Disease Du Jour: Equine Nutrition 101

We celebrate our 50th regular episode of the Disease Du Jour podcast with nutritionist Clair Thunes, PhD, talking to equine veterinarians about equine nutrition basics.
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As a veterinarian, you should expect to get nutrition questions from your clients.

As a veterinarian, you should expect to get nutrition questions from your clients.

Episode 50 of Disease Du Jour features Clair Thunes, PhD, an equine nutritionist who owns Summit Equine Nutrition based in Gilbert, Arizona. Thunes works as a consultant with veterinarians, horse owners and trainers globally to take the guesswork out of feeding horses, and she provides services to select companies. As a nutritionist, she works with all equids, from WEG competitors to miniature donkeys and everything in between. Born in England, she earned her undergraduate degree at Edinburgh University in Scotland, and her master’s and doctorate in nutrition at the University of California, Davis.

[Read the episode transcript here.]

We know that often equine veterinarians get the majority of their nutrition training as undergrads. We also know as in human medicine, veterinarians are learning today that nutrition is a key to equine health, wellness and even recovery.

In this episode, Thunes will give veterinarians a refresher on equine nutrition as it pertains to situations that veterinarians face on a day-to-day basis. We understand that each of these topics could probably be a podcast unto itself, but we’ll hit the high points in this episode.

EquiManagement’s Disease Du Jour podcast is focused on equine research and current best practices. Disease Du Jour is brought to you in 2021 by Merck Animal Health.

In the scenario we set for Thunes, we said, "You’re getting ready to get in your truck after giving shots and leave, and the client asks: "what do you think of the horse's condition?"

Topics include:

  • How does the horse look—BCS
  • Weight
  • What are you feeding?
  • Forage/amount
  • Look at concentrate/nutrients
  • Salt source

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EquiManagement’s Disease Du Jour podcast is focused on equine research and current best practices. Disease Du Jour is brought to you in 2020 by Merck Animal Health.

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