Penetrating Wounds for the Equine Practitioner
Lecturer: Yvonne Elce, DVM Diplomate ACVS, MRCVS, RCVS
This webinar will discuss the common presentations of penetrating wounds in horses in four main sections- the thorax, abdomen, head and synovial structures. The presentation will cover how to initially manage these cases at the time of presentation and how to check for penetration into internal structures after initial stabilisation and assessment. The discussion will then focus on when treatment can be performed on the yard or when referral to a hospital setting is appropriate. The prognosis relating to each structure that may be penetrated will be presented. Cases will be used for each area to demonstrate the principles that are discussed. After the webinar the attendees should feel more comfortable dealing with emergencies in which horses may have suffered a penetrating wound. These are stressful and often dramatic situations for all concerned but appropriate management can lead to a successful outcome in most cases.