Treatment of Peritonitis


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3 Hours - RACE Accredited

Early Booking Deadline

Sun, 25 February, 2024

Registration Deadline

Fri, 15 March, 2024




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

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Recorded on: 9th April 2024


Debbie Archer   BVMS, PhD, CertES(Soft Tissue), DECVS, MRCVS, FHEA - University Of Liverpool, UK
Julie Dechant   DVM, MS, DACVS, DACVECC - UC Davis, USA
Emma Odelros   DVM, DECEIM - Mälaren Hastklinik, Sweden


Andy Durham   BSc, BVSc, CertEP, DEIM, DECEIM, MRCVS - Liphook Equine Hospital, UK



Peritonitis is a rare, but potentially life-threatening disease in horses. In most cases, an inciting cause, such as injury to the abdominal wall, the urinary tract or the rectal mucosa, foaling or abdominal surgery can be identified, however there have been cases of idiopathic peritonitis described in the literature as well.  

This international, multi-disciplinary panel of specialists will discuss the etiology, diagnosis, treatment (surgical versus medical) and long-term prognosis of horses diagnosed with peritonitis as well as their decision-making thoughts. They will discuss the scientific data published in the literature and share their wealth of clinical experience and tips and tricks on managing these rather challenging cases. 

There will be plenty of opportunity for attending vets to ask questions, make comments and share their own experience with the group.

Andy graduated from Bristol in 1988 and after two years in mixed practice started in ambulatory equine practice in the Midlands. He gained the RCVS CertEP in 1993 before moving to Liphook Equine Hospital in 1994, becoming a partner in 2001. This was followed by the RCVS diploma in equine internal medicine in 2003 and European diploma in equine internal medicine in 2004. Andy has continued to perform a little first opinion ambulatory work although he now mainly works in the new hospital at Liphook with medical in-patients and the diagnostic laboratory. He has recently been appointed as visiting professor at the University of Surrey, Guildford and is involved in the development of a new veterinary school there. Andy’s main professional interests are in endocrine disease, liver disease, dermatology, infectious diseases and most other aspects of internal medicine.

Debbie graduated from the University of Glasgow in 1996 and worked as a veterinary surgeon in mixed and equine practice in the UK for 4 years prior to completing an equine surgical residency at the University of Liverpool in 2003. Debbie gained the RCVS Certificate in Equine Surgery (soft tissue) in 2003 and the ECVS Diploma in Equine Surgery in 2004. She then completed a PhD between 2003-2006 investigating the Epidemiology of Colic at the University of Liverpool. Debbie was appointed as Senior Lecturer in Equine Soft Tissue Surgery at the University of Liverpool in 2006 and was subsequently was appointed as Professor of Equine Surgery and Head of Equine Surgery at Liverpool in 2013. She divides her time between equine clinical work and teaching at the University’s Equine Hospital and research within the Department of Epidemiology and Population Health, Institute of Infection and Global Heath.

Debbie is a European and Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Specialist in Equine Surgery and was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2017. Her clinical interests include all aspects of equine emergency care, surgery of the abdomen, head, neck, urogenital tract and skin, laser and laparoscopic surgery and imaging of the head. She has a particular interest in colic surgery and is the lead investigator on an international Randomised Controlled Trial (CHARIOT lidocaine project) and the international colic audit (INCISE project). Debbie is an active researcher and holds a number of grants investigating various aspects of equine health and welfare, including research into vector-borne diseases of horses and understanding horse owner decision-making about equine health.

Debbie has published over 65 papers, has presented her research at multiple international conferences and she has given talks on equine colic and equine surgery worldwide. She has written multiple book chapters and is the author of ‘Equine emergencies for veterinary surgeons’. Debbie was Head of the veterinary emergency clinic at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and is a treating vet at international 3 day events. She is a horse owner and rider and is also a regular contributor to veterinary related articles in the UK and international equine press.

Emma is a trained veterinarian at the Swedish University of Agriculture in Uppsala and graduated in 2015. She then started working for Mälaren Hästklinik in Sigtuna. She has completed the majority of her specialist training with us at Mälaren Hästklinik, while also devoting herself to research and further education at several universities and major horse hospitals around Europe. Since the beginning of 2020, Emma can title herself European Specialist in Internal Medicine (Dipl. ECEIM).

Emma mainly deals with emergency medical care and medical investigations at the clinics in Sigtuna and Linköping. Thanks to her background in trotting, Emma is a little extra interested in the medical causes of impaired performance in sport horses and you can often find her at the clinic's treadmill or at a nearby trotting or galloping track, where she performs work tests and examines the heart and/or airways of horses who are exerting themselves hard.

Dr. Julie E. Dechant, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVS and ACVECC graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 1996 and completed a Large Animal Surgery Residency at Colorado State University in 2000. She is board certified in the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and in the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care. She received Faculty Teaching Awards from the School of Veterinary Medicine (2015) and UC Davis (2016) and the Zoetis Distinguished Veterinary Teacher Award for UC Davis (2023). Dr. Dechant has been at UC Davis since 2004 and is currently a Professor in Clinical Equine Surgical Emergency and Critical Care at UC Davis. Her research interests are related to improving the diagnosis and care of large animal emergency and critical care patients. She also has a secondary interest in camelid medicine and associated research.

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