Vets gather for largest equine conference in the southern hemisphere


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Veterinarians from Australia and New Zealand will be meeting in Melbourne next week for this year’s Bain Fallon Memorial lecture series to learn about all the latest developments in equine medicine.

The five-day event, hosted by Equine Veterinarians Australia (EVA), a special interest group of the Australian Veterinary Association, will feature international speakers from the UK and the US who will talk about what’s new in equine surgery, the use of ultrasonography, regenerative medicine for equine patients and more.

Dr Ian Fulton, president of EVA said, “This conference is recognised worldwide for its excellent scientific program and the high calibre of speakers it attracts. It’s the southern hemisphere’s best equine conference and we are looking forward to discovering all the great things that are happening within equine medicine both here and abroad.”

The program includes presentations from the following international experts:

  • Dr Bruce Bladon—director and principal equine surgeon at one of the largest private veterinary practices in England, and the emergency services team leader at the Rio 2016 Olympics. Dr Bladon will speak about a range of topics including the latest in equine surgery, issues with conducting pre-purchase examinations, and ways to treat back problems.
  • Dr Mary Beth Whitcomb—from the University of California, Davis. Renowned for her state-of-the-art teaching methods using virtual, 3D instructional models, Dr Whitcomb will discuss ultrasonography applications in equine medicine and conduct ultrasound workshops.
  • Dr Jennifer Barrett—from Virginia Tech’s Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Centre in the US. Dr Barret will speak about regenerative therapies for tendon healing and joint injury, and orthopaedic cases treated with regenerative medicine.

“This year, we’re also looking forward to hearing from our plenary speaker, Professor Alan Trounson,” said Dr Fulton.

“He is a world-leading stem cell scientist and IVF pioneer and was part of the team that delivered Australia’s first IVF baby in 1980. It’s an honour to have such a distinguished pioneering scientist address us.”

In addition, local vets including Guy Lester, Lee Morris and Cristy Secombe will present on the latest scientific advances: everything from cardiac conditions to breeding issues.

“With over 40 world-class lectures, workshops, and more than 50 exhibitors, this conference is a ‘must’ on the continuing professional development calendar for equine vets,” said Dr Fulton.

Bain Fallon will be held at the Pullman and Mercure Albert Park, Melbourne, 17-21 July. For more information visit the website.


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