Racehorse Respiratory Health – EXCLUSIVE TO RACING – Winter ’20

Feb 24 – Mar 30

2 weeks (5-10 hrs/wk)

Registration is Closed

Are respiratory issues affecting your horse’s performance on the track?

In the 2017 Ontario Horse Racing Industry Survey conducted by Equine Guelph, ‘respiratory issues’ was ranked the number one health issue.Racehorses are elite athletes and best performance can only be achieved with optimal health.  Given the demanding life of the equine athlete, a high number of racehorses are at risk of several different respiratory concerns.  There are ways to reduce the risk through many daily management routines.

This online short course can be of benefit for all racehorse trainers and grooms in order to reduce the risk of respiratory issues in your barn, and improve your horse’s performance on the track!

Equine Guelph thanks the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) for providing education, training and awareness project funding in support of AGCO licensees.

This course is available exclusively to AGCO licensees.

Major Lesson Topics:

  1. Introduction – Respiratory Health in racehorses
  2. The Equine Respiratory System
  3. Understanding how horses breathe
  4. Detecting respiratory issues and/or discomfort
  5. Diagnosing respiratory issues
  6. Common respiratory problems
  7. Prevention – the racehorse lifestyle
  8. Prevention – other factors
  9. Assessment of Current Practices
  10. New Research

Full Course Outline

Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive a Certificate of Completion from Equine Guelph – the horse owner’s Centre at the University of Guelph.

Time Commitment:

  • Occurs over a 2-week period
  • 5-10 hour time commitment is required during this period
  • No set times to be online!  Log in at your own convenience and learn at your own pace.
  • Recommended you visit the course site at least 5 times a week, preferably once or more each day
  • Course is entirely online, so travel to the University of Guelph is NOT required


  • All materials are provided online within course site


  • 16 years of age or older, Valid AGCO licence holders only!

For more information, please email [email protected]

Phone: 519 824-4120, ext. 54205

Janet Beeler-MarfisiDr. Janet Beeler-Marfisi, Ontario Veterinary College.

Janet Beeler-Marfisi works at the Ontario Veterinary College where she teaches vet students, does research on equine lung disease with generous funding from Equine Guelph, and is a Clinical Pathologist. Beeler-Marfisi has always had an interest in horse health, having grown up around her father’s Standardbreds and having married a Standardbred racehorse trainer. During vet school and after stitching up some very strange wounds in horses, she has a keen interest in equine first aid and wound repair.

Dr. Patricia HoganHogan Equine Clinic (New Jersey)

Dr. Hogan has turned a lifetime love for horses into a successful career as an equine surgeon attending to some of the most valuable Standardbred and Thoroughbred racehorses in the country. Dr. Hogan is originally from New Jersey and obtained her veterinary education at the University of Pennsylvania, graduating in 1992. After an internship at the Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital and a 3-year surgical residency at Texas A&M University, Dr Hogan returned home to New Jersey to practice.  The majority of her patients are referred for fracture repair, arthroscopy, or upper airway surgery. Although the bulk of her caseload consists of Thoroughbred and Standardbred racehorses, some of her most memorable patients have never set foot on a racetrack and are just as valuable.

Natalie Elliott

Natalie has been in the Standardbred industry in southwestern Ontario for 16 years in varying degrees as a groom, owner, trainer, racing under saddle rider, employed with O.H.H.A. for youth camps, and the Hands on Horses Program.

“It’s an honour to be an Industry Ambassador for free online courses offered by Equine Guelph. By encouraging industry learning of the best practices and newest research available, our equine partners will receive leading edge care when the knowledge is applied to real-life situations! Of the courses I’ve taken in the past, I find the content very transferable to daily care and safety in the barn and hope everyone that participates will enjoy the lessons as well.”

Cameron Lago

Cameron, who has cared for livestock his whole life, developed an unexplainable addiction to horses and in particular the racing industry in the past eight years after attending a youth camp put on by Ontario Harness Horse Association (OHHA) at Flamboro Downs. This launched a career working in the harness racing industry and a commitment to advocate animal welfare whenever possible.

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to be an Industry Ambassador, promoting Equine Guelph and the short courses offered. The racing industries in Ontario always have lots of room to grow and embrace new knowledge. The short courses offered exclusively for the racing industries have the ability to strengthen individuals and industries as a whole. I am excited to take on the Industry Ambassador position and connect more individuals with ways to expand their knowledge regarding their equine athletes.”

Lee-Anne Moffatt

Lee-Anne was born into the horse racing industry in Ontario and has been licensed with the ORC/AGCO since the early age of 10. She has over 40 years of experience in the equine industry ranging from hot-walker, groom, trainer and owner in all three sectors – Thoroughbred, Standardbred and Quarter Horse racing.

“I’d like to thank the University of Guelph, for providing me with the opportunity, to represent the racing Industry for the promotion of Continuing Education. Whether it is initiating first aid in an unexpected situation or improving daily practices to decrease the incidence of colic, with improved assessment skills we are better able to prevent our animals from injury. Through acquired knowledge, we are better equipped to make needed modifications, to keep our equine athletes from the unthinkable – perishing in a barn fire. Whatever the takeaway, it is most certain that we will leave better prepared, with the tools to apply what we have learned to our unique situations. I look forward to connecting, encouraging and sharing with our collective group of racing enthusiasts, the available opportunities, which will further promote and enhance our sustainability. Knowledge has a beginning but no end.”

Course Instructor

Janet Beeler-Marfisi Janet Beeler-Marfisi Course Instructor

Janet Beeler-Marfisi is a researcher, assistant professor and a diagnostic Clinical Pathologist at the Ontario Veterinary College. Her research is on equine lung disease including mild equine asthma (fka inflammatory airway disease) and exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage. She’s particularly interested in the role of air pollution (smog) in causing these diseases, as well as unravelling the relationship between barn dusts and lung inflammation. Beeler-Marfisi has always had an interest in horse health, having grown up around her father’s Standardbreds and having married a Standardbred racehorse trainer.

AGCO Licence Holders Only

access until March 30, 2020 12:00 am

$95 Value – Free with Coupon Code!