Thai Equine Vets Participate in WEVA Conference

The World Equine Veterinary Association (WEVA), in association with the Veterinary Practitioners’ Association of Thailand (VPAT), arranged an equine conference in Bangkok, Thailand, held Aug. 7-9 for approximately 24 Thai equine practitioners and one Argentinean.

WEVA meeting in Bangkok

Labs were run at a private equestrian facility.

WEVA provided three speakers (this author, Des Leadon, MA, MVB, MSc, FRCVS, Dipl. ECEIM, and Warwick Bayly, BVSc, MS, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM), who gave lectures and laboratory practicals for the WEVA Intermediate Conference.

Many thanks go to the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine for supporting WEVA in providing funds for this author’s airfare; it is the support of the various equine veterinary groups in many countries that allows for the existence of WEVA and allows it to reach out to developing countries to provide continuing education.

Lectures ranged from physical examination and urological evaluation to echocardiography and performance determination. Participants especially enjoyed practical laboratories. Presenters covered rebreathing bag techniques, sinus percussion, neurological evaluation, ultrasonography of the chest (lungs and heart), and electrocardiography.

Siraya Chunekamrai, DVM, PhD, the president of VPAT, was an efficient organizer of facilities (a lecture room and a private equestrian facility at which the labs were run) and equipment (ultrasonographic machines and electrocardiographic machines). She was also a marvelous host and, along with the attendees, made the presenters feel very welcome in Thailand.

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