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Feb. 6-7, 2020 - Campus Merelbeke, Ghent University, Belgium

The First European Practitioners Symposium on Equine Reproduction (ESER-2018) was organized on Feb 8-9, 2018 at the Veterinary Faculty at Ghent University, Belgium, and consisted of two days of lectures and panel discussions. We are happy to announce that ESER-2020 will take place on Feb 6-7, 2020 at the Veterinary Campus of Ghent University. The venue and format will be similar to ESER-2018 but will focus on complications and management during the late pregnancy, parturition and dystocia, and postpartum care of the mare and neonate as well as neonatal diseases and current problems in the nursing foal. As previously, ESER-2020 is a fundraiser event to benefit the International Symposium on Equine Reproduction (ISER) that will take place in Brazil in 2022 and proceeds of ESER-2020 will be donated to the ISER trust.

Participation will again be limited to 220 veterinarians. We are currently fully booked, and new
pre-registrations will now be added to the waiting list. As soon as seats become available, we will contact you and invite you to register formally for the meeting. Add your name to the waiting list here.

For more information, contact Peter Daels.

Programme 2020

The ESER-2020 will focus on the period starting with the late pregnant mare, parturition and periparturient events and also including neonatal disease and current problems in the foal up to weaning age. Experts from around the world have been invited to give comprehensive, clinically relevant lectures on a variety of topics relevant to this period of the reproductive live of the broodmare and foal. A more detailed programme will be posted here in due time. Veterinarians that have pre-registered will receive an email notification when the programme is available online. For more information, contact Peter Daels. To pre-register, use the ESER 2020 pre-registration form.


John Madigan - USA

Dr. Madigan is a clinician in equine medicine at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital and director of the International Animal Welfare Training Institute at UC Davis, California. Dr. Madigan started the UC Davis Equine Neonatal Critical Care Unit in 1987 and saw the need for sharing of the unique protocols and treatment modalities. He is the author of the book “Manual of Equine Neonatal Medicine” that is now in its 4th edition. The first edition was published in 1987 and has received worldwide acclaim since then. His publications in the area of neonatal foals have had a significant impact on the way foals are treated at birth, including prevention of infection, umbilical disinfection, umbilical ultrasound methods, meconium retention treatments, methods of restraint, prevention of salmonellosis and other enteric diseases in foals, as well as early recognition, prevention, critical care treatment evaluations, and treatments of septicemia. Dr. Madigan lectures worldwide. He is regarded as one of the most engaging presenters in the field of veterinary medicine. He has received numerous awards including the Legend of Academic Medicine from Kansas State University for his many contributions to veterinary medicine. In 2014, Dr. Madigan received the very prestigious Milne Lecture Lifetime Achievement Award at the yearly convention of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP).

Monica Aleman - USA

Dr. Aleman received her veterinary degree from the National Autonomous University of Mexico. In 2012, Dr. Aleman received the Annual Resident Award from the American Association of Veterinary Clinicians presented for high degree of excellence in the residency specialty. Dr. Aleman is a Diplomate of the ACVIM in Large Animal Internal Medicine and in Veterinary Neurology and Neurosurgery. Dr. Aleman obtained her PhD in Comparative Pathology at UC Davis, where she is Professor in Medicine and Epidemiology.

James Crabtree - UK

Dr. Crabtree graduated from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in 2001. After 4 years in mixed practice, Dr. Crabtree joined Dr. Jonathan Pycock at the Equine Reproductive Services in Yorkshire. During the Southern Hemisphere stud seasons, he has worked for Hamilton Veterinary Services and as a consultant with Dr. Lee Morris at EquibreedNZ in New Zealand, as well as with Dr. Erick Klaui at The Flying Dutchman in Australia. In 2010, he was awarded the RCVS certificate in Equine Stud Medicine and in 2011 was made an associate lecturer at Liverpool University. Dr. Crabtree lectures on a regular basis both nationally and internationally and has published on breeding soundness examination of stallions, peri-partum problems in mares and other topics. Dr. Crabtree has an interest in Doppler ultrasonography, stallion management, the late pregnant mare, ovarian pathology and orthopaedic disorders of the foal. Dr. Crabtree is currently lead consultant at the Equine Reproductive Services in the UK.

Emily F. Haggett - UK

Dr. Haggett is an RCVS Recognised Specialist in Equine Medicine (Internal Medicine) and a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. Dr. Haggett is a member of the Internal Medicine team at Rossdales Equine Hospital and has a particular interest in equine neonatology. She joined Rossdales in 2009 and became a partner in April 2016. Dr. Haggett's main role is working within the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, in addition to working within the Internal Medicine department. In 2012, she became an RCVS Specialist in Equine Medicine (Internal Medicine), having been awarded Recognised Specialist status by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS). She is also a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, which she achieved at the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital at UC Davis, prior to joining Rossdales. She has completed a number of research projects related to neonatal foal conditions and has published and lectured widely on the subject.

Camilla J. Scott - UK

Following graduation from the RVC in London in 2006, Dr. Scott has undertaken a number of positions including a hospital internship in the UK, three stud seasons in the Southern Hemisphere and an Internal Medicine Fellowship at Haygard Equine Medical Institute in Kentucky. In 2013, Dr. Scott started a Theriogenology residency at UC Davis. In 2014 she was awarded an RCVS certificate in equine stud medicine and in 2015 she became a board certified diplomate of the American College of Theriogenologists. She is an active member of the BEVA Congress Committee, coordinating the equine reproduction programme. Dr. Scott has a special interest in problem mares, high-risk pregnancies and embryo transfer.

Tom Stout - Netherlands

Dr. Stout qualified from Cambridge University's School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Stout did his PhD (also via the University of Cambridge) on "Maternal Recognition of Pregnancy in the Mare" under the supervision of Professor W.R. 'Twink' Allen. He then became a Lecturer in Animal Reproduction at Cambridge University Veterinary School. In 2007, he was appointed Chair of Equine Medicine and Reproduction at Utrecht University and extraordinary Chair in Reproduction at the University of Pretoria. Dr. Stout is a Diplomat of the European College of Animal Reproduction and a Royal Dutch Veterinary Association specialist in Equine Reproduction. He runs a busy clinic, dealing with all aspects of equine reproduction, with increasing emphasis on assisted reproduction as well as diagnosis and treatment of infertility.

M.J.P. (Mathijs) Theelen - Netherlands

Dr. Theelen is a Specialist in Equine Internal Medicine (Diplomate ECEIM), working in the clinic treating horses with different medical problems. He is also the coordinator of the Foal Intensive Care Unit. In his clinical work, he focusses mainly on neonatology, gastroenterology, hepatology and geriatrics.
In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Theelen is also involved in teaching veterinary students. He is also the coordinator of the Skills Lab of the Department of Equine Sciences. In collaboration with the Department of Infectious Diseases and Immunology (Clinical Infectiology) of Utrecht University, Dr. Theelen is also working on his PhD project. His research focuses on antimicrobial resistance and antimicrobial susceptibility patterns of bacteria isolated from foals and adult horses and the gut microbiome of horses. Part of his research is conducted at UC Davis.

Frerik ter Braake - Netherlands

Dr. ter Braake is the senior equine surgeon at the Dierenkliniek Emmeloord in Zwolle, Netherlands. He has previously worked at the Animal Health Trust in the UK and at the Veterinary Faculty in Utrecht, Netherlands. Dr. ter Braake graduated in 1990 from Ghent University in Belgium. After working as a mixed animal practitioner in the Netherlands and with wildlife in Namibia, he trained in internal medicine in Utrecht and subsequently in equine surgery at the Animal Health Trust in the UK. Since 1994, he is the equine surgeon at the Dierenkliniek Emmeloord. In 1995, he obtained his Certificate Equine Practice in the UK, and in 2000 became recognised in the Netherlands as Registered Veterinary Specialist in Equine Surgery (Diplomate RNVA). He is also a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons (ECVS).

Valerie Picandet - France

Dr. Picandet obtained her veterinary degree at the École Nationale Vétérinaire de Maisons-Alfort, France. She did her internship at the Faculté de Médecine Vétérinaire de Saint-Hyacinthe, Canada, where she also did her residency in equine medicine. Her main activity is internal medicine, sports medicine, neonatology and intensive care. She is a Diplomate of the ACVIM (American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine) and the ECEIM (European College of Equine Internal Medicine).

Johanne Vanderstock - France

Dr. Vanderstock obtained her veterinary degree at the Faculté de Médecine Vétérinaire de Liège, Belgium. She did her internship, as well as her residency in equine medicine, at the Faculté de Médecine Vétérinaire de Saint-Hyacinthe, Canada. Her main activity is internal medicine, sports medicine, neonatology and intensive care. She is a Diplomate of the ACVIM (American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine).

Jutta Sielhorst (Klewitz) - Germany

Dr. Sielhorst (Klewitz) obtained her veterinary degree in 2006 and received her specialty training at the University of Hannover in Germany. She is a Diplomate of the European College of Animal Reproduction (ECAR) and is currently affiliated with the Tierärztliche Hochschule Hannover and the equine hospital Tierärztliches Kompetenzzentrum Karthaus. Her research interests include ultrasonography of the late pregnant mare, use of Doppler ultrasonography in the pregnant mare and functionality of the pregnant uterus.

Frederik Pille - Belgium

Dr. Pille graduated from Ghent University in 1997. After spending one year in a private equine practice, he became employed as a member of the assisting academic staff at the Department of Large Animal Surgery and Anaesthesiology of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Merelbeke, Belgium. In 2005, Dr. Pille obtained his PhD degree with the thesis entitled Diagnostic and therapeutic aspects of synovial infections in horses. Two years later, he became a board certified specialist of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons (Diplomate ECVS). In 2008, Dr. Pille was granted tenure and is now associate professor in equine lameness. His current research activities focus on gait analysis and efficacy studies dealing with stem cells, nutraceuticals and shoeing. He is the author and co-author of several scientific publications and has presented his work at various national and international meetings.

Lieven Vlaminck - Belgium

Prof. Vlaminck graduated from Ghent University in 1993, where he joined the Department of Surgery and Anaesthesia as an assistant. In 2007 he obtained his doctoral degree at Ghent University and in 2008, he became a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgery (ECVS). In the same year, he was appointed as full-time lecturer at the Department of Surgery and Anaesthesiology of Domestic Animals.
His fields of expertise include all aspects of surgical disorders and their treatment in ruminants, as well as soft tissue surgery in horses and more specifically head and dentistry disorders in all large domestic animals. In 2013 he became a Diplomat of the European Veterinary Dentistry College.

Peter Daels - Belgium

Prof. Daels received his veterinary degree from Ghent University, and went on to do a residency at UC Davis, where he later obtained his PhD. Prof. Daels joined the faculty at Cornell University where he was promoted to Associate Professor in 1996. In 2005, Prof. Daels joined Keros, the largest equine breeding center in Europe. In 2012, Prof. Daels joined Ghent University, where his research activities focus on equine reproduction, mainly on embryo transfer and assisted reproductive techniques. He is a Diplomate of the American College for Theriogenology and a Diplomate of the European College for Animal Reproduction.

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