Overview

Amp up your horse health knowledge! 

Here's your opportunity to boost your understanding of equine health issues — right in the comfort of your own home! Join us for each instalment of the WCVM EquineED Talks, featuring speakers from the WCVM equine clinical team. During this virtual series of equine health seminars, speakers will focus on various topics: 

Beginning on Feb. 23, each live 75-minute seminar will take place online on selected Tuesday evenings until April 20, 2021. 

Registration

This equine health seminar series is open to everyone in the horse community. While there is no cost to attend, you must register in advance. 

Click the button below to register for one or more of the equine health seminars. 

Speakers

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Schedule

Equine metabolic syndrome (EMS) and pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction (PPID)

Speaker: 

  • Dr. Julia Montgomery, Med Vet, PhD, Diplomate ACVIM (Large Animal)
  • Associate Professor, Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences, WCVM

Time and date: 

  • 7:00-8:15 p.m. CST
    Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Registration

Meeting information: 

  • Webex meeting link will be emailed to all registrants in advance of the event

Dr. Julia Montgomery is an associate professor in the Western College of Veterinary Medicine’s (WCVM) Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences and a board-certified specialist in large animal internal medicine at the WCVM’s Veterinary Medical Centre in Saskatoon, Sask.

After graduating from the School of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Germany, in 2003, Dr. Montgomery undertook a one-year clinical internship at Virginia Tech Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center in Leesburg, Va. Her next move was to the University of Prince Edward Island in Charlottetown, P.E.I., where she completed a three-year residency in large animal internal medicine and a PhD degree at the Atlantic Veterinary College.

Dr. Montgomery worked as a postdoctoral fellow in the WCVM’s Department of Veterinary Biomedical Sciences from for two years before joining the college’s faculty and clinical team in 2013. Her teaching areas include large animal internal medicine as well as veterinary anatomy with a focus on large animal comparative anatomy. She has a special clinical interest in respiratory, gastrointestinal and metabolic diseases of horses and equine nutrition. Her current research includes two research streams in the areas of equine internal medicine (equine asthma; equine metabolic syndrome; use of capsule endoscopy in horses) and equine rehabilitation.

Equine colic

Speaker: 

  • Dr. Michelle Tucker, BS, DVM, DACVS-LA
  • PhD candidate, Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences, WCVM

Time and date: 

  • 7:00-8:15 p.m. CST
    Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Registration

  • Click here to register for the April 13 event. 

Meeting information: 

  • Webex meeting link will be emailed to all registrants in advance of the event

Originally from Kentucky, Dr. Michelle Tucker earned a Bachelor of Science degree (Biosystems Engineering and Biology) from the University of Kentucky in 2010. She then went on to complete her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree from Texas A&M University in 2014. Next, Dr. Tucker completed two one-year equine internships — one at Equine Medical Associates in Edmond, Okla., and one at Kansas State University. In 2016, Dr. Tucker moved to Canada and became a large animal surgical resident in the WCVM's Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences. She completed her residency and board certification with the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS) in 2020 and is now working to finish her PhD program. Her PhD work focuses on the feasibility of individualization of upper airway surgery using computational methods. 

Gastric ulcers

Speaker: 

  • Dr. Tiago Afonso, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVIM (Large Animal)
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences, WCVM

Time and date: 

  • 7:00-8:15 p.m. CST
    Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Registration

  • Click here to register for the April 20 event. 

Meeting information: 

  • Webex meeting link will be emailed to all registrants in advance of the event

Before joining the WCVM’s faculty, Dr. Tiago Afonso was a senior lecturer in equine internal medicine at New Zealand’s Massey University and at the University of Adelaide in Australia. Before taking on that role, he worked in a busy private practice during a foaling season in the state of Victoria, Australia.

After completing an integrated master’s (DVM) program at the University of Lisbon (Portugal), Dr. Afonso spent one year at Ghent University in Belgium as a large animal intern. His next move was to the Ontario Veterinary College (University of Guelph) for a one-year rotating internship in large animal medicine and surgery. 

In 2016, he completed his PhD degree (equine cardiology) and a three-year residency program at the University of Georgia. During the same year, he also became a board-certified specialist in large animal internal medicine by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM). 

Dr. Afonso’s main clinical interests include the cardiovascular system, respiratory tract diseases, gastrointestinal emergencies, antimicrobial therapy, infectious diseases, and critical care medicine, particularly the critically ill neonate.

Equine asthma

Speaker: 

  • Dr. Julia Montgomery, Med Vet, PhD, Diplomate ACVIM (Large Animal)
  • Associate Professor, Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences, WCVM

Time and date: 

  • 7:00-8:15 p.m. CST
    Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Registration

Recording: 

  • Click here to view the complete EquineEd Talk (equine asthma)

Dr. Julia Montgomery is an associate professor in the Western College of Veterinary Medicine’s (WCVM) Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences and a board-certified specialist in large animal internal medicine at the WCVM’s Veterinary Medical Centre in Saskatoon, Sask.

After graduating from the School of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Germany, in 2003, Dr. Montgomery undertook a one-year clinical internship at Virginia Tech Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center in Leesburg, Va. Her next move was to the University of Prince Edward Island in Charlottetown, P.E.I., where she completed a three-year residency in large animal internal medicine and a PhD degree at the Atlantic Veterinary College.

Dr. Montgomery worked as a postdoctoral fellow in the WCVM’s Department of Veterinary Biomedical Sciences from for two years before joining the college’s faculty and clinical team in 2013. Her teaching areas include large animal internal medicine as well as veterinary anatomy with a focus on large animal comparative anatomy. She has a special clinical interest in respiratory, gastrointestinal and metabolic diseases of horses and equine nutrition. Her current research includes two research streams in the areas of equine internal medicine (equine asthma; equine metabolic syndrome; use of capsule endoscopy in horses) and equine rehabilitation.

Foal care

Speaker: 

  • Dr. Debora Vogt, Dr med vet
  • Intern, large animal internal medicine, WCVM

Time and date: 

  • 7:00-8:15 p.m. CST
    Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Registration

Meeting information: 

  • Webex meeting link will be emailed to all registrants in advance of the event

Dr. Debora Vogt is a clinical intern in the WCVM Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences. Originally from Switzerland, Dr. Vogt attended the University of Bern where she earned her degree in veterinary medicine in 2013. 

She was then involved in antimicrobial resistance research before completing a rotating equine internship in Bern, followed by an internship in critical care in Ireland. Before beginning her internship at the WCVM,  Debora was working in private practice. 

 

Equine cardiology

Speaker: 

  • Dr. Nicole van der Vossen, DVM
  • Resident, large animal internal medicine, WCVM

Time and date: 

  • 7:00-8:15 p.m. CST
    Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Registration

  • Click here to register for the March 23 event. 

Meeting information: 

  • Webex meeting link will be emailed to all registrants in advance of the event

Dr. Nicole van der Vossen grew up in France at the border with Switzerland and Geneva. She attended the University of Ghent in Belgium from which she earned her veterinary degree in 2017. Dr. van der Vossen then completed two one-year equine internships in Belgium and Qatar. 

She joined the WCVM in September 2020 and is working on a three-year combined residency-graduate program in large animal internal medicine. 

Equine spring wellness

Speaker: 

  • Dr. Nora Chavarria, Med Vet, MVetSc
  • Clinical Associate, Equine Field Service, WCVM Veterinary Medical Centre

Time and date: 

  • 7:00-8:15 p.m. CST
    Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Registration

  • Click here to register for the March 30 event. 

Meeting information: 

  • Webex meeting link will be emailed to all registrants in advance of the event

Originally from Germany, Dr. Nora Chavarria completed five years of undergraduate studies in veterinary medicine at the Free University of Berlin, Germany. After graduating in 2005, she spent one year working at  an equine practice in northwest Germany and then worked in a mixed practice in Wales for more than a year.

Dr. Chavarria moved to Canada in 2008 and began an equine clinical internship at the WCVM Veterinary Medical Centre. One year later, she began a three-year combined Master of Veterinary Science-residency program in equine practice. Dr. Chavarria has been a clinical associate in Equine Field Service at the WCVM Veterinary Medical Centre since 2013.