by C.J. (Kate) Savage BVSc(Hons), MS, PhD, Diplomate ACVIM, Program Chair WEVA Budapest 2013

The World Equine Veterinary Association (WEVA) has announced the final program for the biennial congress in Budapest, Hungary, taking place Oct. 3-5, 2013. The program includes a diverse lineup of international speakers from Europe, North America, South America, Australia, New Zealand, and Asia. The full conference program can be accessed online at

On Oct. 3 WEVA President Ravi Reddy, BVSc, MRCVS, and Dr. Zita Makra, of the Hungarian Association of Equine Practitioners, will open the Congress. Also on Oct. 3, the recipient of the Merial Applied Research Award will be announced and a state-of-the-art lecture on the winner’s research will be presented. Following, the Infectious Disease News Hour will be presented, a session modeled on the ever-popular Kester News Hour at American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) conferences.

Louise Southwood, BVSc, PhD, Dipl. ACVS, ACVECC, associate professor in the Department of Clinical Studies at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center, will present the State-of-the-Art Lecture on "Colic—Lessons from the Past and Expectations for the Future, What’s new?" Southwood originally hales from Australia, but did her residency in equine surgery at Colorado State University (CSU), when the program chair, Kate Savage, was a young faculty member there. Southwood and her husband, Eric Parente, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, also of the New Bolton Center, will be giving a number of lectures on colic and diagnosis and management of upper respiratory tract disorders, respectively.

The Congress lineup includes a variety of speakers from around the world who will present lectures on an array of horse health topics. CSU’s Pat McCue, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACT, and Italians Giorgio Ricardi, DVM, and Sandro Barbacini, DVM, will discuss equine reproduction. Laurie Goodrich, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVS, also of CSU, will speak on orthopedics, and Anthony Blikslager, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVS, professor of equine surgery and gastroenterology at the North Carolina State University's College of Veterinary Medicine, will lecture on colic.

British and European speakers include Sue Dyson, MA, VetMB, PhD, DEO, FRCVS; Stefan Witte, DrMedVet, Dipl. ACVS; John Walmsley, MA, VetMB, CertEO, Dipl. ECVS, HonFRCVS; Jorg Auer, DrMedVet, MS; Immediate Past WEVA President Tim Greet, BVMS, FRCVS, MVM, Cert EO, DESTS, Dipl. ECVS; and Derek Knottenbelt, OBE, BVMS, Dipl. ECEIM, MRCVS. They will present lectures on subjects such as lameness, arthroscopy, platelet-rich plasma for the management of tendon injury, fracture repair, angular limb and flexural deformities, skin disease, neoplasia, and welfare issues. Other speakers—including Michael Hewetson, BVSc, BSc, DECEIM, CertEM, MRCVS; Eric Richard, DVM, MSc, PhD; and Stéphane Pronost, MSc—will give insight into many respiratory and cardiac disorders.

Additionally, the AAEP is sending their president, Ann Dwyer, DVM, to take part in the ophthalmology session complementing the great repartee by ophthalmology specialist Bernhard Spiess, DVM, Dipl. ACVO, ECVO. These two will also run an ophthalmology wet lab on Oct. 2; interested attendees are encouraged to reserve their spots for the wet lab early.

We look forward to seeing many veterinarians at the congress furthering our profession’s international collegiality. The WEVA congress offers the opportunity to interact with and make many friends from a huge number of countries.

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