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2006 Hambletonian Festival of Racing Includes Cutting-Edge Veterinary Education

New York, NY (August 7, 2006) -- Equine veterinarians from around the country gathered during this first week of August at the Meadowlands Racetrack to participate in a wide range of educational seminars during the 2006 Hambletonian Festival of Racing, sponsored, in part, by Pfizer Animal Health. This was the Seventh Annual Continuing Education Seminar for Equine Veterinarians, and it was also the first time the Meadowlands Racetrack had offered veterinarians an opportunity for hands-on learning through a special “wet lab” program, held yesterday, August 3.

Wet labs allow veterinarians to do more than just hear about the latest advances in veterinary medicine; they offer the chance to practice these techniques with other professionals in a collaborative environment. One of the featured labs in this year’s program was designed to help equine veterinarians more effectively administer intra-articular injections to horses – an important pain management and joint healing tool for the performance horse.

This wet lab was conducted by G. Kent Carter, DVM, MS, DACVIM, Professor of Large Animal Internal Medicine at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M University in College Station, TX. Dr. Carter also serves as Large Animal Medicine Department Chief and has published and lectured both in the U.S. and abroad.

“As long-time sponsors of the Hambletonian Festival of Racing and the Continuing Education Seminar, we are extremely proud to have been part of the inaugural year of the Veterinary Wet Labs program,” said Kathy Miranowic, Equine Product Manager at Pfizer Animal Health. “Joint injections are an important therapeutic tool for veterinarians who work with high performance horses in a variety of sports. Dr. Carter’s wet lab on the subject -- as well as the four other wet labs taking place during the day -- will help further veterinary education on this key topic.”

When it comes to joint injections, Pfizer Animal Health offers a leading product to help heal horses’ joints. Hylartin(R) V (sodium hyaluronate) Injection lubricates joint tissues, reduces friction and improves joint action. The product goes straight to the problem area and replenishes natural hyaluronate for long-term recovery. As with all intra-articular injections, occasional mild side effects may include heat, transient edema and pain around the injection site. For more safety information, please go to http://www.equineresources.com/pdf/HylartinVinformation.pdf for full prescribing information.

For more information on Pfizer Animal Health’s complete line of equine health care products, visit http://www.pfizer.com/equine. Pfizer Inc discovers, develops, manufactures and markets leading prescription medicines, for humans and animals, and many of the world’s best known consumer products.


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