BEVA Congress keeps sport horses on the road

Friday, July 5, 2019
Veterinary Practice

Keeping the sport horse on the road will be the theme for the final day at this year’s BEVA Congress 11-14 September 2019.

The session on Saturday 14 September will bring together leading vets, farriers and physiotherapists for an holistic look at keeping the sports horse at the top of its game.

“Sports horses are central to the day-to-day work of both primary and referral practices. Advanced imaging has increased knowledge of causes of lameness and close teamwork with other equine healthcare professionals is essential,” said Congress Committee Chair Jonathon Dixon. “These sport horse sessions should inform and inspire delegates with knowledge shared by foremost experts from around the world.”

· Haydn Price (UK World Class Team Farrier), Pat Reilly (Chief of Farrier Services, New Bolton Center, The School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania) and Dr Sue Dyson will discuss aspects of disease of the podotronchlear apparatus and shoeing implications for sports and leisure horses.

· Ellen Singer (Senior lecturer in equine orthopaedics at the Philip Leverhulme Equine Hospital, University of Liverpool) will look at surgical vs conservative management of trauma to the sagittal groove of the proximal phalanx.

· Russell Guire (Centaur Biomechanics) will present about the role of the biomechanics assessment of horse and rider.

· Rachel Murray (Senior orthopaedic advisor at the Animal Health Trust) will look at Team GB’s approach to keeping the sports horse on the road.

· Andre Buthe (Sports medicine vet and team vet for the BEF and its World Class performance programme) will discuss the role of joint medication and its use in competition horses.

· Haydn Price and Pat Reilly will discuss suspensory ligament and collateral ligament desmopathy in terms of shoeing the sports horse and the leisure horse respectively.

· Patrick Pollock (Senior lecturer in equine surgery at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh) will present an update on interspinous ligament surgery.

· Tom Hughes (Specialist in equine surgery and Clinical Director at Liphook veterinary hospital) will provide an update on ostectomy techniques.

· Victoria Spalding (Equine Physiotherapist to the UK World Class Podium Potential Programme) and Dr Sue Dyson will discuss the diagnosis of sacroiliac disease, medical management of back and SI pain and whether physiotherapy can help.

The day will close with a panel discussion including Andy Bathe (Specialist in Equine Surgery and Partner at Rossdales Equine Hospital) and questions from the floor.

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