Equine Respiratory Days

Lüsche, Germany, October 26-28, 2018

in cooperation with Tierklinik Lüsche


Aim of the course is that the participants will be comfortable to:

  1. Perform endoscopy of horse’s respiratory tract;
  2. Collect respiratory secretions via bronchoalveolar lavage and tracheobronchial aspiration/wash and evaluate specimens;
  3. Image the respiratory airways and know the value of ancillary respiratory tests.

We encourage you to bring along your own equipment! We will be accepting 24 participants only.



Friday, October 26, Tierklinik Lüsche, Lüsche:

10:00 to 18:45 lectures and wetlabs with Laurent Couëtil, Julie Fjeldborg, Emmanuelle van Erck
(ATF accredited with 7 hours)

- 10:00 - Endoscopy of the upper airways.
- 11:00 - Coffee break
- 11:30 - Endoscopy of the lower airways.
- 12:15 - Hints and tricks for overground endoscopy.
- 13:15 - Lunch
- 14:15 - Wetlabs: participants rotate to the different instructors; the horse remains with the instructor; 70 min / station):

1) Endoscopy of the upper airways;
2) Endoscopy of the lower airways
3) Overground endoscopy

- Coffee break at 15:25, continue work at 15:55
- 18:30 - End


Saturday, October 27, Tierklinik Lüsche, Lüsche:

9:00 to 18:00 lectures and wetlabs with Laurent Couëtil, Julie Fjeldborg, Emmanuelle van Erck
(ATF accredited with 7 hours)

- 9:00 - Discussion of the findings in the horses involved in the practical work on October 26
- 10:00 - Coffee break
- 10:30 - Bronchoalveolar lavage and tracheobronchial aspiration/wash
- 11:30 - Analysis and evaluation of the bronchoalveolar lavage and tracheobronchial secretions
- 12:30 - Lunch
- 13:30 - Wetlabs (75 min / station): Participants will be divided into three groups examining horses.

1) Bronchoalveolar lavage;
2) Tracheobronchial aspiration/wash;
3) Analysis and evaluation of the respiratory secretions

- Coffee breaks at 14:45 (15 minutes) and 16:20 (15 minutes)
18:00 - End
- 18:15 - Barbecue


Sunday, October 28, Tierklinik Lüsche, Lüsche:

8:30 to 17:00 lectures and wetlabs with Laurent Couëtil, Julie Fjelborg, Fe ter Woort, Emmanuelle van Erck
(ATF accredited with 6 hours)

- 8:30 - Treatment options of respiratory diseases: Is there more available than cortisone, clenbuterol and mucolytics and which is the best aerosol delivery device?
- 10:00 - Coffee break
- 10:15 - Ultrasound of the respiratory system
- 11:00 - Ancillary respiratory tests: arterial blood gases, thoracocentesis, transpulmonary pressure, allergy testing for RAO, lung biopsy
- 12:00 - Lunch
- 13:00 - Wetlabs (75 min / station): Participants will be divided into two groups:

1) Respiratory ultrasound
2) Ancillary respiratory tests: thoracocentesis, transpulmonary pressure, lung biopsy (Coffee break of 15 min at 14:15).

- 15:45 - Coffee break
- 16:00 - Final discussion with topics brought up by the participants.
- 17:00 - End


The instructors

Laurent Couetil
is a professor of large animal medicine at Purdue University College of Veterinary and Director of the Equine Research Program. He obtained his veterinary degree from the National Veterinary School of Alfort, France and then worked several years in equine practice in France. Laurent completed a large animal medicine residency at Tufts University and a PhD in respiratory physiology at the University of Liege, Belgium. He is past President of the Large Animal Internal Medicine specialty of the ACVIM. His research interests are investigating the causes and treatment of Equine Asthma and Equine Sports Medicine.

Julie Fjeldborg
obtained the veterinary degree in 1980 at The Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University in Copenhagen, Denmark. In 1985, she defended her PhD thesis in “Pharyngeal-laryngeal obstructions in the Upper Airways in the Horse”. She works within Large Animal Surgery at the Large Animal University Hospital at Taastrup Campus, where she participates in the clinical teaching of veterinary students within Large Animal Surgery. She has been leading in developing endoscopy in Denmark which includes endoscopy during work at treadmill and dynamic endoscopy. She is the most experienced surgeon in Denmark in upper airway surgery in horses, and is often consulted by equine practitioners. She has been board member of the World Equine Veterinary Association (WEVA), the Veterinary Comparative Respiratory Society (VCRS) and the World Equine Airway Society (WEAS). Furthermore, she is the Chair of The Danish Equine Welfare Organization. Her research program explores a variety of topics in relation to poor performance due to the airways. A standardization of the bronchoalveolar lavage is one of her main interests but also the interpretation of poor performance by dynamic endoscopy.

Fe ter Woort
graduated from the University of Liège (Belgium) in 2008. She completed a residency in Large Animal Internal Medicine at the University of Guelph (Canada), where she combined her clinical training with research on Inflammatory Airway Disease in racing horses, and defended her Doctor of Veterinary Science (DVSc) thesis in 2012. In 2013 she became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and then further pursued her interest in sports medicine by completing a 2 year Equine Ultrasound and Cardiology Fellowship at New Bolton Center (USA). In 2015 she joined Emmanuelle van Erck‘s Equine Sports Medicine Practice providing a specialist sports medicine service to horses across Europe. Her main clinical focus is cardiology and ultrasound imaging of the equine athlete and her current research project involves medical management of upper airway disorders.

Emmanuelle Van Erck
graduated from the Ecole Nationale Vétérinaire de Maison Alfort (France) in 1996. She did a PhD on respiratory functional tests in horses at the Veterinary Faculty of the University of Liege (Belgium). In 2000, she became Senior Consultant at the Centre for Equine Sports Medicine at University of Liège where she dealt with referred cases in sports medicine, participated to numerous research projects and collaborated to the training of veterinary students. She runs together with Fe ter Woort an Equine Sports Medicine Practice offering ambulatory consultations and medical and athletic follow-ups in working horses including special diagnostic exams to evaluate poor performance, whatever the horses’ discipline.

What you need to know...

Date & Location

October 26 to 28, 2018

Tierklinik Lüsche,
Essener Str. 39 a,
49456 Lüsche, Germany
Phone +49 (0) 5438-95850;
Ute Pansegrau upansegrau@tierklinik-luesche.de;


In Bremen

for those arriving by plane or train on Month, day or very early on Month, day (we leave from the hotel Holiday Inn Express Bremen Airport to the clinic at 8:45 hours)

Holiday Inn Express Bremen Airport
Hanna-Kunath-Straße 5,
28199 Bremen
Phone: +49 (0) 421-322852002;

Other in Bremen: www.bremen.de


Near the clinic in Lüsche

Park Hotel Cloppenburg
Burgstraße 8,
49661 Cloppenburg
Phone: +49 (0) 4471-6614; Fax: -6617;


Bahnhofstraße 30,
49661 Cloppenburg
Phone: +49 (0) 4471-7020–70; Fax: –77;

Further information

Arbeitsgruppe Pferd – Task Force Horse
Arno Lindner
Heinrich-Röttgen-Str. 20, 52428 Jülich, Germany
Phone: +49 (0) 2461 340-430; Fax: -484;
contact@agpferd.de; www.agpferd.com


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