Date: Ongoing via Distance Learning

Cost: US$350

Dr. Kellon is a serious researcher who dedicates herself to the ongoing exploration of equine health care. While hands-on courses dealing with the application and supervision of onsite instructors are not candidates for online courses, we feel that certain subject matters are and Dr. Kellon’s courses do extremely well in the online or distance study format. This will enable the student to afford the luxury of study at home in a well-organized design. Although there is a time limit in which to complete this course, students are not required to sit in front of a computer at a designated time.

If you are registering for Equinology Credit you must also pay the Equinology Externship Fee of $125. When Dr. Kellon offers a 2 for 1 fee, only the second-course fee is free; you will need to pay the second Equinology externship fee. Once the student completes the course notify Dr. Kellon’s office and they will send you out the exam. Upon successful completion of the exam, you can begin the externship (case studies and extra learning activities).

This is an excellent course for anyone to take at any time whether they are a horse owner, trainer or student. Health begins with knowledge.

The material for each section of the course will be posted on the internet weekly as a pdf file. It will include the material Dr. Kellon wishes to cover, links for further reading, and a series of review questions that will emphasize the most important points. When students receive the next week’s material, the answers to the questions from the week before will be at the front.

This is a no pressure learning situation. There is no “mandatory attendance” at any time, no grades. The review questions are for the students’ use only. Dr. Kellon assumes that anyone taking the course is doing so because they want to learn more about their horses. Students have the luxury to read when it is convenient for them to do so.

Week One – Normal Function

  • Organization of the nervous system
  • The Neuron
  • Organization of skeletal muscles
  • The muscle cell
Week Two – Diagnostics
  • Physical examination
  • Gait examination
  • The neurological exam
  • Blood tests
  • Spinal tap
  • Biopsies
  • Genetic tests
Week Three – Acute Neurological Diseases
  • Viral encephalitis/myelitis
  • Botulism
  • Rabies
  • Tetanus
Week Four – EPM – Equine Protozoal [Encephalo] Myelitis
  • Organisms
  • Symptoms
  • Diagnosis
  • Treatment
  • Lyme myopathy
Week Five – Equine Motor Neuron Disease (EMND)
  • Symptoms
  • Diagnosis
  • Causes
  • Treatment
Week Six – Tying-Up
  • Symptoms
  • Diagnosis
  • Sporadic versus recurrent
  • Causes of sporadic TU
  • Causes of recurrent TU
  • Treatment and prevention
Week Seven – Hyperkalemic Periodic Paralysis and Hormonal Myopathies
  • HYPP
  • Cortisol related
  • Role of the thyroid
Week Eight – Dietary Factors in Neuromuscular Disease
  • Electrolytes and dehydration
  • Calcium and magnesium
  • B vitamins and other micronutrients
  • Energy supplies
Week Nine – Fasciculations and Gait Disorders
  • Review of disorders with fasciculations
  • Myotonia
  • Stringhalt
  • Shivers
  • Ossifying myopathy
Week Ten – Miscellaneous Conditions
  • Viral, bacterial and parasitic myopathies
  • Atypical myopathy
  • Glycogen branching enzyme disease
  • Toxic plants
This course is appropriate for all skill levels to be taken at any time.

Although there is a time limit in which to complete this course, students are not required to sit in front of a computer at a designated time.

If you are using this course as part of the Equinology EEBWIII certification, you must also pay the Equinology Externship Fee of $125. Once the student completes the course, notify Dr. Kellon’s office, and they will send you the exam. Upon successful completion of the exam, you can begin the externship (case studies and extra learning activities).

Eleanor Kellon, VMD of Equine Nutritional Solutions, Robesonia, Pennsylvania, is one of a handful of experts in the field of applications of nutraceuticals for horses. She is an authority in the field of equine nutrition as well as conditions affecting performance horses. Dr. Kellon is the co-owner of the almost 10,000 member Cushing’s and Insulin Resistance group on Yahoo. She is owner of Equine Nutritional Solutions, a nutritional consulting firm which also hosts 16 online courses on nutrition and horse care. Her work has led to unique nutraceutical approaches for horses with skin and respiratory allergies, degenerative as well as injury related tendon and ligament problems, chronic laminitis and performance issues. She is past veterinary and contributing editor to John Lyons Perfect Horse and Horse Journal magazines, has written 8 books and thousands of articles on equine nutrition, care and health issues.

An Honors Graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary School, Dr. Kellon completed her internship and residency in Large Animal Medicine and Surgery at the renowned University of Pennsylvania New Bolton Center. She is currently a Staff Veterinarian for Uckele Health and Nutrition, Inc.

Lay Publications:
Dr. Kellon routinely writes four to six articles a month. A prolific writer, her articles have appeared in magazines such as The Chronicle of The Horse, Hoofbeats, Practical Horseman, Equus, Horse Journal, and John Lyons Perfect Horse. She has written over 1500 magazine articles, most concerning nutrition. Professional Publications: Dr. Kellon has also contributed to professional publications and professional meetings. Her topics frequently include muscle disorders, thyroid disorders, and nutrition. Her most recent have been: Contributing author on laminitis and dietary therapy of insulin resistance in Equine Podiatry, WB Saunders Co, 2006. Use of the Herb Gynostemma Pentaphyllum and the Blue-Green Algae Spirulina Plentensis in the Horse. Third European Equine Nutrition and Health Congress, Gent, Belgium, March 2006. Iron Status in Hyperinsulinemic/Insulin Resistant Horses. Third European Equine Nutrition and Health Congress, Gent, Belgium, March 2006. Treatment of Equine Metabolic Syndrome, Compendium of Continuing Education for the Practicing Veterinarian, Vol 26(2) February 2004.

As a best-selling author, her books are compelling, easy to read and informative.  They include:

  • The Older Horse, Breakthrough Publications
  • Keeping the Older Horse Young, Breakthrough Publications
  • Raising and Feeding the Perfect Horse, Belvoir Publications
  • Guide to First Aid for Horses, Breakthrough Publications
  • Equine Supplements and Nutraceuticals, Breakthrough Pubilcations
  • Equine Drugs and Vaccines, Breakthrough Publications
  • Horse Owners Veterinary Advisor and Record Book, Breakthrough Publications
  • Horse Journal Guide to Equine Supplements and Nutraceuticals, Globe-Pequot Press

Globe-Pequot Press Field Trials:
Best known for her field trials, Dr. Kellon continues to break new ground with her findings. A few are summarized below. In 2000, Dr. Kellon published, in Horse Journal, the results of the first field trial on Chastetree Berry (Vitex Agnus Castus) for horses with Cushings syndrome. For more information, visit:

In 2000, Horse Journal published Dr. Kellon’s field trial on the use of magnesium supplementation in horses with cresty necks and laminitis. In June 2000, Dr. Kellon published, in Horse Journal, the first warning against feeding organophosphates to horses. Ultimately, this created awareness amongst horse owners and brought about some changes in common feeding practices.

In March 2006, Dr. Kellon was a guest speaker at the European Equine Health and Nutrition Congress in Belgium. Her presentations included “The use of Jiaogulan and Spirulina in Horses” and “Iron Status of Hyperinsulinemic/Insulin Resistant Horses”. For more information on Jiaogulan for laminitic horses, visit:

In Aug. 2006, Horse Journal published Dr. Kellon’s article on DSLD’s Devastation, which included the results of a field trial treatment plan to help alleviate the pain and symptoms of this disease.

In Dec. 2007, Horse Journal published an article on the use of Acetyl-L-Carnitine in horses with chronic laminitis. This was another ground-breaking field trial on the use of supplements for a chronic condition.

In March 2007 the FDA removed pergolide from the market, a drug that has been very successful in the management of Equine Cushing’s disease. Dr. Kellon spearheaded a nationwide effort to urge companies who market and distribute Pergolide to keep this drug available for veterinary use. She was relentless in her communications with the FDA until they announced on May 11 that they would allow bulk pergolide to be used in compounding pergolide for use in horses.

Feed Recall:
Recently, Dr. Kellon has been involved in informing readership of the feed recall in the eastern United States. Always an advocate for the horses, she has kept the public up-to-date on the developments in this very serious health risk.

Dr. Kellon has created on-line courses, specializing in horse care, nutrition, and management. Her classes are very informative for both the lay person and professional alike. With links to additional reading, the professional can achieve an in-depth understanding of the concepts presented.

Professional Experience:
Dr. Kellon currently works as a writer, teacher and internal medicine/nutrition consultant. Dr. Kellon has experience in private practice, including management of a breeding farm and rehabilitation facilities. She also has extensive experience with performance horses, including eventing, fox hunting, racing, and showing. Dr. Kellon, and her husband, Andy, bred, trained and raced Standardbreds for 25 years. They currently maintain a small retirement and research herd.