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EMS (IR) and PPID: Diagnosis and Management (Part 1)

Part 1 – Metabolic Disorders in Horses

This webinar fulfills the metabolic studies requirement for PHCP students.

Join Dr. Gustafson, PhD, to learn about the differences between equine metabolic syndrome (EMS), also called insulin resistance, and pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction (PPID). What causes these metabolic disorders? Why is there so much diagnostic confusion between them? At the end of this lecture the attendee will understand how to distinguish between EMS and PPID, what does and does not cause laminitis in horses with metabolic disorders, and how management and treatment play a role in laminitis prevention.

Kathleen Gustafson, PhD is a research scientist in the field of nutrition and neuroscience. She became involved with the Equine Cushing’s and Insulin Resistance (ECIR) Group when her Missouri Fox Trotter, Joe, developed insulin resistance and laminitis. Following the management protocols of the ECIR group, Joe made a full recovery and was restored to good health and complete soundness. Impressed by the ECIR group’s focus on evidence-based science, she first volunteered as a responder on the ECIR Outreach Group and now serves as a director and research advisor for the nonprofit. She has over 70 peer-reviewed publications, national and international patents, and served as both principle and co-investigator on clinical trials sponsored by the National Institutes of Health. She has co-authored papers with Dr. Eleanor Kellon on topics related to metabolic disorders in horses.

Dr. Gustafson began studying equine nutrition in 2005 and is the owner of Great Plains Forage Balance. She maintains a forage database and consults with owners, farriers, and veterinarians so they may formulate a comprehensive and practical feeding plan based on nutrient requirements.