Recorded Webinars from MARS EQUESTRIAN™ Equine Veterinary Continuing Education Series Now Available for RACE Credits

The Mars, Incorporated portfolio of equine products and services is focused on whole horse wellness and is backed by research, diagnostics and nutrition expertise

After a series of successful live webinars, MARS EQUESTRIAN™ Sponsorship has made the webinar recordings available for a total of six Registry of Approved Continuing Education (RACE)-CE credits to veterinarians and veterinary technicians. The virtual series is available at no charge at Topics include Obesity, Laminitis and the Senior Horse covering relevant research and providing up to date nutritional advice, as well as current guidance on diagnostics.

Each session must be registered for individually. These are replays of the original webinars held in the fall of 2021. After each recorded session, attendees will be required to take a quiz, which will be scored, before receiving RACE credits.

This virtual educational series integrated Mars, Incorporated’s equine-focused products and services which include WALTHAM™ Science, ANTECH™, SOUND®, BUCKEYE™ Nutrition and SPILLERS™ Brands. The expert panel of speakers featured nutrition and veterinary specialists in research, diagnostics and product development. Pat Harris, MA, PhD, VetMB, DipECVCN, MRCVS, a past President of the British Equine Veterinary Association, is the Director of Science for Mars Horsecare, and is internationally recognized as a leader in equine nutrition and veterinary research. Amy Polkes, DVM, DACVIM, is the Equine Veterinary Diagnostic Specialist for Antech Diagnostics and has been with the company for almost 20 years. She also provides mobile Equine Internal Medicine services through her specialty practice traveling throughout the mid-Atlantic states. Nettie Liburt, PhD, PAS, is the Senior Equine Nutrition Manager at Mars Horsecare US, Inc., working on the BUCKEYE Nutrition brand and has proven expertise in formulation, product development, as well as equine nutrition research. All three speakers are directly involved in the horse industry, both personally and professionally.

The original live webinars had more than 700 registrations and the post survey indicated that 93 percent of attendees were veterinarians or veterinary technicians. Additionally, attendees hailed from more than 13 countries. The post survey also indicated that 92 percent of attendees would attend a future educational webinar from MARS EQUESTRIAN™.

“Having the Obesity, Laminitis and Senior Horse recorded webinars now available for RACE credits is one more way MARS EQUESTRIAN™ Sponsorship is reaching beyond events,” said Bridgett McIntosh, PhD, Director at Mars Equestrian. “These webinars are a resource for the veterinary community as part of our mission to make the world a better place for horses in partnership with our Mars portfolio of equine products and services. This Mars ecosystem has proven a positive outcome of sharing peer-reviewed research and providing practical nutritional recommendations linked with cutting-edge diagnostics.”

The series recordings will be available for 6 months. Future live and recorded educational webinars will be available in the fall of 2022, topics to be determined. For more information and to sign up to receive email updates, visit .

 About Mars, Incorporated

For more than a century, Mars, Incorporated has been driven by the belief that the world we want tomorrow starts with how we do business today. This idea is at the center of who we have always been as a global, family-owned business. Today, Mars is transforming, innovating and evolving in ways that affirm our commitment to making a positive impact on the world around us.

Across our diverse and expanding portfolio of confectionery, food, and petcare products and services, we employ 133,000 dedicated Associates who are all moving in the same direction: forward. With $40 billion in annual sales, we produce some of the world’s best-loved brands including DOVE®, EXTRA®, M&M’s®, MILKY WAY®, SNICKERS®, TWIX®, ORBIT®, PEDIGREE®, ROYAL CANIN®, SKITTLES®, BEN’S ORIGINAL™, WHISKAS®, COCOAVIA®, and 5™; and take care of half of the world’s pets through our pet health services AniCura, Banfield™ Pet Hospitals, BluePearlEmergency & Specialty Hospitals, Linnaeus, and VCA™.

We know we can only be truly successful if our partners and the communities in which we operate prosper as well. The Mars Five Principles – Quality, Responsibility, Mutuality, Efficiency and Freedom – inspire our Associates to take action every day to help create a world tomorrow in which the planet, its people and pets can thrive.

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MARS EQUESTRIAN™ Sponsorship, funded by Mars, Incorporated is the link between our iconic brands and the equestrian community. For generations, Mars has celebrated a rich equestrian heritage, and through purposeful partnerships, MARS EQUESTRIAN Sponsorship is committed to the sport and building an enduring legacy. From world-class competitions across all equestrian disciplines, to stewarding the power of horses on society and sustainability, the MARS EQUESTRIAN Brand is dedicated to our purpose to improve the lives of horses, pets, and the people who love them. For more information please visit and join us @marsequestrian.


For more than 30 years, Antech Diagnostics has been a leader in providing high-quality diagnostic laboratory and imaging solutions with over 70 labs throughout North America. Building upon extensive scientific inquiry and data analysis, ANTECH™ Equine has developed new platforms to address the health conditions of veterinary patients through risk assessment and diagnostics.  ANTECH Equine Health Program is designed to promote preventative health care by enabling veterinarians to incorporate wellness programs into their practice at an affordable price. Antech is constantly working to improve the level of equine health care and has partnered with Sound® Equine to expand their diagnostic capabilities through imaging. Sound® Equine, the pioneer of veterinary DR and the creator of the NEXT Equine DR system, is the exclusive provider of GE Ultrasound and Samsung mobile CT systems for the US veterinary market. Additionally, Sound® Equine developed and innovated Regenerative Laser Therapy, which has helped countless horses get back to work and into the winner’s circle.  Above all, ANTECH and Sound® Equine values partnership, both in our long-standing relationships with industry-leading vendors and our continued dedication to the largest veterinary customer-base in the market. Visit us at Follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

About the BUCKEYE™ Nutrition Brand

The BUCKEYE™ Nutrition brand combines science, innovation and a genuine passion for horses to produce the highest-quality, safest feed possible. Every product is formulated by equine nutritionists and produced in a state-of-the-art, medication-free facility. The BUCKEYE Nutrition brand takes feed safety seriously, using only 100 percent pure ingredients delivered daily and traced from field to feed bucket. These stringent quality standards are backed by Mars, Incorporated. All BUCKEYE Nutrition products are underpinned by science from the Waltham Petcare Science Institute, a world-leading authority on animal care. In business since 1910, Mars Horsecare US is passionate about unlocking the full potential of horses, allowing them to live longer, healthier and happier lives. Visit

About the SPILLERS™ Brand

The SPILLERS™ Brand is a proud partner in care and strives to lead, support and communicate research to continually expand knowledge and improve horse health worldwide. Having produced the first ever compound feed for horses back in 1958, the SPILLERS Brand now has feeds to suit all types of horses and ponies, including fibers, balancers, Laminitis Trust approved products and a superior range of thoroughbred breeding and racing feeds.

All SPILLERS products are underpinned by science from the Waltham Petcare Science Institute, a world-leading authority on pet nutrition and home to the WALTHAM™ Equine Studies Group, led by Professor Pat Harris, MA, PhD, VetMB, DipECVCN, MRCVS.

The SPILLERS Brand is part of Mars, Incorporated, who put quality at the heart of everything.

About the Waltham Petcare Science Institute

The Waltham Petcare Science Institute is Mars Petcare’s pet research center. Our work focuses on the nutritional and behavioral needs of pets, as well as preventive health. We use this knowledge to support development of innovative products and services, advancing science to deliver our Purpose: A BETTER WORLD FOR PETS™. The WALTHAM™ Equine Studies Group, which is headed by Professor Pat Harris, MA, PhD, VetMB, DipECVCN, MRCVS, is dedicated to advancing the science of horse nutrition and provides the scientific support for  Mars Horsecare globally including the BUCKEYE™ Nutrition, SPILLERS™, and WINERGY™ brands. By collaborating with key research institutes and universities around the world its work remains at the forefront of equine nutritional science.


Abby Jacobi
Sr. Marketing Associate