AAEP Convention Preview: Hands-On Learning

The AAEP offers "wet labs" for practitioners who want to take advantage of hands-on learning from experts in the field. This year, there are six different day-long labs offered (and two ultrasound labs, which are offered as two half-day sessions). All except Reproduction will be held at Del Mar Racetrack.

Dentistry (Nov. 24) is instructed by Jack Easley, B.A. Rucker, Leon Scrutchfield, Tom Johnson, Tom Loafmann, Alex Wales, and Mike Lowder. It is limited to 36 participants. The purpose of the wet lab is to provide participants with the following:

  • A working knowledge of anatomy and physiology of the equine masticatory (chewing) system;
  • Principles of a complete masticatory system examination and a system for recording findings;
  • A basic understanding of the pathophysiology of dental disease;
  • Proper horse handling procedures and equipment safety precautions; and
  • A mastery of proper dental corrective procedures.

Lameness Diagnosis (Nov. 24) is instructed by Ted Stashak, Joe Foerner, Clifford Honnas, and Frank Nickels and is limited to 40 participants. This lab will provide the participant with current information on using perineural and intrasynovial anesthesia for diagnosing lameness. Additionally, practical surgical procedures of the extremities will be reviewed. Participants will have the opportunity to perform nerve blocks and intrasynovial (into joints, bursae, and tendon sheaths) injections, and will practice the surgical procedures discussed in the morning session on cadaver limbs in the afternoon session.

Neurology (Nov. 24) is instructed by Stephen Reed, Barrie Grant, Jim Robertson, Norm Rantanen, and George Bagby, MD, and is limited to 18 participants. Full neurological examinations will be performed using videotapes of horses with the most common causes of ataxia. These will include equine protozoal myeloencephalitis, equine motor neuron disease, and equine degenerative myelopathy.

Reproduction (Nov. 24) is instructed by Juan Samper, John Hurtgen, Lloyd Kloppe, Charlie Love, Dickson Varner, Joe Manning, Margo MacPherson, and Ed Squires and is limited to 50 participants. This lab is held in conjunction with the Society for Theriogenology and will take place at Exclusively Equine Reproduction owned by Richard K. Tramp, DVM.

The course will focus on five areas of stallion reproduction:

  • Physical examination of the stallion;
  • Handling of the stallion and semen collection;
  • Semen evaluation;
  • Processing cooled and frozen semen for shipping; and
  • Receiving cooled and frozen semen for breeding.

Ultrasound (Nov. 24) is instructed by Virginia Reef, Keith Chaffin, Ron Genovese, and Dave Schmitz and is limited to 40 participants. Participants will learn how to perform a critical sonographic evaluation of the tendons and ligaments, heart, lungs, cranial mediastinum (upper chest cavity), liver, kidneys, spleen gastrointestinal viscera (organs), and pregnant mare in mid- to late gestation.

Advanced Ultrasound (Nov. 29) is instructed by Jean-Marie Denoix, Norm Rantanen, and Tasha Werpy and is limited to 40 participants. This wet lab is designed to fine-tune ultrasonographic investigation of equine musculoskeletal system anatomy.

Laser Surgery (Nov. 29) is instructed by Ken Sullins and Scott Palmer and is limited to 40 participants. The lab will include all upper airway and general surgical procedures currently performed with lasers. In the lab, specimens will be provided for instruction in upper airway endoscopic and general surgery procedures.

About the Author

Kimberly S. Brown

Kimberly S. Brown was the Publisher/Editor of The Horse: Your Guide To Equine Health Care from June 2008 to March 2010, and she served in various positions at Blood-Horse Publications since 1980.

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