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Experts Featured In Respiratory Course

Published: February 10, 2021 11:29 am ET

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Equine Guelph has announced that Dr. Melissa McKee and Dr. Patricia Hogan will be the industry experts featured in the upcoming Racehorse Respiratory Health online course offered for free to Standardbred Canada members from March 22 – April 22.

Dr. McKee will act as Course Instructor for the online course designed exclusively for the horse racing industry. McKee grew up in the local horse industry. As well as coaching, training horses, and competing in many disciplines, she worked in a saddlery and apprenticed with a local farrier. She competed to advanced level in three-day eventing throughout the United States prior to attending veterinary school.

After graduating, she worked in New Jersey at a large equine referral hospital that provided surgical care, lameness, medicine, emergency, and ambulatory practice, followed by a year in equine practice in Alberta before returning to Ontario as a founding partner of McKee-Pownall Equine Services. Dr. McKee’s professional interests include lameness, diagnostic imaging, MRI, VSMT, and racehorse/sports medicine practice.

Dr. Hogan will serve as Guest Expert for the course. She has turned a lifetime love for horses into a successful career as an equine surgeon attending to some of the most valuable Standardbred and Thoroughbred racehorses in the country. Dr. Hogan is originally from New Jersey and obtained her veterinary education at the University of Pennsylvania, graduating in 1992.

After an internship at the Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital and a three-year surgical residency at Texas A&M University, Dr Hogan returned home to New Jersey to practice. The majority of her patients are referred for fracture repair, arthroscopy, or upper airway surgery with the bulk of her caseload consisting of Thoroughbred and Standardbred racehorses.

Standardbred Canada is the sponsor of the Racehorse Respiratory Health online course from Equine Guelph. Forty-five registrations have been received to date and free enrollment (valued at $95) is available to the first 150 registrants who hold a valid Standardbred Canada membership.

“I want to thank Equine Guelph for allowing me the opportunity to learn about Racehorse Respiratory Health. The opportunity to work on the program on my schedule was great,” says Carlo Tucci, a student from a previous online offering. “The more we learn about our equine athletes the better stewards we will be to these magnificent animals.”

Register today at for the course along with other short courses available to SC members at a special 15% discounted rate. No prior online learning experience is required and the schedule is flexible.

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