Laurent Couetil, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVIM-LAIM

Couetil specializes in sports medicine and asthma in horses.


Dr. Couetil is a professor of large animal medicine at Purdue University. He obtained his veterinary degree from the French National Veterinary School of Alfort and then worked several years in equine private practice in France. Dr. Couetil completed a large animal medicine residency at Tufts University and a PhD in respiratory physiology at the University of Liege, Belgium. He has been a faculty member at Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine since 1995 where he is Director of the Equine Research Program and of the Donald J. McCrosky Equine Sports Medicine Center. Dr. Couetil is the current President of the Large Animal Internal Medicine specialty of the ACVIM. Dr. Couetil's research interest is investigating the causes and treatment of poor performance in athletic horses, in particular Equine Asthma.

Past Presentations

How to diagnose and treat equine asthma
A mild form of lower airway inflammatory disease commonly encountered in young athletic horses is recognized as a separate entity from recurrent airway obstruction (RAO) and termed IAD. Although clinical manifestation is usually different between RAO and IAD there are similarities in etiology, pathophysiology and therapy. Differentiating RAO and IAD from infectious respiratory diseases may also be challenging. The purpose of this presentation is to review available data that led to the current understanding of IAD. The goal is to provide equine practitioners with evidence-based information to enable them to make informed decisions concerning the diagnosis and treatment of an individual horse.

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