Large Animal Candidate Boot Camp

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Audience Audience: ACVIM Candidates Date Date: October 17-20, 2019
Category Category: LAIM Start Time Start Time: Thursday, 8:00 am
Type: Lecture and Wet Lab End Time End Time: Sunday, 1:00 pm
CE Hours CE Hours: 24.5 Venue Venue: Michigan State University Veterinary Medical Center
Capacity Capacity 20 Location Location: East Lansing, MI             


This 3.5 day interactive course consists of a series of small group discussions and hands-on labs with a focus on muscular, neurologic, gastrointestinal, and urinary systems in horses. This course is designed and prioritized for first and second year LAIM (equine emphasis) candidates and, if space may be available, for third year candidates and Diplomates who may wish to advance their knowledge and skills. Attendees are encouraged to bring a challenging case they have worked on for evening presentation and discussion with candidates and the course instructors. Another important goal of the course is to allow ACVIM-LA candidates, as future LAIM Diplomates and colleagues, to get to know each other as well as the group of LAIM Diplomates serving as course instructors.

Upon completion of the course, you will be able to:
Develop an appropriate list of differential diagnoses for disorders of the gastrointestinal, hepatic, urinary, muscular, and neurologic systems of horses.
Determine a logical diagnostic approach to disorders of these systems.
Institute appropriate therapeutic plans for horses with disorders of these systems.
Have the confidence to pursue further experience with the diagnostic procedures that were practiced and/or observed.

Agenda – please click here.

Your registration fee includes:
Course materials
Daily breakfast, lunch, refreshment breaks
Two dinners
Four nights of lodging
Transportation between the host hotel and Michigan State University

Attendees are responsible for their own airfare, airport ground transportation, and 2 dinners. 

Travel Awards – the Specialty of Large Animal Internal Medicine will provide a limited amount of travel awards to help provide financial support for LAIM residents to attend the course. Please click here for more information on the application process and qualifications. 

* Please note that you must have a completed and confirmed registration to attend the course in order to apply for a travel grant.* 

RACE Application Status:
This program has been approved for 24.5 hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize RACE approval.

Harold Schott, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (LAIM)Professor, Large Animal Clinical Sciences
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI

Dr. Harold Schott received his DVM degree in 1984 from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine.  He started his career with three years in private equine practice in Southern California. He subsequently pursued advanced training by completing a residency in equine internal medicine and a PhD in equine exercise physiology at Washington State University. Dr. Schott became an ACVIM LAIM Diplomate in 1992. 

Since 1995, Dr. Schott has been an equine medicine clinician at Michigan State University with a strong clinical interest in urinary tract disorders and endocrinological disorders. He continues to pursue a research interest of fluid and electrolyte balance in endurance horses. 


Michelle Barton, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (LAIM)
Director of Clinical Academic Affairs, College of Veterinary Medicine 
University of Georgia
Athens,  GA

Dr. Michelle Henry Barton is a 1985 graduate from the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois.  She completed a Large Animal Internship at North Carolina State University and then a four year combined Large Animal Internal Medicine Residency and PhD in Physiology at the University of Georgia.  

Dr. Barton has remained at UGA and is the Fuller E. Callaway Endowed Chair and a Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor. She has served the ACVIM as the Specialty President for Large Animal Internal Medicine and as their Ombudsman. 


Melissa Esser, DVM, MS, DACVIM (LAIM)
Assistant Professor, Large Animal Clinical Sciences
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI

Dr. Melissa Esser received her doctorate from Oregon State University and subsequently completed a private practice internship at Littleton Equine Medical Center in Colorado and an internal medicine fellowship Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in Lexington Kentucky. She returned to Oregon State University to complete an internal medicine residency and became board certified in 2015.  


Carrie Finno, DVM, BSc,  PhD, DACVIM (LAIM)
Associate Professor in Veterinary Genetics
Director of the Center for Equine Health
University of California, Davis, CA

Dr. Carrie Finno is an equine internist that received her DVM from the University of Minnesota in 2004. She completed a 3-year residency in Large Animal Internal Medicine at the University of California, Davis (UCD), culminating in board-certification in the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. Dr. Finno elected to pursue a career in translational genetic research, with a strong focus on inherited neuromuscular diseases, and obtained her PhD in 2012 from UCD. 

Dr. Finno’s research studies the interaction of vitamin E and neural development in a naturally-occuring disease in the horse and using a well-established mouse model.  


Richard Hepburn, BVSc, MS (Hons), CertEM (IntMed), DACVIM (LAIM), MRCVS
RCVS Recognised Specialist in Equine Internal Medicine
B&W Equine Hospital
United Kingdom

Dr. Dicky Hepburn graduated from Liverpool University in 1997, and then worked in equine hospitals in the UK and New Zealand for 4 years, before completing a 3 year equine medicine residency and MS in the USA. Since 2004 he has worked at the B&W Equine Hospital, a 40 vet equine practice in SW England. 

Dr. Hepburn is a member of the ECEIM EGUS consensus committee, a contributing author to the textbooks of Equine Neurology and of Equine Back and Neck Pathology. He is a FEI treating vet at Badminton Horse Trials, Royal Windsor Horse Show and at the London International Horse Show, Olympia.


Sarah Reuss, VMD, DACVIM (LAIM)
Equine Professional Services Veterinarian
Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health, Media, PA

Dr. Sarah Reuss received her VMD from the University of Pennsylvania. After an internship at Equine Medical Center of Ocala, she next completed a Large Animal Internal Medicine residency at Texas A&M University. Dr. Reuss then practiced general and specialty medicine in Spokane, Washington. In 2010, she joined the faculty at the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Reuss transitioned to industry in 2016, first with Merial who was then acquired by Boehringer Ingelheim. 
Dr. Reuss’ professional interests include gastrointestinal disease, neurology, endocrine disease, and infectious diseases of the horse and foal.  

Stephanie Valberg,  DVM, PhD
Professor, Mary Anne McPhail Dressage Chair in Equine Sports Medicine
Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

Dr. Stephanie Valberg received her DVM from the Ontario Veterinary College and completed a Ph.D. in equine exercise physiology at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. She is a Board certified internal medicine and sports medicine. Her research and clinical practice centers on neuromuscular diseases in horses with a special focus on genetic diseases of skeletal muscle and their nutritional management. 

Dr. Valberg was inducted into the Equine Research Hall of Fame in 2012. She has received several awards including the 2012 Milne lecture at AAEP, the 2001 and 2010 Pfizer Award for Research Excellence, the Distinguished Women Scholar Award in 2008 and Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association outstanding faculty award 2013. 

Your registration fee covers four nights of lodging (Wednesday, October 16 – Sunday, October 20) and transportation between the host hotel and Michigan State University. Hotel information and further details will be provided in your confirmation email that will be sent upon successful completion of course registration.

Please note that no registration discount will be offered should you choose not to stay at the host hotel arranged for this course. 


A special thank to our Major Contributing Sponsor