Farm Talk

March 2, 2010

K-State to host well-being symposium

The International Equine Well-Being Symposium, hosted by Kansas State University's College of Veterinary Medicine, will be March 10-12 at Forum Hall in the K-State Student Union.

The symposium offers topics of interest to horse owners, managers and equine enthusiasts. Topics include boarding, nutrition, equine health, human equine management, matching horses according to different needs and more.

"The Humane Equine Management group at Kansas State University is striving to provide educational resources and be a source of information for horse owners and managers," said Chris Blevins, assistant professor of equine field service at the K-State Veterinary Teaching Hospital. "This is why we have put together the International Equine Well-Being Symposium. It is a great way to inform people about equine welfare with the use of some of the best speakers from around the country in their respective fields."

The symposium will introduce the Humane Equine Management program, an international education/certification system started at K-State's College of Veterinary Medicine for equine owners and managers. Each person can become certified in equine welfare by reading the humane equine management best practice manual and watching educational modules related to the manual. Facilities/farms also can receive a Certificate of Equine Premises once inspected and passed by a trained veterinarian. All aspects of the certificate will be accessed and run by www.animalcaretraining. com

For more information on the symposium and to register, visit or call the K-State Division of Continuing Education conference registration office at 785-532-5569 or 1-800-432-8222.