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Fourth Annual Stallion Service Auction to Benefit Equine Health Studies Program

Horse Press Release

The LSU School of Veterinary Medicine announces its fourth annual Stallion Service Auction, which will be held Oct. 15-Dec. 17. The event is a multiple-breed, Internet-based benefit auction for the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine's Equine Health Studies Program (EHSP) to expand and renovate the equine clinic, including the addition of an equine isolation unit.

The equine clinic provides advanced veterinary care and state-of-the-art services for equine patients. "Due to the expanding Louisiana horse industry, the Equine Clinic case load increases each year. To continue to provide efficient, quality care, it is necessary to expand the School's facilities," said Rustin M. Moore, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVS, professor of equine surgery and director of the EHSP.

Through the web site, stallion owners donate a breeding session with their stud, either by live cover or by artificial insemination, to be bid on by mare owners locally, nationally, and internationally for the upcoming 2005 breeding season. Auction bidding begins on the service at 50% of the standard stud fee so interested bidders have an opportunity for reduced-rate breeding to top quality stallions. Donors of breeding services also benefit from extensive marketing and advertising of their stallions and farms via the Internet and equestrian publications.

Bidding begins Oct. 15, but the site is open now for potential bidders and donors to view. Donations are welcomed and invited. Donations, including donated breeding services, are tax deductible for the fair market value regardless of the winning bid price.

The event, now in its fourth year, has raised funds for expanding the EHSP. This year's proceeds will go toward the construction of a new equine isolation unit. The school needs $926,300 in order to build the isolation unit, which will be used to hospitalize critically ill horses with infectious and potentially contagious diseases such as salmonellosis and strangles. This new state-of-the-art facility will replace the current two-stall isolation unit, and will enable the school to more effectively and safely treat sick horses.