Equine welfare training short course set for Sidney
April 1, 2015
An Equine Welfare Training short course is planned for Sidney in May, hosted by the Nebraska Horse Council and Nebraska Extension.
The course will take place May 14 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Cheyenne County Fairgrounds. To register, go to the website http://www.horse.unl.edu. The cost is $50 per person.
This short course is designed to prepare law enforcement personnel for conducting investigations concerning neglected and abused horses and laws pertaining to livestock abuse and neglect. The focus will be on the management and treatment of debilitated horses and recognition of grossly inadequate feeding programs, health practices, facilities, and management techniques. The class is for both novices and seasoned professionals.
Lectures and hands-on training will cover these topics:
-Nebraska Law and the Equine Investigation: Criminal procedures, advanced investigative techniques, case studies documentation, search warrants, mandatory reporting, and more.
-Veterinarians' role in equine cruelty and neglect: Euthanasia and disposal, assessing hydration, TPR, basic health check, teeth age check and more.
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-Documenting the condition of horses using the HorseBCS app.
-Standards of care: Basics of housing, shelter, feed, water.
-Is the available feed acceptable or not? Assessing feed, pastures, space needs.
Presenters include Kristie Biodrowski, Nebraska Humane Society; Kathy Anderson, Nebraska Extension Extension Horse Specialist; Jay Ferris, Nebraska Farm Bureau; Gary Stauffer, Extension Educator; Monte Stauffer, Extension Educator; Doug Anderson, Extension Educator; and Dr. Steve White, DVM.