Renowned large animal internist Thomas Divers, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, AVECC, will furnish a game plan to identify and treat diseases of the equine liver when he delivers the 2015 Frank J. Milne State-of-the-Art Lecture on Dec. 7 during the 2015 American Association of Equine Practitioners’ (AAEP) Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada.

His lecture, “The Equine Liver in Health and Disease” will provide a state-of-the-science review of diseases of the equine liver, including causes, diagnostic testing, treatments, and prognosis.

The liver performs many essential functions for equine health, but determining the cause, severity, and importance of equine liver diseases can challenge even the most veteran practitioner. The lecture will combine evidence-based medicine with Divers’ personal experiences from 40 years of clinical practice evaluating horses with liver disease.

Divers is professor of medicine and co-section chief of large animal medicine in the department of clinical science at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. His current research focuses on newly discovered hepatitis viruses in horses. Other research activities have included bacterial and toxic causes of liver failure in horses; equine neurological diseases, including equine motor neuron disease and equine protozoal myelitis; equine Lyme disease; equine leptospirosis; diseases of the urinary system; and advances in internal medicine and critical care for horses, foals, and dairy cattle.

Divers earned his DVM from the University of Georgia in 1975. A diplomate of both the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and the American College of Vete