CHA In­ter­na­tional Con­fer­ence

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Vet­eri­nar­ian and an­i­mal-wel­fare ad­vo­cate Tom Lenz, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACT, Se­nior Direc­tor of Equine Ve­teri­nary Ser­vices for Zoetis, will give a key­note ad­dress ti­tled “Equine Wel­fare: Lessons Learned” at the Cer­ti­fied Horse­man­ship As­so­ci­a­tion In­ter­na­tional Con­fer­ence, open to all. The con­fer­ence will be held Oc­to­ber 19-23, 2016, in Murfrees­boro, Tenn. Dr. Lenz will speak on Oc­to­ber 20 at 4:00 p.m.

“The pre­sen­ta­tion will fo­cus on lessons we learned in deal­ing with equine-wel­fare is­sues and the un­wanted-horse sit­u­a­tion,” said Dr. Lenz, past pres­i­dent of the Amer­i­can As­so­ci­a­tion of Equine Prac­ti­tion­ers, a past chair of the Un­wanted Horse Coali­tion, and the cur­rent chair of the Amer­i­can Horse Coun­cil’s Wel­fare Com­mit­tee.

“In the past, wel­fare is­sues were dis­cussed and re­solved within the horse com­mu­nity, but this was the first na­tional is­sue where non-horse own­ers and an­i­mal ac­tivists, as well as state and lo­cal of­fi­cials, were in­volved in the de­bate and res­o­lu­tions dis­cus­sion. The re­sult was a change on how we com­mu­ni­cate and ad­dress equine wel­fare is­sues.”

The con­fer­ence will also in­clude ses­sions from rid­ing in­struc­tors, top vet­eri­nar­i­ans, horse train­ers, far­ri­ers, equine be­hav­ior­ists, and other equine pro­fes­sion­als. Mounted work­shops will give par­tic­i­pants the chance to learn from the back of a horse while the au­di­ence learns from the live demon­stra­tion.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the CHA In­ter­na­tional Con­fer­ence or to reg­is­ter, visit http:// CHAIn­struc­­fer­ence. Tom Lenz


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