Bain Fallon: equine education at its best

Equine specialists from the United States and New Zealand will be joining us on the Gold Coast next month to spend 4 days discussing all the latest in equine medicine and research at Bain Fallon 2017.

The Bain Fallon Memorial Lectures is known as the best week of equine continuing professional development in the southern hemisphere and this year is no exception.

Coming from Michigan in the United States is Professor Stephanie Valberg, who was inducted into the Equine Research Hall of Fame in 2012. Her research and clinical practice centres on neuromuscular diseases in horses, with a special focus on genetic diseases of skeletal muscle and their nutritional management. Professor Valberg is the Mary Anne McPhail Dressage Chair in Equine Sports Medicine at Michigan State University and throughout the course of her career she has been the recipient of several awards, including the 2001 and 2010 Pfizer Award for Research Excellence. With a focus on muscle disorders, she’ll be presenting on topics, including equine genetic disease, diagnostic approach to muscle disorders, and shivers and other movement disorders.

Sharing his wealth of experience in large animal orthopaedic surgery is Professor Dean Richardson from the University of Pennsylvania. During his career, which spans more than 30 years, his research areas have been minimally invasive surgical techniques, osteoarthritis, stem cells and gene therapy. Professor Richardson currently serves as the Charles W. Raker Professor of Equine Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania and Chief of Large Animal Surgery at Penn Vet’s New Bolton Center. He is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and has lectured around the globe on the topic of equine orthopaedics. He’ll be discussing case management of carpal injuries, orthopaedic infections, case management of small metacarpal/metatarsal injuries, stress and fatigue bone injuries in racing horses, decision making with osteochondrosis cases and orthopaedic first aid.

Crossing the ditch to discuss the latest in equine neurology is Professor Joe Mayhew from New Zealand. He is a clinical veterinarian with an interest in equine medicine, large animal neurology and comparative neuropathology. Professor Mayhew worked as a vet in Australia and New Zealand before entering academia and has clinical, research and teaching experience at the University of Florida, Cambridge University, Edinburgh University and Massey University. He is the current editor of the NZEVA journal – Equine Veterinary Practitioner.

Local speakers will also delve into an array of interesting and useful topics, including how to diagnose muscle disorders in Australia, practical PPE and biosecurity and how to obtain good cervical spine images... just to name a few.

The 39th Bain Fallon Memorial Lectures will be held at the RACV Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast, 9–13 July 2017. For more information or to register, visit

Melanie Berenger
Communications Officer

This article appeared in the June 2017 issue of the Australian Veterinary Journal

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