Equine evening well attended

Speakers at the equine evening: Back row , from left, are Amy Perrett, Chris Solomon, Jane Hutcheon and Deborah Atkinson, At front are Charlie Carnochan, Tara Jamieson and Sarah Gardner. Picture: Susann Brown
Speakers at the equine evening: Back row , from left, are Amy Perrett, Chris Solomon, Jane Hutcheon and Deborah Atkinson, At front are Charlie Carnochan, Tara Jamieson and Sarah Gardner. Picture: Susann Brown
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After last year’s well-attended collaborative Equine Evening, Donview, Glenythan and Dunnydeer Vets got together for another evening seminar last week, which was, once again, a resounding success.

Estimating an audience in excess of 160, Charlie Carnochan MRCVS, partner at Donview Vets, opened the evening with a talk on tendon injuries and ultrasonography as a diagnostic tool to grade the severity of the injury, to monitor the healing process and the horse’s ultimate return to ridden work.

Following on was Chris Solomon MRCVS from Dunnydeer Vets who spoke about management of the mare and foal before, during and after birth and outlined what was a ‘normal’ foaling and what was not.

Sarah Gardner MRCVS (Glenythan Vet Group) gave an update on equine sarcoids, the most common skin tumours in horses. She outlined the seven different types and said that while they can spread or re-occur, they do not move to internal organs.

Equine dentist, Deborah Atkinson, gave an interesting talk on dental changes through the life stages of the horse and maintenance of dental health throughout.

Tara Jamieson (chartered veterinary physiotherapist) spoke about the benefits of physiotherapy, particularly in relation to the older horse where arthritic pain, pastoral changes and disuse could lead to muscle atrophy. She explained that physiotherapy could help to improve flexibility, posture, gait. She explained that while ultrasonography was used in treatment, the frequencies were different than those used in diagnosis.

Amy Perrett (Pfizer Animal Health) and Jane Hutcheon (Norbrook Laboratories) spoke about worming regimes and equine joint supplements respectively.

A question and answer concluded a most successful evening.