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KENA: How is Kentucky preparing for the shortage of large animal vets? – Horse racing news


The impending crisis in large animal veterinary care has been recognized for years, but it is only recently that the ramifications of this deficit have become known. While horse owners in central Kentucky may feel immune to the effects of a vet shortage, much of the Commonwealth — and the United States — is not immune to the situation.

Although many facets are aggravating the rapid decline in the practice of large animal veterinarians, efforts are being made to try to entice veterinarians into or remain in large animal medicine. To learn more about some of these initiatives, the upcoming Kentucky Horse Council (KHC) Kentucky Equine Networking Association (KENA) Dinner will host a panel of experts on Tuesday, November 15 from 5-8 p.m. at the Visitor Center. visitors to the Kentucky Horse Park. in Lexington.

Although most horse owners know what they can do personally to alleviate some of these pressures experienced by veterinarians, including lack of work-life balance, increasing debt loads and lack of adequate compensation, stress and increased custody requirements, what is being done to address this problem on a larger scale? The Kentucky Department of Agriculture and the state’s veterinary community have come up with several ways to encourage veterinarians to stay focused on large animals.

KENA participants will learn about some of these ideas and have the opportunity to ask questions of those leading the charge. Speakers include Dr. Katie Flynn, Kentucky State Veterinarian, and Debra Hamelback, Executive Director of the Kentucky Veterinary Medical Association (KVMA). Questions from the public are welcome.

Over dinner, Kentucky Horse Park Executive Director Lee Carter will brief attendees on updates planned for the park in 2023 and beyond. A brief annual meeting for Kentucky Horse Council members will be held before panelists speak at the Ovation Theater in the Visitor Center. The Kentucky Horse Park Gift Shop will remain open so attendees can get a head start on holiday shopping before the meal is served. Kentucky Horse Council members receive 20% off all purchases at the KHP Gift Shop. Become a member here.

KENA is part of the Kentucky Horse Council’s mission to use education and leadership to protect Kentucky horses and support Kentucky horsemen and riders. KENA meetings are held quarterly and bring together equine professionals and horse enthusiasts of all breeds and disciplines. Participants share ideas, business strategies, and get up-to-date information on horse and farm management, as well as issues affecting the equine industry.

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Tuesday, November 15 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Kentucky Horse Park

Networking and shopping at the KY Horse Park Gift Shop: 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Dinner: 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

KHC Annual Meeting: 6:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.

Presentation and discussion: 6:45 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Location: Kentucky Horse Park Visitor Center

4089 Iron Works Pike

Lexington, Kentucky 40511


KENA provides an educational and social venue for horse professionals and horse enthusiasts of all breeds and disciplines. Hosted by the Kentucky Horse Council, KENA provides attendees with the opportunity to share ideas, business strategies, and knowledge; and for up-to-date information on horse and farm management, as well as issues affecting the equine industry. This program is kindly sponsored by Equine Land Conservation Resource, Excel Equine, Lexington Equine Medical Group, Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital, Mend.Horse, University of Louisville Equine Industry Program and USA Equestrian Trust.

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For more details and reservations, click here. Tickets are $30.