Examination and Treatment of Lameness from the Stifle Through the Foot

By Cooper Williams, VMD, DACVSMR

Examination and Treatment of Lameness from the Stifle Through the FootEquine athletes, like human athletes, are collections of repetitive trauma. It is the practitioner’s job to be a detective and gather all evidence of the patient’s issues. A thorough baseline clinical examination allows veterinarians to judge the evolution of patients over time, and the conditions affecting that patient over time. This clinical examination is based around detailed anatomy and functional anatomy. Localization of primary areas of interest is the goal. The clinical examination, sometimes in combination with diagnostic analgesia, guides toward the next step, imaging. Imaging leads to a diagnosis and ideally, the clinical findings link the two together. Diagnosis leads to treatment, and depending on the injury, rehabilitation. 

This two-part course consists of one proceedings paper and the accompanying 2019 AAEP Convention presentation. The video has been split into four 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 understand

  • the need for a whole-horse exam
  • hindlimb palpation and manipulation
  • observation of movement
  • the clinical exam
  • sequential blocking
  • combined imaging
  • basic ultrasound tools
  • treatment and therapies

Continuing education credit:

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

Approximate duration:

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

Requirements:

  • Read the paper from the 2019 AAEP Convention proceedings, approximately 5,400 words
  • View the presentation from the 2019 AAEP Convention, 45 minutes
  • Complete quiz

FAQ

Continuing education credit:

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

Approximate duration:

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

Requirements:

  • Read the paper from the 2019 AAEP Convention proceedings, approximately 5,400 words
  • View the presentation from the 2019 AAEP Convention, 45 minutes
  • Complete quiz

“This program has been approved for 1 hour 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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