How to Treat Complications of Castration in the Field

Tim G. Eastman, DVM, MPVM, DACVS

How to treat complications of castration in the fieldCastration remains one of the most commonly performed field surgeries by equine veterinarians. Complication rates vary among studies but remain relatively high with 10% to 28% of horses experiencing some form of complication and continues to be a major source of malpractice suits against equine veterinarians. Even with strict adherence to aseptic principles and prophylactic antibiotics, complications such as edema, seroma, hemorrhage, infection, and eventration are possible. A thorough understanding of how to recognize and manage these complications will oftentimes improve the ultimate outcome. While the preferred surgical approach will vary among individuals and the equipment that they choose, no method is without inherent risks.

 

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.

Course objectives:

With the successful completion of this course, you will gain strategies to deal with complications from 

  • excessive edema
  • seroma
  • infections
  • hemorrhage
  • evisceration

Continuing education credit:

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

Approximate duration:

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

Requirements:

  • Read the paper from the 2019 AAEP Convention proceedings, approximately 2,800 words
  • View the presentation from the 2019 AAEP Convention, 20 minutes
  • Complete quiz

FAQ

Continuing education credit:

  • 0.5 credit hours 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

Requirements:

  • Read the paper from the 2019 AAEP Convention proceedings, approximately 2,700 words
  • View the presentation from the 2019 AAEP Convention, 20 minutes
  • Complete quiz

“This program has been approved for 0.5 hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions that recognize RACE approval; program #16-38714.“ Medical Program, Non-interactive/Anytime.

In many jurisdictions, programs sponsored by the AAEP are considered valid CE regardless of RACE approval. Each state board has its own requirements regarding the number of online (also known as: distance, anywhere, non-interactive) credits that may be applied toward licensure. There may also be restrictions on the number of non-medical (i.e. business or wellness) credits that apply toward licensure. Enrollees in online CE should check with their state veterinary board for complete information.

Once you have successfully completed the course, you will receive a downloadable .pdf certificate of completion. This form is for your own records. DO NOT SEND TO AAEP. Use this record to help you meet license renewal or academy requirements. Your certificate will reside in your AAEP Anywhere dashboard: select “My Account” and then “My Certificates.” A copy of the certificate is automatically emailed to you upon completing a course. Store the emailed certificate in an easily accessible place for your records.

Documentation of this type for license renewal and tax deduction purposes is similar. The individual licensed veterinarian is responsible for the accuracy of his or her own CE records. A license renewal form is a legal document that cannot be falsified without risking the loss of your license.

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