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NC State CVM Equine Health Symposium

February 24, 2024 • Presented by the NC State SCAAEP

Photo by John Joyner/NC State Veterinary Medicine


If you would like to be added to a waitlist, please email your request to

The NC State Student Chapter of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (SCAAEP) is proud to present the 2024 NC State Equine Health Symposium.

This year’s symposium will feature programming exclusively for horse owners. Topics presented will include vaccinations, joint injections, infectious diseases, endocrine diseases, dentistry, bandaging techniques, and when to call the vet. Attendees ages 16 and up who pay a registration fee will receive emergency kits containing items owners may need in case of emergencies. Additional kits may be purchased at registration if desired.

8:00AM-8:30AMCheck-In & Breakfast
8:30AM-8:40AMWelcome & Introductions
8:40AM-9:10AMVaccinationsDr. Hannah Hinson, Foundation Equine Clinic
9:15AM-9:45AMPPEDr. Sara Tufts, NCSU CVM
10:00AM-10:30AMJoint InjectionsDr. Sara Tufts, NCSU CVM
10:30AM-11:00AMInfectious Diseases/BiosecurityDr. Kim Young, NCSU CVM
11:10AM-11:40AMEndocrine DiseasesDr. Kim Young, NCSU CVM
11:40AM-12:10PMDentistryDr. Elsa Ludwig, NCSU CVM
12:10PM-1:00PMLunch (Sponsored by Zoetis) & Meet Sponsors
1:00PM-1:30PMWhen to Call the Vet - Part OneDr. Elsa Ludwig, NCSU CVM
1:35PM-2:05PMWhen to Call the Vet - Part TwoDr. Elsa Ludwig, NCSU CVM
2:10PM-2:40PMBandaging TechniquesDr. Hannah Hinson, Foundation Equine Clinic
2:40PM-2:50PMClosing Remarks & Lab Instructions
2:50PM-3:00PMSilent Auction Last Call & Emergency Kit Distribution
3:00PM-4:00PMPE Demonstrations
Hannah Hinson, DVM, MS
Foundation Equine Clinic
Hannah Hinson
Dr. Hinson graduated from North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2016. She then completed a field service internship and residency at the Virginia Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine following graduation. She also completed her Master of Biomedical and Veterinary Science during her residency. Dr. Hinson joined Foundation Equine Clinic in 2021 and has a special interest in lameness and podiatry.
Elsa Ludwig, DVM, MS, CVA, PhD, DACVS-LA
NC State College of Veterinary Medicine
Elsa Ludwig
Dr. Elsa Ludwig graduated with a DVM from the University of Wisconsin in 2012, received her certification in veterinary acupuncture from the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine, and completed a residency in Large Animal Surgery at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. During her surgical residency, Dr. Ludwig received a Master of Science degree in Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences, with her research focused on equine septic arthritis. After spending several years in private practice as a board-certified large animal surgeon, she was recruited to NC State College of Veterinary Medicine to pursue her passion to become a clinician-scientist, and Dr. Ludwig received her PhD in Comparative Biomedical Sciences from NCSU in 2024. Dr. Ludwig currently works as an equine soft tissue surgeon and emergency and critical care surgeon. Dr. Ludwig’s special interests include equine gastrointestinal surgery, advanced equine dentistry, and the surgical care of small ruminants and pet pigs. Outside of work, Dr. Ludwig enjoys pottery, drawing, watercolor painting, strength training, and outdoor activities.
Sara Tufts, DVM
NC State College of Veterinary Medicine
Sara Tufts
Dr. Tufts is the first year Equine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation resident here at NC State. She received her veterinary degree from NC State in 2021. She then completed a rotating internship at the Equine Medical Center of Ocala followed by a specialty internship in Equine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation at NC State where she stayed on for a residency training program. Her main interests include advanced imaging diagnostics, lameness, and causes of poor performance.
Kimberly Young, DVM
NC State College of Veterinary Medicine
Kimberly Young
Dr. Young, a native of Raleigh, North Carolina, grew up riding around the area. Her lifelong love of horses drove her to pursue a degree in Animal Science at North Carolina State University. She remained at NCSU for her veterinary education, graduating with her DVM in 2018. She then pursued a rotating equine internship in the horse capital of the world, Ocala, FL, at the Equine Medical Center of Ocala. Here, her love of a diagnostic puzzle and being a part of a true veterinary-client-patient care team led her to pursue further training back at NCSU by completing an equine internal medicine residency in 2021. To try and find novel solutions to equine and human health problems, she is now currently pursuing a PhD with the Schnabel and Gilger Laboratories, evaluating biologics in equine ophthalmic disease. Outside of work, she lives in Knightdale, NC with her husband Kevin and her dog Bailey, and still has the spotted gelding that fueled her love for horses, Taz.

Registration for this event has reached capacity. If you would like to be added to a waitlist, please email your request to

The registration fees are as follows:

  • Owners (ages 16+) – $75
  • Owners (ages 13-15)*^ – $30
  • Undergraduate Students – $50
  • NCSU CVM Students^ – $0
  • Additional Emergency Kits – $30 each

*Must be accompanied by an adult. ^Does not include an emergency kit.

The registration fee includes breakfast and lunch as well as an emergency kit for attendees ages 16 and up who pay a registration fee.


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