On Tuesday 13th June, four members of the Rossdales sport horse team led a series of lectures on Sport Horse Optimisation on behalf of the British Veterinary Association (BVA) at their headquarters in London. Generously sponsored by Dechra, the meeting was marketed to recent graduates, but was also well attended by the more experienced clinicians, with more than 20 delegates who travelled from all regions of the UK.
Andy Bathe, who is a Specialist in Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, discussed diagnosis and treatment of commonly seen conditions, supported by a number of case studies. Sport horse clinician Rachel Read discussed the importance of appropriate case selection for advanced imaging, the benefit of including a ridden examination as part of a poor performance or lameness workup, and regulations related to the management of sport horses. Sam Offord and Milly Pudney gave lectures providing practical tips for obtaining radiographs and performing diagnostic local analgesia respectively.
The Rossdales team was joined by vet Ben Mayes, a former president of BEVA, who led a discussion regarding the ethics involved in sport horse optimisation, which led to an interesting debate amongst all attendees.
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Pictured L-R: Sam Offord, Andy Bathe, Milly Pudney, Rachel Read
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