Panel Discussion – Equine Upper Airway Dilemmas – Is it the end of the road for the Tie-Backs? Are Tie-Forwards pointless?

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Course Language: English
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Panel Discussion – Equine Upper Airway Dilemmas – Is it the end of the road for the Tie-Backs? Are Tie-Forwards pointless? (Recorded 2 February 2021)

Panelists:Norm Ducharme  DMV, MSc, DACVS – Cornell University, USA
Fabrice Rossignol  DVM, DECVS – Equine clinic de Grosbois,
Justin Perkins  BVetMed, MS, CertES, DECVS, MRCVS – Royal Veterinary
College, UK
Moderator:Patrick Pollock  BVMS, PhD, CertES(Soft Tissue), DECVS, FHEA, FRCVS –
University of Edinburgh, UK



Join the world's top airway surgeons for a discussion like no other! Based on real-life cases, common dilemmas we all face in decision making concerning equine upper airway problems will be extensively debated. If you want honest opinions from individuals who face these types of clinical challenges on a daily basis and have decades of experience, then this event is for you. As part of this panel discuss the 3 world-renowed experts will discuss the following conundrums amongst many others:

  • Which horses are good candidates for a nerve graft, will this work and how should these horses be managed after surgery?
  • When is the tie-back still the right treatment, what is the real success rate, what can go wrong and how do we fix it?
  • When the trainer doesn't like the LASER...
  • Is the tie-forward a waste of time if 70% of horses with intermittent DDSP get better despite us?

Attendees are encouraged to review the real-life case material prior to the panel discussion maximising how much they will gain from the exchanges between the experts.


Panel Discussion Registration Process:      Once you have registered and upon payment, you will receive the link to access the on-demand recording for a period of 8 weeks. If you wish to receive a Certificate of Attendance after having viewed the webinar, please get in touch with us and we will send it to you electronically.

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    Patrick Pollock
    BVMS, PhD, CertES(Soft Tissue), Dipl.ECVS, FHEA, FRCVS

    United Kingdom

    European & RCVS Specialist in Equine Surgery
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    Patrick qualified from the University of Glasgow, Scotland in 1998 and after a spell in mixed general practice in North East Scotland undertook an Internship and Residency in Large Animal Surgery at University College Dublin, Ireland followed by a Lectureship in Large Animal Surgery at the same institution.  He became a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2004. Following this Patrick worked as senior surgeon in the Large Animal Hospital at the University of Copenhagen Dublin before returning to The Weipers Centre Equine Hospital, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Glasgow, Scotland as Senior Lecturer in Equine Surgery. Patrick was Senior Lecturer in Equine Surgery at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in Edinburgh.  Patrick is now Professor of Veterinary Surgery and Remote and Rural Medicine at the University of Glasgow.

    Patrick has recently performed surgery across the UK, and in Ireland, Scandinavia, France, the USA, the Middle East and Africa. He has taken the lead in development of dynamic overground endoscopy, and has clinical interests in minimally invasive surgery, standing surgery, wound healing and all aspects of performance investigation and the equine upper airway. Patrick is a consultant to the Veterinary Wound Healing Library and has published widely in books and peer-reviewed veterinary journals and lectures regularly at national and international courses/conferences on equine surgery. In addition Patrick has an interest in working equidae and has travelled widely in the developing world providing clinical training for local veterinary surgeons and animal owners.
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    Norm Ducharme
    DMV, MSc, Dipl.ACVS

    United States

    American Specialist in Equine Surgery
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    Dr. Ducharme has been practicing large animal surgery since 1979.  He received his DVM from the University of Montreal and then completed an internship and residency in Large Animal Surgery at Cornell.  He also received a master’s degree in Large Animal Surgery from the University of Guelph.  He has hospital privileges as Professor of Surgery at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine and is a board certified Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.

    He is one of the doctors giving specialty care for horses at Cornell Ruffian Equine Specialists at Belmont Park.

    Dr. Ducharme’s research/clinical interests are sports medicine with an emphasis on equine upper respiratory airway physiology at exercise including flow and pressure mechanics, neuromuscular assessment of the neural control of airway patency, characterization of health status and disease (respiratory), and their surgical treatments.

    Dr. Ducharme has published approximately 150 airway-related manuscripts he and his collaborators (including two current graduate students) have co-trained 3 post docs, 10 PhDs, 8 Masters Degree students, and 32 surgery residents as well as mentored many pre-DVM and DVM students.

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    Fabrice Rossignol
    DVM, Dipl.ECVS


    European Specialist in Equine Surgery
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    Fabrice was graduated in 1994 from National veterinary school of Toulouse (South of France).  He Joined the equine clinic of Grosbois near Paris just after, and became partner in 1998. He followed an ECVS alternate training residency program between 2002 to 2007 and became an ECVS diplomate in 2010. Fabrice is a senior surgeon at the Equine clinic de Grosbois and Equine clinic of Chantilly. He has a 100% activity in surgery. He has a major interest in upper airway surgery, fracture repair, laparoscopy and arthroscopy. He is involved in some research projects such as the development of a laryngeal pacemaker within the Medel group,  and the development of new orthopedic implants within the AO group. He is a member of the AO veterinary expert group since 2016. Fabrice likes travelling, skiing and french wine. 

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    Justin Perkins
    BVetMed, MS, CertES, Dipl.ECVS, MRCVS

    United Kingdom

    European Specialist in Equine Surgery
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    Justin graduated from the RVC in 1997 and completed a Junior Clinical Training Scholarship at the RVC in 1998. He then completed 3-year Senior Clinical Training Scholarship in Equine Surgery and Masters of Science at the University of Edinburgh and Auburn University, U.S.A. He worked as a lecturer in Equine Surgery at University College Dublin, Ireland before returning to the RVC in 2003 as a lecturer in Equine Surgery.

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"I find the panel discussions very helpful...areas of consensus and dissention are illuminated and the conversations make it more understandable as applied to individual cases or situations".

Julie Davis, Circle D Veterinary Services, USA

Panel Discussion - Equine Upper Airway Dilemmas – Is it the end of the road for the Tie-Backs? Are Tie-Forwards pointless


"It was a fantastic webinar and I loved the atmosphere of mutual brain storming among such impressive minds. Also, loved the option of wine drinking rather than tea during the break!".

Alison Dallas, South Africa

Panel Discussion - Equine Upper Airway Dilemmas – Is it the end of the road for the Tie-Backs? Are Tie-Forwards pointless