We are pleased to announce a series of six free equine webinars brought to you by MSD Animal Health in partnership with The Webinar Vet. These presentations are given by six of the equine vets who formed part of the Vets with Horsepower 2014 team.

The Vets with Horsepower North European 2014 tour consisted of 12 equine vets travelling an amazing 3500 miles on motorbike through the Baltic Countries, Western Russia and Scandinavia delivering high quality equine CPD. During this hectic tour they presented in 8 different countries, raising money for two charities, The Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust and The Smile Train. The Gambia Horse and Donkey trust aims to reduce rural poverty through improving the health, welfare and productivity of working equines in The Gambia. The Smile Train is dedicated to helping the millions of children in the world who suffer from cleft lip and palate through providing free surgery and follow up care, and free training for medical professionals to promote sustainability.

Please follow the links below to find out more information about the two charities and how you can support them in their valuable cause.

The Gambia Horse And Donkey Trust    The Smile Train Uk

Register now for the live webinars and access to the recordings…

Wednesday 18th February 2015 8-9pm GMT : Professor Josh Slater

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The role of vaccines in the control of infectious respiratory disease in horses

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Josh graduated from Edinburgh Veterinary School in 1985. He spent 4 years in large animal and equine practice in the North of England before undertaking a residency in equine medicine at Cambridge Veterinary School. He completed a PhD in equine herpesvirus -1 in 1994 and became a lecturer, then senior lecturer, in equine medicine at Cambridge. In 2005 he moved to the Royal Veterinary College to take up post as Professor of Equine Clinical Studies and is head of the equine clinical group.

Vaccination is an integral component of infectious disease control as part of integrated programmes, combined with management changes and biosecurity measures. The goal of all infectious disease control programmes is reduce the basic reproduction rate (R0) of the pathogen – the rate at which it spreads through a population – to less than 1. Vaccination, management and biosecurity each contribute to reducing R0, with their relative contribution varying from yard to yard depending on how extensively each can be implemented. The nature of the equine industry means that there are real–world limitations on the management changes and biosecurity measures that can be put in place by individual equestrian businesses. What is achievable and acceptable varies from business to business across the sector such that what is realistic, for example, in a race yard may be different from what is achievable in a livery yard. Whilst there is no ‘one size fits all’ to infectious disease control, all yards can reduce risk by implementing simple management changes and biosecurity measures to reduce risk. Although most horse owners naturally focus on vaccination as a means of achieving immunity in the individual horse, the key concept for the equine industry is that of herd immunity. Herd immunity describes the phenomenon where vaccination of a sufficiently high proportion of a population results in non-vaccinated individuals being protected and outbreaks of disease are unable to propagate. The higher the R0 value for a pathogen (i.e. the more easily it spreads), the greater the proportion of the population that needs to be vaccinated to achieve herd immunity. For the common equine respiratory pathogens, equine influenza has the highest R0 values, followed by equine herpesvirus-1 and then Streptococcus equi. Estimates of the proportion of an equine population that needs to be vaccinated against equine influenza varies but is almost certainly greater than the proportion of the UK national herd that is estimated to be vaccinated currently. This talk will explore herd immunity in more detail and provide guidance on sensible targets for influenza vaccination coverage at national herd level.

Wednesday 25th February 2015 8-9pm GMT : Dr David Bardell

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Gaining the upper hand – sedation and analgesia of the difficult case

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This presentation will discuss the challenges and considerations of gaining adequate access to difficult individuals and providing appropriate pain relief in those cases which are not the routine ‘run of the mill’ equine cases encountered in day to day practice.

David graduated from the University of Liverpool in 1998 after an initial career in agriculture (dairy farming). He then spent 5 years working in mixed practice followed by 2 years in specialist equine practice. David has worked as a Clinician Teacher and latterly as a Senior Lecturer in veterinary anaesthesia at the hospital since 2006. David holds the RCVS Certificate in Veterinary Anaesthesia and the European Diploma in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia.

Wednesday 4th March 2015 8-9pm GMT : Professor Roger Smith

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Optimising diagnosis and treatment of tendon overstrain injuries

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This presentation will review the diagnostic methods, focussing specially on ultrasonography and new ways of using ultrasound to diagnose tendon overstrain injuries. The second half of the talk discusses current rational therapeutic options for treating overstrain injuries, including the use of the ‘biologicals’ (PRP and stem cells).

Roger Smith is Professor of Equine Orthopaedics at the Royal Veterinary College, London, UK. He qualified as a veterinary surgeon from Cambridge University (UK) in 1987, having obtained a First for his undergraduate degree and a Cambridge Blue at swimming. After 2 years in practice, he returned to academia to undertake further clinical training as a Resident in Equine Studies at the Royal Veterinary College. Following his residency, he undertook a 3 year research project culminating in the award of a PhD for his studies on the extracellular matrix of equine tendon. He remained at the Royal Veterinary College, first as a Lecturer in Equine Surgery, then as Senior Lecturer in Equine Surgery before his appointment to Professor in Equine Orthopaedics in December 2003. He holds the Diploma of Equine Orthopaedics from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, and is both a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons and a Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Specialist in Equine Surgery. He currently divides his time equally between running a specialist orthopaedic service within the Royal Veterinary College and continuing to direct research into equine tendon disease. His principal research interests are understanding the pathogenesis of tendon disease, developing a serological assay for tendonitis, and stem cell therapy for tendons in both horses and humans. He is married to a medical doctor and has two sons. In his spare time, he enjoys the internal combustion engine in all its forms, in particular driving his Formula Vauxhall-Lotus single seater racing car.

Wednesday 11th March 2015 8-9pm GMT : Professor Derek Knottenbelt

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Are we missing something? Some interesting and unusual intestinal conditions of the horse

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Very limited diagnostic options are available for intestinal disease in horses. New insights into enteric conditions affecting in particular, the large colon widen the spectrum of differential diagnosis of equine enteric disease. Given that the horse relies very heavily on hind gut digestion for its very survival, it is both surprising and disappointing that so little is known about the conditions affecting that region.

Derek Knottenbelt qualified from Edinburgh University in 1970 and after a period in research, spent 12 years in private practice. In 1985 he joined the academic world and moved to Liverpool in 1989 and has since become Professor in Equine Internal Medicine. He retired from Liverpool in 2014 and is now consulting at Glasgow University. He has published widely and is the author of 10 text books. He has received international awards for his welfare work and his scientific work and in 2005 he was honoured with an OBE by the Queen for his services to the horse. He is involved with national and international equine welfare and other charities.

Wednesday 18th March 2015 8-9pm GMT : Dr Jessica Kidd

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A practical approach to back and neck conditions of the horse

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This talk will discuss a practical and largely field based approach to the recognition, diagnosis and treatment of some of the more common back and neck problems of horses. The wide range of clinical signs and presentations will be considered and the uses of the various imaging modalities available for these cases, primarily radiography, ultrasonography and scintigraphy will also presented. Specific conditions which will be discussed in detail include the diagnosis and treatment of articular facet arthropathies of the both the back and neck and over riding or impinging dorsal spinous processes.

Jessica attended veterinary school at Purdue University in the States followed by two years in mixed practice in New England. After this she completed an internship at a referral racehorse hospital in Ocala, Florida and then returned to the UK to complete an equine surgery residency at the University of Bristol. This was followed by time as a surgery lecturer at the University of Glasgow’s veterinary school followed by holding the position of the University Equine Surgeon at the University of Cambridge. She then spent seven years in private practice as the surgeon at the Valley Equine Hospital in Lambourn, Berkshire which had a hospital population of racehorses, performance horses and pleasure horses and is currently an external surgical consultant. She has presented veterinary presentations at national and international meetings, has taught numerous CPD courses for other veterinary surgeons on specialised equine subjects and was an examiner for the RCVS certificates six times. She holds the RCVS certificate in Equine Surgery(Orthopaedics), is a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons, and is an RCVS and European recognised specialist in Equine Surgery. Her areas of interest are both soft tissue and orthopaedic surgery, diagnostic imaging and investigation of lameness cases as well as neonatology and care of the pregnant mare. She is the chief editor of a new Atlas of Equine Ultrasonography which was published this year. She is a keen motorcyclist and one of the original members of the Horsepower CPD team which has already raised over £400,000 for charities, and to provide ongoing funding for both working equids and disabled children.

Wednesday 1st April 2015 8-9pm BST : Dr Edmund Hainisch

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Papillomavirus disease in the horse

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Pathobiology of papillomaviruses. Diseases caused by papilloma viruses in the horse including equine sarcoid and genital squamous cell carcinomas. Treatment principles and strategies

Edmund graduated from1996: Graduation from Vet University; Vienna in 1996. He then undertook a year’s internship at Liphook Equine Hospital in the UK. In 2000 Edmund completed a 3 year residency in Equine Surgery at the University of Liverpool. He has also worked in an ambulatory equine practice in the UK, before returning to the Veterinary University in Vienna. In 2008 Edmund gained his doctorate in Veterinary Medicine.