Equine/Large Animal

Upper Respiratory

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

A review of current diagnosis and treatment of upper airway abnormalities in horses with an overview of the future of equine upper respiratory surgery, innovative research, and procedures. Topics include the relevance of differing diagnostic modalities for dynamic abnormalities, the importance of a complete diagnosis versus empirical treatment, common dynamic abnormalities in non-racehorses, and identifying the large range of arytenoid cartilage abnormalities and how to manage them.


Benjamin Ahern, DACVS, DACVSMR. PhD

Equine Surgeon
University of Queensland

Ben Ahern
University of Queensland

Ben is at the University of Queensland Veterinary School in Australia. He undertook his surgical training at UPenn New Bolton Centre before returning to Australia. He is now back in his home state of Queensland and enjoying being back in academia.

Ben is dual certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation.


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Ryan Carpenter, DVM, MS, DACVS-LA

Equine Medical Center


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Norm G. Ducharme, DMV, MSc, DACVS

Chief Medical Officer and Professor of Surgery
Cornell University

Dr. Norm Ducharme, DVM, MSc, Dipl. ACVS
Dr. Ducharme graduated from Montreal University in 1979. He received his DVM from the University of Montreal and then completed an internship and residency in Large Animal Surgery at Cornell University. He also received a master’s degree in Large Animal Surgery from the University of Guelph where he was on faculty from 1982 to 1986. Dr. Ducharme became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in February 1985 and joined the faculty at Cornell University in 1986. Dr. Ducharme served as the Medical Director of the Equine and Large Animal Hospitals at Cornell University from 1990 to 2014 when the Cornell Ruffian Equine Specialists Clinic opened. He was appointed as the James Law Professor of Surgery in 2005. He has served on the ACVS Board of Regents from 1997 to 2000 and from 2004 to 2007. During the latter term he served as President of the ACVS in 2006 and Chair of the Board of Regents in 2007. He has been on the Executive Committee of the World Equine Airways Symposium since 1997. He was inducted into the Kentucky Equine Hall of Fame in October 2016. He is currently CMO of the Cornell Ruffian Equine Specialists Clinic.
Dr. Ducharme has a strong clinical emphasis and commitment (i.e., chips and throats!): He has hospital privileges as Professor of Surgery at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in Ithaca, NY and at the Cornell Ruffian Equine Specialists Clinic at Belmont Park.


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Natasha Lean, DVM, BSc

Resident in Large Animal Surgery
University of Queensland

Natasha Lean, DVM. Resident in Large Animal Surgery, University of Queensland
Having completed her internship at the University of Queensland, Natasha stayed on to become a Resident in Large Animal Surgery. Natasha has a particular interest in upper respiratory tract pathology and In conjunction with her surgical residency is undertaking a Doctor of Veterinary Clinical Sciences (higher degree by research).


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Brett Woodie, DVM, MS, DACVS

Staff Surgeon
Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital

Brett Woodie DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVS. Surgeon at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital, Lexington, KY
Dr. Brett Woodie attended North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine and earned his veterinary degree in 1995. Following graduation from veterinary college he was an intern at The Ohio State University from 1995-1996. Dr. Woodie then entered a surgery residency at The Ohio State University and spent another three years in Columbus, Ohio. During his surgery residency he completed a Master’s of Science degree. He then moved to northern Virginia where he was a clinical instructor for a year in equine surgery at Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center. He achieved Diplomate status with the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2000. His next job was as an Assistant Professor of Large Animal Surgery at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. During this time his research focus was on equine upper airway disorders. Then in 2003 he had the opportunity to move to Lexington, Kentucky and begin his job with Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital. He has been a surgeon at Rood and Riddle since that time. Diagnosis and treatment of equine upper airway problems are one of his main interests. Dr. Woodie has lectured nationally and internationally on the diagnosis and treatment of equine upper airway problems. He is co-organizer of the Equine Upper Airway Symposium. This symposium is held annually in Lexington, KY.


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