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Practical Endocrinology for Equine Practitioners
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10/24/2015 to 10/25/2015
When: 10/24/2015
Where: Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University

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Over the past 10 years equine over-conditioning and obesity have emerged as a major problem.  Recent reports indicated that up to 50% of horses may be affected in Europe and North America.  Obesity can subsequently lead to an array of secondary problems, amongst them laminitis and other orthopaedic conditions. Every equine practitioner is aware of the challenge that the work-up of an obese horse or pony represents.  Such investigations are aimed at differentiating between ‘simple’ over-feeding, Metabolic Syndrome and Cushings Disease (Pituitary Pars Intermedia Dysfunction). 

This practically-oriented course is intended to help vets from mixed or equine practice to learn how to differentiate between the above conditions, based on clinical presentation, blood work and other diagnostic aids.  Recent publications have shed new light on which blood tests are most reliable and how the generated results should be interpreted.  New developments in therapy of Equine Metabolic Syndrome, Cushings and obesity containing practical pointers will also be discussed in detail with the panel of experts.  Foot assessment and farriery options for the laminitic foot will furthermore be covered and trained on foot specimens and live horses.

In the mornings the following topics will be covered in well-illustrated lectures and case presentations by a panel of international experts on the topic:

  • Endocrinopathic Laminitis - What causes it and how common is it?
  • Obesity - Measurement & Monitoring   
  • How to achieve safe and effective weight loss  
  • Medical Treatment of Equine Metabolic Syndrome         
  • Hyperlipaemia and its Management     
  • Pituitary Pars Intermedia Dysfunction (PPID = Cushings) – Pathophysiology, demographics & clinical signs
  • PPID - Diagnostic/Investigative Options
  • PPID - Medical Treatment & Monitoring
  • Foot Assessment & Farriery options for the laminitic horse
  • Other Endocrinopathies                                                    

In the afternoons6 hours case-based and practical small group sessions will give delegates ample opportunity to discuss tricky cases with the specialists. Each delegate will be rotating through the following case-based discussion stations:

  • Assessment & Farriery of the laminitic foot (foot specimens & live horses)
  • Obesity
  • Equine Metabolic Syndrome
  • Dieting
  • Pituitary Pars Intermedia Dysfunction (Cushings)                              
  • Other Endocrinopathies

The wealth of experience provided by the internationally renowned specialists, along with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere will stimulate delegates to assimilate knowledge, to put it into practice in small groups and to discuss these very important clinical problems in the horse and pony.

The course fee includes lunches at a restaurant, coffee/tea breaks, extensive course notes and a certificate of attendance. Delegates can choose to only attend the lectures (= Lectures Only) on this course or can register for the entire course (= Lectures & Small Group Sessions).  On the evening of the first day all delegates are invited to attend the course dinner, which costs 40US$ (not included in the course fee; drinks will be charged extra). Early course registration is recommended as there are only a limited number of places available.

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