Equine/Large Animal

Abdominal Surgery

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Gain key clinical insights into the surgical management of equine colic related to obstruction of distinct segments of the intestinal tract, including cecal and colonic obstruction. The latest advances in diagnosis and treatment of large colon simple and strangulating obstruction, resection techniques and postoperative medical management will be presented. Key aspects of postoperative complications, such as sepsis, that require advanced critical care techniques are also covered.


Elyse Durket, DVM

Equine Surgery Resident
Iowa State University

Elyse Durket is a Equine Surgery Resident at Iowa State University. She is currently a third year resident after completing two internships at University of Florida and Chaparral Veterinary Medical Center.


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Alex M. Gillen, MA, MS, VetMB, CertAVP, DACVS-LA, MRCVS

Assistant Clinical Professor
Iowa State University

Alex Gillen, MA, MS, VetMB, CertAVP, DACVS, MRCVS is an Assistant Clinical Professor in Equine Surgery at Iowa State University. Alex is originally from the United Kingdom and following an internship at the Animal Health Trust under Dr Sue Dyson and time in private practice, moved to the USA. Alex has previously completed an internship at Chino Valley Equine Hosptial and a residency in Equine Surgery at Auburn University.


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Diana M. Hassel, DVM, PhD, DACVS, DACVECC

Associate Professor, Equine Emergency Surgery & Critical Care
Colorado State University

Diana Hassel, DVM, PhD, DACVS, DACVECC is an Associate Professor of Equine Emergency Surgery and Critical Care at Colorado State University. She currently runs the equine emergency service and is the Equine Section Head at Colorado State University. Her research interests are in equine colic, the gastrointestinal microbiome and endotoxemia.


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Susan J. Holcombe, VMD, MS, PhD, DACVS, DACVECC

Professor, Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences
Michigan State University

Sue Holcombe is a professor, clinical researcher, teacher, and surgeon in the department of large animal clinical sciences at michigan state university.


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Louise L. Southwood, BVSc, PhD, DACVS, DACVECC

University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Southwood graduated from the University of Sydney in 1993 and completed a locum at Hagley Equine Hospital in Hagley, Tasmania. After completion of a Large Animal Internship at Washington State University (1994/1995), she pursued a Large Animal Surgery Residency at Colorado State University (1995-1998) followed by a PhD in fracture healing (1999-2002). She became board certified in Large Animal Surgery in 2000 and Large Animal Emergency and Critical Care in 2005. She is currently a Clinical Educator Associate Professor of Large Animal Emergency and Critical Care at New Bolton Center, University of Pennsylvania. Her clinical and research interests are in equine emergency and critical care particularly colic and gastrointestinal surgery. She has recently edited two textbooks on Practical Guide to Equine Colic (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013) and Equine Emergency and Critical Care (Manson Publishing, 2014). Her husband, Eric Parente, and she have 3 wonderful children, Aiden (15), Kody (12), and Kylie (9), who keep them very busy!


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