Webinar Series – Update on Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome (Part 1 & 2)

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Venue: On-Demand Panel Discussion
Contact Hours: 6-7 hours
Course Language: English
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Webinar Series (Part 1) - Update on Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome (Recorded August 2020)


The live-streams have taken place and the webinars are now available as on-demand recordings.


Webinar Series Registration:   Once you have registered and upon payment, you will receive the link to access the on-demand recording for a period of 8 weeks. The registration fee includes extensive electronic course notes.  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.  After having taken and passed a multiple-choice question quiz, an additional certificate can be provided which confirms that the quiz was successfully completed. This certificate may then be used to request accreditation points from your local governing body / Veterinary Medical Association.

Panel Discussion (Part 2) – Usefulness/Limitations of Gastric Ulcer Screening & Mass Prophylaxis in Sports/Race Horses (Recorded 19 January 2021)


Panelists:Ben Sykes   BSc, BVMS, MS, DACVIM, DECEIM, MBA, PhD – Univ. of Queensland, Australia
Gayle Hallowell  MA, VetMB, PhD, Cert AVP (Vet. Anaesthesia), DACVECC, DACVIM, PFHEA, FRCVS – Univ. of Nottingham, 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.

•    Are all ulcers identified on gastroscopy clinically relevant?  What proportion of pleasure vs. competition/race horses is affected by subclinical ulcers?  
•    Diagnostic strategies other than gastroscopy

•    Do all ulcer require treatment or only when associated with clinical signs or decreased performance?
•    Management of glandular vs. squamous gastric ulcers
•    Treatment strategies & side effects with omeprazole
•    Adjunctive/alternative strategies – Supplements, misoprostol, sucralfate …
•    Post-treatment Management - Sports horse vs. race horse
•    Management of EGUS during competitions

•    Best feeding strategy for gastric ulcers - Depending on age, breed, type and level of work
•    Mass prophylaxis – is it justified? 


Panel Discussion Registration Process:    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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    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 an Associate Professor in Equine Internal Medicine at Massey University and Honorary Lecturer at the University of Liverpool in the postgraduate certificate programme.

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    Emmanuelle van Erck
    DVM, PhD, Dipl.ECEIM


    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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    Gayle Hallowell
    MA VetMB, PhD, Cert AVP (Veterinary Anaesthesia), Dipl.ACVECC, Dipl.ACVIM, PFHEA, FRCVS

    United Kingdom

    American Specialist in Veterinary Internam Medicine and in Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care
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    Gayle graduated from the University of Cambridge with a distinction in 2002. She then initially completed an internship in equine studies and then a residency in large animal internal medicine and critical care at the Royal Veterinary College. Her main areas of interest were analgesia and anaesthesia of large animals, cardiology, gastro-intestinal disease and ultrasonography. After a stint as a clinical instructor in anaesthesia and Lecturer in Equine Medicine at the Royal Veterinary College, Gayle moved to the University of Nottingham to complete a PhD funded by the Horserace Betting Levy Board investigating aortic valve prolapse in the horse. In 2007 Dr Hallowell was also made Special Lecturer in Large Animal Internal Medicine and Critical Care at the University of Nottingham and contributed to design and delivery of various areas of the curriculum. Since 2010, she has had a tenured position at the University where she is currently Professor in Veterinary Internal Medicine and Critical Care. She is rotation lead for the Defence Animal Centre, Equine Skills and Bransby and module lead for emergency and critical care teaching. Recent qualification acquisitions include Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, RCVS Specialist in Equine Internal Medicine and Emergency and Critical Care and Associate Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging.

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