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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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Palle Brink, DVM, PhD, DECVS

Jagersro Equine Hospital


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Professor of Equine Surgery
University of Saskatchewan

James Carmalt MA, VetMB,MVetSc, PhD, FRCVS, DABVP(Eq), DAVDC(Eq), DACVSMR(Eq), DACVS-LA; Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, Canada.

After graduating from the University of Cambridge in 1998, Dr. Carmalt did an internship in Large Animal Medicine at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM), University of Saskatchewan. After working in general mixed practice (Tasmania, Australia) he returned for two back-to-back residencies in equine practice and large animal surgery. Dr. Carmalt then spent one year in Australia at an equine specialty practice focused on Thoroughbred broodmare and foal surgery. He returned to Canada in 2007 and joined the WCVM's Department of Large Animal Sciences where he is the director of the ACVS large animal surgery residency program. Dr. Carmalt travels extensively to work in private practices and academic institutions internationally. He has authored more than 80 peer-reviewed publications and has presented his research findings at more than two dozen international conferences. His main areas of research are equine pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction (PPID or Cushing's disease), equine dentistry (temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disease) and evidence-based surgery.


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Michelle L. Delco, DVM, PhD, DACVS-LA

Cornell University


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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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Giulia Lipreri, DVM

University of Liverpool

Dr. Giulia Lipreri DVM is an Equine Surgery Resident at the University of Liverpool, UK and is working towards an MPhil Degree. Dr. Lipreri was born and raised in Cremona, a small town in Northern Italy and is a 2009 graduate of Parma University, Italy. After working for two years in a stud farm in Saudi Arabia, she completed an internship at the Fethard Equine Hospital in Co. Tipperary, Ireland and a surgical internship at the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in Lexington, KY, after which she started an equine surgery residency at the University of Liverpool. Dr. Lipreri enjoys all aspects of equine surgery and her primary research interest is musculoskeletal injuries in Thoroughbred racehorses. When not working, she enjoys being outdoors with her dog, swimming and reading.


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Andrea Noguera Cender, DVM

ECVS Resident
Equine Clinic Free University of Berlin

Andrea Noguera Cender, DVM, ECVS equine Resident at the Equine Clinic of the Free University of Berlin. Andrea was born and raised in Spain and graduated in 2011 at the University UCH-CEU in Valencia. She completed an intership at the Equine Clinic Burg Müggenhausen, Germany, after which she started an equine surgery residency at the Free University of Berlin.


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Assistant Professor of Large Animal Surgery
University of Pennsylvania, New Bolton Center

Dr. Kyla Ortved is an Assistant Professor of Large Animal Surgery at New Bolton Center, University of Pennsylvania in Kennett Square, PA. She received her DVM degree from the University of Guelph in 2006 and completed her large animal surgical residency at Cornell University in 2010. Kyla became boarded with the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2011. Following her residency, Kyla went on to obtain a PhD in equine cartilage repair at Cornell University. She received her PhD in June 2014 and joined the faculty at Cornell Ruffian Equine Specialists in July 2015, where she has been an active equine surgeon. In January 2016, Kyla became boarded with the American College of Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation. She joined the faculty at New Bolton Center in February 2016 as a large animal orthopedic surgeon. She brings her research program in orthopedic disease to New Bolton Center where she will continue to pursue gene and cell therapies for improving cartilage repair and preventing osteoarthritis.


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Alexandra Radtke, DVM

Cornell University


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Heidi L. Reesink, VMD, DACVS-LA

Assistant Professor of Large Animal Surgery
Cornell University

Dr. Reesink received her veterinary medical degree (VMD) from the University of Pennsylvania in 2007 and became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2012. She was awarded a PhD in 2016 for her work investigating the role of lubricin and galectins in equine osteoarthritis and appointed Assistant Professor of Large Animal Surgery in the Department of Clinical Sciences at Cornell University in 2016.

Dr. Reesink has clinical interests in equine and farm animal orthopedic surgery, sports medicine and lameness. She is interested in translating novel research discoveries, including regenerative medicine and lubricin therapy, to equine clinical patients with musculoskeletal disease. Her laboratory investigates the pathophysiology, epidemiology and treatment of osteoarthritis and racehorse fractures.


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Julie M. Rosser, DVM, DACVS-LA

University of Technology

Dr Julie Rosser is an equine surgeon now completing a research postdoc in microfluidic disease models to replace animal testing, most notably in osteoarthritis and Parkinson's disease. Dr Rosser lives in Vienna, Austria and consults for DiploVets.


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Elizabeth M. Santschi, DVM, DACVS

Professor of Equine Surgery
Kansas State University, Veterinary Health Center

Professional Training:
• Bachelor of Science: University of Illinois, College of Agriculture, 1980
• D.V.M.: University of Illinois, College of Veterinary Medicine, 1984
• Internship: North Carolina State University
• Residency: Peterson and Smith Equine Hospital, Ocala, FL

• Dr. Santschi is presently investigating the biomechanical causes of and treatments for subchondral bone lucencies of young horses

• Dr. Santschi’s primary interest is in orthopedic diseases of juvenile horses. This includes disorders such as osteochondrosis and subchondral bone cysts, septic arthritis, and angular and flexural limb deformities.
• Other areas of interest include performance horse injury and fracture repair.


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Matthew Sinovich, BVSc, BVSc(Hons), MRCVS

Resident in Equine Surgery
University of Liverpool

Dr. Matthew Sinovich BVSc BVSc(Hons) MRCVS is currently a Resident in Equine Surgery at the University of Liverpool, Leahurst and is working towards a master’s degree. After graduating from the University of Pretoria he spent ten years in a specialist equine surgical and referral hospital in Kyalami, Johannesburg. During this time he completed an honours degree in Equine Surgery through the University of Pretoria. Looking to further his training, Dr Sinovich then moved to the United Kingdom and undertook a rotating internship at the University of Liverpool. Following on from this he started a residency in Equine Surgery. Dr. Sinovich enjoys all aspects of equine surgery and lameness evaluations. He has a broad range of research interests including orthopaedic and soft tissue surgery.


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Troy Trumble, DVM, PhD, DACVS

Associate Professor
University of Minnesota

Dr. Troy Trumble obtained his DVM from Michigan State University in 1995. He interned at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital and completed his large animal surgery residency and Masters degree at Colorado State University. He became a diplomate of ACVS in 2000. Dr. Trumble continued his training at Colorado State University, and he obtained a PhD in 2004 focusing on biomarkers of osteoarthritis in the Equine Orthopaedic Research Center. In 2004, Dr. Trumble was hired as an Assistant Professor by the University of Florida, where he served as an equine surgeon. While at UF, he established the Collaborative and Comparative Orthopedic Biomarker Research lab with Dr. Murray Brown that focuses on the use of direct and indirect biomarkers of osteoarthritis in horses. The goal is to be able to use biomarkers to diagnose osteoarthritis in its early stages when treatment may have an effect. Dr. Trumble moved to the Leatherdale Equine Center at the University of Minnesota in 2007 where he currently resides as a tenured Associate Professor. He serves as an equine sports medicine clinician and orthopedic surgeon, as well as the Large Animal Surgery Division Head and ACVS Large Animal Program Director. Dr. Trumble has mentored multiple graduate students in their Masters or PhD programs, and actively participates in didactic and clinical training of professional veterinary students, interns and ACVS residents.


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