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Colic: Diagnosis, Treatment and Prevention


Colic, a symptom feared by horse owners, can seemingly appear without warning. There are many situations that can preclude a horse to colic, ranging from parasite infestation, dehydration to grain overload. Colic symptoms can appear mild to traumatic, but the actual severity and appropriate treatment options may be hard to determine until the veterinarian examines the horse. Dr. Elizabeth Carr will give a basic review of colic, discussing when the horse owner should worry, treatment options your veterinarian can use, and management practices to prevent certain kinds of colic.

Presenter Information

Dr. Elizabeth (Betsy) Carr earned her bachelor’s degree from Cornell University in 1982 and her DVM from Tufts University in 1989. After switching coasts she completed an internship at Washington State University and a residency in equine internal medicine at University of California, Davis. She remained at Davis until 1999, completing a PhD in molecular oncology and working as an internist in the equine medicine department.

Dr. Carr joined the equine medicine department at Michigan State University in 1999. She earned further specialty certification in 2006 when she was certified as a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care.

Dr. Carr has strong clinical interests in critical care and neonatal medicine. Her research interest includes critical care medicine, specifically in the area of improving care. She also has research interest in the pathogenesis and treatment of equine sarcoid and in equine herpes virus latency.

Dr. Carr grew up in a small town in New York. Her fascination with horses led her to pursue a career in equine medicine. As a latecomer into the world of owning and riding horses Dr. Carr rides dressage and would ride all day if she could. She loves the work involved in schooling and training and moving up the levels.

Watch the recorded webcast below!

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