Equine/Large Animal

Translational Abdominal Surgery

8:00 AM - 9:15 AM

Advances in animal and human research that translate to findings relevant to clinical equine gastrointestinal surgery are presented. Specific subjects include mechanisms of intestinal repair following ischemic injury from strangulating obstruction, including mucosal restitution and epithelial tight junction repair, as well as ground-breaking findings using intestinal enteroids (mini-guts) for studying mechanisms of ischemic injury in vitro.


Anthony T. Blikslager, DVM, PhD, DACVS

Professor of Equine Surgery
North Carolina State University

Dr. Blikslager received his DVM from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 1989, and his PhD in Gastrointestinal Physiology from NC State University in 1997. He is a former head of the Department of Clinical Sciences at the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Blikslager has received numerous honors including the Applied Equine Research Award from the World Equestrian Veterinary Association, the Pfizer Award for Excellence in Research from the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine, and was inducted as a Fellow of the American Gastroenterological Association.


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Liara M. Gonzalez, DVM, PhD, DACVS-LA

Assistant Professor of Gastroenterology and Equine Surgery
North Carolina State University

Dr. Liara Gonzalez DVM, DACVS-LA, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Gastroenterology and Equine Surgery at North Carolina State University with a clinical and research focus on intestinal disease. Dr. Gonzalez' research has been aimed at developing and utilizing large animal models to translate lab bench findings into clinically relevant, therapeutic interventions to benefit both human and veterinary patients. She is particularly interested in identifying improved means of determining tissue viability following severe intestinal injury, as well as studying the role of intestinal stem cells in modulating mucosal barrier repair following ischemic damage. To date, much of her research has helped develop the techniques necessary to utilize large animal model systems for the study of intestinal stem cells that include equine and porcine crypt isolation and 3D culture. Other work has helped to develop tests to evaluate intestinal tissue viability to improve prognostic accuracy in clinical cases of large colon volvulus. Dr. Gonzalez hopes to apply her knowledge and expertise in advanced laboratory techniques to solve clinically significant problems and further elucidate therapeutic targets to ultimately improve patient survival.


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Tara Shearer, DVM, DACVS-LA

Assistant Professor
Michigan State University

Tara Shearer, DVM, DACVS-LA, Michigan State University.


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