Workshops (morning); Location: Het Pand 09:15 - 12:00

Research meetings & updates on in vitro models: IVGPT & Organoids (Abstract submission / selected posters)
Meriel Moore-Colyer (Royal Agricultural University); Wilbert Pellikaan (Wageningen University & Research); Andrea Ellis (Unequi); Bart van der Hee (Wageningen University & Research)

Full description

This research meeting is open for researchers and (PhD-)students working with in-vitro models in relation to equine nutrition and health. This meeting is a follow-up to the research meeting that was held at the 9th EEHNC (Utrecht University). The conceptual idea is that researchers and PhD students can present their work and discuss technical aspects especially related to in-vitro models such as in-vitro gas production systems, organoid technology, and/or other models that simulate equine stomach and hindgut environments. However, additional topics may be discussed. This meeting is hosted by Wilbert Pellikaan, Meriel Moore-Colyer, Andrea Ellis and Bart van der Hee.


Ration Calculation & Formulation Workshop + Case discussion - Sponsored by Orffa
Emanuela Valle (University of Torino); Equine Nutrition Service UGent

Full description

One of the most common questions that horse owners may ask is “What should I feed my horse and how much?” Feeding a proper amount of a well-balanced diet is crucial to promote the welfare, performance and health of horses. In this workshop, Emanuela Valle (Workshop leader) will discuss the general principles of ration formulation for horses and the use of the ration program (FRASC) in her clinical counselling service at the Department of Veterinary Science (University of Turin). The workshop will address the following questions:

• Why should I use a ration calculator to formulate a diet?

• How to use a ration calculator in a simple way: understand which data I need from the horse/pony-reading a label from a horse feed-selecting the forage

• Understand the requirements using the horse feed pyramid

• Make it work in the stable

She will address ration formulation for healthy horses but will there will also be case discussions to specifically address ration formulation for horses with common issues like colic or horses that have difficulty maintaining the right body condition. Representatives of the Equine Nutrition Service (UGENT) and FRASC experts may also take part in this workshop and contribute to the discussions.

Jan Gillis

Updates on claims and legislations
Michaela Herzog; Regine Schreiner (Feed and additives GmbH); Ruth Bishop (Premier Nutrition)

Full description

This interactive workshop consists of two parts. In the first part, Michaela Herzog and Regine Schreiner (Feed and additives GmbH) will provide a presentation entitled “Horse feed and supplements: Update on Claims and labelling”. Topics like dietetic feed, scientific substantiation of claims, PARNUT-Dossier and Feed additive authorization for horses will be discussed. In the second part of this workshop, a short update regarding Feed legislation and future perspectives will be given addressing topics like feed additive legislation REFIT and product claims. Themes like welfare and sustainability will also be discussed in the plenary discussion following this presentation. Ruth Bishop (Premier Nutrition) also contributes to this workshop.


Poisonous plants: Clinical perspectives
Dominique Votion (workshop leader, University of Liège); Gilbert Gault (INRAe/VetAgro Sup); Ingrid Vervuert (University of Leipzig); and others

Full description

This workshop is provided by Dominique Votion (workshop leader) and Gilbert Gault. This workshop will deal with themes associated with the contamination of forage and pastures with toxic plants and aims to provide practical information/training that is important for equine practitioners. The workshop will also address the recognition of some toxic elements/plants that can intoxicate horses in practice. This workshop will also be attended by Ingrid Vervuert who has been involved in recent studies regarding the intake of toxic plants. Other experts related to poisonous plants may also be present. This results in a unique gathering of know-how regarding this topic and an opportunity for equine veterinarians to discuss practical questions with many experts!


Kapittel zaal

12:00 - 13:00

12:00 - 13:00 / Sponsored session not part of the formal EEHNC programme: Cavalor “Nutrition for you” - exclusive lunch hosted by Cavalor for vets only, on invitation only.
Location: Bibliotheek

Start congress - Session: Fiber first! Part II; Location: Het Pand - Refter


13:15 - 13:50

13:15 - 13:50 / Updates on equine grass sickness & other pasture & forage related diseases
Chris Proudman (University of Surrey)

13:50 - 14:15

13:50 - 14:15 / Questions for Chris Proudman
Chris Proudman (University of Surrey)

14:15 - 14:35

14:15 - 14:35 / Impact of quality and quantity of dietary protein source on equine muscle protein synthesis
Caroline Loos (University of Kentucky)

14:35 - 14:45

14:35 - 14:45 / Questions for Caroline Loos
Caroline Loos (University of Kentucky)

14:45 - 15:15

14:45 - 15:15 / Break
Kapittel zaal

15:15 - 15:45

15:15 - 15:45 / Fiber & Forage: Future challenges and perspectives - Sponsored by Eurofins
Ingrid Vervuert (University of Leipzig)

15:45 - 16:00

15:45 - 16:00 / Questions for Ingrid Vervuert
Ingrid Vervuert (University of Leipzig)

16:00 - 16:45

16:00 - 16:45 / Expert Panel Round Table discussion “Fiber First”led by Pat Harris
Dominique Votion (University of Liège); Chris Proudman (University of Surrey); Caroline Loos (University of Kentucky); Emanuela Valle (Univeristy of Torino); and other workshop lecturers

16:45 - 17:00

16:45 - 17:00 / Announcements


Evening / Congress Dinner