Courses of Study 2018-2019 
    Jun 13, 2024  
Courses of Study 2018-2019 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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VTMED 6533 - Advanced Equine Lameness

Spring. 2 credits. Letter grades only.

Enrollment limited to: third- and fourth-year veterinary students. Enrollment by lottery. Live animals used for learning.

N. Ducharme, L. Fortier, A. Nixon, R. Rolfe, Staff.

Designed to teach students the methodology of equine lameness diagnosis. Places a strong emphasis on a hands-on approach to learning and is primarily laboratory-based. During laboratories, students work in small groups on live horses to diagnose the cause of their lameness. To this end, students learn both the practical skills, such as perineural and intraarticular blocks, as well as the methodology necessary to systematically work up a lameness case. Laboratories also provide students with the opportunity to practice field radiography and gain ultrasound skills as they pertain to equine lameness. Additionally, students have the opportunity to practice basic farrier skills. Lecture topics are intended to round out the students’ understanding of lameness by providing them with a knowledge base of the common causes of lameness, organized by response to local anesthesia. Imaging interpretation is emphasized through case discussions. The course is recommended for students anticipating entry into equine practice. Students seeking hands-on experience with horses are also welcome.

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