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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Monday, May 14 • 9:15am - 10:15am
Getting the old guys back on track: Management of PPID

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With the licensing and marketing of pergolide (Prascend) medical treatment for equine pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction (PPID or Equine Cushing’s disease) has become more common. Unlike the case a decade ago where conservative management was sometimes still advocated, medical treatment of PPID is now the accepted ‘norm’ and owners should be fully informed about the treatment options. However, medical treatment is just the first step and the key to success in these old guys is monitoring and follow-up. This needs to be done in the context of geriatric horse health and welfare, but if well managed, these cases and their owners are an important part of equine practices. The aims of this presentation are to: 1. Outline the treatment of PPID and how it works, including side effects and dose adjustment and prognosis. 2. Outline the benefits and method for monitoring PPID cases on treatment with endocrinological testing and owner participation in monitoring clinical signs. 3. Discuss how to manage the difficult case, including cases with concurrent diseases associated with older age, concurrent equine metabolic syndrome or laminitis and nutritional management.

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Cathy McGowan

University of Liverpool
Cathy is Professor of Equine Internal Medicine, Head of Department, Equine Clinical Science at The University of Liverpool, Institute of Veterinary Science.Graduating from the University of Sydney (1991) she has aPhD in equine exercise physiology, RCVS and European Diplomas and recognised... Read More →

Monday May 14, 2018 9:15am - 10:15am
Mezzanine M1 Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre