Curar Animal Therapeutics | A summary from the BEVA North of England Regional Meeting on 11th November

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A summary from the BEVA North of England Regional Meeting on 11th November

November 12, 2014

The North of England's regional meeting focused was held just outside Newcastle upon Tyne, at the fantastic Matfen Hall Hotel. A fantsatic setting for the two keynote speakers: Patrick Pollock, from the Weipers Centre Equine Hospital, Glasgow, who spoke about improvements in equine wound management and consultant farrier, Jim Ferrie who outlined the latest advances in remedial farriery.

Patrick Pollock kicked off the evening with an overview of the history of wound healing and the very different approaches used over the last century. He went on to dicuss  the different phases of wound healing, highlighting the work of George Winter who pioneered the early work on moist wound care.  After dinner he resumed his topic and reviewed f the dressings currently available on the human and veterinary market. He discussed the pros and cons of a variety of dressings including anti-microbial dressings such as silver and honey, highlighting findings from a recent study that investigated the properties of different honey and found Scottish heather honey could match and possibly exceed the anti microbial properties seen with the Manuka honey (see refernce for paper).  He also discussed new dvelopments within the field of wound healing,such as Versajet,  a device used for debridement and negative wound pressure therapy, used for the management and  closure of large wounds. However, the take home message, was that many of these wound dressings have limitations, not least because most of them are designed to be used on the "average 80 year old lady" and not a18hh Clydesdale horse! Essentially, more work needs to be done! 

Jim Ferrie provided a very interesting overview on remedial farriery. He talked about the dynamic assessment of the foot to ensure the foot strike is level. He showed how an imbalance in the foot shape will upset the stress on tendons and ligaments, and can create an unbalanced concussion on joints and bones. His x-ray & image analysis showed how critical it was to pinpoint the exact centre of the foot to achieve the correct lateral and medial balance.  He went on to describe dynamic shoeing around the coffin joint discussing the ways that different shoes can offset the consequences of coffin joint dysfunctions and showing the positive impact this can have through videos of various case studies. The take home message from his talk was that the hoof is constantly changing so must be assessed every time it is re-shod. His final point was to remind us that muscle memory takes about 72 hours to change. So when a hoof is rebalanced it can take the horse 72 hours to fully adjust, thus after remedial shoeing and balancing the horse may take a few days before the full improvement can be seen. 

The evening had been organised by Lesley Barwise-Munro BSc BVM&S CertEP MRCVS from Alnorthumbria vets. It was very well attended and covered thought - provoking topics that stimulated a good discussion.  This was the last of the 2014 BEVA regional CPD events that we have sponsored and it gave us ample opportunity to talk to the attendees to discuss equine lameness and how Sonivet can play a part in the rehabilitation of fractures, tendon & ligament injuries in horses. We were able to share the key scientific & clinical data on Sonivet cases as well as discuss how easy Sonivet is to hire on a daily rate.  We look forward to the 2015 program!

If you would like to discuss Sonivet further or arrange CPD session or a demonstration at your practice, please contact us on: or call 0191 375 9083.  

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