Mind vs. Machine: The Challenge of Lameness Diagnosis


Many horse owners will at some point face the dilemma of equine lameness, and will seek professional advice in their quest to resolve this problem. The accurate diagnosis and treatment of lameness in horses has long been one of the most difficult challenges a veterinarian may face. While modern technologies have deepened our understanding of the causes of lameness and increased our ability to diagnose and treat they have also created new questions. This presentation will explore some of the current technological advancements and trends in this field, the advantages and disadvantages of the use of technology, and a perspective on the quest for answers.

Dr. Mike Scott is currently an Associate Professor in Equine Surgery and Equine Sports Medicine in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Calgary (UCVM). He is a board certified specialist in equine surgery (1999 Diplomate American College of Veterinary Surgeons) and a board certified specialist in veterinary sports medicine & rehabilitation (2012 Diplomate American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation). He has worked in private practice at Moore Equine Veterinary Centre in Calgary since 1998, and currently divides his time between clinical work at Moore Equine and teaching and research at UCVM.

Finding The Sweet Spot of Healthy Biomechanics

Karen RohlfThis presentation will explore what it means to have healthy biomechanics and why partnership, communication, and playfulness are so important to the process. This method was born from Karen Rohlf’s experience in dressage, partnership-based training, and transformational teaching methods. There will be an opportunity for audience participation during the presentation in order to experience one of the concepts. Attendees will get a fresh perspective on the object of dressage, and will leave with techniques they can immediately use to help their horses move with more relaxation, energy, and balance. 

Karen Rohlf, creator of Dressage Naturally, combines partnership-based training with dressage to achieve healthy biomechanics while building the partnership with her horses. She is the author of: Dressage, Naturally… Results in Harmony, and is an internationally recognized clinician who is changing the equestrian educational paradigm. Karen is known for her student-empowering approach to teaching, her virtual courses as well as her positive and balanced point of view. 

Effective and Updated Deworming ProtocolsEla Misuno

The session provides an overview of what’s new in equine parasite control, and answers why we say goodbye to “one-fits-all” deworming schedule. Owners’ know-how guide to horse’s parasites and to managing herd health in regards to fecal testing, treatments and environmental control in Canada.

Dr. Ela Misuno is currently a Manager and Technical Service Veterinarian for Equines with Vetoquinol Canada. Originally from Poland, Dr. Misuno gained her experience as an equine practitioner in private practice in Denmark, followed by a three year internal medicine residency at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) at the University of Saskatchewan. She obtained her master's degree in equine parasitology and completed a study on feacal egg count repeatability and resistance to dewormers in herds in the Saskatoon area.

Tradition, Progression & Education in the Equine IndustryJed Pugsley

With the general public being so removed from agriculture, the equine industry is often targeted by critic groups and ever changing perception of the public. When faced with criticism from such groups, those involved in the equine industry often respond with an emotional response which only feeds to the critic’s agenda. Often we find ourselves toeing the line between tradition and progression with no clear route. The possibilities are endless when we decide to take proactive approach rather than being complacent or reacting. Each one of us has a responsibility to the animals in which we are entrusted, telling our story and showing we care is critical to the future of the industry.

Jed was born and raised in the small town of Park Valley, Utah on a family owned and operated cattle ranch. While on the ranch, he quickly gained a love and respect for all types of livestock. Jed attended Utah State University in Logan, UT majoring in Agriculture Business and minoring in Animal Science.He was very involved and active in 4-H, FFA, and other livestock based clubs and organizations. Through his professional career, Jed has been exposed to a wide variety issues facing the livestock industry today including production agriculture, research, animal health, law enforcement, government relations, and livestock use opposition.


When and Which NSAIDs to Use?

This presentation will review current evidence regarding therapeutic and adverse effects of NSAIDs (Non Steroidal Anti-Inflamatory Drugs) in common equine diseases.

Dr. Heidi Banse obtained her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from Washington State University in 2007. Following graduation, she completed an internship in Large Animal Medicine and Surgery at the University of Georgia. She then completed a combined residency and PhD program at Oklahoma State University. Dr. Banse became board certified in large animal internal medicine in 2011 and completed her PhD in equine metabolic syndrome in 2013. She is currently assistant professor of therapeutics at the University of Calgary. She does her clinical work as an equine internal medicine consultant at Moore Equine in Balzac, AB.


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