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Expert Industry Guests announced for FREE Online Gut Health Course Exclusive to Racing!March 2019

Story by: Jackie Bellamy-Zions

Given the demanding life of the equine athlete, a high number of racehorses are at risk of digestive tract health concerns such as ulcers and colic. In a new online short course by Equine Guelph on, March 11 – 29, you can learn from experts how to reduce the chance of digestive tract issues in your barn, and improve your horse’s performance on the track. High energy concentrates and the need for high energy diets to sustain performance and body condition can contribute to digestive health issues.

Don Kapper, Professional Animal Scientist Highly experienced equine nutritionist Don Kapper (Professional Animal Scientist) will be sharing his wealth of knowledge on feeding for optimal digestive health and performance. Kapper is the author of the chapter on “Applied Nutrition” for the authoritative veterinary textbook: “Equine Internal Medicine”, 2nd edition and was a member of the “Performance Electrolyte Research” team at the University of Guelph.

Dr. Melissa McKee, founding partner of McKee-Pownall Equine ServicesDr. Melissa McKee of McKee-Pownall Equine Services, discovered a love of the Standardbred athlete while attending veterinary school. After working as a veterinarian in New Jersey and Alberta, Dr. McKee returned to Ontario in 2002 and now focuses on helping race and performance horses reach their potential. She understands well the stress associated with being a high-level athlete, including race day, transport, and limited turn-out. McKee looks forward to the discussion forums offered in this unique online course.

Dr. Kyle Goldie of McKee-Pownall Equine ServicesDr. Kyle Goldie practices in all areas of equine veterinary medicine, and has a keen interest in quarter horse racing. He looks forward to being a part of this important course that will help horse owners detect early signs and symptoms of ulcers and colic, help assess management plans, and develop preventative strategies.

Dr. Jessica Peatling of Toronto Equine HospitalDr. Jessica Peatling of Toronto Equine Hospital brings a wealth of knowledge from working with thoroughbreds at Woodbine Racetrack. A member of the Disease Surveillance Team of the Ontario Animal Health Network (OAHN) and past executive board member of the Ontario Association of Equine Practitioners (OAEP) Peatling says one of her most fulfilling accomplishments has been mentoring students.

FREE courses available to trainers, assistant trainers, grooms, jockeys, drivers and other current AGCO licence holders on a first come, first served basis with coupon code. Limited space is available.

Join the winning herd improving performance through digestive health. Never taken an online course before? No worries! This course takes a common sense and practical approach to training – no prior online learning experience required. Time online is flexible and at your convenience, working around your schedule. AGCO licence holders can find coupon codes and sign up for Gut Health & Colic Prevention, exclusive to racing industry members.

Equine Guelph thanks the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) for providing education, training and awareness project funding in support of AGCO licensees.

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Don Kapper, Professional Animal Scientist
Dr. Melissa McKee, founding partner of McKee-Pownall Equine Services
Dr. Kyle Goldie of McKee-Pownall Equine Services
Dr. Jessica Peatling of Toronto Equine Hospital