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FARM: Improving outcomes for the recumbent cows - Phil Poulton - 5 September, 8pm UK (6 September, 7am NZT)
There are many reasons for cattle to become recumbent. Once they are down for any reason they are highly susceptible to secondary damage and this damage can often be more important than the primary cause of their recumbency. This is particularly true for “downer” cows, as defined as bright and alert down cows that have been recumbent for more than one day. This webinar will cover the types, causes and importance of secondary damage in downer cows. There is a strong correlation between the quality of the nursing care provided to the down cow and the chance of secondary damage occurring. “Gold standard” nursing care will be described and its influence on secondary damage and outcome will be quantified. General treatment options for downer cows will be considered along with euthanasia triggers. The management of down cows is an important animal welfare issue for the individual animal but also for the diary industry in today’s climate of scrutiny of animal production systems by consumers. This webinar has a strong underlying welfare theme.
SMALL ANIMALS: Tips for improving tibial tuberosity advancements outcomes - Karen Perry - 6 September, 8.30pm UK (7 September, 7.30am NZT)
Articular fractures occur commonly in dogs and cats. The goals of treatment are to allow a return to pain-free motion and ameliorate the inevitable development of osteoarthritis. Adherence to certain principles is critical to give the patient the greatest opportunity of maintaining a healthy joint. Principles of treatment include obtaining an accurate diagnosis, early treatment, achieving anatomical reduction, providing rigid fixation, restoring the functional axis of the limb and appropriate use of postoperative physical rehabilitation. Deviation from these principles will likely lead to a poor outcome characterised by post-traumatic osteoarthritis, joint fibrosis, muscle atrophy and chronic pain. If the fracture is irreparable, or severe complications develop, excision arthroplasty, arthrodesis or total joint replacement may be necessary. During this webinar we will explore the principles of articular fracture management and the evidence base underlying them. We will provide guidance for the application of these principles in commonly encountered articular fractures. Particular emphasis will be placed on how imaging techniques can be adapted to ensure that an accurate diagnosis is obtained hereby allowing early and appropriate treatment of the fracture. In addition to discussion of traditional open approaches for fracture stabilisation, the emerging role of minimally invasive osteosynthesis, arthroscopic-assisted approaches and percutaneous techniques in the treatment of articular fractures will be discussed. The importance of appropriate postoperative care and physical rehabilitation will be examined and some practical guidelines on how to optimise this will be provided. Finally we will discuss the prognosis following articular fractures and explore the reasons behind the high morbidity associated with articular fracture treatment, even when the principles of articular fracture management are rigidly adhered to.
EQUINE: A review of equine parasitology - Simon Daniels - 19 September, 8pm UK (20 September, 7am NZT)
Parasite control has been a key component of colic prevention in horses since the 1960s, at this time Strongylus Vulgaris was the most prevalent and most pathogenic parasite of equids. It was Strongylus Vulgaris specifically that was associated with colic and lead to Drudge and Lyons (1966) proposing the interval dose programme of anthelmintic treatment. Yet since the 1980s S. Vulgaris has made up less than 1% of the strongyle population in horses in the UK and most of Europe and the USA. Yet many horse managers still use a treatment schedule designed for a parasite that is no longer prevalent. This update will recap intestinal parasites of clinical relevance in horses, considering the role of diagnostic testing and monitoring alongside anthelmintics for sustainable parasite control. Anthelmintic resistance and horse manager perceptions of FEC monitoring will also be considered.
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