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Major equine veterinary gathering on Australia’s Gold Coast

Horse vets from around the world are converging on the Gold Coast this weekend for a conference hosted by Equine Veterinarians Australia.

Andy Dunham

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More than 200 equine veterinarians attending the 36th Bain Fallon Memorial Lectures will learn about the latest in horse health – including infectious diseases, emerging medicines and surgery techniques as well as common horse ailments.

The week-long conference is hosted by Equine Veterinarians Australia (EVA), a special interest group of the Australian Veterinary Association.

The program includes presentations from international experts:

  • Professor Andy Durham from the new University of Surrey School of Veterinary medicine, United Kingdom will cover equine liver disease, nutrition for colic-prone horses, investigating abdominal diseases, equine metabolic syndrome and laminitis.
  • Professor Jim Schumacher from the University of Tennessee, USA will present the latest techniques in reproductive surgery and wound management.
  • Professor James Gilkerson, past president of EVA and Professor of Veterinary Microbiology and Director of the Centre for Equine Virology at the University of Melbourne will cover emerging equine infectious diseases, zoonoses and disease threats to Australia.

EVA President Dr Frank Condon said the conference was recognised worldwide as the most prominent equine veterinary conference in Australia.

“It provides a unique opportunity for horse veterinarians to share expertise on the latest developments in equine science and veterinary practice.

“With over 40 speakers and 40 exhibitors, it’s undoubtedly the largest gathering in the southern hemisphere dedicated to the needs of the veterinary profession,” Dr Condon said.

“And we’re also excited that for the first time EVA will partner with the Equine chapter of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists to hold a special joint meeting during the week and share information on the latest research in equine veterinary science. Members of the group will be eligible for prizes based on the calibre of the research they present.”

The conference coincides with the Year of the Horse, which, according to the Chinese zodiac, is a time of victories and action that brings results.

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