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Online Presentations: starting April 1
In-person Labs: May 2 & 3 

CE Hours: 25.5 Total (15 CEUs for the recorded online lectures; 10.5 for the demo, labs on-site)

The following talks will be available to view online starting April 1:


  • Communicating with the Purchaser Before and After the Pre-Purchase ExamMark Baus
    Grasp the importance of determining a buyer’s exact expectations for their new horse and from the exam, and then communicating findings to help the buyer make a purchase decision.

  • Purchase Examinations of the Sport Horse: “Head to Tail” Rick Mitchell
    Learn how to perform a carefully orchestrated, well executed, and repeatable sport horse purchase exam. The exam and reporting process should consider the business transaction between the veterinarian and buyer, the expectations of the buyer, and the physical characteristics of the horse, with special consideration given to certain physical findings based on its intended use.

  • Laboratory Tests and Ancillary Diagnostics for the Purchase Examination Rick Mitchell
    Explore the variety of laboratory tests as well as imaging techniques such as endoscopy, radiography and ultrasonography that may be part of the purchase exam. More advanced imaging such as thermography, scintigraphy and MRI may be appropriate in some cases. The appropriate tests and imaging depend on the information gathered during the physical exam and the horse’s intended discipline. 

  • Pre-Purchases in Review: Reflection of Historical Data Pertaining to Pre-Purchase ExamsKent Allen
    Examine the available literature on the pre-purchase exam around the world and look at a non-published survey of 700 pre-purchase exams in a single practice that shows outcomes and summarizes why some horses were considered unsuitable.

  • Getting to the Heart of the Matter: When Specialized Testing is Recommended in a Pre-Purchase ExamMary Durando
    Discover the features of a thorough physical exam (resting and exercising), pertinent historical questions to evaluate the cardio-pulmonary system, and portions of the exam that should be tailored to the horse’s intended purpose. Findings that are unlikely to be a problem, as well as those that warrant more in-depth, specialized tests will be discussed, with particular emphasis on the echocardiogram and electrocardiogram (resting and exercising). Common potential results and the likely impact on athletic potential will be mentioned.

  • Star Pupil: Perfecting the Ophthalmic Portion of a Pre-Purchase ExamStephanie Bell 
    Explore a systematic approach to the ophthalmic exam focused on identifying abnormalities and anomalies and distinguishing these from variations of normal. Potential clinical significance of ophthalmic findings will be discussed. 

  • Neurologic or Lameness?Steve Reed
    Use case studies to differentiate between lameness and neurologic conditions, with additional discussion on repeatability of both the lameness and neurologic exams and how these can be made more consistent.

  • Upper Airway Endoscopy at Rest and During Exercise as Part of the Pre-Purchase ExamBrett Woodie 

  • Radiography: Proper Positioning and Normal AbnormalitiesKurt Selberg
    Achieve optimum radiographs through proper positioning and equipment; and review radiographic abnormalities that have little effect on the horse’s future capability.

  • Radiography of the Spine Kurt Selberg
    Attain suitable images of the back, an increasingly significant component of pre-purchase exams, with large machines and field portable units.

  • Alternative Imaging Techniques for Evaluation of the Purchase ExaminationRick Mitchell
    Clarify issues that are difficult to interpret and provide the client with practical advice by using multiple imaging modalities. Radiography has been the gold standard, but ultrasound, thermography, nuclear scintigraphy, MRI and even CT may enhance the veterinarian’s ability to dispense good advice to the client. Some newer technology may even provide predictive capabilities.

  • Effective Dialogue Between Colleagues: Communicating Findings to Other VeterinariansKent Allen
    Learn how to communicate effectively amongst clients and their veterinarians (both buyer and seller) without becoming embroiled in controversy and litigation.

  • Applications of Objective Lameness Measurement in the Pre-Purchase Exam Mark Baus
    Discover the best way to integrate inertial sensors into the pre-purchase exam to produce useful information and protect yourself in the process.

  • Evaluation of the OTTB for Their Second CareerJeff Berk & Anna Ford
    Explore a veterinary approach to the examination and evaluation of the suitability of retired Thoroughbred racehorses for second career options. Case studies will illustrate the process and outcomes.

  • Exploring Legal Pitfalls of the Pre-Purchase Exam Mike Casey, Mike Meuser, Jeff Berk, & Kit Miller
    Acquire an overview of the legal considerations relative to pre-purchase exams, followed by case studies and outcomes.

In-Person Labs

Day 1: Monday, May 2

1:00 p.m.

Pre-Lab Review: Radiographing the Neck and the BackKurt Selberg

1:20 p.m.

Pre-Lab Review: Radiographing the Foot, Hock, and Stifle Kurt Selberg

1:40 p.m.

Pre-Lab Review: Radiographing the Fetlock, Metacarpus, and CarpusKurt Selberg 

2:20 p.m.

Pre-Lab Review: Dynamic Evaluation: Application and Evaluation of Dynamic Gait AnalysisMark Baus

2:40 p.m.

Pre-Lab Review: Neurologic vs. LamenessSteve Reed

3:00 p.m.

Pre-Lab Review:  Practical Steps for Purchase Examination of the Sport Horse Ryland Edwards

3:40 p.m.

Demo: Practical Steps for Purchase Examination of the Sport Horse – Ryland Edwards
Observe a demonstration of the author’s approach to the purchase examination of the performance horse with an interactive discussion relative to philosophy and issues encountered during the exam. 

Day 2: Tuesday, May 3

7:15 a.m.


8:00 - 9:10 a.m.

Lab 1

9:15 - 10:25 a.m.

Lab 2

10:30 - 11:40 a.m.

Lab 3

11:40 a.m. - 12:50 p.m.


12:50 - 2:00 p.m.

Lab 4

2:05 - 3:15 p.m.

Lab 5

3:20 - 4:30 p.m.

Lab 6

Virtual Lab:

Ophthalmic Examination: Star PupilStephanie Bell 
Review a systematic approach to the ophthalmic examination focused on identifying abnormalities and anomalies and distinguishing these from variations of normal. Potential clinical significance of ophthalmic findings will be discussed. 


In-Person Lab Descriptions:

Participants will rotate through most labs in groups of 10. Two groups at a time will participate in the Dynamic Evaluation and the Neurologic vs. Lameness labs.

  • Radiographing the Neck and the BackKent Allen
    Improve your radiography of the neck and the thoracolumbar spine with a portable X-ray generator.

  • Radiographing the Foot, Hock, and StifleKurt Selberg
    Refine your radiography of the foot, hock, and stifle using a portable X-ray generator.

  • Radiographing the Fetlock, Metacarpus, and CarpusLisa Casinella
    Enhance your radiography of the fetlock, metacarpus, and carpus using a portable X-ray generator.

  • Dynamic Evaluation: Application and Evaluation of Dynamic Gait AnalysisMark Baus & Laurie Tyrell
    Learn how to incorporate inertial sensors into your pre-purchase exam in a manner that is seamless with your existing routine. You will utilize the commonly used system for dynamic gait analysis, the Equinosis Q/Lameness Locator.

  • Neurologic vs. Lameness Steve Reed & Scott Hopper
    Examine horses with gait deficits and distinguish whether the gait deficits are caused by a neurologic or a musculoskeletal problem. 

  • Practical Application of Ultrasound in the Purchase ExaminationRyland Edwards & Duncan Peters 
    When is application of diagnostic ultrasound appropriate and useful in the purchase examination of the sport horse?  How to handle the "scan everything" request. Tips on getting diagnostic images quickly and efficiently. What's enough and how to communicate this to the client.