Sunday, February 12th, 2012
Horse owners will benefit from expertise gained world -wide in an upcoming forum to be held at Roseworthy. Recruited as members of a high quality equine staff team at the University of Adelaide Animal & Veterinary Science School, Dr Erik Noschka and Dr Lidwien Verdegaal will engage with horse owners about equine health topics of current interest.

Organised by Horse SA to raise funds for the Australian Horse Industry Research & Development Trust (AHIRDT), the evening will also feature a presentation from Dr Belinda Noble about an upcoming horse float safety project.

Dr Noschka, who originally trained in Germany, will give the keynote talk to horse owners about his speciality area of equine colic. Equine colic is one of the major medical emergencies a horse owner to often finds themselves facing. It is expensive to treat and can be fatal, so opportunities to learn about early symptoms and preventative actions are welcomed.

Dr Lidwien Verdegaal is providing all important updates on Hendra and the Kunjin Virus. Kunjin killed over 80 horses nationally last year.

“Seminars such as these provide an important role in sharing information about the latest research findings & techniques” said Denis Edmonds, Chair of the AHIRDT Advisory Group, and Chair of Horse SA. “It’s great to have such experts on hand for horse owners to ask questions and clarify facts”

The horse forum also provides horse owners from all different parts of the community an opportunity to network, mix with University staff & students and see the great facilities established to help promote animal health knowledge and skills in SA.

The University of Adelaide announced the building of a $10M equine hospital in December.

Visit for more information and to make bookings. School aged children are free when accompanied by a paying adult.

Profile: Dr Erik Noschka

Dr Noschka is from Germany and undertook veterinary training at the University of Leipzig. After staying on for a clinical training in Equine Surgery and serving in Kosovo as Mountain Ranger and Escort Officer he moved to Athens, GA to complete a PhD in Physiology on equine laminitis. In 2007 he became a Resident of Large Animal Surgery at Virginia Tech while working successfully on his Masters of Science thesis in equine colic.

Profile: Dr Lidwien Verdegaal

Dr Verdegaal qualified as a Doctor Veterinary Medicine at Utrecht University in The Netherlands in 1996. After working in practice for two years, Lidwien Verdegaal started her residency Equine Internal Medicine at Utrecht University Equine Sciences where she developed interest in neonatal medicine (Head NICU), endocrinology, cardiology and Equine sports medicine. Lidwien Verdegaal is qualified as a Dutch KNMvD Specialist in Equine Internal Medicine in 2005 and after passing the board exams, she became a Diplomate of the European College of Equine Internal Medicine (ECEIM) in 2009. For the last 8 years, she worked in a private Equine clinics in the Middle East; for the Royal Family at the Royal Jafaar Stud in Jordan and in Kuwait where she was part of a team establishing a new Equine referral hospital. She worked as an Equine Internal Medicine specialist with area of interest in sport horses (Thoroughbreds, Endurance horses, Show Arabians and Show jumpers), critical care and Equine infectious diseases.

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