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 • 9:00am - 10:00am
Equine metabolic syndrome – what do we know now?

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The original ACVIM consensus defined Equine metabolic syndrome (EMS) in 2010 as a syndrome of obesity, insulin resistance (IR) and laminitis. However, since then, research evidence has changed our understanding of the syndrome. EMS is a collection of risk factors for the development of endocrinopathic laminitis. The central defining pathophysiological feature is insulin dysregulation. While obesity is an important risk factor, obesity and lipid dysregulation, as well as cardiovascular and other features are not consistently found with the syndrome. The aims of this presentation are to: 1. Discuss the pathophysiology of EMS focusing on the central feature of insulin dysregulation and how it might develop. 2. Discuss the other risk factors associated with EMS including obesity and lipid dysregulation. Recent research from the USA on new research into the genetic risk factors will also be discussed. 3. Discuss the history and epidemiology of EMS, including research from Australia on hyperinsulinaemia in ponies and new research form the UK looking at the prevalence and risk factors for EMS.

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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 →

Thursday May 17, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
Mezzanine M1 Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre