Veterinarians from Australia and New Zealand will be gathering in Melbourne, Australia, next week to learn about all the latest developments in equine medicine.
The five-day conference is hosted by Equine Veterinarians Australia (EVA), a special interest group of the Australian Veterinary Association. It will feature international speakers from the United Kingdom and the United States, who will talk about what’s new in equine surgery, the use of ultrasonography, and regenerative medicine for equine patients.
“This conference is recognized worldwide for its excellent scientific program and the high caliber of speakers it attracts,” said Ian Fulton, BVSc, MSc, FACVSc, president of EVA. “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 international experts, including:
Bruce Bladon, BVM&S, Cert EP, DESTS, Dipl. ECVS, MRCVS, is the director and principal equine surgeon at Donnington Grove Veterinary Group, in Berkshire, England. He’ll also be the emergency services team leader at the Rio 2016 Olympics. Bladon will be speaking about a range of topics including what’s new or evolving in equine surgery, issues with conducting prepurchase examinations, and ways to treat back issues.
Mary Beth Whitcomb, DVM, MBA, from the University of California, Davis, will focus on the use of ultrasonography in equine medicine. Whitcomb is renowned for her state-of-the-art teaching methods using virtual 3-D instructional models of the horse and will be conducting ultrasound workshops during the conference.
Jennifer Barrett, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVS, ACVSMR, from Virginia Tech’s Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Centre, will be speaking about regenerative therapies for tendon healing, joint injuries, and orthopedic cases treated with regenerative medicine.
There’ll also be local veterinarians sharing all the latest scientific advances in our part of the world. Among them will be Guy Lester, BSc (Hons), BVMS, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, and Cristy Secombe, BSc, BVMS, MVsc(hons), MANZCVS, Dipl. ACVIM, both from Murdoch University in Western Australia, and Lee Morris, BVSc, DVSc, Dipl. ACT, from EquiBreed OZ, in New South Wales, who’ll be covering 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,” Fulton said.
“This year, we’re also looking forward to hearing from our plenary speaker, Professor Alan Trounson (MSc, PhD, LLD, hon Dr, FRCOG, FRANZCOG, FATSE, FAHMS),” he continued. “He is a world-leading stem cell scientist and IVF (in vitro fertilisation) pioneer and was part of the team that delivered Australia’s first IVF baby in 1980. It’s an honor to have such a distinguished pioneering scientist address us.”
The conference, Bain Fallon, will be held at the Pullman and Mercure Albert Park, Melbourne, July 17-21. For more information visit www.ava.com.au/bain-fallon-2016.