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Continuing Education and Seminars

The Equine Medical Center serves as an educational resource for veterinarians and veterinary technicians. Our continuing education programs help veterinary professionals stay apprised of leading-edge research and advancements in clinical care.

The Equine Medical Center's popular "Tuesday Talks" program is held on the second Tuesday of the month, from January to April. The 2022 "Tuesday Talks" program will be presented as a series of webinars.

Presentations

Tuesday, Jan. 11, 7 p.m.—8 p.m.
"Equine pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction and equine metabolic syndrome: Understanding the difference"
Elizabeth MacDonald, BVMS, MRCVS
Clinical instructor of equine medicine
Equine pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction (PPID, Cushing’s disease) and equine metabolic syndrome are the two most common endocrine disorders diagnosed in the horse. Both conditions can have a significant impact on the health of the horse. This talk will discuss the difference between both conditions, how it affects the horse and what we can do to manage these conditions.

Tuesday, Feb. 8, 7 p.m.—8 p.m.
"Spinal cord disease in the horse: New diagnostics for old diseases"
Krista Estell, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM
Clinical assistant professor of equine medicine
Wobbler's disease, neck and back injury and arthritis, and Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalopathy (EPM) have caused neurologic disease in horses for years. This talk will review the clinical signs of neurologic disease and discuss exciting new techniques to better diagnose neurologic conditions in horses.

Tuesday, Mar. 8, 7 p.m.—8 p.m.
“The alphabet of acronyms in equine orthopedics”
Maureen Kelleher, DVM, CVA, Diplomate ACVS
Clinical assistant professor of sports medicine and surgery
With all of the new technology available to diagnose and treat tendon, ligament, bone, and joint injuries in the horse, it is hard to keep track of what they are, how they work, and when to use them.  The talk will cover diagnostics such as MRI and CT and then move on to treatments such as PRP, ACS, and MSC.

Tuesday, Apr. 12, 7 p.m.—8 p.m.
“Colic: What every horse owner should know”
Jennifer Barrett, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVS, Diplomate ACVSMR
Theodora Ayer Randolph Professor of Equine Surgery
This presentation will explain what colic is, and how veterinarians treat it.

Held at the Equine Medical Center each year in January, our continuing education event for veterinarians features faculty experts from the center, the VA-MD College of Veterinary Medicine, and other equine professionals who share information on the latest diagnostic and therapeutic techniques. 

This series of webinars that will offer attendees up to six hours of continuing education credit.

Presentations

Friday, JAN. 28

8 a.m.—9 a.m.
"MRI in the diagnosis and management of non-performance related disease"
Maureen Kelleher, DVM, CVA, DACVS
Clinical assistant professor of sports medicine and surgery
Synopsis: MRI is typically used for the diagnosis of performance related injuries in the horse. However, MRI can also be very useful for penetrating injuries, assessing laminitis, and detecting foreign materials. This lecture will cover some of the uncommon uses of standing MRI in the horse for diagnosis, prognosis, and therapeutic planning.

9 a.m—10 a.m.
“Diagnosis and Treatment of Colic in the Neonate and Young Foal”
Emily Schaefer, VMD, Diplomate ACVIM (LAIM)
Clinical assistant professor of equine medicine
Synopsis: Abdominal pain in the very young patient has unique attributes when compared to the adult, and triage can be daunting. This lecture will review clinical signs, diagnostics, and medical and surgical management of the foal with colic.

Friday, Feb. 4

8 a.m.—9 a.m.
“Conditions of the Temporomandibular Joint”
James Brown, BVSc, MS, Diplomate ACT, Diplomate ACVS
Clinical associate professor of equine surgery
Synopsis: The equine temporomandibular joint (TMJ) functions to facilitate mastication. Conditions of the TMJ can manifest as both masticatory problems or bit-related performance issues. Conditions affecting the TMJ include osteoarthritis (septic and non-septic), joint luxations, and articular fractures. It has long been thought that subtle osteoarthritis is an under-recognized cause of performance problems in horses, yet evidence-based medicine supporting this view is sparse. This lecture will review different pathologies, diagnostic techniques, treatment options, and outcomes.

9 a.m.—10 a.m.
“Solving the mystery of sinus disease through next-generation sequencing”
Megan Lowman, DVM
Resident, equine surgery
Synopsis: This seminar will describe the difficulties of treating equine sinusitis and the shortcomings of using routine culture to identify the bacterial pathogens involved. Next-generation sequencing will be discussed with regards to its current use and success in identifying changes in the human sinus microbiota, and its future applications in the equine sinus.

Friday, Feb. 11

8 a.m.—9 a.m.
“Intravenous regional limb perfusion in equine practice"
Chris Byron, DVM, MS, DACVS
Associate professor, large animal surgery
Synopsis: Regional limb perfusion is a powerful and flexible technique for the treatment of limb infections and wounds in horses. This seminar will explore considerations for selection of medications, applications, and variations in technique.

9 a.m.—10 a.m.
“Diagnosis and treatment of injuries to the podotrochlear region in horses”
Jennifer Barrett, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVS, Diplomate ACVSMR
Theodora Ayer Randolph Professor of Equine Surgery
Synopsis: This presentation will review the diagnosis of palmar heel pain, diagnostic imaging findings, treatments, and prognosis.

The ninth annual continuing eduation day for veterinary technicians will take place on Friday, October 28. 

This hybrid event will offer attendees up to six hours of continuing education credit. Registered guests are welcome to attend in person at the Equine Medical Center or remotely via a Zoom webinar link.

Presentations

Friday, oct. 28

9 a.m.—10 a.m.
"Staying Sound: The Importance of Foot Balance in the Horse"
Maureen Kelleher, DVM, CVA, DACVS
Clinical assistant professor of sports medicine and surgery
Synopsis: Balance in the foot of the horse is achieved when weight is equally distributed over the foot of each leg, protecting each limb from undue weight-bearing stress. Abnormal weight distribution can result in the overload of a ligament, tendon, or bone, resulting in lameness.

This presentation will explain the importance of foot balance to the soundness and athletic ability of the horse and will provide insights into necessary hoof care to achieve and sustain balance with the goal of protecting your horse from injury.

10 a.m—11 a.m.
Understanding Contagious Disease - Equine Herpesviruses
Megan Marchitello, DVM
Clinical instructor of equine medicine
Synopsis: There are multiple equine herpesviruses identified worldwide that can cause a wide variety of clinical signs. Understanding the pathophysiology of each disease can help to better identify patient risk factors, choose the right diagnostics, and rapidly respond to disease outbreaks. This presentation will review equine herpesvirus with a special focus on equine herpesvirus-1.Synopsis: Abdominal pain in the very young patient has unique attributes when compared to the adult, and triage can be daunting. This lecture will review clinical signs, diagnostics, and medical and surgical management of the foal with colic.

11 a.m.—12 P.m.
“Solving the mystery of sinus disease through next-generation sequencing”
Megan Lowman, DVM
Resident, equine surgery
Synopsis: This seminar will describe the difficulties of treating equine sinusitis and the shortcomings of using routine culture to identify the bacterial pathogens involved. Next-generation sequencing will be discussed with regards to its current use and success in identifying changes in the human sinus microbiota, and its future applications in the equine sinus.

BREAK FOR LUNCH

1 p.m.—2 p.m.
"Wound Management"
Sophie Boorman, BVetMed, MS
Clinical assistant professor of equine surgery
Synopsis: Successful management of traumatic wounds depends on an understanding of wound healing physiology. This case-based lecture will go over basic principles of wound management, as well as discussing some newer techniques for repair.

2 p.m.—3 p.m.
“Approach to the down horse”  
Elizabeth MacDonald, BVMS, MS DACVIM (LAIM)
Clinical instructor of equine medicine
Synopsis: A down horse that is not able to stand is a true emergency and can be a challenge to manage. This lecture will discuss some of the common causes of recumbency in the horse, along with diagnostic and management considerations.

3 p.m.—4 p.m.
"Optimizing MRI Imaging"
Payton Lawrence, LVT
Operating room supervisor
Synopsis: Acquiring diagnostic MRI scans can be seen more as an art than a science. This lecture will go over several common issues with acquiring scans and provide helpful insight to getting the quality images you are looking for. 

Information about continuing education opportunities for farriers will be posted when available.

Questions?

To learn more about our continuing education programs, contact Sharon Peart at 703-771-6842 or speart@vt.edu.