Advanced Equine Neurology

October 21, 2024 10:00 AM
Lexington, KY


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Spy Coast Farm – Equine Educational Center
3511 Newtown Pike
Lexington, KY 40511
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Embassy Suites by Hilton Lexington/UK Coldstream
1801 Newtown Pike
Lexington, KY 40511

This pet-friendly hotel is on the University of Kentucky Coldstream Research Campus, with access to corporate headquarters including Lexmark and Tempur Sealy. Kentucky Horse Park is a 10-minute drive. We offer free cooked-to-order breakfast and an evening reception. Enjoy their indoor pool and fitness center featuring a Peloton® Bike with toe cages.

How to Make Your Reservation: Individuals are responsible for making their own hotel reservations.  Booking instructions and links will be sent out in your confirmation email after fully registering for the course.

The ACVIM group rate will be available until Friday, September 20, 2024 or until sold out, whichever comes first. Please check your hotel reservation confirmation for reservation change and cancellation policy.

Complimentary transportation will be provided between the Embassy Suites by Hilton Lexington/UK Coldstream and Spy Coast Farm.  Shuttle schedule will be announced prior to the beginning of the course.

 **Please note – if you are not staying at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Lexington/UK Coldstream, then breakfast and transportation will be on your own**                    


Course Leaders

Steve Reed


Steve Reed, DVM, DACVIM (LAIM)

Veterinarian, Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital

Dr. Reed earned his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at The Ohio State University, followed by a residency at Michigan State University. He started his academic teaching career at Washington State University from 1979-1983. Then he returned to The Ohio State University, where he spent 26 years as a professor and mentor in the Equine Medicine department. Dr. Reed is a Diplomate from the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and a noted author and editor of numerous scientific articles and textbooks. He has spoken at many state, national and international meetings. His primary research interests include Equine Neurologic Diseases. He is currently an internal medicine specialist, a shareholder at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital, an Emeritus Professor at The Ohio State University and an adjunct professor at the University of Kentucky. He is currently the Chairman of the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Advisory Committee.

Rebecca Ruby


Rebecca Ruby, BVSc, MS, DACVP, DACVIM (LAIM)
Assistant Professor, University of Kentucky Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory

Dr. Ruby grew up in California and traveled to New Zealand for veterinary school.  She completed an internal medicine fellowship at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute followed by residencies in anatomic pathology at Cornell University and large animal internal medicine at Iowa State University.  Dr. Ruby has been at the UKVDL since 2018 as a diagnostic pathologist. She is the course coordinator for the Lincoln Memorial University CVM 773 pathology rotation.



Monica Aleman

MVZ Cert., PhD, DACVIM (LAIM & Neurology)

Monica Aleman, MVZ Cert., PhD, DACVIM (LAIM & Neurology)
Professor, Co-Director of Neuromuscular Disease Laboratory, UC Davis

Dr. Aleman obtained her veterinary degree at the University UNAM-Mexico. She completed residencies in large animal internal medicine (equine emphasis) and neurology and neurosurgery at UC Davis; and achieved board certification for both specialties by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. Dr. Aleman completed a PhD in comparative pathology in neuromuscular disorders at UC Davis which led to the discovery of a genetic mutation of the ryanodine receptor 1 gene (RyR1) that causes malignant hyperthermia in Quarter Horses. Dr. Aleman is author of over 140 peer reviewed medical publications, over 100 proceedings and abstracts, and over 30 book chapters; and is a regular speaker in national and international continuing education and research meetings. She was recently appointed the Terry Holliday Presidential Endowed Chair in Comparative Neurology by the University of California at Davis, awarded for neurology research and clinical work by UCD at the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP), and awarded an alumni recognition for Excellence in teaching, research, and service by the National Autonomous University of Mexico.


Thomas Divers


Professor of Medicine, Cornell University

Dr. Thomas J. Divers earned his DVM from the University of Georgia and completed an internship in large animal medicine at the University of California at Davis. Dr. Divers returned to the University of Georgia for a residency in large animal internal medicine and ambulatory practice followed by 2 years as an assistant professor in the large animal medicine and ambulatory practice at the College. Dr. Divers then moved to the University of Pennsylvania for 10 years where he was an associate professor of large animal medicine and served as chief of the section of medicine at the New Bolton Center, University of Pennsylvania. Currently Dr. Divers is the Rudolph J. and Katharine L.Steffen Emeritus Professor of Medicine in the Section of Large Animal Medicine at Cornell University. Dr. Divers retired in 2022 but still consults on cases, research projects and provides lectures. He has been the recipient of teaching awards at four universities, has received the Educator of the Year Award from both the AAEP and ACVECC and has received the Cornell University Hospital for Animals Distinguished Service Award for service to referring veterinarians. Dr. Divers was inducted into the University of Kentucky Equine Research Hall of Fame in 2018. He is a diplomat of both the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care.  Dr. Divers served as consulting editor of The Veterinary Clinics - Equine Practice from 2015 until 2022.  Dr. Divers’ recent research focuses have been on newly discovered hepatitis viruses in horses, oxidative stress in racehorses, drug induced renal injury, Lyme disease and leptospirosis. Other research activities have included bacterial and toxic causes of liver failure in horses, diseases of the urinary system, equine neurological diseases and advances in internal medicine and critical care for horses, foals and dairy cattle. 


Carrie Finno


Carrie Finno, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (LAIM)
Associate Professor, University of California - Davis

Dr Carrie Finno is a board-certified equine internist with a PhD in comparative pathology and post-doctorate training in comparative genomics. She has a strong commitment to biomedical research in the field of translational inherited neuromuscular disorders. At this stage of her career, Dr. Finno has published over 95 papers, including publications in Nature Communications and PLoS Genetics. Through support from her NIH-funded K01 grant and several university- and foundation-funded grants, Dr. Finno discovered parallel gene dysregulation pathways involving nuclear receptors in neural tissue from both vitamin E deficient horses and an experimental mouse model of vitamin E deficiency-. She is currently a co-investigator on an R01 award aimed at definitively answering one of the fundamental questions regarding vitamin E biology – are the neurologic consequences with vitamin E deficiency independent of the vitamin’s antioxidant effects? Dr. Finno was recently awarded the 2022 Chancellor’s Fellowship at UC Davis for her research efforts. 



Katherine Garrett


Katherine Garrett, DVM, DACVS
Director of Diagnostic Imaging, Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital

Katie Garrett received a Bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and molecular biology from Dartmouth College and her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine degree from Cornell University.  She completed internships and a surgical residency at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital and is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (Large Animal).  She is currently a shareholder at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital where her practice focuses on diagnostic imaging.  Dr. Garrett has authored numerous scientific articles and book chapters and lectures nationally and internationally.  She is currently the president of the American Association of Equine Practitioners.


Jennifer Janes


Jennifer Janes, DVM, PhD, DACVP
Associate Professor, University of Kentucky

Dr. Janes is an associate professor in veterinary anatomic pathology. After graduating from veterinary school in 2006 from the University of Tennessee, she spent a year in a rotating internship at Wisconsin Equine Clinic and Hospital near Milwaukee prior to coming to the University of Kentucky for a combined residency in veterinary anatomic pathology and Ph.D. program.  Her dissertation research focused on the pathology and genetics of equine Wobbler Syndrome. She joined the faculty at the UKVDL in the Department of Veterinary Science in 2015 as a diagnostic veterinary pathologist. She also teaches fourth-year veterinary students and does collaborative research predominantly focused on equine neurologic disease.


Amy Johnson

DVM, DACVIM (LAIM & Neurology)

Amy Johnson, DVM, DACVIM (LAIM & Neurology)
Assoc Professor of LA Medicine and Neurology, University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Amy Johnson graduated from Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine (DVM 2003) and completed an equine internship at B. W. Furlong and Associates in Oldwick, NJ (2004).  She then completed both a large animal internal medicine residency (Cornell, DACVIM-LAIM 2007) and neurology residency (University of Pennsylvania, DACVIM-Neurology 2011).   Dr. Johnson is currently the Marilyn M. Simpson Professor of Equine Medicine in the Department of Clinical Studies at Penn’s New Bolton Center, and she is Section Chief of Internal Medicine and Ophthalmology.  Her primary research focus is improving antemortem diagnosis of neurologic disease in horses in a quest to keep her patients away from the pathologists.  She has a special interest in diseases that are prevalent in her caseload, including both infectious diseases such as EPM and Lyme neuroborreliosis and non-infectious diseases such as EDM. In her spare time, she actively participates in the driving, coaching, and laundry associated with her three kids’ myriad athletic endeavors.   


Course Information

  • Date: October 21-23, 2024
  • Start Time: 8:00 am ET
  • End Time: 5:00 pm ET
  • Location: Spy Coast Farms, Lexington, Kentucky
  • Audience: ACVIM and ECEIM Diplomates 
  • Specialty: LAIM
  • Type: In-Person Lecture, Wet Lab
  • CE Hours: 23.25
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RACE Application Status

This program will be submitted (but not yet approved) for 23.25 hours of live, seminar/lecture and lab medical continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB RACE-approval.

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