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ESVD Equine Dermatology Workshop

Posted: 06-11-2012

Report Equine Workshop Nov 1-3 2012, Amersfoort Netherlands


For the second time now, the ESVD held a workshop on Equine Dermatology. We had an excellent set of speakers with Marianne Sloet van Oldruitenborgh-Oosterbaan (Dipl. of Equine Internal Medicine) with a long interest in Equine Dermatology, from the University of Utrecht, Netherlands, Kerstin Bergvall (Dipl.ECVD), which sees horses one day a week at the University of  Uppsala, Sweden in addition to her small animal dermatology work, Sue Paterson (Dipl.ECVD) who, as one director of a 9 practice veterinary group in St Helens, UK, sees small animal and horse dermatology referrals and Trevor Whitbread Dipl.ECVP the founder of Abbey Veterinary Services, a specialist in histopathology and cytology with a long interest in skin histopathology.


We had 52 participants from 14 Countries (UK, Netherlands, France, Germany, Belgium, Sweden, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Norway, Lithuania and Slovak Republic). The workshop attracted diplomates, residents, histopathologists, equine practitioners as well as other vets with a high interest in Equine Dermatology. The local organisation was shared by Marianne and our congress PCO, which provided us with the help of our sponsors Dechra, Elanco and Pfizer with a beautiful setting in a forest area near the little town Amersfoort in the Netherlands. It could be easily reached with a 45 min. train ride from Amsterdam airport. As it is tradition in our workshop and the dermatology family, the social dinners (in the hotel and also in the town of Amersfoort) gave an ideal setting for exchange of ideas and chatting with old and new friends, sometimes until the morning hours.

I personally tremendously enjoyed the discussion and exchange of experience with our colleagues from Equine Medicine. Therefore I hope that for the future we will be able to attract more Equine practitioners and spur a deeper interest in Dermatology in them – since there is so much we can learn from each other.

Ursula Mayer

Speakers: Kerstin Bergvall, Sue Paterson, Trevor Whitbread, Marianne Sloet van Oldruitenborgh-Oosterbaan