Respiratory disease in Thoroughbreds: causes, impact and management

An afternoon of lectures on equine respiratory disease in memory of Gerald Leigh was held on 14 June 2017 at the National Horseracing Museum in Newmarket. BCET has been asked to organise these lectures by the Gerald Leigh Charitable Trust in recognition of Mr Leigh’s achievements as a racehorse owner and breeder and his passion for scientific knowledge and the welfare of the horses he loved.

The use of genetics to improve canine and equine breeds

Dr Sarah Blott, Associate Professor in Animal Breeding and Genetics

Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences

Sarah discussed how genetics will transform our management of animal disease.

Genetic risk factors for equine respiratory disease

Prof Vince Gerber

Professor of Equine Medicine and Head of the Swiss Institute of Equine Medicine, University of Bern

Professor Gerber discussed current knowledge of how genetics impacts horses’ likelihood of developing respiratory disease.

The assessment of URT function in the young Thoroughbred presented for Sale

Geoff Lane

Drawing on his vast experience in this field, Geoff Lane discussed the assessment of upper respiratory function in young Thoroughbreds presented for sale.

Recurrent Laryngeal Neuropathy: pathogenesis and management

Norm G Ducharme

James Law Professor of Surgery, Cornell University