Management of Equine Burn Patients


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Recorded on: 31st August 2021


Elizabeth Herbert BS, MS, DVM - Horse Doctor Press, USA
Patrick Pollock      BVMS, PhD, CertES(Soft Tissue), DECVS, FHEA, FRCVS - Royal School of Vet. Studies, Edinburgh, UK
Monica Aleman    DACVIM - University of California, Davis, USA


Derek Knottenbelt  OBE, BVM&S, DVM&S, DECEIM, DACVIM, MRCVS – Consultant, UK



The international panel of highly experienced and world-renowned equine veterinarians will discuss the challenges of the equine burn patient. Fortunately burns are rare in horses in most parts of the world, but when they do occur, they often affect multiple horses and invariably create an extensive mix of external, internal, local, systemic, medical and surgical clinical challenges, frequently with immediate life-threatening consequences.

Using actual examples of horses subjected to bush fires, stable fires and blast burns from explosives and petrol incendiary devices, the panel will be discussing the pathophysiology of burns including the less obvious types of thermal injury (e.g. rope burns) and which body parts are most frequently affected. Burn management in the human field remains a major challenge to our medical colleagues, but there are important lessons we can learn from their extensive experience.

The panel will devote significant time sharing insights on how to triage and prioritize patients, administering first aid. From their wide experience with equine burns they will furthermore discuss the immediate needs of patients, short-term burn treatments and medium- and long-term management of skin and organ compromise. A burn on a horse is always a critical matter and remains life-threatening, either directly or indirectly. Join this exchange and find out how to improve your management and prognosis of burn patients, so that you are ready for your next equine burn emergency!

Derek qualified from Edinburgh University in 1970 and after a period in research, spent 12 years in private practice. During this time he developed a keen interest in equine medicine and in 1985 he joined the academic world. Derek moved to Liverpool in 1989 and has since become Professor in Equine Internal Medicine. He has published widely in the scientific and lay press and is the author of 10 recognised text books. Derek has received international awards for his welfare work, his science and in 2005 he was honoured with an OBE by the Queen for his services to the horse. He is involved with national and international equine welfare and other charities. Derek's main professional interests are in oncology, dermatology, ophthalmology and wound management.

Elizabeth grew up in post-war California. She followed in her father’s footsteps into equine veterinary practice, after completing her BS from UC Davis, a MS and DVM from her beloved Auburn University. She subsequently migrated to Australia, where she practiced veterinary medicine at Adelaide Plains Equine Clinic in Gawler, South Australia, for over 25 years until her retirement in December 2020. She has professional publications on plant toxicity, the treatment of burns in horses, and surgical procedures in horses with colic.

Elizabeth began writing about her experiences as a horse vet and published under Elizabeth Woolsey Herbert's name: Horse Doctor an American Vet’s Life Down Under in 2005 and her father’s letter to his parents during his time in the Army Air Corps. Jacks’ War Letters from an American WWII Navigator in 2015. While veterinary medicine has been her passion, fly fishing, horseback riding, and writing occupy her leisure time. Since her retirement in December 2020, she now writes fictional books about equine veterinarians under the name Elizabeth Woolsey, Horse Doctor Press.


Dr. Monica Aleman obtained her veterinary degree at the University UNAM-Mexico. She completed residencies in large animal internal medicine (equine emphasis) and neurology and neurosurgery at UC Davis; and achieved board certification for both specialties by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. She completed a PhD in comparative pathology in neuromuscular disorders at UC Davis. Her research and clinical interest have focused in neurology, neuromuscular and muscle disorders in all species with equine emphasis. She is a full professor of the equine internal medicine and neurology services, chief of service of equine internal medicine, and co-Director of the Neuromuscular Disease Laboratory at UC Davis where samples from both humans and animals are processed. Dr. Aleman is one of the founding members of the Equine and Comparative Neurology Research Group, and is affiliated with the Clinical Neurophysiology Laboratory at UC Davis. Dr. Aleman is author of over 110 peer reviewed medical publications, over 100 proceedings and abstracts, and over 30 book chapters; and is a regular speaker in national and international meetings. Dr. Aleman has served as a reviewer for scientific journals, and grant committees. Dr. Aleman is regularly consulted in challenging cases with neurologic and muscle disease throughout the world. Currently, she works in the investigation of neurologic and neuromuscular disorders in multiple species including humans. Dr. Aleman was recently appointed the Terry Holliday Presidential Endowed chair in Comparative Neurology by the University of California at Davis, and awarded an alumni recognition for Excellence in teaching, service, and research by the National Autonomous University of Mexico.

Patrick is Professor of Veterinary Surgery and Remote and Rural Medicine at the Universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh and the Director of the Glasgow Equine Hospital and Practice.   Patrick has worked in general and specialist veterinary practice for 25 years and is a specialist in large animal surgery with an interest in trauma, wound healing and supporting vets and animal owners in resource limited settings across the globe. A Fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons for meritorious contribution to clinical practice, Patrick is involved in projects with some of the world's 150 million working horses, donkeys and mules, including setting up training programs for vets and animal owners, and has developed networks for veterinary practitioners in remote rural and resource limited settings including telemedicine and in field support from the Scottish Highlands and Islands to The Gambia. Patrick is undertaking a master’s program in Disaster Medicine and Emergency Management and is collaborating with the Worldwide Veterinary Service to develop guidelines to support the animals of displaced people.

Working with the British Animal Rescue and Trauma Association (BARTA), The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and the veterinary profession, Patrick introduced training for incidents involving animals, animal rescue, and for supporting animals in disasters. In addition, he has worked to introduce training for first responders and vets in the high stake’s environments of equine competitive events.

Patrick is an international speaker and researcher and has introduced transformative training for veterinary undergraduates in resilience, performance, team dynamics and leadership.

Patrick is inspired by developing partnerships and collaboration between those working in all types of high stakes environments and improving the health and wellbeing of people and animals.

A keen runner, kayaker and piper, Patrick lives with his partner, and three children in west central Scotland

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