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.    
Visit conference.ava.com.au to register.    To download a pdf file of the entire program click here.
Thursday, May 17 • 8:30am - 9:00am
Heat Stress in Horses: Focus on Exertional Heat Illness

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Thoroughbred racehorses generate enormous heat loads during racing. Dissipation of heat by sweating is reduced in hot and humid conditions which can result in a failure of adequate heat loss and the development of Exertional heat illness (EHI). This syndrome differs from heat stress seen in endurance horses, which features dehydration and electrolyte imbalance. EHI is characterised by the development of abnormal behavioural and neurological signs associated with hyperthermia of the CNS, including agitation and kicking, which can progress to ataxia and collapse. Neurological signs can be reversed with a single intravenous dose of detomidine but the mainstay of treatment is active cooling. The precise weather conditions predisposing to the development of EHI have not been well studied and are the subject of ongoing research which will allow for the development of better guidelines for the prevention and management of this condition. Education of racing administrators, trainers and strappers will assist in reducing the risks of this potentially fatal syndrome.


Finola McConaghy

Technical Services Manager, Ceva Animal Health
Technical Services Manager for Ceva, trained as equine medicine specialist, PhD in heat stress in horses, run R&D programme for Ceva in Australia. Happy to discuss Ceva products for horses and small animals .

Thursday May 17, 2018 8:30am - 9:00am
Mezzanine M1 Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre