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 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Managing the waistline: Prevention and Management of EMS

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Management of equine metabolic syndrome (EMS) consists of nutritional, exercise and possibly pharmacological interventions. It often involves major changes to feeding, exercise, turn out etc., and so ensuring that the horse’s owner is fully aware of the diagnosis, what EMS is and the importance of management is essential to ensure compliance. Setting targets, and regular monitoring and communication between vet and owner are essential. The immediate objective of EMS management is a reduction in circulating insulin concentration, especially following feeding. Goals in the medium term are normalisation of body condition score (BCS) and reduction in insulin dysregulation (ID), and in the long term a return to normal function while maintaining a low glycaemic/insulinaemic response to the diet. The aims of this presentation are to: 1. Discuss dietary management of EMS including immediate, medium term and long term aims. 2. Interpret obesity research and discuss common areas of confusion including rates and targets for weight loss and alterations in the response to dietary restriction associated with time or sensitivity to dietary restriction. The (poor) relationship between BCS and total body fat will also be discussed. 3. Discuss the use of different forage sources and nutraceuticals, including soaked hay in restricted diets, including glycaemic responses to different forages. 4. Discuss the use of exercise in the management of EMS including understanding of the appropriate intensities of exercise for horses and ponies. 5. Discuss the return of EMS horses onto pasture.

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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 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Mezzanine M1 Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre