The 2023 Equine Wellness Forum at Purdue

The purpose of the Equine Wellness Forum is to educate horse owners and equine industry professionals about current horse health issues, ranging from basic preventive health care and husbandry topics to state-of-the-art medical advancements.

We will be in-person this year and will not be offering a virtual option.

February 11, 2023 from 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Presenters will include Purdue faculty and staff as well as invited speakers. Come and share your passion for horses with Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine! Up to 4 CE credits will be available. Tours of the new Equine Hospital will be available after the sessions conclude at 5:00 p.m.

The Vet Shoppe will be open from 11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. during the forum, and will be accepting pre-orders for pick up at the event. The deadline for pre-orders is February 3, 2023.



Hilton Garden Inn
356 East State St
West Lafayette, IN 47906
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Agenda for the 2023 Equine Wellness Forum

Check In

8:00 A.M. - 8:30 A.M.



Dr. J. Catharine Scott-Moncrieff

8:30 A.M. - 9:00 A.M.


What I Do, What I Can Do, and What You All Can Do Too

Dr. Justin Hayna

9:00 A.M. - 10:00 A.M.

This session will discuss mare reproductive physiology and how it is used to achieve pregnancy. There will be a discussion on embryo transfer and egg harvesting. The final aspect of the talk will focus on predicting birth in horses and what owners can do at home.


Recognizing Cruelty and Neglect in Horses

Dr. Janice Kritchevsky

10:10 A.M. - 11:00 A.M.

This session will discuss equine welfare in all of its aspects. Specific topics will include basic needs of every horse, how to score body condition, and how to assess hoof and hair quality. We will then discuss what constitutes neglect and cruelty as applied to large animal species, particularly horses, as well as what steps a person can take if they encounter a horse that is suffering from poor care. Finally, we will discuss rehabilitation and how to avoid refeeding syndrome. 


Dietary Management of Equine Nutritionally Related Disorders

Dr. Erin Wilson

11:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.

This session will provide an overview of the dietary management of equine nutritionally-related disorders, including Equine Metabolic Syndrome (EMS; also known as Insulin Dysregulation), Pituitary Pars Intermedia Dysfunction (PPID, also known as Cushing's Disease), laminitis, colic, chronic kidney disease, and liver insufficiency.


Demo (Equine Treadmill, Fracture Splinting/Bandaging)/Lunch

12:00 P.M. - 1:30 P.M.

This brief demonstration is a "how-to" for equine bandaging, with tips ,tricks and modifications for different situations. Bandage materials, types, and benefits will be covered along with recommendations for emergency scenarios. Splint types, indications, and construction will be discussed and finally splint application will be demonstrated along with what NOT to do in order to avoid complications.



Dr. Emily Hess & Dr. CARLA OLAVE

1:30 P.M. - 2:00 P.M.


When Your Horse is a Fool: Vision or Behavior

Dr. Wendy Townsend

2:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M.

When horses spook or shy or otherwise act like fools, we often wonder why. We will discuss how horses see the world. We will also discuss several different eye problems that can cause poor or uncharacteristic behavior. We will discuss how we make the diagnosis of the various eye problems and the different options for treatment.


Serious as a Joint Infection: Why Septic Arthritis is so Challenging

Dr. Michelle Tucker

3:15 P.M. - 4:15 P.M.

This session will discuss the "what, how, and why" of equine joint infections. It will discuss the function and anatomy of joints, how infection happens, how to treat it and the prognosis after.


Current Equine Research at Purdue Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Sandy Taylor

4:15 P.M. - 4:45 P.M.

This session will discuss highlights of current research in the equine field here at Purdue Veterinary Medicine.


Equine Hospital Tours

5:00 P.M.
Join us for an optional tour of the new David and Bonnie Brunner Equine Hospital.

Speaker Biographies

Justin Hayna, DVM, DACT

Justin Hayna, DVM, DACT

I attended the University of Illinois and graduated in 1998.  I furthered my education and training at both the University of Minnesota and University of Florida.  These opportunities after veterinary School were dedicated to equine fertility management and assisted reproductive technologies.  I have worked in private practice, industry and governmental positions throughout my career. I started at Purdue University in January 2022 and prior to that owned my own specialty equine reproductive practice near Chicago for about 12 year.  I came to Purdue as I have a passion for teaching and hoped to help create the next generation of equine veterinarians.

I have been married to Holly for over 20 years and we have two, almost, adult sons, Connor and Luke.  Holly is a small animal veterinarian with a penchant for eye and behavior cases.  We love college football, traveling, the mountains and skiing.

Janice Kritchevsky, VMD, MS, DACVIM-LAIM

Janice Kritchevsky, VMD, MS

Janice Kritchevsky is a Professor in the department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences at Purdue University. She graduated from Michigan State University with a B.S. degree, received a V.M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, and a M.S. from Purdue University. Dr. Kritchevsky completed a clinical residency in large animal medicine at Purdue University and is a member of the large animal medicine section. Dr. Kritchevsky attends all large animal species while on the clinic floor. Her research interests include equine endocrine diseases, particularly PPID and thyroid disease.

Away from work she enjoys spending time with her pony, Bingo, attending basketball games, and quilting.

Sandy Taylor, DVM, PhD

Sandy Taylor, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVIM

Dr. Taylor received her DVM from Washington State University in 2001 and completed a residency in Large Animal Internal Medicine at the University of California, Davis in 2006. Dr. Taylor then entered a graduate program at Washington State University and received a PhD in equine immunology in 2010. She began employment at Purdue University in December of 2010 and divides her time between clinical work, teaching, and research in the field of equine sepsis. Outside of work, Dr. Taylor enjoys cycling and spending time with her yellow Labrador Retrievers, Simon and Piper!

Wendy M. Townsend, DVM, MS, DACVO

Wendy M. Townsend, DVM, MS, DACVO

Dr. Wendy Townsend is a professor of ophthalmology at Purdue University. A native of Lexington, Kentucky she grew up raising and training thoroughbreds with her family. She received her DVM from Auburn University in 1995. After 3 years in mixed, private practice in upstate New York, Dr. Townsend completed an internship, then ophthalmology residency, and her Master's Degree at Purdue University. In 2003 she became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists. Dr. Townsend was on faculty at Michigan State University from 2003-2010. While at Michigan State University, she began research on development of an intraocular lens for horses. She has continued that research since returning to Purdue in 2010. Being available to equine practitioners and horse owners to consult on cases is very important to Dr. Townsend as she knows what it is like managing the cases out in the field. In her spare time, Wendy and her horse Tyler pretend that they are learning to do dressage and generally just have fun. Along with the rest of her family they are currently renovation an old farm so lots of has been spent building fence and barns.

Michelle Tucker, DVM, DACVS-LA

Michelle Tucker, DVM, DACVS-LA

Dr. Tucker is an assistant professor of large animal surgery here at Purdue University. She is originally from Lexington, KY and grew up on a small farm. This inspired her career in veterinary medicine and ultimately in equine surgery. Her career path has taken her a lot of different places-Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and even Saskatchewan which has allowed her to treat a wide variety of horses in different disciplines. She completed a PhD studying upper airway surgery in horses and looks to continue expanding our knowledge of these animals.

Erin Wilson, DVM

Erin Wilson, DVM

 Dr. Erin Wilson, DVM is an equine field veterinarian for Cargill Animal Nutrition, representing Nutrena and ProElite feeds and Progressive Nutrition products in the Midwest, as well as a practicing equine veterinarian in central Indiana at McDavitt Veterinary Clinic. She is a graduate of Purdue University, receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science in 2004 and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2008 with highest honors, specializing in equine medicine.  She is a lifetime horse enthusiast with a strong passion for the equine industry, with a commitment to promoting optimal equine health and client education.  Her special practice interests include equine nutrition, performance horse medicine and lameness, and internal medicine.  Dr. Wilson professionally consults on equine nutrition with equine veterinarians, farm managers, trainers, and horse owners and has been a guest speaker at industry events, veterinary conferences, and veterinary schools.  She is an active member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, Indiana Association of Equine Practitioners, and American Veterinary Medical Association, serves on the Board of Directors for the Purdue Veterinary Alumni Association and Indiana Association of Equine Practitioners, and has served as an alumni mentor for students in Purdue College of Veterinary Medicine and School of Agriculture programs.  Dr. Wilson resides in Atlanta, IN with her husband and sons, on a farm where they have acreage in hay production, enjoy western performance Quarter Horses, sports, and spending time as a family doing a variety of outdoor activities.

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