World Equine Airway Society
The WEAS brings together the leading equine airway researchers from around the world to present the latest knowledge and research and exchange experiences and information on diagnosing and treating (both medically and surgically) respiratory diseases in horses. About 100 participants from 23 countries attended WEAS 2017, where researchers presented more than 70 oral and poster abstracts.
WEAS is held every four years in order to advance the health and welfare of horses worldwide. Disorders of the equine respiratory system are a major cause of reduced athletic performance. A critical understanding of the pathogenesis, advances in the treatment and implementation of strategies to prevent these respiratory disorders can only be achieved through carefully-conducted scientific investigations.
Research on equine airway issues is extremely important, as almost all horses suffer from a respiratory tract disorder at some point in their lives. These can include upper respiratory tract disorders, such as laryngeal neuropathy, and lower airway issues, such as those that result in a chronic cough.