Panel Discussion – Foal Diarrhoea & Pneumonia – How to Optimise Diagnosis & Treatment

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Venue: On-Demand Panel Discussion
Contact Hours: 3 Hours
Course Language: English
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Panel Discussion – Foal Diarrhoea & Pneumonia – How to Optimise Diagnosis & Treatment (Recorded 27 April 2021)


Panelists:Bettina Dunkel   DVM, PhD, DACVIM, DECEIM, DACVECC, FHEA, MRCVS – Royal Veterinary College, UK
Gary Magdesian   DVM, DACVIM, DACVECC, DACVCP, CVA – UC Davis, USA
Nathan Slovis   DVM, DACVIM, CHT – Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, USA

Moderator:Emily Floyd  BVSc, DACVIM, MRCVS – Rossdales Equine Hospital, UK



Diarrhoea and pneumonia are the most important causes of morbidity and mortality in foals. The underlying causes are often multifactorial, and there tends to be great pressure from clients to rapidly treat foals without adequate diagnostic testing or justification. This panel discussion will cover the following broad subjects:

  • How does one decide what diagnostic tests are necessary/appropriate?
  • How can we optimise treatment plans based on the acquired information?
  • How can we promote antimicrobial stewardship in neonatal medicine?


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    Emily Floyd

    United Kingdom

    American & RCVS Specialist in Equine Internal Medicine
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    Emily qualified from the University of Bristol, England in 2003 and went on to work in mixed practice for 18 months. She then undertook an internship at the Liphook Equine Hospital in Hampshire before moving to California to undertake a residency in large animal internal medicine at the University of California, Davis. Emily became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 2006. Following this, she moved back to the UK and began working as a medicine clinician at Rossdales Equine Hospital in Newmarket. Her main interests are in neonatology and she is the primary clinician in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. She also carries out a variety of referral and first opinion medicine work. Emily has published a number of clinical articles in peer-reviewed veterinary journals and lectures regularly at courses/conferences on equine medicine.

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    Nathan Slovis
    DVM, Dipl.ACVIM, CHT

    United States

    American Specialist in Veterinary Internal Medicine
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    Dr. Nathan Slovis is the Director of the McGee Center and a Member of the Practice at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute. He is a native of Annapolis, Maryland. He received his Bachelor of Science from Radford University, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Purdue University, interned at Arizona Equine Center and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the University of California, Davis.

    Dr. Slovis has published over 50 manuscripts in both national and international peer reviewed veterinary journals. He is a frequent speaker at many national and international veterinary conferences. He is the Editor of both the Atlas of Equine Endoscopy and The Atlas of Diseases/Disorders of the Foal both distributed by Elsevier. He has also authored numerous book chapters related to Equine Neonatology, Equine Neurology, Hyperbaric medicine, and infectious diseases. He implemented the current Infectious Disease and Equine Emergency Response Programs at Hagyard and holds the position of Infectious Disease Officer and Equine Emergency Response Co-Director. He is also a Certified Hyperbaric Technologist and a Member of the Veterinary Infectious Disease Society.

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    Bettina Dunkel

    Germany, United Kingdom

    American & European Specialist in Veterinary Internal Medicine, American Specialist in Emergency & Critical Care
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    Bettina graduated from The Free University of Berlin in 2001. Following a Dorothy Havemeyer fellowship at Tufts University, Bettina completed a rotating equine internship at the Marion duPont Equine Medical Center in Leesburg, VA and a large animal internal medicine and emergency and critical care residency (alternate track) at the University of Pennsylvania and has been a member of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care since 2005. After moving to the UK, Bettina attained her PhD, focusing on equine platelet and neutrophil function, from the University of London in 2008. Bettina has been employed at the Royal Veterinary College since 2008 and is now an Associate Professor in Equine medicine.

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    Gary Magdesian

    United States

    American Specialist in Internal Medicine, American Specialist in Emergency & Critical Care, American Specialist in Veterinary Clinical Pharmacology
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    Gary graduated from US Davis , and went on to undertake internships at Texas A & M University and a residency at UC Davis. Gary is a diplomate ACVIM ACVECC and ACVCP.

    He currently holds the position of Professor of Veterinary Medicine at UC Davis. He has clinical interests in neonatology alongside research interests in neonatology and critical care, fluid balance, and has contributed to/published in excess of 130 papers.

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