Essential Components of the Western Horse Pre-Purchase Exam

Essential components of the western horse pre-purchase examBy D. Reese Hand, DVM, DACVS

The pre-purchase exam can be a stressful and overwhelming event to practitioners. Liability, client satisfaction/approval, and image interpretation are just a few of the stresses. However, done properly, it is a great profit center, which often results in a long-term veterinarian/patient relationship. 

Course objectives:

With the successful completion of this course, students will understand

  • What is a pre-purchase exam (PPE), and who are we doing them for?
  • What are the goals of the PPE?
  • Essential components of the PPE
  • Forms and history
  • Physical exam
  • Soundness exam
  • Post exam options and conclusions

This two-part course consists of one proceedings paper and the accompanying 2019 AAEP Convention presentation. The video has been split into two parts for ease of download and viewing; as one video part concludes, the next will unlock.

You must view all sections of the course before the quiz will unlock.

Continuing education credit:

  • 0.5 credits Medical, Non-interactive/Anytime, with a passing score of at least 70%

Approximate duration:

  • 30 minutes: read the paper, view the presentation, complete the quiz


  • Read the paper from the 2019 AAEP Convention proceedings, approximately 820 words
  • View the presentation from the 2019 AAEP Convention, 19 minutes
  • Complete quiz
Essential Components of the Western Horse Pre-Purchase Exam00:28:45
View presentation, part 1 00:09:03
View presentation, part 2 00:09:42
Read the paper from the 2019 AAEP Convention proceedings 00:10:00
Pass the quiz to earn CE credits
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