The AVA Annual Conference is the nation’s premier veterinary event, covering all fields of veterinary science and in 2017 brought together over 920 veterinary professionals and 115 exhibitors.

We hope you will join us for the 2018 AVA Annual Conference in Brisbane, 13-18 May.    
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Thursday, May 17 • 8:00am - 8:30am
Endocrinology in Emergencies

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Medical emergencies are commonly encountered in equine practice and can be difficult to manage as they often involve a medical challenge and an uncertain outcome. Equine emergencies are varied, including colic, shock or acutely ill neonate, and usually involve more than one body system. Many markers have been used to try to predict the outcome of horses in these situations; however, few have proven reliable in different situations. During an emergency situation, the endocrine system is challenged and its ability to respond appropriately is associated with survival. Studies of large populations of horses have demonstrated that tight hormonal regulation was paramount for a positive outcome in emergencies. During critical illness, a transient adrenocortical dysfunction called relative adrenal insufficiency or critical illness-related corticosteroid insufficiency have been described in both equine adults and neonates and is associated with disease and disease severity. Similarly, poor regulation of insulin and glucose dynamics in sick foals and adults have been shown to be associated with morbidity and mortality. Overall several endocrine markers can be used in adults and neonates to determine disease severity and predict outcome.

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Francois-Rene Bertin

Senior Lecturer in Equine Internal Medicine, The University of Queensland
François-René graduated with a DVM from the National Veterinary School of Nantes (France). After completing an internship in equine medicine and surgery at the National Veterinary School of Alfort (France), François-René trained in Equine Internal Medicine at the Purdue University... Read More →

Thursday May 17, 2018 8:00am - 8:30am
Mezzanine M1 Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre