Equine Metabolic Syndrome and pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction
Equine Metabolic Syndrome (EMS) and pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction (PPID) and are the most common hormonal disorders in adult horses. Although both conditions have been described worldwide, those diseases have a specific significance in Australia; for instance, in Queensland, it has been shown that more than 20% of aged horses are suffering from PPID and that more than a third of them are also suffering from EMS.
Both conditions have a huge impact on equine health as they both result in laminitis. Laminitis is a painful and incurable condition, and even though it has been a major burden on the equine industry for many years, there is still no adequate treatment. Therefore, prevention of the first painful episode of laminitis is critical when managing horses at risk of developing hormonal dysregulation.
This presentation will review the current understanding of both EMS and PPID and will also describe the diagnostic tests that can be used to improve the early detection of horses at risk. Finally, this presentation will discuss the different therapeutic options available.
This webinar is sponsored by ASAP Laboratory
Recording from 04.04.2018
François-René Bertin, DVM, MS, PhD, Diplomate American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
François-René graduated with a DVM from the National Veterinary School of Nantes (France). After completing an internship in equine medicine and surgery at the National Veterinary School of Alfort (France), François-René trained in Equine Internal Medicine at the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine (USA) and became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM). During his residency, François-René developed an expertise in equine endocrinology and authored several research articles on insulin dysregulation in horses. He then completed a PhD in vascular physiology at McGill University (Canada). After his PhD, François-René worked as an Equine Internal Medicine specialist at the Equine Hospital of The University of Montreal (Canada) before joining The University of Queensland as a Senior Lecturer in Equine Internal Medicine.
François-René is a member of the Equine Endocrinology Focus Group, an international panel of experts in equine endocrinology, as well as a member of the Equine Endocrinology Special Interest Group of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.