Thursday, August 1

Lameness Including Joint Blocks and Joint Therapies

Online requirements prior to course:

  • Myofascial Exam (how-to video) – Tim Holt
  • Go Wild – Supplementing the Routine Lameness Examination – Erin Contino

7:15 - 8:00 a.m.


8:00 - 8:10 a.m.

Opening Comments/Welcome – Luke Bass

8:10 - 9:30 a.m.

Equine Joint Blocks: How to Get in and Out and Not Cause a Stir – Katie Seabaugh 

9:30 - 10:00 a.m.


10:00 - 11:15 a.m.

Joint Therapies Including Biologics: What, When and Why – Erin Contino

This lecture will explore traditional and emerging joint therapies that are available to treat acute and chronic joint injury and disease. We will review the applicable literature and explore clinical perspectives on the various products available to equine practitioners.

11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


12:30-2:00 p.m.; 2:15-3:45 p.m.; 4:00-5:30 p.m.

  • Perform and recognize abnormalities of an equine myofascial exam as part of a field lameness examination.
  • Perform common intra-articular arthrocentesis on live horses to improve self-confidence and expand their techniques.
  • Learn and discuss the latest in how to use intra-articular therapies including biologics and beyond.

LAB 1: Myofascial Exam (x 3 groups)
Instructors: Tim Holt, Melinda Story, Sandro Colla

LAB 2: Joint Blocks (DIP joint, pastern joint, digital tendon sheath, fetlock)
Instructors: Erin Contino, Katie Seabaugh, Chris Kawcak, Melissa King, Laurie Goodrich, Brad Nelson (3 for Lab 2 and 3 for Lab 3)

LAB 3: Joint Blocks (Hock [TC/TMT/DIT], stifle, proximal MC/MT block)

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.


6:30 - 6:45 p.m.

Transport to Hotel

Friday, August 2

Cervical and Stifle Imaging

7:30 - 8:00 a.m.


8:00 - 9:30 a.m.

Stifle Radiology and Ultrasound: An Optimized Approach – Elizabeth Acutt

This talk will cover tips and tricks for the acquisition of standard and unconventional radiographic views of the stifle, how to optimize ultrasonographic technique to enhance diagnostic utility and a case-based discussion of the imaging appearance of some common stifle pathologies.

9:30 - 10:00 a.m.


10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Cervical Imaging in the Field: What is Expected of the Ambulatory Vet? – Myra Barrett

Equine veterinarians are increasingly being asked to obtain cervical radiographs in the field.  This talk will help the mobile practitioner gain skills in acquisition technique and will provide tips for assessing and improving image quality. Content will also cover fundamentals of cervical radiograph interpretation and how to triage results. 

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.


1:00-3:00 p.m.; 3:30-5:30 p.m.

  • Learn how to improve and expand your radiographic skills for the stifle and cervical region.
  • Understand the importance that ultrasound can play in diagnostic imaging of the stifle and cervical region.

LAB 1: Stifle and Cervical Radiology (6 groups of 5, then switch to Lab 2)
Instructors: Suzanne Brenner, Myra Barrett, Will French, Frances Hinkle, Monika Samol, Elizabeth Acutt

LAB 2: Stifle and Cervical Ultrasound (6 groups of 5, then switch to Lab 1)
Instructors: Erin Contino, Chelsea Luedke, Sandro Colla, Lindsey Deacon, Jackie Christakos, Linda Dillenbeck

5;40 p.m.

Transport to Hotel - Dinner on your own

Saturday, August 3


Online requirement prior to course:

  • Ophthalmic Examination in the Horse – Stephanie Bell (2022 AAEP)

7:30 - 8:00 a.m.


8:00 - 9:00 a.m.

Ocular Diagnostics That You Can Do to Impress Yourself – Kathryn Wotman 

9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Ocular Pharmacology and SPLs: How to Use What You Have – Brittany Martabano 

10:00 - 10:15 a.m.


10:15-11:30 a.m.; 11:40 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

  • Grow your ophthalmology toolbox with additional diagnostics such as nerve blocks during examination, corneal cytology, and ocular ultrasound.
  • Learn how to handle a situation when something doesn’t go right, and you need to expand treatment options for common ocular abnormalities.
  • Get comfortable with sub-palpebral lavages (SPLs): How to insert and manage in the field

Lab 1: Ophthalmology Exam and Nerve Blocks (live horses)
6 groups of 5 

Lab 2: Cytology, Ultrasound and Sub-palpebral Lavage (cadavers)
6 groups of 5 

Groups switch labs after the break. 

Instructors: Kathryn Wotman, Brittany Martabano, Tom Pryor, Anna Bracken, Lauri Stanley, Melissa Fenn, Katie Kiger 

1:00 - 1:30 p.m.

BOX LUNCH (provided by TMI) and CLOSING