Gastric ulcers under the spotlight

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Guest speaker: Dr. Kirstie Pickles. (FW36-517NN) PICTURE: Jo Hansford Photography

SVS Equine and Shanaghan Veterinary Services are hosting a unique Webinair for horse owners, trainers, veterinary surgeons and

allied professionals. The

webinar, which will take

place on Thursday Sept-ember 10 at 7.30pm, is entitled ‘Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome’.

Guest speaker for this event is Dr. Kirstie Pickles (pictured) BVMS MSc PhD PgCert (CounsSkills) CertEM (IntMed) DipECEIM MRCVS, RCVS and European Specialist in Equine Internal Medicine.

Kirstie graduated from Glasgow Veterinary School in 1996 and completed her residency training and PhD in equine asthma syndrome at The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, Edinburgh. She has worked in both private practice and academia, including Massey University, New Zealand, the University of California Davis and the University of Edinburgh.

She is also a FEI qualified veterinary surgeon for endurance riding and worked at the Beijing Olympic and Paralympic Games in Hong Kong in 2008.

Equine gastric ulcer syndrome (EGUS) is common in exercising horses and is further categorised as equine squamous gastric disease (ESGD) and/or equine glandular gastric disease (EGGD).

Dr Esther Skelly Smith MRCVS, who is the lead Veterinary Surgeon at Shanaghan Veterinary Services, says “Gastric Ulcers are a common occurrence in horses across all disciplines and are often seen secondary to other issues such as pain related to lameness, environmental stressors and husbandry issues.

“Common signs associated with gastric ulcerations include; a change in behaviour, unsociable be-haviour towards food, eating slowly/not finishing, colic (recurrent), loose droppings, poor performance, refusing to canter and ‘girthiness’.

“I feel strongly that all people involved in the care and management of horses should be well informed in this subject, how to prevent ulceration and strategies for day to day management of same”.

The event can be booked via the SVS equine website www.svsequine.co.uk

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