Prof Patricia Harris

Prof Patricia Harris

Pat Harris MA PhD DipECVCN VetMB MRCVS. After qualifying from the University of Cambridge Veterinary School in 1983, Pat completed her PhD at the Animal Health Trust in Newmarket into the Equine Rhabdomyolysis Syndrome. She joined the WALTHAM Centre for Pet Nutrition in 1995 and is responsible for the research carried out by the WALTHAM Equine Studies group in collaboration with experts at institutes and universities around the world.

She is also an Adjunct Professor of Equine Studies at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Liverpool, Visiting Professor in the School of Animal Rural and Environmental Sciences Nottingham Trent University, and an Adjunct Professor at University of Queensland Australia. Dr Harris is an European Specialist in Veterinary and Comparative Nutrition, and a RCVS specialist in clinical nutrition (equine), in addition to being a Past President of the British Equine Veterinary Association.

She is a member of the scientific advisory group to the British Equestrian Federation's World Class Performance team and on the Veterinary Advisory Panel of World Horse Welfare. She is also a member of the board of American Academy of Veterinary Nutrition and the secretary/treasurer of the US based equine Science Society as well as the President of the European Society of Veterinary and Comparative Nutrition. She is the author or co-author of over 500 scientific papers, abstracts and book chapters and recently was the co-editor of, and an author in, the 2013 textbook Equine Applied and Clinical Nutrition: Health, Welfare and Nutrition. She was also a co-author of the two nutrition chapters in the revised 2014 Equine sports medicine & Surgery textbook

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Education Session

Update on feeding the senior horse

Some horses remain physically active and healthy well into their twenties and yet others become "geriatric" by mid teens. These individual differences need to be taken into consideration when determining optimal management and feeding practices for the older horse. Older healthy horses do not necessarily require a different diet to their younger colleagues " although issues with mobility, dentition, thermoregulation, insulin resistance and changes in inflammatory status may occur even in the ‘healthy' older animal and need to be taken into account. This talk will discuss the various dietary approaches for the senior horse based on recent scientific findings. NB Veterinary or lay level

Saturday 17 November 11.00am - 11.45am Classroom, Royal Block

science behind managing the obese pony

Whilst an obese horse is not a new phenomenon, the number of obese animals especially within the pleasure/leisure arena appears to be increasing and it is becoming a globally recognised important welfare issue not least because it is associated with an increased risk of laminitis. This talk will provide an overview of some of the international collaborative research that we have carried out into equine obesity including 1) How can we measure, define and monitor equine obesity , 2) Why does it occur and why is it important? and 3) How is it best to manage the obese horse or an animal prone to obesity and how best to manage the obese pony. NB Can be at Veterinary or lay level.

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