13th International Equine Colic Research Symposium

This triennial event, which has been running for 35 years, is hosted alternately by BEVA and the AAEP.

The 13th International Equine Colic Research Symposium will be held on July 15-17, 2020, in Edinburgh, Scotland. iStock/Benedek

The 13th International Equine Colic Research Symposium will be held on July 15-17, 2020, in Edinburgh, Scotland. This event presents a unique opportunity for equine vets to absorb and digest the latest knowledge, clinical practice and scientific advances in the treatment and prevention of colic, from the world’s leading international equine gastroenterology experts. 

The deadline for the submission of abstracts for presentation at the meeting is February 1, 2020.

The triennial event, which has been running for 35 years, is hosted alternately by the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) and the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP).

The meeting will be comprised of 12-minute oral presentations on a breadth of topics, including surgical techniques, treatment, parasitology, gastric ulceration, endotoxemia, pharmacology of intestinal motility, colic complications, epidemiology, physiology of digestion, the intestinal microbiome and metabolomics. (Metabolomics is the large-scale study of small molecules , commonly known as metabolites, within cells, biofluids, tissues or organisms. Collectively, these small molecules and their interactions within a biological system are known as the metabolome.”

Each session will be followed by three minutes for questions and discussion. Poster sessions on the first two days will cover ground beyond the oral presentations, and delegates will be able to review and discuss the work with presenters.

During the two days preceding the symposium, delegates have the opportunity to book a two-day advanced course on colic surgery (July 13-14, 2020). The course will include a day and a half of lectures, presented by Professor David Freeman from the University of Florida, followed by a half-day of practical sessions (including cadaver/syndaver surgery and abdominal ultrasonography). Although a large focus of the course will be on small intestinal resection and anastomosis (and prevention of complications), other commonly performed procedures will be discussed, including jejunocaecostomy, large colon resection and anastomosis, small colon resection, epiploic foramen closure with mesh, repeat celiotomy, etc.

The course will enable delegates to improve their understanding of surgical techniques, refresh their knowledge and build confidence in performing surgical procedures.

BEVA President Tim Mair said: “Our colic symposium is always very popular; nowhere else will you find so many leading practitioners and researchers from around the world sharing their knowledge, experience and ideas via more than 120 oral and poster presentations. With our colic surgery course neatly timed to tie in before the start of the symposium, delegates can optimize use of their time and enjoy 4.5 educational days in beautiful Edinburgh.”

Clinicians and scientists have until February 1, 2020, to submit abstracts of recent work that they wish to present at this meeting. The scientific committee will consider abstracts on all aspects of equine gastroenterology, including basic science research and reports of clinical cases or novel approaches to treatment. The guidelines for abstract submission can be found here.

Limited places are available for the Symposium. To find out more and to book online visit the BEVA website

The colic surgery course program can be found here.

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