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Tuesday, May 24 • 08:00 - 09:00
Emergency management and transportation of the equine fracture patient

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Equine fractures occur commonly enough in practice that there is an absolute requirement for the clinician to be aware of the appropriate first aid, splinting and transportation techniques available.  Furthermore they are often stressful situations for all, including the patient, owner/trainer and the practitioner!  Veterinarians are often being rushed into decision making in such circumstances, be it in the field or on the racecourse, which adds to the pressure of the situation.  In this presentation we firstly discuss how to make the diagnosis in the field and then specifically look at bandaging and splinting techniques of the various anatomical regions of the horses limbs.  Forelimb fractures are generally divided into four anatomical zones and hind limbs are divided into three zones, each of which has specific bandage/splint combination requirements that one must be aware of.  We will also look at some of the commercially available splints along with those made from commonly available resources and prepared in the field.  This is an important presentation, not only because of its welfare issue, but also because appropriate splinting and transportation of the fracture patient can prevent further trauma, improving the chance of a successful repair at a referral facility.


Dr Todd Booth

Todd qualified from University of Queensland in 1989 and then worked in mixed species and equine practice in Australia before an internship in Equine surgery at Murdoch University in 1994. After 2 years travelling he took on a specialist equine surgery-training program and Masters... Read More →

Tuesday May 24, 2016 08:00 - 09:00 ACST
City Room 1 & 2 Adelaide Convention Centre