Panel Discussion – Usefulness/Limitations of Gastric Ulcer Screening & Mass Prophylaxis in Sports/Race Horses


Date: Tue 8th Sep 2020
Venue: EU - Live Panel Discussion & On-Demand Viewing
Contact Hours: 3 Hours
Course Language: English
Price: (net price, no tax will be added)*
Qualified Vet EUR 55.00 -
Student EUR 20.00 -
Intern/Resident (Requires Certification from Clinic) EUR 40.00 -
Vet. Nurse / Vet. Technician EUR 40.00 -
Early Booking Deadline: Wednesday 1st January 2020
Registration Deadline: Thursday 31st December 2020

* VAT (= MWST/MOMS/SALES TAX) will only be added for certain UK vets attending courses abroad and for all attendees when attending courses in the UK.


Panel Discussion – Usefulness/Limitations of Gastric Ulcer Screening & Mass Prophylaxis in Sports/Race Horses

Book Part 1 (Webinar Series) & Part 2 (Panel Discussion) together and receive a discount!

Date:  8th September, 2020    Time:  19:00h - 22:00h CET (live) & access to on-demand viewing of recording


Panelists:Ben Sykes   BSc, BVMS, MS, DACVIM, DECEIM, MBA, PhD – Univ. of Queensland, Australia
Richard Hepburn  BVSc, MS, CertEM(IntMed), DACVIM, FRCVS – B&W Equine Vets, UK
Ben Buchanan   DVM, DACVIM, DACVECC – Brazos Valley Equine Hospital, TX, USA
Moderator:Emmanuelle van Erck   DVM, PhD, DECEIM – Equine Sports Medicine Practice, Belgium


With horses returning to racing and competing, gastric ulcers are once again at the forefront of our management headaches. Is mass prophylaxis indicated or potentially deleterious in the management of our highly-fuelled athletes? When and why should we recommend gastroscopy and isn’t there more to it than just spotting the odd ulcer? With their extensive experience in this field, our experts will help you decide how to rationally set up a viable plan that helps horses and owners stay ulcer-free. This discussion will provide you with the latest scientific evidence to navigate the jungle of feeds, treatments and supplements on offer…


*Participants are encouraged to send in questions to prior to the panel discussion.  There will also be the opportunity to raise questions during the discussion.


Panel Discussion Registration Process:    Once you have registered and upon payment, you will receive an invitation to the live panel discussion in due course.  The panel discussion will be recorded and after the session has taken place, you will receive the link to access the on-demand recording for a period of 8 weeks. The course fee includes a certificate of attendance, that will be issued once the webinar series/webinar has ended and your attendance has been confirmed.

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    Richard Hepburn
    BVSc, MS, CertEM(IntMed), Dipl.ACVIM, FRCVS

    United Kingdom

    American & RCVS Specialist in Equine Internal Medicine
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    After graduating form Liverpool Vet School in 1997 Dicky worked in equine hospitals in the UK and New Zealand for 4 years doing a combination of sport horse and racehorse work. He then completed a 3 year combined internal medicine residency and Masters program at The Marion duPont Equine Medical Center in Virginia, USA.

    Dicky was the first diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine to go into private equine practice in the UK and is recognised by the RCVS as a specialist in equine internal medicine. Since 2004 he has worked at the B&W Equine Hospital, a 40 vet equine practice in southwest England, which has been part of the CVS Group since 2017.

    Dicky is a member of the ECEIM EGUS consensus committee, has been chair of the ACIVM specialty exam committee, advanced continuing education committee and a member of the ACVIM Board of Regents. He is also a contributing author to the textbook of Equine Neurology and the textbook of Equine Back and Neck Pathology.

    Dicky has been a FEI treating vet at 5* Badminton Horse Trials for over 10 years and at the London International Horse Show, Olympia, Royal Windsor Horse Show, and was an onsite medicine specialist at the 2012 London Olympic Games. In 2018 he was awarded Fellowship of the RCVS for meritorious contribution to clinical practice.

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    Ben Sykes
    BSc, BVMS, MS, Dipl.ACVIM, Dipl.ECEIM, MBA, PhD


    European & American Specialist in Equine Internal Medicine
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    Ben graduated from Murdoch University in 1997. He completed an Internship at Randwick Equine Centre in 1998 followed by a residency in Equine Internal Medicine in Virginia (USA) gaining his Diplomate Registration in Equine Internal Medicine in 2004. He then spent 7 years in Finland as Head of the Veterinary department of Equine Medicine and Surgery and was also visiting Professor in Equine Medicine and Surgery in Estonia. In 2011, Ben was awarded his European Diplomate award and he has a special interest in equine gastric ulcers, with many peered review publications to his credit. He is also a lecturer at the University of Liverpool responsible for Equine Internal Medicine in the postgraduate certificate programme.

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    Emmanuelle Van Erck
    DVM, PhD, DipECEIM


    European Specialist in Equine Internal Medicine
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    Emmanuelle van Erck graduated in 1996 from the French Veterinary School of Maisons-Alfort. She trained in sports medicine at the University of Liège (Belgium) where she obtained her PhD on respiratory function testing in horses. She developped the equine sports medicine unit and consulted as senior clinician in the CIRALE in Normandy (France). In January 2010, she started her own ambulatory referral practice, the ‘Equine Sports Medicine Practice’, based in Belgium. Her practice offers specialized service in equine internal and sports medicine throughout Europe, following national teams and international riders.
    Emmanuelle van Erck authored over 50 peer-reviewed scientific articles and regularly lectures at international conferences. She is a member of the FEI expert committee on prohibited substances and doping.

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    Ben Buchanan
    DVM, Dipl.ACVIM, Dipl.ACVECC

    United States

    American Specialist in Equine Internal Medicine & Emergency/Critical Care
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    Dr. Ben Buchanan grew up in Navasota, Texas. He went to Texas A&M and graduated from there with his DVM in 2001. Afterwards, he completed two residencies; Large Animal Internal Medicine at University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2004 and Emergency and Critical Care at University of Pennsylvania in 2005. Ben is one of the very few people in the world to be board certified in Internal Medicine and Emergency Critical Care. Dr. Buchanan has a very unique experience in colic, respiratory disease, cardiac disease, eye conditions and sick foals. He joined BVEH Navasota in 2005, where he works alongside his father, T-Bone. He is also active in community outreach by speaking at meetings and events around the world regarding equine care.

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