2018 WEVA Congress Approaching

By CJ (Kate) Savage BVSc(Hons), MS, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, WEVA President

The 2018 World Equine Veterinary Association (WEVA) Congress will take place April 21-23 in Beijing, China.

The event, being organized, in concert with the China Horse Industry Association (CHIA), is being designed to fulfill WEVA's mission of advancing equid health and welfare around the world by promoting and offering quality continuing education for equine practitioners, specifically in countries with limited access to high-quality broad-based veterinary continuing education.

WEVA will host six wet labs on the two days preceding the main Congress (April 19-20). Topics will include:

  • Prepuchase examinations;
  • Preparing for competition;
  • Diagnostic imaging;
  • Lameness examinations;
  • Hoof diseases and management using farriery; and
  • Dental examinations.

The main Congress will feature some lectures specifically for nonveterinary stakeholders in various equestrian industries to facilitate education and promote equine veterinary medicine and surgery in the region. WEVA said it hopes many Chinese, Inner Mongolian, and South Korean equine veterinarians and veterinary students will attend and meet the wider community of global equine veterinary specialists and practitioners. The organizers hope delegates from North America and Latin America will be able to attend, as well.

More than 50 lecturers from Australia, Belgium, Chile, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States are lined up to present at the Congress. Program co-chairs and WEVA board members Chris Riggs, BVSc, PhD, DEO, Dipl. ECVS, MRCVS, and Henry Tremaine, BVetMed, CertES (Soft Tissue), MPhil, Dipl. ECVS, EVDC, FHEA, MRCVS, are working to assemble an educational program covering many aspects of practical equine veterinary medicine, surgery, and theriogenology, as well as practical applications within the industry. The latter will include nutrition, drug testing, equine insurance, biosecurity, and national and international travel. In the veterinary streams, speakers will discuss topics including wound care, hoof care, lameness (including nerve blocks, fracture repair, and cartilage resurfacing), diagnostic imaging, infectious diseases, respiratory diseases, cardiology, ophthalmology, and dentistry.

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