Equine Program

Updates in Equine Medicine and Diagnostics

Nathan M. Slovis, DVM, DACVIM, CHT (Certified Hyperbaric Technologist)

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Mucus and Cough: How Does Equine Asthma Affect Performance (1 hour)

This session will review the definition, diagnosis, treatment, and effective strategies to reduce the risk of developing equine asthma. The presenter will detail a variety of respiratory diagnostics to help not only diagnose but also follow progress of treatment. Participants will leave this lecture with the knowledge to be able to perform a bronchoalveolar lavage and interpret results.

Abdominal Pain in Foals: How to Use Your Ultrasound to Make a Diagnosis (1 hour)

Abdominal pain in the foal can be a frustrating diagnostic challenge as the differential diagnosis are extensive. Abdominal pain can progress rapidly leading to septicemia or even death. The approach to the neonate with a painful or distended abdomen includes history, type and dose of analgesics administered, and whether there are any animals affected with diarrhea. Surgical versus medical treatment may be determined with a proper history, physical exam, and abdominal ultrasound.. This lecture will be case based and allow the audience to document the ultrasonographic approach that the speaker utilizes  to make a diagnosis.

Acute Abdomen in the Adult: Emphasis on Ultrasound Diagnostics (1 hour)

Colic in horses may be an acute bout that either improves spontaneously or responds to medical or surgical intervention. Some horses suffer from chronic colic which pose a diagnostic dilemma for the medical clinician. In one study by Proudman (1991), only a small percentage (7%) require surgical intervention. Ultrasonographic examination has become the most widespread diagnostic technique in equine practice. Recently, the equipment has also become less expensive, and offers more versatility, mainly through the use of various types of transducers. This lecture will be  case based and allow the audience to document the ultrasonographic approach that the speaker utilizes  to make a diagnosis.

Challenging Medicine Cases (1 hour)

The presenter will challenge the audience with a variety of medical cases in which the utilization of a good physical exam, blood work, and ultrasound helped make the initial diagnosis. Once a diagnosis is made, the presenter will detail how the animals were treated and the outcome of each patient.

Gastric Ulcer Update (1 hour)

Has your horse’s behavior changed? Are his eating habits different? Does he seem mildly colicky after meals? Gastric ulcers could be the culprit. As many as 80% of active sport horses have had gastric ulcers at one time or another. Clinical signs of gastric ulcers can vary. This lecture will describe the differences in the causes for glandular vs non glandular ulceration. The presenter will also walk through the different treatment strategies that are available to treat gastric ulceration.

Equine Emergency Response (1 hour)

Horses can become recumbent for a variety of reasons; therefore, it is important to be able to determine what conditions are primary, preexisting and what may be secondary to the animal being recumbent. As a veterinarian at an event, the goal is to triage, stabilize, and when appropriate safely transport the horse to a referral hospital. Horse owners in our society currently have close and emotional relationships with their horses; with that comes the increased expectations of the veterinary community to save their animals in what would have been an impossible scenario in the past. The art of technical equine rescue has grown due to these expectations. Veterinarians who are responsible for the care of animals at a large stable or even a the horse show must understand the basic SOP of technical equine rescue. This talk will go over these basic SOPs and will use a case based approach of how forward assist and rescue glide can be used in the clinic.

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