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Continuing Education Seminar for Equine Veterinarians
January 24, 2014

Our Winter Continuing Education Seminar will be held in our library on Jan. 24, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The program will offer participants a total of six CE credits.

Registration for this event is complementary. Please reserve your place by Jan. 20 by contacting Sharon Peart at speart@vt.edu or 703-771-6842. Refreshments and lunch will be available to participants and a reception will follow the lecture schedule.

The seminar lectures will include:

Diagnosis and Management of Airway Conditions that Cause Poor Athletic Performance
Dr. Kenneth Sullins, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVS, Professor of Surgery
This lecture will focus on the diagnosis and treatment of airway diseases affecting athletic performance. The use of BAL and dynamic upper airway endoscopy will be discussed. Conditions including lower airway inflammation and upper airway functional obstructions will be covered. Available treatments for these conditions will be described.

Glandular Ulcers and Pyloric Disease in the Horse
Dr. Adriana da Silva, DVM, MS, Clinical Instructor, Anesthesia
Abnormalities of the glandular and pyloric regions of the stomach are increasingly recognized as sites of clinical disease in the equine. The clinical manifestations of these conditions will be described. Diagnostic procedures and available treatments will be discusssed.

Lyme disease in Horses: Fact or Fiction?
Dr. Crystal Hoffman, DVM, Resident in Equine Medicine
There is controversy surrounding the topic of Lyme Disease in the equine patient - does it cause clinical disease? What are the signs of clinical disease in the horse? How does this correlate with seropositivity? How do we diagnose clinical disease? When should we treat horses? How do we prevent it? The literature on Lyme Disease is vast, but actual peer reviewed studies on this topic in the equine patient are quite limited. This talk aims to examine some of this literature to come up with answers to these questions via an evidence-based approach.

Lame or Neurologic: How Can You Tell?
Dr. Martin Furr, DVM, Ph.D., Diplomate ACVIM, Professor and Adelaide C. Riggs Chair in Equine Medicine
This lecture will describe the steps taken to differentiate gait abnormailities resulting from lameness conditions and neurological conditions. Characteristics of the specific gait abnormalities will be discussed. Manipulative testing and other diagnostics will be described.

Current Therapies to Treat Joint Injury; from Corticosteroids to Stem Cells
Dr. Jennifer Barrett, DVM, Ph.D., Diplomate ACVS, Diplomate ACVSMR, Theodora Ayer Randolph Professor of Equine Surgery
This lecture will cover the current literature about intra-articular therapies to treat synovitis and osteoarthritis in horses. It will start with a brief introduction about normal versus pathological joint changes and management of developmental orthopedic disease, trauma and sepsis to prevent OA, and continue to managment once inflammation is identified. Brief discussion about adjunctive systemic medications and supplements will be included. Treatments that will be discussed include: hyaluronic acid, polysulfated glycosaminoglycan, corticosteroids, autologous conditioned serum (IRAP), platelet rich plasma, bone marrow aspirate concentrate (BMAC) and stem cells. Post-injection rehabilitation will aslo be briefly discussed.

Hind Limb Proximal suspensory Desmitis; A Focus on Surgical Treatments
Dr. Kendra Freeman, DVM, Resident in Equine Surgery
Proximal suspensory desmitis is a commonly made diagnosis in performance horses. Hindlimb proximal suspensory desmitis can be frustrating to treat, with fewer horses responding to conservative treatments compared to forelimb desmitis. This lecture focuses on the accuracy of diagnosis and success of surgical management of this condition.

Panel Discussion on the Diagnosis, Treatment and Prognosis of Lameness

  • Dr. Norris Adams, DVM, Diplomate ACVS, Clinical Assistant Professor in Equine Lameness & Surgery
  • Dr. Jennifer Barrett, DVM, Ph.D., Diplomate ACVS, Diplomate ACVSMR, Theodora Ayer Randolph Professor of Equine Surgery
  • Dr. James Brown, BVSc, MS, Diplomate ACT, Diplomate ACVS, Clinical Assistant Professor of Equine Surgery
  • Dr. Kenneth Sullins, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVS, Professor of Surgery
  • Dr. Nathaniel White II, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVS, Professor Emeritus of Equine Surgery

Panelist will be asked to diagnose, propose treatment and prognosticate cases of equine lameness from a history, clinical diagnostic tests, and imaging. The clinical signs and images from various modalities will be presented to panelists and the audience to encourage discussion. Outcome of each case including information from current literature will be presented.