By Roberta Dwyer
Global insurer Lloyd’s of London presented the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture a check for $45,000 Sept. 22 in continuing support of The Equine Disease Quarterly, an equine health research publication produced by the Department of Veterinary Science.
The award-winning publication provides timely research-based reports on some of the most important issues facing the equine industry. The publication currently reaches more than 18,000 readers in 93 countries. Available on the Internet, its articles are regularly abstracted by a variety of scientific and lay equine publications worldwide.
“The Maxwell H. Gluck Equine Research Center serves Kentucky and the international equine health community with the latest information on equine health,” UK president Lee T. Todd Jr. said. “Lloyds' sponsorship of The Equine Disease Quarterly makes it possible to reach this community with key information and strategies to mitigate disease. The Gluck Center, with Lloyd’s help, exemplifies UK's commitment to research that makes a difference, in this case, to the world.”
The 2009 donation represents Lloyd’s 28th year of collaboration with the Department of Veterinary Science with nearly $900,000 of support.
“Lloyd’s is very pleased to continue its long-standing support of the university’s critical work in equine research,” said Julian Lloyd, chairman of Lloyd’s Livestock Committee and head bloodstock underwriter at Hiscox. “The distribution growth and reputation of The Equine Disease Quarterly is testament to this tradition of excellence.”
Mats Troedsson, chair of the Department of Veterinary Science and director of the Maxwell H. Gluck Equine Research Center, echoed Todd’s assessment.
"The Equine Disease Quarterly is a true success in the veterinary community," he said. "Practitioners from the U.S. and many other countries worldwide have commented to me on how this newsletter has become a valuable source of information to them and popular reading for clients in their waiting rooms. The unique distribution of the quarterly in more than 90 countries around the world may be unmatched within our profession."
“The Equine Disease Quarterly is a distinctive and valuable voice for the UK College of Agriculture,” said Scott Smith, dean of the College of Agriculture. “The emphasis on practical knowledge, based on sound science, is a hallmark of land-grant college programs. We are proud of the Gluck Center for the value it places on delivering information to stakeholders the world over.”
Lloyd’s of London is a 322-year-old institution whose members underwrite risk in return for premiums and investment income. Recognized as one of the world’s largest Thoroughbred horse insurers, Lloyd’s remains committed both to supporting equine research and providing the insurance coverage essential to the well-being and prosperity of bloodstock interests worldwide. Published four times yearly, the publication is available to subscribers at no charge. The co-editors, Roberta Dwyer, Peter Timoney, and Neil Williams, are faculty in the UK Department of Veterinary Science.
The current version of The Equine Disease Quarterly can be found at www.ca.uky.edu/gluck/q_jul09.asp. More information about the Department of Veterinary Science and the Maxwell H. Gluck Equine Research Center can be found by visiting www.ca.uky.edu/gluck/index.htm.