Friday 25 June

Introduction to equine anesthesia | Marcia Fletcher | 8am
What happens to our equine patients when we induce anaesthesia? How do their physiological parameters differ from that of small animals? This lecture will focus on the fundamentals of equine anaesthesia including the challenges we face to get them through their sedation, anaesthesia and recovery period with as little complications as possible.  

Systematic equine lameness localisation and the place of new technologies | Chris Riley | 9am
The systematic evaluation of the lame horse is critical to making a correct diagnosis. The limitations of traditional approaches complicate the process of diagnosis. Further confusion can occur with the challenges of multi limb lameness and the day to day variations that can occur in the severity of lameness. This presentation will discuss these concepts and briefly introduce technological advances in lameness detection and localisation such as thermography, force plate analysis and body-mounted inertial sensors.

Equine physical/rehabilitative therapies: experiences and perceptions in New Zealand | Julia Whitehead | 10.30am
Equine physical and rehabilitation therapies continue to grow in popularity and are performed by veterinarians, veterinary nurses, professionally recognized therapists and laypeople. Equine industry participants’ perceptions of efficacy, and professional involvement or collaboration influences on outcome are not known. This Master’s degree study aimed to identify; what equine rehabilitation services New Zealand equine industry participants use; why; who is providing them; and what their value is in terms of contribution to equine health and welfare.

High risk equine anaesthesia | Marcia Fletcher| 11.30am
The risk of anaesthetic related death to equine patients markedly increases when they are considered sick and compromised. Abdominal emergencies such as colic and uroperitoneum are two of the most critical equine patients we anaesthetise. This lecture describes the likely anaesthetic complications as well as monitoring and support in these intense cases.

Fluid therapy of the critically ill | Kath Mitchell | 1.30pm

Feed management practices for digestive health in post-surgery equines | Gretel Webber | 2.30pm
The types of feed stuffs best suited for horses post-surgery, and the accompanying management practices to benefit equine digestive health. The nutritional considerations for horses that undergo extended periods of box rest. Tailoring equine diets for type, temperament, and ailment during recuperation.

Why are equine wounds sometimes so hard to heal? Tips and tricks for improving results | Greg Quinn | 4pm
Review of pathophysiology of wound healing - applicable to nurses, understanding why horses differ to other species, and why native breeds and ponies are better at healing compared to sport horses. Some essentials of dressing material selection, what primary dressings should be used for each stage of wound healing. Use of splints, casts and skin grafts to help heal wounds in tricky locations.

Diagnosis of distal limb lesions in the horse using contrast computed tomography | Chris Riley| 5pm
Computed tomography (CT) is a 3D imaging modality that uses x-ray attenuation to create images, providing high-level bony detail without superimposition compared with radiography. This presentation will discuss the indications for CT imaging studies of the distal equine limb. The equipment and procedures used to generate CT images will be described. This will be followed by the presentation of some of the more interesting cases, and the CT findings that led to specific diagnoses.