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UC Davis Heumphreus Lecture Taking Place Feb. 16

The 33rd Charles Heumphreus Memorial Lecture will take place Feb. 16 at the University of California, Davis (UC Davis) School of Veterinary Medicine (SVM).

This year’s event features farrier Tim Shannon, CJF, APF, AWCF, and veterinarian G. Marvin Beeman, DVM. Farriers and equine veterinarians are invited to attend the event, which takes place from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Morning lectures will be in Gladys Valley Hall on the SVM campus, and the afternoon demonstration will be in the Large Animal Clinic’s covered arena. Registration and a complete event schedule are available on the UC Davis website.

The Charles Heumphreus Memorial Lecture is an annual event that has been offered free to farriers and equine veterinarians since 1987 and is the SVM’s first endowed lecture. The endowment was founded by Tim O’Brien, DVM, PhD, UC Davis emeritus faculty radiologist, to honor Heumphreus’ 18 years as the UC Davis veterinary hospital farrier.

This year’s program is a joint effort of the Center for Continuing Professional Education and the Heumphreus Organizing Committee, which includes UC Davis resident farrier Shane Westman, APF, and clinicians Emily Berryhill, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM; Larry Galuppo, DVM, Dipl. ACVS; and chair Mary Beth Whitcomb DVM, MBA, ECDVI.

The 2019 Heumphreus Lecture will explore the core concepts of anatomy, form, and function from the perspectives of the farrier and veterinarian. The morning lecture session will feature Shannon presenting “Anatomy Decoded” and Beeman sharing his ever-popular lecture on “The Relationship of Form to Function.”

The afternoon hands-on session will include a demonstration by Shannon—joined by Westman and Whitcomb—that will lead attendees through a distal (lower) limb dissection to provide a hands-on opportunity for farriers and veterinarians to explore the anatomy of the equine distal limb using prosections and cadaver specimens. The afternoon session has a limited capacity (50), so early registration is strongly encouraged.

Shannon is a full-time farrier from Southern California, in practice since 1987. His practice consists mostly of Fédération Equestre Internationale-level eventing and endurance horses. His clients have competed across the U.S., Europe, and the Middle East. Shannon is an AFA-approved tester, clinician, and speaker and has written for the American Farriers Journal. He has competed in farrier competitions across the country and was the “World’s Fastest Mule Shoer” in 2008. He is committed to continual farrier education for all. Shannon is currently working on a graduate diploma on equine locomotor research through the Royal Veterinary College, in London, U.K.

Beeman received his veterinary degree from Colorado State University (CSU) in 1957 and spent his entire career at Littleton Equine Medical Center with a focus on equine lameness. He has served in countless roles at the state and national level, including president of both the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) and the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association, as well as various leadership roles with the American Horse Council, American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA), USDA Equine Advisory Committee, Morris Animal Foundation, and CSU. Among his many accolades, he received the Colorado Veterinarian of the Year Award; delivered the AAEP Keynote Address in 2014; and has been inducted into the AQHA, International Stockman’s, and American Farriers Halls of Fame. Beeman is an avid horseman, playing polo and serving as huntsman for the Arapahoe Hunt Club for 33 years.

Thanks to the generous support of individuals and organizations over the years, admission to the Charles Heumphreus Memorial Lecture remains free of charge. However, to help sustain the level of excellence for which “The Heumphreus” has been known for more than 30 years, the school asks that participants consider making a contribution of $50 or more. Donations will help continue to bring exceptional speakers to benefit farriers and veterinarians alike.

Donations can be made online or by check. Please make checks payable to: UC Regents for the Charles Heumphreus Memorial Lecture Fund. Donations can be brought to the lecture or mailed to: School of Veterinary Medicine – Office of Advancement, University of California, One Shields Avenue, Davis, CA 95616.

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