Veterinary Webinars to Address Obese, Laminitic and Aging Horse
CE is available to U.S. professionals through three virtual webinars that are part of the MARS Equestrian Equine Veterinary Continuing Education Series.

CE is available to U.S. professionals through three virtual webinars that are part of the MARS Equestrian Equine Veterinary Continuing Education Series. iStock/DjellcS

The Spillers Brand is proud to partner with MARS Equestrian Sponsorship integrating Mars, Incorporated’s equine-focused brands and services, to offer a series of free continuing professional development webinars on how to support laminitic, obese and senior horses.

The three virtual webinars, to be held on October 30, November 6 and November 13, 2021, have been designed for all veterinary professionals as part of the MARS Equestrian Equine Veterinary Continuing Education Series. Each session will focus on a different topic, presented by nutrition and veterinary specialists in research, diagnostics and product development. They will take place on Saturday, October 30, at 10-12 am EDT; Saturday, November 6, at 10 -12 am EDT; and Saturday November 13, at 10-12 am EST.

Subjects will include Obesity, Laminitis and the Senior Horse covering relevant research and providing up to date nutritional advice, as well as current guidance on diagnostics.

Pat Harris, MA, PhD, VetMB, DipECVCN, MRCVS & RCVS, Specialist in Clinical Nutrition (equine), and Director of Science for the SPILLERS brand, will deliver research updates to expand understanding of equine aging, laminitis and obesity.

Amy Polkes DVM, DACVIM, Equine Diagnostic Specialist at Antech Diagnostics, will present the latest information on diagnostic and wellness testing recommendations for laminitic, obese and senior horses, together with information on how to talk to owners about the changing medical needs of these special cases.

Nettie Liburt, PhD, PAS, Senior Equine Nutrition Manager at Mars Horsecare US, Inc., working on the BUCKEYE™ Nutrition brand, will present on nutritional management of senior, obese and laminitic horses.

The series integrates Mars, Incorporated’s equine-focused products and services which include WALTHAM Science, ANTECH, SOUND, BUCKEYE Nutrition and SPILLERS Brands. U.S. delegates will earn CE points.

For more information and registration, please visit

To complement the webinars in terms of practical support for owners of overweight horses and ponies the SPILLERS™ Brand has recently introduced the SPILLERS Slimmers’ Club to provide friendly advice and encouragement to help them keep their horse or pony at a healthy weight.


The SPILLERS Brand is a proud partner in care and strives to lead, support and communicate research to continually expand knowledge and improve horse health worldwide. Having produced the first ever compound feed for horses back in 1958, the SPILLERS Brand now has feeds to suit all types of horses and ponies, including fibers, balancers, Laminitis Trust approved products and a superior range of thoroughbred breeding and racing feeds.

All SPILLERS products are underpinned by science from the Waltham Petcare Science Institute, a world-leading authority on pet nutrition and home to the WALTHAM™ Equine Studies Group, led by Professor Pat Harris, MA, PhD, VetMB, DipECVCN, MRCVS.

About the Waltham Petcare Science Institute

The Waltham Petcare Science Institute is Mars Petcare’s pet research center. Our work focuses on the nutritional and behavioral needs of pets, as well as preventive health. We use this knowledge to support development of innovative products and services, advancing science to deliver our Purpose: A BETTER WORLD FOR PETS. The WALTHAM Equine Studies Group, which is headed by Professor Pat Harris, MA, PhD, VetMB, DipECVCN, MRCVS, is dedicated to advancing the science of horse nutrition and provides the scientific support for MARS Horsecare globally including the BUCKEYE Nutrition, SPILLERS, and WINERGY brands. By collaborating with key research institutes and universities around the world its work remains at the forefront of equine nutritional science.

The SPILLERS Brand is part of Mars, Incorporated, who put quality at the heart of everything.

About Mars, Incorporated

For more than a century, Mars, Incorporated has been driven by the belief that the world we want tomorrow starts with how we do business today. This idea is at the center of who we have always been as a global, family-owned business. Today, Mars is transforming, innovating and evolving in ways that affirm our commitment to making a positive impact on the world around us.

Across our diverse and expanding portfolio of confectionery, food, and petcare products and services, we employ 133,000 dedicated Associates who are all moving in the same direction: forward. With $40 billion in annual sales, we produce some of the world’s best-loved brands including DOVE, EXTRA, M&M’s, MILKY WAY, SNICKERS, TWIX, ORBIT, PEDIGREE, ROYAL CANIN, SKITTLES, BEN’S ORIGINAL, WHISKAS, COCOAVIA, and 5™; and take care of half of the world’s pets through our pet health services AniCura, Banfield Pet Hospitals, BluePearl Emergency & Specialty Hospitals, Linnaeus, and VCA.

We know we can only be truly successful if our partners and the communities in which we operate prosper as well. The Mars Five Principles—Quality, Responsibility, Mutuality, Efficiency and Freedom—inspire our Associates to take action every day to help create a world tomorrow in which the planet, its people and pets can thrive.

For more information about Mars, please visit Join us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube.

About MARS Equestrian

MARS Equestrian Sponsorship, funded by Mars, Incorporated, is the link between our iconic brands and the equestrian community. For generations, Mars has celebrated a rich equestrian heritage, and through purposeful partnerships, MARS Equestrian Sponsorship is committed to the sport and building an enduring legacy. From world-class competitions across all equestrian disciplines, to stewarding the power of horses on society and sustainability, the MARS Equestrian Brand is dedicated to our purpose to improve the lives of horses, pets, and the people who love them. For more information please visit and join us @marsequestrian.


For more than 30 years, Antech Diagnostics has been a leader in providing high-quality diagnostic laboratory and imaging solutions with over 70 labs throughout North America. Building upon extensive scientific inquiry and data analysis, ANTECH Equine has developed new platforms to address the health conditions of veterinary patients through risk assessment and diagnostics. ANTECH Equine Health Program is designed to promote preventative health care by enabling veterinarians to incorporate wellness programs into their practice at an affordable price. Antech is constantly working to improve the level of equine health care and has partnered with Sound Equine to expand their diagnostic capabilities through imaging. Sound Equine, the pioneer of veterinary DR and the creator of the NEXT Equine DR system, is the exclusive provider of GE Ultrasound and Samsung mobile CT systems for the US veterinary market. Additionally, Sound Equine developed and innovated Regenerative Laser Therapy, which has helped countless horses get back to work and into the winner’s circle. Above all, ANTECH and Sound® Equine values partnership, both in our long-standing relationships with industry-leading vendors and our continued dedication to the largest veterinary customer-base in the market. Visit us at Follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

About the BUCKEYE Nutrition Brand

The BUCKEYE Nutrition brand combines science, innovation and a genuine passion for horses to produce the highest-quality, safest feed possible. Every product is formulated by equine nutritionists and produced in a state-of-the-art, medication-free facility. The BUCKEYE Nutrition brand takes feed safety seriously, using only 100 percent pure ingredients delivered daily and traced from field to feed bucket. In business since 1910, Mars Horsecare US is passionate about unlocking the full potential of horses, allowing them to live longer, healthier and happier lives. Visit

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