Invited Speakers






Sarah worked in clinical practice for many years before undertaking her PhD in computer science. She has developed virtual reality simulators for bovine reproduction and equine colic to train veterinary students. She led a major curriculum review at Bristol Veterinary School, UK and introduced a more outcome-based and integrated curriculum. She was responsible for opening the clinical skills laboratory at Bristol and has created many models (low- and high-fidelity). She is now an Emeritus Professor with the University of Bristol and is fortunate to be able to dedicate more time to educational research projects and collaborations around the world.




Lise C. Berg, DVM PhD, graduated from University of Copenhagen in 2001. She completed her PhD in 2008 including studies on equine mesenchymal stem cells (MSC), and she has continued her work in this field exploring the mode-of-action and best clinical application of MSC in equine practice. Her main research areas include regenerative medicine, sport horse management, and muscle function. She is currently Associate Professor of Clinical Biomedical Science at the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences at University of Copenhagen. She is also certified in Animal Chiropractic and Equine Rehabilitation, founding member of the Sporthorse Welfare Foundation, and involved in equestrian sports at national and international level.





Prof. Jessika-M. Cavalleri graduated from Free University Berlin, Germany, in 2000 and has worked at different academic institutions since. In 2006 she finished her doctorate thesis on “Evaluation of muscular relaxation using an electronic pressure measurement under the saddle”. In 2010 she became ECEIM Diplomate. In 2016 she finished her habilitation on “Investigation of immunotherapies of the equine malignant melanoma with special reference to the immunological response to therapy and the antitumoral effects of the cytokine gene therapy with equine interleukin 12 and equine interleukin 18 as well as the therapeutic DNA vaccines with human tyrosinase and human glycoprotein 100”. Jessika-M. Cavalleri is head of the Clinical unit of Equine Internal Medicine at the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna. She is Vice-President of the ECEIM. Her major interests are in the field of Equine Internal Medicine, especially infectious diseases and dermato-oncology. Her research focuses 1) on hepatitis associated virus infections like the equine parvovirus hepatitis and the equine hepacivirus, and 2) on treatment of equine melanoma.




Prof. Anne Couroucé graduated from Ecole Vétérinaire de Nantes in 1992 and has worked for a research unit in equine sport medicine "Pégase-Mayenne" up to 2001. She obtained her phD in this field in 1997. In 2001 she entered Nantes Vet School as a lecturer in equine internal medicine. In 2004 she became an ECEIM Diplomate and she is now, since 2016, a professor in equine internal medicine. Her research focusses on equine sport medicine with a special interest in respiratory diseases. Anne Couroucé is the head of the Clinical unit of Equine Internal Medicine at Oniris. She is also past president of the ECEIM, president of the RESPE scientific committee and president of the veterinary committee of the French Equine Federation, and a member of the FEI veterinary committee since 2021.





Alice is an Ethologist and an agricultural engineer. She has completed her PhD in ethology in 2012. Alice is a currently a, professor in Animal Behaviour and Welfare at VetAgro Sup, University of Lyon. Since 2020 has created and develop a training program for veterinary students and professionals on Medical training on several species, including horses.

DEGUEURCE Christophe



Christophe Degueurce is a veterinary surgeon who graduated from the Ecole Nationale Vétérinaire d'Alfort in France in 1990. He has had a career as a professor of anatomy and was appointed curator of the Fragonard Museum in 1993. He has published several books on the museum's collections and numerous articles on the history of veterinary medicine. Since 2017, he has been Dean of the École Vétérinaire d'Alfort (Paris).

DUNKEL Bettina



After graduating from Berlin University, Bettina completed a fellowship at Tufts University, an internship at the Marion duPont Equine Medical Center, Leesburg and a large animal internal medicine and emergency and critical care residency at the University of Pennsylvania. Since 2005, she has been a member of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care. After attained her PhD from the University of London in 2008, Bettina has been working at the Royal Veterinary College where she is now the Head of RVC Equine and Professor in Equine Medicine and Emergency and Critical Care.






Julia Felippe received her veterinary degree in 1989 from UNESP-Campus Botucatu, Brazil, and pursued equine practice in her native country before an internship and residency in equine internal medicine at Kansas State University, United States (1994-1998). She is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. She has a Master of Science degree from Kansas State University (1997), and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in immunology from Cornell University (2002). She has been a faculty at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine since 2002, and runs a research program studying equine developmental immunology and immunodeficiencies as the head of the Equine Immunology Laboratory. Julia also serves as a Cornell Provost’s Fellow for Public Engagement. 


IDEE Adrien



Adrien Idée has has completed his studies in veterinary medicine at the veterinary School, University of Lyon, France. He been an ECVD resident (dermatology) at Vetagro Sup from 2020 to 2023.

His main research interests focus on atopic dermatitis, skin barrier function and immunology.




Gayle graduated from the University of Cambridge in 2002 and then completed a large animal rotating internship and joint large animal internal medicine and emergency and critical care residency at the Royal Veterinary College, London. She then completed a PhD in equine cardiology. She then stayed on staff at Nottingham for 15 years and held the position of Professor in Veterinary Internal Medicine and Critical Care. In February 2022, she joined IVC Evidensia as Group Director for Veterinary Professional Development. Since 2019, she has been Editor-In-Chief for Veterinary Medicine and Science, a Wiley Journal. Her main clinical interests are cardiology, gastroenterology and imaging (particularly ultrasonography).

JEAN Daniel



Daniel Jean has completed his studies in veterinary medicine at the University of Montréal in 1988. After a one-year internship at the University of Montréal Equine Hospital (1988-1989), he completed a residency program in equine internal medicine (1991-1993). He has been certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in large-animal internal medicine since 1997. Daniel holds a master's degree from the University of Montréal (1996) and a doctorate from the University of Montréal, Faculty of Medicine.

Daniel holds a Master's degree from the Université de Montréal (1996) and a Ph.D. from the Faculté de médecine de Paris (Hôpital Henri Mondor) (France) in 2001. He was Associate Professor at the equine hospital of the École Vétérinaire d'Alfort (France) (1995-2001). He has been Professor of Equine Internal Medicine at the Université de Montréal since 2001. His main clinical and research interests are the clinical use of equine digestive biopsies and renal diseases.




Dr. Eduard Jose-Cunilleras LV PhD Dipl. ECEIM, is a Professor of Equine internal medicine at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona since 2008.

Eduard was trained at The Ohio State University and has completed a residency in equine internal medicine and a PhD in equine exercise physiology.

He has been a practitioner in the UK as an equine internal medicine specialist (AHT and private practice). Eduard has over 70 peer-reviewed scientific papers and multiple national and international invited conference presentations. 

His main interestsare exercise-related disorders, coagulopathies and infectious diseases.



Agnès is a veterinary surgeon who graduated in Lyon in 1987. She has pursued an academic career and has been a teacher-researcher since 1994, and a full professor at VetAgro sup, Ecole Vétérinaire de Lyon since 2018.  Agnès is a European specialist in equine internal medicine.

Since 2000, she has been conducting research into the epidemiology of infectious diseases, mainly vector-borne diseases (including piroplasmosis) and zoonoses, with a focus on setting up surveillance systems for early warning.

Agnès has also been involved in the One Health concept for 20 years, working with ecologists, virologists, entomologists, geographers, statisticians and modellers. After working on the conditions of emergence of the West Nile virus in the northern Mediterranean, then in Morocco and Iran, her focus shifted to the development of decision-making tools for health authorities in the context of global change, and the disciplinary field of my collaborations now includes political scientists, economists, sociologists, urban planners and anthropologists.




Laurence holds a PhD in microbiology and spent two post-doctoral periods in Sweden and England researching bacteria, before turning her attention to tick-borne pathogens at the veterinary school in Nantes, France. She became fascinated by piroplasmas, their genetic diversity and epidemiology, their mode of transmission by tick vectors and their interactions with red blood cells.

MARR Celia



Celia M Marr graduated from the University of Glasgow in 1985 and she has held positions in the University of Pennsylvania, University of Cambridge and the Royal Veterinary College and worked in racehorse practice in Lambourn. Currently, she is based at Rossdales Equine Hospital and Diagnostic Centre in Newmarket. Celia has published widely on equine cardiac and medical disorders. She is a Diplomate of the European College of Equine Internal Medicine, Fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons,  Honorary Member of British Equine Veterinary Association, Honorary Professor of the University of Glasgow and Editor-in-Chief of Equine Veterinary Journal.





Ruth Morgan is a veterinary endocrinologist and a lecturer at the SRUC/University of Edinburgh based at the Roslin Institute in Edinburgh. She qualified from Cambridge University and after several years in private equine practice completed her residency in Equine Internal Medicine at Liverpool University. She became a diplomate of the European College of Equine Internal Medicine in 2013. She received her Phd in “Cortisol dysregulation in equine endocrinopathic laminitis” from the University of Edinburgh in 2016. She then undertook her first Wellcome Trust Clinical Career Development Fellowship at the University of Edinburgh and has just been awarded a second fellowship from the Wellcome Trust. Her research focuses comparative glucocorticoid biology and in particular the role of glucocorticoid metabolism in health and disease. Working with experimental models, veterinary clinical cases and human data she investigates the relationships between glucocorticoid metabolism and the morbidities associated with obesity.




Audrey Nosbaum, M.D. Ph.D., is an immuno-dermatologist and Professor in Clinical Immunology. Dr Nosbaum sees patients, teaches at the University of Lyon, conducts research and is the Deputy Head of the Department of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Lyon Sud University Hospital, France. In her role as a researcher, Dr. Nosbaum examines the immunology of skin hypersensitivity reaction and eczema, including atopic dermatitis, focusing on the identification of diagnosis biomarkers and new therapeutic strategies, using both mouse models and patient samples. As a clinician, she treats patients with AD and skin inflammatory conditions. She also serves as coordinator of the Atopic Dermatitis Center of Excellence and Reference in Lyon. She is president of the French Society of Research in Dermatology and president of the French Group on Therapeutic Education in Dermatology.

PIN Didier



Didier Pin has been a professor of veterinary dermatology at Vetagro Sup, Lyon veterinary campus since 2003,  and his the head of the Dermatology Department.

He is the author of numerous publications on equine dermatology.

His main research interests are the skin barrier, skin immunology and immunopathology, dermatopathology, and animal models. 

ROBERTS Veronica



Veronica is a European and RCVS Recognised Specialist in Equine Internal Medicine and has experience of working in a number of referral and university hospitals in the UK and Europe. She was awarded a PhD by publication into trigeminal-mediated headshaking and Fellowship of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons for Meritorious Contributions to Clinical Practice. She is Senior Lecturer in Equine Medicine at the University of Bristol, as part of which role she sees clinical headshaking cases at B and W Equine Hospital, Breadstone, UK.


ROCHE Hélène



Hélène  is an Ethologist and a science populizer. After gaining a Master's degree in Population and Ecosystem Biology and then in Applied Ethology and Chronobiology of Behaviour, Hélène has divided her time between teaching, research in equine ethology and national expertise in the human-horse relationship.

 Helène is the author of a book on medical training for horses. Since 2020, she is involved in the development of a training program for professionals on Equine Medical Training.


SAGE Sophie



Sophie graduated from the veterinary school of Lyon (France) in 2015. She pursued an internship at the University of Montreal (2015-2016) and a residency in equine internal medicine at Tufts University, United States (2016-2018).  Sophie is a diplomate of the ACVIM (Large Animals)  and the ECEIM. She is currently a senior clinician at the University of Bern (Switzerland) and has just completed her phD on the immunologic signature of equine asthma.




Dr. Chris Sanchez is a Professor of Large Animal Internal Medicine and Associate Dean for Clinical Services, Large Animal Operations at the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine. She received her DVM (1995) and PhD (2003) from the University of Florida. She also completed an internship at Equine Medical Associates in Edmond, Oklahoma and a residency in large animal medicine at the University of Florida. She became board certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Large Animal Internal Medicine) in 1999. Dr. Sanchez’s research and clinical interests include equine neonatology and gastroenterology, with a focus on pain management. She currently serves as the Specialty President for Large Animal Internal Medicine for the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.




Gwenola graduated from the French Vet School of Alfort (ENVA) in 1995 and went in equine private practice after a 2-year internship in equine medicine and surgery with a special focus on equine lameness. I then went onto a north-american journey during which she completed a residency in Anesthesia and Analgesia at the University of Georgia and became an ACVAA diplomate in 2004. Gwenola worked in different university settings (Colorado State University, Ross University, Louisiana State University, University of Montreal) as a clinician and/or an associate professor before coming back to France full time in 2012 at Oniris VetAgroBio, National College of Veterinary Medicine, Food Science and Engineering, where she is currently the head of the anesthesia service.  In 2018, she gained her ECVAA diplomate status and completed a phD program studying the impact of cervical nerve root anesthesia onto equine locomotion (University of Bretagne-Loire, France).

Her research interest focuses mainly on equine anesthesia and pain management including rehabilitation with a special interest in neurologic horses, and animal models to develop and test innovative biotherapies and medical devices. Gwenola has a clinical specific interest in good practice guidelines in bovine anesthesia and pain management and is involved in welfare issues for production and research animals.

van GALEN Gaby



Gaby started her career as an equine intern in private practice in the Netherlands immediately after graduation from the University of Ghent, Belgium in 2003. Following this internship she commenced a residency program in equine internal medicine at the University of Liege, Belgium and passed the exam of the European College of Equine Internal Medicine in 2009. In 2011 she left Liege and has since taken up clinical academic positions at the University of Uppsala, Copenhagen and Sydney, and has briefly managed together with her husband a private hospital in Germany. In 2017, she also became Diplomate of the European College of Emergency and Critical care. In January 2022, she returned to Australia and joined the Goulburn Valley Equine Hospital. Gaby’s interests and expertise lay in equine internal medicine and emergency and critical care. She has a special clinical interest in critically ill patients such as horses with acute colic or diarrhea, acute neuromuscular disorders and sick neonatal foals, and the use of thoracic and abdominal ultrasonography in those patients. She is author or co-author of over 70 international peer reviewed scientific publications and book chapters, and has given numerous presentations at national and international congresses.

van LOON Gunther



Prof. Gunther van Loon graduated from Ghent University, Belgium, in 1992 and has worked at Ghent University, Department of Large Animal Internal Medicine, ever since. In 2001 he finished his PhD on “Atrial pacing and experimental atrial fibrillation in equines”. In 2004 he became ECEIM Diplomate and in 2011 Associate Member of ECVDI. In 2015 he received the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) award for ‘Clinical Research’ (Liverpool, UK) and in addition the Merial Applied Equine Research Award for outstanding research regarding ‘Advances in Equine Cardiology’, awarded by the World Equine Veterinary Association (WEVA) (Guadalajara, Mexico). Gunther van Loon is head of the department of Large Animal Internal Medicine at Ghent University and the Equine Cardioteam Ghent. He is Past-President of the Belgian Equine Practitioners Society (BEPS). His major interests are in the field of Equine Internal Medicine, especially cardiovascular diseases, including special focus on arrhythmias, electrophysiology, cardiac pacing, 3D mapping and abla^on of arrhythmias, echocardiography, TDI, 2D ST, biomarkers and interventional cardiology.





Andrew Waller has graduated from the University of Bristol and has completed a PhD in Biology at the York University.

Andrew studied the evolution, transmission, and prevention of Streptococcus equi for over 17 years in his role as Head of Bacteriology at the Animal Health Trust. He collaborates with world-leading researchers in over 20 countries around the world and has published over 90 peer reviewed papers on streptococcal infections of animals, utilising these research findings to develop novel diagnostic tests and vaccines with which to improve animal health. Andrew joined Intervacc AB in Stockholm, Sweden, as Chief Scientific Officer in 2020 where he continues to work towards making the lives of animals better.


WONG David



David graduated from Michigan State University and has completed a fellowship at Iowa State University and University of Pennsylvania, followed by a residency program and a MSc at Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine.

David is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care. Since 2020, he is the Department Chair of the Veterinary Clinical Sciences at Iowa State University.

His main research interest are foal medicine and critical care, and equine respiratory diseases.