A Look Inside the Galloping Horse: Using Overground
Lecturer: Patrick Pollock
A look inside the galloping horse – Why we need overground endoscopy everyday Advances in health care come in many different guises however probably the biggest leaps forward in equine veterinary care are related to technology. While the basic clinical examination remains the same, we are now fortunate to have access to a myriad of diagnostic and therapeutic modalities not available to veterinary surgeons in the past. As veterinary surgeons will know, horses are commonly affected by respiratory diseases which stop them performing as well as expected. In days gone by, the diagnosis of these conditions was made based on the noise the horse made or perhaps by examining the airways during resting endoscopy. Although sometimes effective, the problem with this approach was that many of these diseases could only be diagnosed while the horse was actually exercising. As a result many horses were not treated appropriately in the past and perhaps had no treatment or worse a treatment with little or no efficacy. Overground endoscopic analysis of the upper airway, allows clinicians to literally see inside the airways of the galloping horse, while the animal exercises in its home environment. This piece of technology, now routinely available, has advanced our understanding of the structure and function of the horses respiratory system and can therefore improve treatment techniques and therefore equine welfare. The following webinar will take the viewer on a tour of the equine upper airway and demonstrate how this innovative equipment can be used in routine equine clinical practice.