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2012 Heumphreus Lecture Addresses Foot Shape, Shoeing of Lame Horses

December 7, 2011

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Veterinarian and equine lameness expert Sue Dyson of England’s Animal Health Trust is a featured speaker at the 2012 Heumphreus Lecture.

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Certified Journeyman Farrier Chris Gregory will demonstrate shoeing strategies for lame horses at the School of Veterinary Medicine on January 28, 2012.

December 7, 2011

Renowned equine veterinarian Sue Dyson and noted farrierChris Gregory are the special guests for the 26th Annual Charles Heumphreus Memorial Lecture Saturday, January 28, 2012. Faculty cordially invite veterinarians, farriers and other interested members of the public to attend the event, which takes place from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. in 170 Schalm Hall on the UC Davis campus.

Equine lameness expert Sue Dyson, MA, VetMB, PhD, DEO, FRCVS, co-author of the award-winning book, Diagnosis and Management of Lameness in the Horse, will present two talks: "Is There a Relationship between Foot Shape and Lameness?" and "How to Recognize Low Grade Lameness." The lectures will take place from 9:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

Farrier and author Chris Gregory, CJF, FWCF, will demonstrate "Basic Shoeing and Forging Options for Lame Horses" from 1:30 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. These demonstrations are limited to 40 participants.

About Doctor Sue Dyson  

Sue Dyson is Head of Clinical Orthopaedics in the Centre for Equine Studies of the Animal Health Trust in Newmarket, England. She runs a clinical referral service for lameness and poor performance, attracting clients from all over the United Kingdom, Ireland and continental Europe. Dyson qualified from the University of Cambridge in 1980 and following award of a Thouron Scholarship to the University of Pennsylvania, she completed an Internship in Large Animal Medicine and Surgery at New Bolton Centre. She then spent a year in private equine practice in Pennsylvania. Dyson was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) for a thesis entitled "The Differential Diagnosis of Shoulder Lameness in the Horse" and earned the RCVS Diploma in Equine Orthopaedics by examination. She was awarded a PhD by the University of Helsinki.

Dyson is frequently sought after to lecture internationally, and she has published widely on equine orthopaedics and diagnostic imaging. In addition to her book, she has published more than 190 refereed papers in scientific journals relating to lameness and diagnostic imaging in the horse. She is co-author of standard veterinary texts on lameness, radiology, scintigraphy and MRI, and is internationally recognized as a leader in her field.

Dyson is a past president of the British Equine Veterinary Association. She has competed in eventing and showjumping at a high level and has produced three horses that have competed successfully at European and World Championships and Olympic Games. 

About Chris Gregory

Chris Gregory, CJF, FWCF, is the co-owner of the Heartland Horseshoeing School in Lamar, Missouri and author of the book, Gregory's Textbook of Farriery.
professional horseshoer since 1987, Gregory is one of the most trusted names in farriery and hoof-care education. Through his commitment to improve equine footcare, more than1,000 students have graduated from his horseshoeing programs. A sought-after educator, clinician and lecturer, Chris has appeared at farrier and equine footcare events across the United States and around the globe. Gregory holds several academic degrees in addition to his farrier credentials, including a master’s degree in human resource development.

An American Farrier’s Association Certified Journeyman Farrier, Gregory has received the organization's Jim Linzy Outstanding Clinician Award twice and the Outstanding Farrier Educator Award three times. He is also a fellow in a distinguished guild known as the Worshipful Company of Farriers.  

Who is Charles Heumphreus?

The Charles Heumphreus Memorial Lecture, the first endowed lecture series established in the School of Veterinary Medicine, honors the memory of Charles Heumphreus, the school’s farrier from 1967 to 1985. The presentations address foot disorders and related lameness issues in the horse. Each year, the lecture is arranged by clinicians of the William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. Faculty member Sarah Puchalski, Department of Surgical and Radiological Sciences, is the chair of the 2012 event.

Thanks to the generous support of individuals and organizations over the years, admission to the Charles Heumphreus Memorial lectures remains free of charge. However, to help sustain the level of excellence for which the Heumphreus Lecture has been known for more than 20 years, we ask that participants consider making a contribution of $50 or more. Your gift will help us continue to present the exceptional speakers and programs that benefit all of us in the equine industry

Please make check payable to: UC Regents for the Charles Heumphreus Memorial Lecture Fund. You can bring your contribution to the lecture or mail it to: School of Veterinary Medicine, Office of the Dean - Development, University of California, One Shields Avenue, Davis, CA 95616.

Veterinarians may earn up to three hours of continuing education credit by arrangement.

For more information about continuing education credit, contact:
Saundra Wais, Continuing Professional Education Coordinator, (530)752-3905,