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2022 Autumn/Winter Vet Seminar

ITBA will host its Autumn/Winter Veterinary Series on Monday 12th December 2022, at 6.15pm. Topics: Rotavirus A/B Experiences in Kentucky – Dr Emma Adam ePassport functionality and future plans - Sharon O'Regan, Weatherbys
2022 Autumn/Winter Vet Seminar


ITBA hosts its 2022 Autumn/Winter Veterinary Seminar on Monday 12th December, with lectures starting from 6:45pm. The seminar will take place online via Zoom. The seminar is also available to EFTBA members.

The event will feature guest speaker Dr Emma Adam from the Gluck Equine Research Center in Kentucky, who will host a discussion of the novel rotavirus, Rotavirus B, detected in outbreaks of neonatal foal diarrhoea in 2021 and 2022, and how the problem was handled on a farm level, diagnostic testing, and what research is being conducted to generate tools to tackle the issue.

Sharon O’Regan will follow with a discussion on Weatherbys ePassport functionality and future plans for the technology.

The session is pending approval for 1 CVE accreditation from the Veterinary Council of Ireland.

Please register your attendance to this event by contacting Hannah Marks at ITBA HQ on 045-877543 or email


Date: Monday 12th December

Location: Streamed online via Zoom

Topics: Rotavirus A/B Experiences in Kentucky – Dr Emma Adam, BVetMed, PhD, MRCVS, DACVIM, DACVS, Equine Veterinary Research and Outreach, University of Kentucky

ePassport functionality and future plans – Sharon O’Regan, General Manager, Weatherbys

Time: 6.45-8pm


Speaker Bios

Dr Emma Adam, BVetMed, PhD, MRCVS, DACVIM, DACVS

Emma grew up in a racing and stud farm environment in Newmarket, and graduated from the Royal Veterinary College University of London. She worked in racing after vet school as assistant trainer Sir Michael Stoute. Emma is Board Certified in large animal internal medicine following residency at Texas A&M University, and Board Certified in large animal surgery following residency at University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center (where she had the chance to work on Barbaro). Over her career she worked in private practices as a veterinary surgeon in the UK, Normandy France, Kentucky, Texas and New York in the US. Emma holds a PhD at the Gluck Equine Research Center, University of Kentucky in joint disease, cartilage gene expression and regenerative medicine. She currently works at the Gluck Equine Research Center where her job remit is research, outreach and liaison to the equine industry.

Emma is currently also on the Board of American Association of Equine Practitioners and Kentucky Association of Equine Practitioners, as well as being a member of the Research Advisory Committee of the Grayson Jockey Club and Veterinary Advisory Committee for the HBLB.

Sharon O’Regan

Sharon O’Regan is General Manager of Weatherbys Ireland. She was previously Head of Operations at Weatherbys Ireland – a role that amongst other things involved the digitalisation of the General Stud Book and deployment of large scale digital projects in Ireland, UK, the Middle East and other parts of the world.

Sharon is a Council Member of the European and South African Studbook Committee and is also a Stud Book Regional Reviewer – a role which sees her supporting International Stud Books on matters of governance, compliance and data integrity. With over 20 years of Thoroughbred Administration experience Sharon is a regular contributor to industry workshops, projects and programmes.

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