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Monday 6 April

A discussion with a focus on mild equine asthma (IAD) and EIPH, two very common causes of poor performance in athletes.

Equine veterinarians are seeing more older horses within their practices. How are these horses being manged, what diseases are common in equine geriatrics and can they be treated?

Transporting horses, particularly over long distances carries some risk. This presentation will be a discussion around the common respiratory and gastrointestinal diseases associated with transporting horses.

Tuesday 7 April

They may share ancestral origins but have evolved differently over millions of years. For the donkey add ‘dullness’ to the list of emergency conditions you keep for horses - continuous rolling, significant haemorrhage, dystocia etc. The listless ‘stoic’ donkey may have an intestinal impaction, is at significant risk of hyperlipaemia, may already have a terminal illness. There are significant differences in behaviour, physiological parameters, haematological/biochemical markers of disease, the drug metabolism and surgical anatomy.

The presentation will outline the development process and practical application of the 5 Domains Model of animal welfare as a basis for the welfare guidelines for thoroughbreds in the New Zealand Racing and breeding sector. The topic will include the utility of the model’s framework of provisions and affects in indicating minimum and optimal standards.

The Gouldie Hour was initiated at the 2013 NZEVA Conference to recognise the considerable contributions made by Dr. Brian Goulden to education and to continuing equine veterinary education in New Zealand. In continued celebration of Brian’s superb input to equine veterinary science, Cristy Secombe, Chris Pearce and Joe Mayhew will attempt to titillate, annoy, stimulate, entertain, challenge and hopefully edify colleagues on papers and issues from the current equine veterinary literature. A bit of science, a bit of blarney, a bit of wrangling - and even a wee bit of scepticism?

Mild equine asthma, previously known as inflammatory airway disease is a common cause of poor performance in equine athletes. Although most clinicians treat this disease in a similar manner there is some variability. This presentation is one clinician’s thoughts on maximising treatment efficacy.

Wednesday 8 April