Monday, December 18, 2017

UC Davis 2018 Heumphreus Memorial Lecture Will Focus on Laminitis with Bicking and Frank

Afternoon lectures will demonstrate hoof mapping and composite materials. (UC Davis image)

The 32nd Annual Charles Heumphreus Memorial Lecture will take place February 3, 2018 at the University of California at Davis School of Veterinary Medicine (SVM) in Davis, California. This year’s event features farrier Daisy Bicking (Daisy Haven Farm), and Professor Nicholas Frank (Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University). This year’s program will focus on laminitis and endocrine disorders.

Farriers and equine veterinarians are invited to attend the event, which takes place from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Morning lectures will be in Schalm Hall on the SVM campus, and the afternoon shoeing demonstration will be in the Large Animal Clinic’s covered arena. Registration and a complete schedule for the event can be found on the UC Davis website.

Over the years, the Heumphreus Lecture has served as an opportunity for farriers and veterinarians to share insights and collaborate on industry best practices. A veritable “who’s who” of farriers and veterinarians have served as past guest lecturers.

Charles Heumphreus was the farrier at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine from 1967 to 1985. The memorial lecture in his honor was the first endowed lecture in the university's history.

The annual lecture—the first endowed lecture series established at the SVM—honors the memory of Charles Heumphreus, the school’s farrier from 1967 to 1985. The program was initiated to foster the veterinarian-farrier relationship in order to develop a better understanding of equine foot disorders. 

Faculty member Dr. Mary Beth Whitcomb is the chair of the 2018 event, assisted by UC Davis farrier Shane Westman, along with Drs. Eric Davis, Larry Galuppo and Claudia Sonder.

The morning lecture session will include Daisy Bicking presenting “Hoof Mapping - Relating External Landmarks to Internal Anatomy in the Laminitic Foot” and “Rehabilitating the Chronically Laminitic Foot Using Composite Materials”. 

Dr. Frank's lecture, “The Role of Endocrine Disorders in Laminitis”, will present background information for farriers and veterinarians to better understand the association between laminitis and pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction (PPID) and equine metabolic syndrome (EMS).

The afternoon hands-on session will include a demonstration by Daisy Bicking on evaluating the laminitic foot, including hoof mapping and trimming, followed by selection and application of composite materials. She will then be joined by UC Davis farrier Shane Westman for a hands-on opportunity for farriers and veterinarians to apply the techniques described during the demonstration using models and/or equine limbs. The afternoon session has a limited capacity (40), so early registration is strongly encouraged.

Following the Heumphreus Lecture, Dr. Frank will present “Navigating the Minefield of PPID and EMS Diagnostic Testing” and “Management of the Challenging Endocrine Case,” which will require separate registration through the equine Winter Conference.

Daisy Bicking
Daisy Bicking, APF-I, CFGP, CE/CI, is the founder of Daisy Haven Farm: School of Integrative Hoofcare in Parkesburg, Pennsylvania. She has presented at Cornell University, International Hoof-Care Summit, Laminitis Conference and International Lameness Prevention Conference. Ms. Bicking is a member of the Equine Advisory Board for Post University.

Professor Nick Frank
Equine specialist Nicholas Frank, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, is a professor of large animal internal medicine, the chair of the Clinical Sciences Department, and associate dean of Academic Affairs at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University in North Grafton, Massachusetts. He is considered one of the world’s leading authorities in equine endocrine disorders.

Thanks to the generous support of individuals and organizations over the years, admission to the Charles Heumphreus Memorial Lecture remains free of charge. However, the school asks that participants consider making a contribution of $50 or more. Donations will help continue to bring exceptional speakers to benefit farriers and veterinarians alike.

Donations can be made online or by check. Please make checks payable to: UC Regents for the Charles Heumphreus Memorial Lecture Fund. Donations can be brought to the lecture or mailed to: 

Charles Heumphreus Memorial Lecture Fund
School of Veterinary Medicine,
Office of the Dean - Development
University of California
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616.

Information for this article was provided by UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine Communications & Marketing Office.  Daisy Bicking image courtesy of Daisy Bicking; Professor Frank image courtesy of Richard Booth.

Quick link for online payment: or send email.

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