Panel Discussion – Pain Management in Standing Surgery Patients – Is effective pain management achievable?


Panel Discussion
Venue: On-Demand Panel Discussion
Contact Hours: 3 Hours
Course Language: English
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Panel Discussion –Pain Management in Standing Surgery Patients – Is effective pain management achievable? How, where & for what procedures?



Moderator:David Bardell   DECVAA, PGCert(LTHE), FHEA, MRCVS – University of Liverpool, UK

Panelists:Jim Schumacher   DVM, BS, MS, PhD, DACVS, MRCVS, MVB – University of Tennessee, USA
Stijn Schauvliege  DVM, PhD, DECVAA - University of Ghent, Belgium
Neil Townsend   MSc, BVSc, CertES(Soft Tissue), DECVS , DEVDC(Equine), MRCVS -
Three Counties Equine Hospital, UK


The risks associated with general anaesthesia in horses are well documented. A desire to mitigate these dangers has driven an increase in the range and complexity of surgical procedures now performed in conscious horses. Significant challenges however remain, in provision of safe and humane chemical restraint in such a large, unpredictable species. These issues are only likely to become more pertinent as both surgical and restraint techniques become more refined, encouraging the boundaries of what is possible to be further tested. This panel, consisting of internationally recognised specialists in both equine surgery and anaesthesia and analgesia, will present and debate current practices and personal experiences of pain management in horses undergoing standing surgical procedures.


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    Neil Townsend
    MSc, BVSc, CertES(Soft Tissue), Dipl.ECVS, Dipl.EVDC(Equine), MRCVS

    United Kingdom

    European & RCVS Specialist in Equine Surgery / European & RCVS Specialist in Veterinary Dentistry (Equine)
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    Neil qualified from Bristol University in 2004 and after a brief period in mixed practice embarked on an equine only career starting with an Equine internship at Liverpool University and surgical residency at the University of Edinburgh. He re-joined Liverpool University in 2010 as a surgery clinician, setting up an advanced dentistry service including standing CT. He joined Three Counties Equine Hospital, Tewkesbury in 2015 where he provides both an in-house and peripatetic advanced dentistry and surgery service. He is interested in all aspects of equine surgery and advanced dentistry and lectures nationally and internationally on these subjects.

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    Stijn Schauvliege
    DVM, PhD, Dipl.ECVAA


    European Specialist in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia
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    After graduating as veterinarian in 2002, Stijn Schauvliege completed a 1 year rotating equine internship and an ECVAA residency at Ghent University. During his residency, he performed research on cardiovascular depression in horses. He became Diplomate of the ECVAA in 2009 and defended his PhD in 2010. Since 2010, he has been the head of the Anaesthesia Service at the Dept. of Surgery and Anaesthesia of Domestic Animals, Ghent University. He has served on the Credentials and Education Committee of the ECVAA during 2 years, is the current Executive Secretary of the ECVAA and has been one of the ECVAA representatives in EBVS during several years.

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    David Bardell

    United Kingdom

    European Specialist in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia
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    David graduated from the University of Liverpool in 1998. After 8 years in predominantly equine practice, he returned to Liverpool as a clinical anaesthetist in 2006, gained the RCVS Certificate in Veterinary Anaesthesia in 2007 and the European College of Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia Diploma in 2011 and was subsequently appointed as Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Anaesthesia.

    In 2016, David stepped out of his full time clinical and teaching role to undertake a 3 year period of research into the molecular mechanisms involved in tendon disease, within the Department of Musculoskeletal Biology. Returning to clinical duties in 2020, he subsequently became Head of the Large Animal Anaesthesia service.

    David is a European and Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Specialist in Equine Anaesthesia and Analgesia and is a member of the ECVAA examination committee. David has a wide range of clinical interests, has conducted several research projects within the Equine Hospital, and published on a range of anaesthesia and critical care subjects, as well as presenting his research, and being invited to speak, at several international conferences. He is also a member of the ‘Vets with Horsepower’ charity, which delivers CPD lectures to equine vets worldwide, raining money for veterinary and human charities in the process.

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    Jim Schumacher

    United States

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    Jim  graduated from Kansas State University in 1973. Then worked in private equine and food animal practices in Texas, California, and Kansas for 5 years after graduation. Most of this time in private practice was spent working in feedyards in Western Kansas.

    Afterards hecompleted a master's degree and a residency in large animal surgery at Texas A&M University in 1980. He is a member of the faculty at Texas A&M University until 1997. Since then he has worked at the University of London, Auburn University, the University College Dublin, and the University of Tennessee, where we has been a member of the faculty of the Department of Veterinary Clinical Science since 2003.

    He is also a member of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. His main research interests are equine respiratory and reproductive surgery and lameness.

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