Equine Head Surgeries

February 6 to 8 2020, Lüsche, Germany

Practical diagnostic work-up and discussion of treatment options of orthopaedic conditions

In cooperation with Tierklinik Lüsche

Residents and Diplomates of the Colleges of Veterinary Surgeons – or equivalent qualifications – will have the opportunity of improving their skills in techniques for experienced surgeons under the guidance of Jan Kümmerle, Denis Verwilghen and Timo Zwick. Sixteen persons only can participate to ensure quality time for each one. All procedures will be demonstrated on cadaver specimens first by the instructors and then the participants will perform them guided by the instructors.

All details of the program will be posted when they are completed.

The instructors

Jan Kümmerle
Graduated in 2002 from the Veterinary Medicine University of Hanover, Germany. He then completed a Doctoral thesis in the field of craniomaxillofacial surgery at the Musculoskeletal Research Unit in Zurich. Afterwards, he spent two years at the Veterinary Medicine University of Vienna, Austria, to complete a rotating equine internship and work in the department of equine orthopedics before he returned to Zurich for an ECVS residency. He became Fachtierarzt für Pferde in 2009 and a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2010. Since then he is working as a senior surgeon at the Equine Hospital of the University of Zurich. In 2017, he successfully defended a PhD thesis entitled “Identification of novel tendon specific molecular markers in the horse”. His special interest is on orthopedic surgery and his research focuses on fractures, arthroscopy and tendon diseases of horses.

Denis Verwilghen
Graduated from the University of Ghent, Belgium in 2003. He started his career as an equine veterinarian in private practice in Ireland and the Netherlands and returned to academia at the end of 2004 to become a resident in equine surgery at the University of Liege, Belgium. In 2009 he obtained a specialist diploma (DES) in Large Animal Surgery from the University of Liege and in 2010 Denis successfully passed the exam of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons. Denis then defended his PhD in Liege about the clinical impact of developmental orthopedic diseases in horses. After spending some time in Sweden as Head of the Equine Surgery Department in Uppsala University, Denis started with his wife Gaby (Dipl ECEIM – Dipl ECVECC) a consultancy based equine medicine and surgery service. In 2013, both took up a position of Associate Professor at the Equine Hospital of the Copenhagen University. In 2017 Denis ran his own private consultancy business, Equine-Specialists, performing peripatetic surgical and dentistry services around the globe. In February 2018, Denis joined the Camden Equine Centre veterinary team as the services Head and a Senior Specialist Surgeon. His interests and expertise lay in general soft tissue and orthopedic surgery. He has a special clinical interest in surgical head disorders including advanced dentistry procedures. As a scientist and teacher, he is particularly focused on basic fundamental aspects of clinical practice and biosecurity in veterinary medicine with an emphasis on surgical principles and hand hygiene.

Timo Zwick
Graduated from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, Germany, where he obtained his Doctor vet. med. degree in 1996. He was an assistant in several equine practices and clinics until becoming a partner in the Tierärztliche Klinik Gessertshausen, Germany, in 2001. There he founded the Equine Dental Station in 2004. In 2005 he became accredited as an Equine Dental Practitioner by the IGFP –Internationale Gesellschaft zur Funktionsverbesserung der Pferdezähne. In 2009 he introduced the use of computer tomography to scan the head of standing horses. His routine work involves ambulatory as well as stationary work on horses with dental and sinus diseases. His special field is head surgery, planned with CT images.