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Source: Zoetis news release

The Zoetis Horse Call Grant review committee is pleased to announce the award of a Horse Call Grant for the study proposal, "Transabdominal Ultrasonography: A Monitoring Tool for Parascaris equorum Burdens in Foals," by Dr. Martin Nielsen and Dr. Jill Stowe.

Dr. Nielsen is an Assistant professor of parasitology at the Maxwell H. Gluck Equine Research Center, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky. His co-investigator is Dr. Jill Stowe, an Associate Professor who is the Dickson Professor of Equine Science and Management in the Department of Agricultural Economics and in the Department of Economics at the University of Kentucky.

"We believe that the most productive way to advance veterinary research will be through an open model of discovery. There is a real economic value imposed on horse owners when their horse becomes sick and a real value when disease is prevented from occurring.

We would like to help establish what the intrinsic value is when this is done and to determine how a practice achieves this," said Dr. Rob Holland, director, Zoetis Outcomes Research. "This collaboration is grounded in Zoetis's mission to continuously improve the health and care of animals worldwide and our commitment to advance veterinary science and education."

The Zoetis Horse Call Grant Award is an annual program which helps fund one or more individuals through a grant for innovative, clinically relevant research proposals that determine the economic impact of equine encephalitic, parasitic, respiratory or other infectious diseases or the impact of preventing these diseases.

Another area this grant supports is determining the economic impact of practice management business practices that emphasize prevention of equine infectious or parasitic diseases or prevention of horse-related injuries to clients, technicians or veterinarians of these practices.

"By focusing on the economic aspect of equine care, we're hoping this call for collaborative research will help set a new standard in equine research," said Sabina Gasper, senior director of Zoetis Outcomes Research. "This is one of many types of partnerships we're exploring at Zoetis, and we hope working with partners we will not only advance science but help to promote excellence in veterinary economic research."

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