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Due to Covid-19 the 13th International Colic Symposium has been postponed until July 2021. If you have any questions please contact us.

13th International Equine Colic Research Symposium

14 - 16 July 2021, Edinburgh, UK

Two and a half days of presentation and discussion, hosted by BEVA, in the beautiful and historic city of Edinburgh. 

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A unique opportunity for international equine clinicians and gastroenterology experts to share the latest research and scientific advances on the treatment and prevention of colic and related diseases.


  • Standard registration £400
  • Concessionary registration £150*

*Concessionary registration is open to postgraduate students and residents only. To book as a concessionary please use the discount code: COLIC_CONCESSIONARY and bring proof of your eligibility with you to the event. If you do not have proof of your status you will be invoiced for the outstanding standard price.


What to expect

The Equine Colic Symposium has become an important triennial meeting for equine vets and researchers over the past 30 years. The 2021 meeting in Edinburgh, which runs over 2.5 days, will follow a similar format to previous symposia, with 12-minute oral presentations followed by 3 minutes for questions and discussion. Poster sessions will expand beyond the oral presentations by giving attendees the opportunity to review and discuss work with poster presenters.

Topics areas will include but are not limited to:

  • Surgical techniques
  • Treatment
  • Parasitology
  • Gastric ulceration
  • Endotoxemia
  • Pharmacology of intestinal motility
  • Complications: Post-operative ileus, laminitis, adhesions etc.
  • Epidemiology
  • Physiology of digestion
  • Intestinal microbiome
  • Metabolomics 


14th July
Scientific Sessions 12:30 - 17:00
Drinks/Poster Presentations 17:00 - 19:00

15th July
Scientific Sessions 08:30 - 17:00
Drinks/Poster Presentations 17.00 - 19.00

16th July
Scientific Sessions 08.30 - 16.00

Prior to the Symposium, our "Colic Surgery for the Colic Surgeon" course will take place at the University of Edinburgh (12-13 July). This will cover a wide variety of topics including jejunocolostomy, typhlotomy, deep ileal resection or inversion and correction of caecocolic intussusception. Find out more.


The Colic Symposium isn't just about CPD, join us for our Ceilidh on Wednesday night for a truly Scottish evening of dinner and dancing, get your tartan at the ready!

Accommodation for Delegates

Delegates can now book accommodation through BEVA's appointed concierge service. The service isn't available yet but we will provide more information as soon as possible.