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Martin works for New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing in the role of General Manager – Racing & Equine Welfare. Through his work in the racing industry he has also a representative member of the NZ Equine Health Association, and is the Chairman of the NZ Horse Ambulance Trust.

Joe is a graduate of University College Dublin and has been a veterinarian for more than 30 years. He spent the first 20 years as an equine clinician, mainly in private practice but with an equine residency at Cambridge University in the middle. Joe completed two RCVS clinical certificates and thought he knew it all! A PhD in equine welfare, supported by World Horse Welfare, following by a research project and employment with The Donkey Sanctuary opened his eyes to how little true regard he had sometimes given to the sentience and welfare of the equines under his care, and he winces to recall how ignorant he had been when treating donkeys in particular. Joe will illustrate the importance for welfare NGOs to listen to the true needs and experiences of equines and how vital it is to keep these at the heart of what vets do; and how we can use a novel tool to assess donkey welfare and the impact of the work we do. He will encourage and assist colleagues to treat donkeys as the species they are. By highlighting their key differences - behaviour, physiology, nutrition, medication and anatomy he’ll show how approaches must differ from those used with their larger relatives. Pulling from his years of experience in equine clinical practice and welfare organisations in Europe, Asia, Africa and Central America, Joe will add insights as to how vets should better assess quality-of-life and make end-of-life decisions that are both principled and pragmatic.

Joe is a clinical veterinarian with an interest in equine medicine, veterinary neurology and comparative neuropathology. Currently he is Professor Emeritus in Equine Medicine, Massey University, having worked in clinical academic positions the University of Florida, Cambridge University, University of Edinburgh and Massey University. Joe now does clinical consulting, is Editor of the NZEVA Equine Veterinary Practitioner and with luck might finish a 3rd edition of the text Large Animal Neurology along with colleague Rob MacKay from Florida. He enjoys time spent with family and their dogs, trying his legs at a few marathons and triathlons, and is adept at injuring himself while running and riding bikes.

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Cristy is an Associate Professor of Equine Medicine at Murdoch University in Western Australia. Having graduated from Murdoch University and after spending time in private equine practice in Victoria, Australia Cristy commenced a residency in predominantly equine surgery at Massey University in New Zealand and completed a masters degree investigating third carpal bone disease in horses. She returned to Murdoch University where she decided that equine medicine was more to her liking and undertook a second residency in equine medicine. Cristy is a member of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in both equine medicine and surgery, a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and a registered specialist in equine medicine. Cristy’s research interests are centred around non-infectious equine respiratory disease, equine endocrine disease and clinical veterinary education. Cristy enjoys contributing to the profession through provision of continuing education, presentation and publication of research and contribution to professional associations. She is the immediate past president of Equine Veterinarians Australia.

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