Local Practitioners Meeting
Tuesday, 23 January 2018
New South Wales
Camden Equine Centre, 410 Werombi Road, Brownlow Hill

Gastric Ulcer Syndrome Update Dr Michael Robinson
This presentation examines the latest published research and information on Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome. Topics covered will include diagnosis, management, treatment and prevention of this common ailment.

Particular emphasis will be placed on treatment of recalcitrant, recurrent and difficult cases   will be presented and lessons learnt from over 6000 gastroscopies conducted over the past five years.  In addition new epidemiological data on the effect of ulcers on racing performance will be presented.

Septic Arthritis and Tenosynovitis Dr Margaux Markwell
Septic arthritis/tenosynovitis is common condition that equine veterinarians encounter that can occur from penetrating wounds, intra-articular injections, surgical procedures and hematogenous transfer of bacteria in foals. Septic arthritis/tenosynovitis can cause chronic lameness, contralateral limb laminitis and death. Delay in therapy is often associated with progressive tissue destruction and morbidity therefore diagnosis or suspicion of a septic synovial/tenosynovitis is a medical emergency. Diagnosis can be made through arthrocentesis and performing synovial cell counts. A bacterial culture is taken at the time to further pinpoint the type of bacteria present in the joint. Additional diagnostics such as radiographs, ultrasound, and magnetic resonance imaging are useful on a case by case basis. Treatment is usually based around systemic antibiotics, regional limb perfusion, lavage (either needle through and through or arthroscopy/tenoscopy) and intra-articular antibiotics. Prognosis is 90-94% for survival in adult horse and 78-89% in foals depending on involvement of other body systems.

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Contact Details:
AVA group/External Provider name:: 
Camden Equine Centre, Sydney University
External Provider
Dr Christa Bodaan
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0438 316 342
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