Equine vets gather for conference

Equine experts from around the world are meeting on the Gold Coast later this week to discuss the latest in research and scientific advancements in equine medicine.

Hosted by Equine Veterinarians Australia (EVA) at the Royal Pines Resort on 9-13 July, the Bain Fallon Memorial Lectures are a part of the Australian Veterinary Association’s Knowledge Program—considered to be the best week of equine veterinary education in the southern hemisphere.

EVA spokesperson, Dr Cristy Secombe, said the event brings together horse vets from across the country to discuss, learn and uncover new and innovative treatments specifically within equine veterinary medicine.

“This conference is recognised worldwide for its excellent scientific program and the high calibre of speakers it attracts,” Dr Cristy said.

“This year we have a very exciting program that covers three key areas in equine veterinary medicine including muscle disorders, neurology and orthopaedics.”

Conference presenters include:

  • Professor Stephanie Valberg from Michigan State University who will focus on muscle and movement disorders and discuss equine genetic disease.
  • Professor Dean Richardson from the University of Pennsylvania who will share his wealth of experience in large animal orthopaedic surgery and discuss a range of topics including orthopaedic infections, stress and fatigue bone injuries in racing horses and orthopaedic first aid.
  • Professor Joe Mayhew from Massey University, New Zealand, who will discuss the latest in equine neurology including sleep disorders, seizures in horses and various equine neurological syndromes.

Local speakers will also share the latest information on viruses causing neurological disease in horses in Australia, head-shaking and ways to approach the non-weight bearing horse in the field. One of Australia’s leading experts on Hendra virus will also discuss the role of personal protective equipment and biosecurity in preventing the spread of infectious diseases.

For more details and to register visit the AVA website.

Based on a media release sourced from the AVA.

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