Thursday, February 04, 2021

UC Davis Heumphreus equine foot lecture will be a free online event with focus on farriery, surfaces, foot imaging

Each year, Hoofcare Publishing salutes the University of California at Davis, as the vet school hosts its annual Charles Heumphreus Memorial Lecture, which focuses on the equine foot. The vet school brings leading speakers from around the world to the northern California campus, and opens the door with free admission.

This year, the event will be "virtual" and hosted on the Internet on Saturday, February 6 at 1 pm, PST. Farriers and veterinarians from around the world who have always wanted to attend will finally have their chance--without leaving the comfort of their own homes or offices. The event could be 
attended from trucks and barn aisles or anywhere else there is a good Internet signal.

The event is a tribute to the vet school's longtime resident farrier, the late Charles Heumphreus.

We are pleased to share the information, but insist that anyone interested in attending fill out the online registration immediately, since the event will be held on Saturday, February 5th.

Free registration closes Friday, February 5, 2021 at 1:00 pm (PST).

Participating in this year's Humphreus event will be (left to right) Assistant Professors Mathieu Spriet and Sarah le Jeune, Florida farrier Curtis Burns, UC Davis Professor Susan Stover, and UC Davis resident farrier Shane Westman.


All times are Pacific Standard. 

8:00 – 8:10 AM Welcome and Introductions 

8:10 – 9:00 AM Lecture #1:
(Part 1)The Hoof, Shoe, and Arena Surface 
Susan Stover, professor of veterinary anatomy at the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and director of the J.D. Wheat Veterinary Orthopedic Research Laboratory 

(Part 2) No Footing - No Foot - No Horse
Sarah le Jeune, Associate Professor, Surgical & Radiological Sciences, University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine 

9:10 – 10:00 AM Lecture #2:
Critical Thinking for Hoofcare Professionals 
Curtis Burns, consulting farrier and horseshoe innovator, Polyflex Horses, Royal Palm Beach, Florida

10:00 – 10:20 AM Virtual Break

10:20 AM – 11:10 AM Lecture #3:
A New Look Inside the Hoof – Advances with PET Imaging 
Mathieu Spriet, Associate Professor, Surgical & Radiological Sciences, University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine 

11:20 AM – 12:10 PM Roundtable Discussion 
Farriers Curtis Burns and Shane Westman
Veterinarians  Susan Stover, Sarah le Jeune, Mathieu Spriet

Registration is required.

To register, you must visit this link 

and indicate your desire to receive the Zoom link for the lectures on Saturday.

If you have never attended a Zoom webinar before, visit the Zoom website to set up your account. Zoom will work on a phone, tablet, or computer. The event will be interactive, in places, so microphone access will be needed, if you wish to participate. 

About his lecture, Curtis Burns commented, "I'll be speaking on one of my favorite topics - critical thinking. The mental deduction process we use to determine whether or not a horse requires shoes, and to further decipher what type of shoe best meets the needs of the horse is one well worth discussing. 

"It's my hope to be able to share some of what I've been fortunate enough to learn through a variety of experiences and observation of patterns. A big thank you to UC Davis and
Shane Westman for the invitation!" Burns will also participate in the roundtable, as will UC Davis resident farrier Shane Westman.

The late Charles Heumphreus, longtime resident farrier at the University of California at Davis, is remembered each year with a memorial lecture available free of charge to veterinarians and farriers. (UC Davis photo)

The Charles Heumphreus Memorial Lecture is an annual event that has been offered free to farriers and equine veterinarians since 1987. Colloquially known as “The Heumphreus,” the event is the first endowed lecture at the SVM and has attracted an impressive list of farrier and veterinary speakers over the past 34 years. 

The endowment was founded by Dr. Tim O’Brien, UC Davis emeritus faculty radiologist, to honor Heumphreus’ 18 years of service as the UC Davis veterinary hospital farrier.

Thanks to the generous support of individuals and organizations over the years, admission to the Charles Heumphreus Memorial Lecture remains free of charge.
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