Tick Talk: Horses & Lyme Disease
Tuesday March 21, 2017
6:00 PM until 8:00 PM
Tick Talk: Horses, Lyme Disease and How to Prevent Lyme and Other Tick-borne Diseases
Spring is a great season to enjoy the outdoors, however, it is also a time when ticks are active. How can you protect your horses, as well as family and other pets, from tick bites and prevent tick-borne diseases like Lyme, Babesiosis, and Anaplasmosis? The NRWA and the Pepperell Board of Health are co-sponsoring this free presentation on the latest information from two experts, Dr. Katie Brown, MA Dept. of Public Health, and Dr. Kerri Mitton, DVM in Shirley MA. Their presentations will cover the life cycle of local ticks, local tick-borne diseases, disease transmission and symptoms in humans and pets but especially horses, best practices to avoid tick bites, as well as efforts to control tick populations. There will also be a time for audience questions.
Dr. Katie Brown is the State Public Health Veterinarian at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, a position she has held since 2006. Following 8 years of clinical practice in wildlife medicine, she was awarded a Fellowship sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and prevention. In her current position she oversees surveillance and educational outreach on all zoonotic and vector-borne diseases. Dr. Kerri Mitton, DVM has lived her whole life in Shirley. A life-long horse owner herself the majority of her clients are horse owners.
This “Tick Talk” is free and open to the public, made possible by a grant from the Nashoba Valley Community Healthcare Fund, managed by the Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts and the Greater Lowell Community Foundation. Pre-registration is requested for planning purposes. The NRWA is an environmental non-profit serving 32 communities in north central Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire, encouraging people to get outdoors and connect with their local landscapes for their own well-being and that of the environment.
Location: Art Gallery
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