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How to place a nasogastric tube in a horse?

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This video, realized in partnership with the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences of the University of Copenhagen, will show you how to place a nasogastric tube in a horse. You will see the equipment and the right way to introduce the tube into the nasal cavity to reach the pharynx and to be sure that the horse swallows the tube easily. It will present you different ways to check that the tube is not in the trachea of the horse but in the esophagus and the way to put the tube forward to reach the stomach. Next you’ll learn about the procedure to collect the stomach contents by holding the tube in a correct manner. At the end, the video shows the way to pull the tube out and the passage through the nose.


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Gaby van Galen

Gaby van Galen
DVM, PhD, Dipl ECEIM, Dipl ECVECC

Gaby grew up in The Netherlands and obtained her veterinary degree in 2003 from the University of Ghent in Belgium. She returned to The Netherlands for an internship in a private referral hospital. Gaby then went back to Belgium to work at the University of Liege for 7 years. Here she did a residency in equine internal medicine and a PhD on atypical myopathy. In 2009 she passed the board examination and became a Diplomate ECEIM (equine internal medicine). In 2011 she worked for a short period at the equine hospital of the University of Uppsala. In 2012 she was employed at the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Liege at did consultancy work together with her husband Denis Verwilghen (ECVS Diplomate). Since 2013 and until present Gaby is Associate Professor at the Copenhagen University, where she divides her time between clinical service, teaching and research in equine medicine. In 2017 she also became a Diplomate ECVECC (emergency and critical care). 

She has a strong interest in severe neuromuscular diseases, amongst which tetanus and atypical myopathy, monitoring tools of critically ill adult horses and foals, biosecurity and the medical use of ultrasonography. 

She is author and coauthor of more than 40 scientific articles, and has presented many times at national and international congresses. She also has a pending patent application and is currently chair of the examination committee of the ECEIM.

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