinary practitioners and animal industry participants regarding new developments in regenerative medicine and stem cell therapy.

Lexington-based Rood & Riddle is a full-service equine hospital established in 1986 as a referral center for horses requiring specialized medical and surgical care. Today, Rood & Riddle is known and respected throughout the world for its innovative and highly skilled treatment of horses.

The hospital facility offers a full range of services including surgery, internal medicine, advanced diagnostic imaging, a focused Podiatry Center, a specialized Reproductive Center and an on-site stem cell laboratory. The practice provides ambulatory services (on-site care) for breeding farms, sport horse facilities, horse shows and events, with a variety of services, including emergency and preventative care, general reproduction, lameness, radiography, podiatry, and internal medicine.


About the Author

Flossie Sellers

As an animal lover since childhood, Flossie was delighted when Mark, the CEO and developer of EquiMed asked her to join his team of contributors.

She enrolled in My Horse University at Michigan State and completed a number of courses in everything related to horse health, nutrition, diseases and conditions, medications, hoof and dental care, barn safety, and first aid.

Staying  up-to-date on the latest developments in horse care and equine health is now a habit, and she enjoys sharing a wealth of information with horse owners everywhere..