How to Determine Whether a Wound Involves a Synovial Structure in the Field

Synovial Wounds

Jacqueline A. Hill, DVM, DACVS-LA

Wounds continue to be a common occurrence in equine practice and determining whether or not a synovial structure is involved is critical to determine an appropriate treatment plan for the horse. Recognizing what anatomical structures may be involved with a wound is the first step in assessment. Following that, a combination of ultrasound, radiographs, and synoviocentesis can be used in most cases to establish whether a synovial structure is involved, and therefore, help know how to best manage the case.

This two-part course consists of a scholarly article and related video presentation.

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

Course objectives:

With the successful completion of this course, you will be able to

  • Understand the importance of rapid and accurate diagnosis of synovial wounds in the field
  • Recognize the anatomical structures that may be involved in a wound
  • Learn several practical ways to identify synovial involvement in wounds

Continuing education credit:

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

Approximate duration:

  • 30 minutes: read the article, watch the video, complete the quiz


  • Read the paper from the 2019 AAEP Convention proceedings, approximately 3,300 words
  • View the presentation from the 2019 AAEP Convention, 18 minutes
  • Complete quiz
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Read the proceedings article from the 2019 AAEP Convention 00:25:00
View the video presentation at the 2019 AAEP Convention 00:18:00
Pass the quiz to earn CE credit
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