43rd Lake Tahoe Equine Conference
Make plans to attend the 43rd Annual Lake Tahoe Equine Conference for veterinarians January 25-29, 2021.

The next Lake Tahoe Equine Conference for veterinarians is scheduled for January 25-29, 2021. 

This conference will provide in-depth presentations on:

  • Lameness diagnosis
  • Medical advancements, including molecular diagnostics
  • Diagnostic imaging, including ultrasonography
  • Dentistry
  • Practice management

Presentations by eight speakers will provide you with up-to-date practical clinical information. All presenters will provide summary results with an emphasis on application for the equine practitioner.

This course is approved for 20 hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions that recognize AAVSB’s RACE approval.

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The Monday evening social program will provide a valuable informal discussion period with practitioners sharing their experiences. The interval between the morning and evening sessions allow participants the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful Lake Tahoe area. Downhill and cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and hiking are some of the activities available for athletically-inclined individuals. Others may choose to just relax in one of the most beautiful mountainous areas in the world or to enjoy the various Lake Tahoe attractions. Participants are encouraged to bring their families and friends.

CLIMATE & CLOTHING: Alpine weather conditions prevail, resulting in sharp differences between daytime and nighttime temperatures. Casual and informal attire is appropriate for daytime and evening dress.

HOUSING AND TRANSPORTATION: A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hyatt Lake Tahoe. These rooms will be held until January 8, 2021. A reservation form can be found here. Reno International Airport is 38 miles from the Hyatt Lake Tahoe, and ground transportation information can be obtained by calling the Hyatt concierge at 775-832-1234.

For more information contact Sharon Spier, DVM, PhD, 8140 Olive School Lane, Winters, CA 95694; sharonspier1@gmail.com.

The registration fee is $650 prior to December 15, 2020, $750 after December 15. Please email the registration form to sharonspier1@gmail.com if you pay online.

REFUND POLICY: Cancellation prior to January 8, 2021, will result in a full refund minus a $50.00 administrative fee. Cancellation following January 9, 2021, will be handled on an individual basis.

Please make room reservations at the Hyatt to ensure that the organizers are not penalized. We cannot hold this conference if contractual room minimum agreements are not met.


  • Gary Allegretto International Western Music Association Male Performer of the Year 2019
  • Dr. Bo Brock, Brock Veterinary Clinic, Equine Surgery and Lameness, Lamesa, Texas
  • Dr. Tom Divers, Professor, Department of Clinical Sciences, Cornell University
  • Dr. Laurie Goodrich, Professor of Equine Surgery and Lameness, Orthopedic Research Center, Colorado State University
  • Dr. Nicola Pusterla,   Professor, Department of Veterinary Medicine and Epidemiology, University of California, Davis
  • Dr. Susan Stover, Professor, Department of Anatomy, Physiology and Cell Biology, University of California, Davis
  • Dr. Mary Beth Whitcomb, Professor Emeritus, Dept. of Surgical and Radiological Sciences, University of California, Davis
  • Dr. Paula Wittler, Equine Business Manager, DISCCertified Instructor, Zoetis Animal Health
  • Dr. Kelly Zeytoonian, Starwood Equine Veterinary Services and Consulting, Woodside, California


Monday January 25 – Lameness Session I and Practice Management Sponsored by Nucleus Regenerative Therapies with Breakfast by Kentucky Performance Products

7:00 – 7:45 AM Laurie Goodrich: Relationship of sagittal hoof balance and hindlimb lameness

8:00 – 8:45 AM Laurie Goodrich: How to inject the navicular bursa to avoid the deep digital flexor tendon

9:00 – 10:00 AM Laurie Goodrich: Pastern joint lameness and treatment: Injections and arthroscopy

5:30 – 6:30 PM Bo Brock: Grade point average (GPA) of a practice

6:30 – 8:30 PM Social Hour

Tuesday January 26 – Lameness Session II and III Sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim with Breakfast by MAI Animal Health

7:00 – 7:45 AM Laurie Goodrich: Stifle lameness: Correlation of ultrasound, radiographs and arthroscopy

8:00 – 8:30 AM Laurie Goodrich: Stifle disease in Quarter horses: Are they different?

8:45 – 10:00 AM Sue Stover: Biomechanics of long toe/low heel hooves interaction with different surfaces

5:30 – 6:15 PM Mary Beth Whitcomb: US of the suprasesamoidean region in horses with foot lameness 

6:30 – 7:30 PM Bo Brock: Medical and surgical treatments for navicular disease

7:30 PM Dinner for Attendees and Families Sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim

Wednesday January 27 – Wellness and Dentistry Sponsored by Fluxergy and Entegrion with Breakfast by Platinum Performance

7:00 – 7:45 AM Nicola Pusterla: To follow or not to follow common practices in equine dentistry

8:00 – 8:45 AM Nicola Pusterla: Practice your acquisition and interpretation of skull radiographs

9:00 – 10:00 AM Nicola Pusterla: The “bottomless cookie jar” of infectious diseases

6:00 – 8:30 PM Evening Entertainment: Gary Allegretto—Learn to play harmonica instantly workshop. Harmonicas included.

Thursday January 28 – Equine Medicine Sponsored by Bimeda and Cargill with Breakfast by American Regent

7:00 – 7:45 AM Tom Divers: Rational approach to antimicrobial selection in equine practice

8:00 – 8:45 AM Tom Divers: Chronic weight loss: a case-based discussion

9:00 – 10:00 AM Tom Divers: Acute kidney injuries: Causes, treatments and prevention

5:30 – 6:15 PM Mary Beth Whitcomb: Ultrasound update: Urinary stones and “acute” urinary tract disease

6.30 – 7:30 PM Mary Beth Whitcomb: Ultrasound update: Gastrointestinal ultrasound in the nonacute abdomen

Friday January 29 – Communication / Practice management Sponsored by Zoetis / Platinum Performance

7:00 – 8:45 AM Paula Wittler: Improving communication using the DISC method

9:00 – 10:00 AM Kelly Zeytoonian: Avenues for enhancing client interactions

Room Reservations

A block of rooms has been set aside for the 43rd Lake Tahoe Equine Conference at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe at Incline Village, Nevada.

The following information relates to our group:

  • Arrival—January 24, 2020
  • Single or Double—$179.00/night
  • Reservation Cut-off Date —January 8, 2020
  • Check in Time—After 4:00 P.M.
  • Check out Time —11:00 A.M.
  • Reservation Telephone—800-233-1234
  • The Hyatt staff can answer other questions related to hotel lodging when you contact the hotel at 775-832-1234

The recommended way to make reservations is online using the following link: https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/group-booking/TVLLT/G-LKEQ.

More information can be found at LakeTahoeEquineConference.com.

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