Cornell’s Equine Seminar Series presents “5 Tips for keeping your horse sound”

WHAT: Michelle Delco, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVS, assistant research professor and equine surgery specialist, shares expert advice for horse owners on preventing lameness to keep horses sound.

WHEN: Tuesday, June 15, 2021, 6 – 7 p.m.

WHERE: Via zoom, registration required

MEDIA: The event is free and open to the public. Media members are asked to RSVP to Len Johnson at


ITHACA, N.Y. – “A sound horse” is a term used to refer to the overall health of the animal not the whinny noise it makes. A sound horse is one with no lameness, illness, or injury. Key actions to achieve and sustain equine soundness will be presented during the College of Veterinary Medicine’s Equine Seminar Series, on Tuesday, June 15 from 6 – 7 p.m. via Zoom.


Dr. Michelle Delco received her DVM from Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2002. After completing a residency in Equine Surgery at University of California, Davis to become a board-certified surgeon, Dr. Delco served as an Assistant Professor of Equine Surgery at Kansas State University. In 2008, she joined a private equine referral practice near Seattle, WA, where her primary focus was orthopedic surgery and the diagnosis and treatment of complicated sports injuries in equine athletes. In 2012, Dr. Delco returned to Cornell University to pursue her PhD, which she completed in 2016. She is currently an Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences, and serves as a large animal surgeon at the Cornell University Hospital for Animals and Cornell Ruffian Equine Specialists in Elmont, NY. Her research focuses on understanding how joint injury leads to arthritis in horses and humans. Specifically, she is investigating mitochondria, the energy-producing centers of the cell, as a link between cartilage trauma and osteoarthritis. Her group is also interested in understanding the role of mitochondrial function in tissue repair and regenerative medicine. The goal of her research is to develop new treatment strategies to prevent irreversible joint disease and chronic pain in equine and human patients who suffer orthopedic injuries.


The Cornell Equine Seminar Series is presented by the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine’s Equine Hospital, the New York State 4-H Horse Program and Cornell Cooperative Extension. Held monthly, equine experts present on important equine health and management topics. The event is free and open to the public. Media members are asked to register with Len Johnson at


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