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. 

Beginning on Oct. 19, each 75-minute presentation will begin at 7 p.m. CST on selected Tuesday evenings from October 2021 to March 2022.

  • Topic: Lameness, management of osteoarthritis and back pain
  • Time/date: 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021
  • Speaker: Dr. James Carmalt, professor, WCVM Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences
  • Registration: While the session is free, all participants must register in advance. 
  • Note: The WCVM will send the Zoom meeting link to all registrants before the presentation. 

Speaker

Dr. James Carmalt
MA, VetMB, MVetSc, FRCVS, DABVP (Equine), DAVDC (Equine), DACVSMR, DACVS

After graduating from the University of Cambridge in 1998, Dr. James Carmalt came to Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) for a large animal medicine internship. In between time spent in Australia working in general practice and an equine speciality practice, Dr. Carmalt completed two WCVM residencies in equine practice and large animal surgery. In 2007, he joined the WCVM faculty where he directs the ACVS large animal surgery residency program and is an equine surgery professor. Dr. Carmalt travels extensively to work in private practices and academic institutions internationally. He has authored over 70 peer-reviewed publications and has presented his research at more than two dozen international conferences. His main research areas are equine pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction (PPID), which is the focus of his ongoing PhD program; equine dentistry (temporomandibular joint disease or TMJ) and evidence-based medicine.

  • Topic: Hoof health and disease
  • Time/date: 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021
  • Speaker: Dr. Julia Montgomery, associate professor, and Dr. Joe Bracamonte, associate professor, WCVM Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences
  • Registration: While the session is free, all participants must register in advance. Click button below.
  • Note: The WCVM will send the Zoom meeting link to all registrants before the presentation. 

Seminar

Dr. Julia Montgomery will discuss the different reasons why horses may develop laminitis and which horses are most at risk. The presentation will further highlight what horse owners may be able to do to reduce the laminitis risk for their horse and what may be involved when a horse is recovering from laminitis.

Speakers

Dr. Julia Montgomery
Med Vet, PhD, DACVIM (Large Animal)

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. 

After graduating from Germany's School of Veterinary Medicine Hannover 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 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.

Dr. Joe Bracamonte
DVM, DVSc, DACVS, DECVS

Dr. Joe Bracamonte graduated in 2000 from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Extremadura in Spain. He was awarded a one-year scholarship in equine surgery at the Freie University of Berlin. He then went on to complete a one-year internship at Equine Services Surgical Hospital in Kentucky and stayed on staff for an additional year. Next, he moved to the Ontario Veterinary College where he completed an internship, large animal surgical residency and DVSc degree. He is a Diplomate with both the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and the European College of Veterinary Surgeons. Dr. Bracamonte joined the University of Saskatchewan in 2008 and is now an associate professor in equine surgery at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine. His research focuses on adhesion formation in horses, anastomotic healing and biomarker identification for orthopedic infections.

  • Topic: Equine biosecurity
  • Time/date: 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021
  • Speaker: Dr. Chris Clark, associate professor, WCVM Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences
  • Registration: While the session is free, all participants must register in advance. Click button below.
  • Note: The WCVM will send the Zoom meeting link to all registrants before the presentation. 

Speaker

Dr. Chris Clark
VetMB, PhD, DACVIM

Dr. Chris Clark graduated from the Cambridge University in the United Kingdom (UK) and then eventually came to the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) for a one-year internship. After one year as a rural veterinarian in the UK, he returned to the WCVM to complete his residency, master’s and PhD degrees in clinical pharmacology. 

As an associate professor, Dr. Clark has received numerous teaching awards, including the University of Saskatchewan’s Master Teacher Award in 2016. He has served as the WCVM’s associate dean academic for the past five years. His greatest interest is veterinary education — and cows’ feet.

  • Topic: First aid and wound management
  • Time/date: 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021
  • Speaker: Dr. Keri Thomas, assistant professor, WCVM Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences
  • Registration: While the session is free, all participants must register in advance. Click button below.
  • Note: The WCVM will send the Zoom meeting link to all registrants before the presentation. 
  • Topic: Performance horse health and nutrition; causes of poor performance
  • Time/date: 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021
  • Speakers: Dr. Julia Montgomery, associate professor, WCVM Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences, and Amanda Van De Kerckhove, Co-op Feeds, Saskatoon, Sask.
  • Registration: While the session is free, all participants must register in advance. Click button below.
  • Note: The WCVM will send the Zoom meeting link to all registrants before the presentation. 

Speakers

Dr. Julia Montgomery
Med Vet, PhD, DACVIM (Large Animal)

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. 

After graduating from Germany's School of Veterinary Medicine Hannover 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 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.

Amanda Van De Kerckhove, MSc, PAg
Livestock Nutritionist, Co-op Feeds

Amanda Van De Kerckhove grew up in Moosomin, Sask., where she spent most of her spare time with horses. After high school, she attended the University of Saskatchewan for her bachelor's and master's degrees. She joined Co-op Feeds in 2010 as nutritionist and deals with all livestock except chickens and pigs. As a nutritionist, Amanda is responsible for product development, ration formulation and knowledge transfer. She has a personal interest in equine nutrition.

  • Topic: Breeding and fertility
  • Time/date: 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m., Tuesday, January 11, 2022
  • Speaker: Dr. Steve Manningassociate professor, WCVM Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences
  • Registration: While the session is free, all participants must register in advance. Click button below.
  • Note: The WCVM will send the Zoom meeting link to all registrants before the presentation. 

Speaker

Dr. Steve Manning
DVM, MSc, DACT

Dr. Stephen (Steve) Manning is the associate dean of clinical programs at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine. In addition to overseeing the operations of the WCVM Veterinary Medical Centre, he is responsible for the senior clinical rotations in the WCVM’s Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) program.

Dr. Manning is also a member of the Field Service in the WCVM Veterinary Medical Centre and a board-certified theriogenologist. As well, he is an associate professor in the WCVM’s Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences, specializing in advanced reproduction techniques and equine acupuncture.

Dr. Manning graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph in 1991. After a few years in private practice, he came to the WCVM and completed a residency in theriogenology (reproduction) and a Master of Science degree. Dr. Manning earned his board certification from the American College of Theriogenologists in 1997. He is also a certified veterinary acupuncturist, having successfully completed the Medical Acupuncture for Veterinarians course at Colorado State University in 2008.

  • Topic: Equine maintenance health care: protocols for keeping your horse healthy throughout the year.
  • Time/date: 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m., Tuesday, January 25, 2022
  • Speaker: Dr. Michelle Husulak, lecturer/clinical faculty, equine field service, WCVM Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences
  • Registration: While the session is free, all participants must register in advance. Click button below.
  • Note: The WCVM will send the Zoom meeting link to all registrants before the presentation. 

Speaker

Dr. Michelle Husulak
DVM, MVetSc, DABVP (Equine Practice)

After graduating from the WCVM's veterinary program in 2012, Dr. Husulak completed an internship in large animal medicine and a residency in equine field service at the WCVM. She received her Master of Veterinary Science degree in 2016 and received board certification in equine practice by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in 2019.

Michelle was a clinical associate in equine field service at the WCVM from 2016 to 2021, primarily going out on equine field service calls and teaching fourth-year veterinary students, interns and residents. In fall 2021, Dr. Husulak became a lecture/clinical faculty member at the WCVM, which added lectures and teaching labs for veterinary students to her equine field service responsibilities.

Dr. Husulak finds all areas of clinical practice to be interesting and exciting, but she enjoys equine dentistry the most. In her spare time, she loves spending time with her one-year-old son and her husband, doing any activity outside, and hanging out with her horse, dogs and cats. 

  • Topic: Ongoing equine research at the WCVM (panel discussion)
  • Time/date: 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m., Tuesday, February 8, 2022
  • Speakers: Panellists will be announced at a later date
  • Registration: While the session is free, all participants must register in advance. Click button below.
  • Note: The WCVM will send the Zoom meeting link to all registrants before the presentation. 
  • Topic: Infectious disease outbreaks
  • Time/date: 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m., Tuesday, February 22, 2022
  • Speakers: Dr. Julia Montgomery, associate professor, and Dr. Valentina Ragno, clinical associate (equine field service), Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences
  • Registration: While the session is free, all participants must register in advance. Click button below.
  • Note: The WCVM will send the Zoom meeting link to all registrants before the presentation. 

Seminar

In this seminar, Drs. Montgomery and Ragno will review recommendations for equine infectious disease outbreaks such as strangles, EHV-1 and equine infectious anemia (EIA). The talk will cover diagnostic testing, outbreak management and biosecurity measures. They will also discuss decision making for lifting of quarantine restrictions and review the WCVM Veterinary Medical Centre's admission policy for suspected cases of strangles and EHV-1.

Speakers

Dr. Julia Montgomery
Med Vet, PhD, DACVIM (Large Animal)

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. 

After graduating from Germany's School of Veterinary Medicine Hannover 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 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.


Dr. Valentina Ragno
DVM, MSc, DACVIM (Large Animal)

Originally from northern Italy, Dr. Valentina Ragno attended the University of Turin (Torino, Italy) where she completed her veterinary medicine degree at the university's Department of Veterinary Sciences.

After graduation, Dr. Ragno completed equine internships in Italy, Ireland and the United States. She went on to complete a large animal internal medicine residency and a Master of Science degree at the University of Saskatchewan's Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM). She also became a board-certified specialist in large animal internal medicine. 

Dr. Ragno was an assistant professor of large animal medicine at the WCVM for one year before joining the WCVM Veterinary Medical Centre's Equine Field Service — first as a locum and then as a clinical associate. She has also served remotely as sessional lecturer in large animal medicine for the University of Calgary. Her research efforts currently focus on equine endocrinology and infectious diseases.

  • Topic: Don't compound a drug problem
  • Time/date: 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m., Tuesday, March 8, 2022
  • Speakers: Dr. Trisha Dowling, professor, Department of Veterinary Biomedical Sciences, WCVM
  • Registration: While the session is free, all participants must register in advance. Click button below.
  • Note: The WCVM will send the Zoom meeting link to all registrants before the presentation. 

Speaker

Dr. Trisha Dowling
DVM, MS, DACVIM (Large Animal), DACVCP

Trisha Dowling is a veterinarian and professor of veterinary clinical pharmacology at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada and the founder and co-director of the Canadian gFARAD. She graduated from Texas A&M in 1983 (BS Animal Science) and 1987 (DVM). After a residency and Master’s at Auburn University, she became a board certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and the American College of Veterinary Clinical Pharmacology. She has been teaching veterinary pharmacology at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine since 1993 and has received numerous teaching awards including the Norden Distinguished Professor award and the Provost's Teaching Excellence Award.
  • Topic: Equine health issues across Western Canada (panel discussion)
  • Time/date: 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m., Tuesday, March 22, 2022
  • Speakers: Panellists will be announced at a later date
  • Registration: While the session is free, all participants must register in advance. Click button below.
  • Note: The WCVM will send the Zoom meeting link to all registrants before the presentation. 

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

The 2021-22 WCVM EquineED Talks series features the following speakers. Additional profiles will be added once presentation details are confirmed.

Video archives

WCVM EquineED Talks: Spring 2021

Click on the following links to view the recorded WCVM EquineED Talks.

WCVM EquineED Talks: 2021-22

Click on the following links to view the recorded WCVM EquineED Talks.