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POSTPONED: Let's Not Live with Laminitis - Scottish Equine Welfare Conference

24 Apr 2020

Due to the current crisis with Coronavirus (Covid-19) we have cancelled/postponed all of our calendar of events and gatherings until the end of June 2020.

Our regional teams and committees are in the process of advising everyone who has booked or indicated an interest of the cancellation.

Let’s Not Live with Laminitis…

…is the title of the Scottish Equine Welfare Conference 2020 to be held at the Birnam Centre in Dunkeld on 24 April – a close look at the pathology of this terrible condition, early signs, prevention and the associated environmental, dietary and stress conditions in horses, donkeys and mules.
The aim of the event is to make prevention the default position in Scotland’s equines. 

24 April 2020 
Birnam Arts & Conference Centre, Station Rd, Birnam, Dunkeld PH8 0DS

Open to all, the conference will counts as equine CPD for Scottish Animal Health and Trading Standards Officers.

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9am Arrival and coffee

Morning Sessions - Where we are and what’s happening

9.30am Roly Owers, World Horse Welfare & Dr Danica Pollard, Animal Health Trust - The scale of the laminitis problem in the UK, recognising it and reducing the risk of future episodes.

10.10am Q&A

10.20am Dr Richard Vials, Equine Podiatry & Alex Thiemann, The Donkey Sanctuary - The early warning signs of laminitis, factors leading to laminitis. Recognising the window of opportunity to address looming problems. The mechanics of laminitis and laminitis relating to donkeys and mules.

11am Q&A

11.10am Coffee and networking

11.30am Dr Derek Knottenbelt & Dr Carol Hughes Phytorigins - The important of good gut health, ulcers and their impact, endocrine disorders and the importance of weight loss programmes that are appropriate for the horse’s digestive system.

12.10pm Q&A

12.30pm Lunch

Afternoon Sessions - Observation, best management practices and solutions

1.30pm Lucy Rees Equine Ethologist & Justine Harrison Equine Behaviourist - Horse behaviour, a good model of equine welfare, understanding and recognising the effects of stress due to inappropriate management, handling and training.

2.10pm Q&A

2.20pm Tamzin Furtado, Liverpool University & Jane Myers, Equiculture - Weight management, environmental enrichment, land management. The importance of understanding equines intrinsic needs. Human behaviour change.

3.10pm Q&A

3.20pm Panel discussion and open forum

4pm Finish

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