Abdominal POCUS in Equine Practice: Decision Making & the Role of Telemedicine

Tue, 08 October, 2024 06:00 pm - 09:00 pm (Your Local Time Zone)



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Diagnostic Imaging

Emergency & Critical Care

Internal Medicine – Endocrinology, Haematology, Infectious Diseases, Parasitology & Oncology

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Time: London 6PM / Paris 7PM / New York 1PM / Sydney 4:00AM (+1)


Harry Carslake   MA, VetMB, DACVIM, DECEIM, MRCVS - University of Liverpool, UK
Gabriel Manso-Diaz   DVM, MSc., PhD, DECVDI, MRCVS - Universidad Complutense De Madrid, Spain
Cristobal Navas de Solis   LV, PhD, DACVIM - PennVet, New Bolton Center, USA


Victoria South   Vet MB, MA, CertAVP(EM), DECEIM, MRCVS - Consultant, UK



Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) techniques for investigation of acute abdominal pain (colic) will be discussed in depth by four world-renowned experts. How this technology can enhance decision-making in emergency situations will be debated from both the internal medicine and diagnostic imaging perspectives. Whether this can be better integrated into general practice, including the use of handheld devices will be examined. The potential of telemedicine to facilitate remote consultations with specialists, further improving diagnostic accuracy and guiding critical decision-making will also be explored.

Equine internist and ultrasound/cardiology expert Dr. Cris Navas joined Penn Vet’s faculty last year, but his history with the School goes further back. From 2008 to 2012, Navas was a cardiology and ultrasound fellow and then lecturer at New Bolton Center. He left for a few years to teach elsewhere in the U.S. and Switzerland before returning to the Kennett Square area in 2019.

Navas’s main interest is exercise-related deaths and cardiac disease in athletes. “It’s an issue that needs to be fixed and has gained public attention recently,” he said. “We’re learning more all the time as new technologies increase our capacity to collect data, but we need better tools and more knowledge to interpret the data.” He is currently testing wireless heart rate monitor wearables that are streamlined for equine wearers, friendly for users, and better able to collect data from a larger population of horses than traditional wired patches. Dr. Cristobal Navas holds a surcingle fixed with a W2ND wireless heart monitor. Dr. Cristobal Navas holds a surcingle fixed with a W2ND wireless heart monitor.

At the same time, he’s also using digital technology, such as handheld ultrasound devices, to create an equine telehealth program. “Remote access and telecommunication tools will allow us to access many more people and advise in real time on cases around the world,” said Navas.

Dr. Manso-Diaz graduated in Veterinary Medicine, obtaining the Extraordinary National Award, Master in Research in Veterinary Sciences and Doctor in Veterinary Medicine with European mention, obtaining the Extraordinary Doctorate Award. He completed an official European residency in Large Animal Diagnostic Imaging at the Royal Veterinary College , University of London, obtaining a Diploma from the European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging (ECVDI). In addition, he has completed multiple specialized training stays in prestigious centers in the United States and the United Kingdom. He is the author of various indexed scientific articles, books and conference communications in the field of veterinary imaging diagnosis, highlighting the area of ​​equine cranial, spinal and abdominal imaging. He is a regular speaker at numerous courses, workshops and conferences in this specialty at an international level.

Following graduation from Cambridge University in 2000, Harry spent 2 years in mixed practice and then 3 years at Liphook equine Hospital, where he developed an interest in internal medicine. He then worked for 6 years at Massey University, New Zealand, first as resident and then as lecturer in equine internal medicine. He was also team vet for the New Zealand 3-day eventing development squad. On returning to the UK in 2011 Harry worked for 18 months at Fellowes Farm equine clinic, before being appointed as Lecturer in equine medicine at Leahurst in 2013. He became a Diplomat of the American college of veterinary internal medicine in 2010, and an RCVS recognised specialist in equine medicine in 2014.

Harry enjoys all areas of equine medicine, but has particular interests in endocrinology, gastroenterology, neurology and ultrasonography.

Harry is currently studying part-time towards a PhD in equine metabolic syndrome. He also has research interests in oncology, gastroenterology, imaging and critical care.

Victoria graduated from the Cambridge University in 2006 and then spent three years working as an equine ambulatory vet in a large practice in the Cotswolds. She joined the medicine referral service at Liphook Equine Hospital in March 2009 as a European College of Equine Internal Medicine resident. Victoria obtained her RCVS Equine Internal Medicine certificate in June 2011. She became a European Specialist in Equine Internal Medicine in February 2013 and is now part of the medicine referral team at Liphook Equine Hospital. Victoria's research interests include Cushing’s disease, equine metabolic syndrome and liver disease and she is an official veterinary surgeon for the Cria Caballar de Espana (Spanish Stud Book).

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