Calgary International Equine Symposium

Innovation and Discovery

Our sincere thanks to everyone who took part in the 2021 Calgary International Equine Symposium.  It was a virtual gathering of some of the most innovative equine health scholars and rising stars in horse health research.

The renowned virologist Dr. Klaus Osterrieder, Dean, Jockey Club College of Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences, Hong Kong, gave a fascinating and timely keynote on Equid herpesviruses 1 and 4: Pathogenic mechanisms and species jumps.  And, for the first time, we also offered a free public ‘Ask an Equine Expert’ session for our horse-loving community, featuring Drs. Renaud Leguillette and Ashley Whitehead.

Special thanks to our presenting sponsor, Spruce Meadows, as well as the Hunter Hub for Entrepreneurial Thinking, for their continued support of the symposium.

The following were selected for awards by our judging panel:

  • Amie Kapusniak, University of Adelaide, was awarded the $10,000 research prize for her presentation: Heritability of Sudden Unexplained Death in Thoroughbred Racehorses in Australia.
  • Jennifer MacNicol, University of Guelph, was awarded $1000 for best experimental research poster presentation: Investigation of changes in microbial and metabolic profiles of in vitro equine cecal fermentation methods.
  • Maria Papapetrou, University of Guelph, was awarded $1000 for best clinical research poster presentation:  Molecular detection of equine parvovirus in mares and their foals, and the correlation with serum markers of hepatic disease.

Here’s a link to our event program and proceedings.

Thank you, again. We hope to host the 2022 Calgary International Equine Symposium in person!