Equine Neck Conditions & Practical Neurology for Practitioners – A 2-Day Practical Course

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About the course

Cervical fusion surgery, myelography techniques, CSF collection methods, cervical facet joint injections, headshaker blocks etc.

Horses with neurologic signs are regularly seen in equine practice and diagnosing a specific disease can be challenging. 

This practical course was designed to provide veterinarians from mixed and equine practice with the theoretical and especially the practical skills to competently examine, diagnose and treat horses affected by such conditions. 

One of the main goals of this course is to provide equine practitioners with the knowledge and skills on how to reliably differentiate ataxic horses from animals with front and hindlimb lameness.  A panel of internationally renowned clinicians who have dedicated a significant proportion of their careers researching, diagnosing and treating horses with spinal ataxia and other neurologic conditions, will bring a wealth of experience to this course. 

The following highly-illustrated lectures in English (with Norwegian moderation) will be held in the morning:  

  • Is it lame, or is it ataxic?               
  • Cranial nerve disorders                
  • Diagnostic techniques for horses with spinal ataxia
  • Vestibular Disease / Temporohyoid Osteopathy –  A differential for ataxia         
  • Treatment Options for Cervical Vertebral Stenotic Myelopathy
  • Dealing with the collapsing horse
  • Headshaking – Investigation & Treatment Options
  • Managing Encephalopthies – Traumatic, hepatic and other
  • Urinary Incontinence & Cauda Equina Disease
  • Peripheral Neuropathies – Shiverers, Stringhalt, EMND etc.
  • Beware of Zebras – Infectious causes of neurological disease

In the afternoons, the 7 hours of practical small group sessions (2 – 4 vets per ultrasound machine) will give attendees plenty of opportunity to put theory into practice on live horses and on equine specimens, under the supervision of the experts.  Each attendee will rotate through the following practical stations with live horses and specimens:

  • Neurologic Examination & CSF Taps
  • Cervical Ultrasound & Facet Joint Injections
  • Radiography of the Neck/Head
  • Case Discussions – Neurologic Horses & Interpreting Cervical Radiographs
  • Guttural Pouch Endoscopy & Nerve Blocks for Headshakers
  • Cervical Fusion Surgery Demonstration

At the end of Day 1, a demonstration on how to perform a myelogram will be given by the instructors.

The course fee includes lunches, coffee/tea breaks, a wine & cheese reception, extensive electronic course notes and a certificate of attendance.  Attendees can choose to only attend the lectures (= Lectures Only) on this course or can register for the entire course (= Lectures & Practical Sessions). Early course registration is recommended as there are only a limited number of places available.

This course is suitable for RCVS Modules:   B-EP.3;  C-E.3;  C-E.4;  C-E.6;  C-E.7;  C-E.11;  C-E.15; C-E.16; C-E.17; C-VDI.4

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