Equine Track

We are very excited to present the SAVMA Symposium 2021 Equine Track. We have worked hard to put together 5 virtual wet-labs and 11 pre-recorded lectures. Our aim was to provide material relevant to all areas of equine practice, including theriogenology, medicine, surgery, sports medicine, and general practice. Our labs and lectures feature many of our talented KSU equine clinicians along with lectures from clinicians at private practices across the country. Whether you are hoping to pursue a career in equine-exclusive practice or just want to learn a little more about horses, we believe that there is something new we all can learn from these awesome presentations. Enjoy!

Lectures
Physical Therapies and Musculoskeletal Manipulation for Horses
  • Dylan Lutter, DVM, MS, DACVS-LA, CERP
  • Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Description: This lecture will cover the basis for equine physical therapy, common treatment modalities used in equine rehabilitation as well as an introduction to chiropractic therapy for horses.
Colic Work-up
  • Camila Souza, DVM, MS, DACVS-LA
  • De Cilo Equine Clinic
  • Description: This lecture will provide an approach to the colic work-up and discuss the importance of certain details obtained in the history and targeted exam for putting the puzzle together and guiding on performance of advanced diagnostics and decision for referral.
  • Bio: Dr. Camila Souza graduated from University of Sao Paulo in Brazil and came to the United States in 2009 to pursue advanced training in Equine Surgery. She received her training at Washington State University, where she stayed for 3 more years after completing her residency, working as a clinical instructor, emergency clinician and surgeon. In 2020, she joined the team at Kansas State University as Clinical Assistant Professor and worked as the Large Animal Emergency Surgeon. She is boarded by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and currently works at De Cillo Equine Clinic in Hempstead, Texas.
Equine Neurologic Examination
  • Elizabeth Davis, DVM, MS, DACVIM
  • Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Description: this lecture delivery will have the main objective of helping the viewer understand normal from abnormal neurologic function and manifestation of disease in the equine patient.
  • Bio: Dr. Davis serves as the Department Head of Clinical Sciences and is the Interim Director of the Veterinary Health Center. She earned her DVM from University of Florida and her PhD from Kansas State. Her clinical specialty is equine internal medicine, she has been a member of the college and contributed to the teaching mission of KSU CVM for the past 25 years. Her clinical interests include immunologic disorders, respiratory disease, neurologic disease and neonatology. Research interests include equine immunity and effective therapeutics.
Top Toxicity Issues in the Horse
  • Steve Ensley, DVM and Scott Fritz, DVM, MS, PhD
  • Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Description: This lecture covers common equine toxicology issues encountered at diagnostic labs in the Midwest.  The presentation is organized based on topic/agent rather than organ system/clinical presentation. Topics include plants, feed associated toxins, biotoxins, and mycotoxins.  Each topic has a brief background, mechanisms of poisoning, clinical signs, and diagnostic strategies.
  • Bio: Dr. Scott Fritz is a second-year toxicology resident at the Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. Dr. Fritz grew up in South Central Nebraska and earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Hastings College (NE) and his DVM from Iowa State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Fritz spent the last five years in private practice working exclusively with beef cattle in rural South Dakota. His interests are centered on food animal clinical toxicology. Dr. Fritz and his wife, Carly, have two little girls and their lives revolve around parenthood, although in his spare time he enjoys being outdoors.
  • Bio: Dr. Ensley graduated in 1981 from Kansas State University with a DVM. After 14 years in mixed practice in the Midwest he received a MS and PhD in veterinary toxicology at Iowa State University completing his PhD in 2000. Dr Ensley has worked for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Bayer AG, Iowa State University and Kansas State University.  Dr Ensley’s interests are clinical veterinary toxicology and applied veterinary toxicology research. Dr Ensley has published extensively on applied veterinary toxicology and gives numerous presentations on these topics. Food animal veterinary toxicology is his passion.
Veterinary Podiatry and Farrier Round Table
  • Matthew Wimer, DVM, CJF; Christopher Blevins, DVM; Matt Merrill, CJF
  • Ranchland Forge
  • Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Description: In this round table discussion, Dr. Chris Blevins, Mr. Matt Merrill, and Dr. Matt Wimer will answer questions pertaining to veterinary-farrier relations, veterinary podiatry, and basic and advanced farriery. The questions addressed in this round table were submitted by veterinary students at Kansas State University.
  • Bio: Dr. Blevins received his masters’ degree from Kansas State University Animal Science and Industry in 2004. In 2006 he graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State with a doctorate in veterinary medicine. Following graduation, Dr. Blevins did a large animal/equine internship in Indiana at Janssen Veterinary Clinic and Purdue University Veterinary College.  In 2007, he became an associate veterinarian at a mixed animal private practice in Savannah, MO.  Dr. Blevins joined the faculty at Kansas State University in 2009 and is currently an Associate Professor, Equine Field Service Clinician. His primary interest is in equine preventative care and management including equine dentistry.
  • Bio: Dr. Wimer, along with his practice as a veterinarian, is a Certified Journeyman Farrier with the American Farriers Association. He started shoeing ranch horses almost twenty years ago and continued to shoe ranch and rodeo performance horses through college and veterinary medicine school. His involvement with the AFA and the local Kansas chapter fostered qualification for Certified Journeyman Farrier during his senior rotation. Dr. Wimer is a member of the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine Class of 2014. After graduation, he completed an internship in the podiatry department at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, KY. He now practices general veterinary medicine, veterinary podiatry, and general and performance shoeing across many breeds and disciplines in Kansas. Dr. Wimer is an adjunct faculty member at Kansas State University Veterinary Health Center and enjoys teaching veterinary students and treating patients in the hospital. He and his wife reside in rural Central Kansas. 
  • Bio: Mr. Merrill is a Certified Journeyman Farrier with the American Farriers Association. He attended Heartland Horseshoeing School. His career as a farrier has spanned close to 20 years and he has worked with a multitude of breeds and disciplines. Mr. Merrill has worked on horses and attended educational meetings, certifications, and contests all over the United States. He has had several different leadership positions within the Kansas Farriers Association and has been instrumental in organizing and orchestrating local and national certifications and contests within the industry. Mr. Merrill also is the teaching herd farrier for the Kansas State University Veterinary Health Center and is integral in teaching senior veterinary students farrier science within the hospital. He and his wife and three children reside in rural Eastern Central KS.
Wound Management: We CAN Do Better
  • Ryan Rothenbuhler, DVM, MS, DACVS
  • Conley and Koontz Equine Hospital
  • Description: The purpose of this seminar is to give a broad presentation on how to approach equine wound case management.  Topics will include the phases of wound healing, evaluating wounds, and the management of wounds.  We will discuss different approaches to cleaning and debriding the wound as well as types of dressings and bandaging.  We will give examples of practical everyday items that we have in our veterinary practices to help us in managing wounds.  We will discuss actual cases with wound pictures. 
  • Bio: Dr Rothenbuhler graduated from Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2001. In 2002, he completed an equine ambulatory and medicine internship at The Ohio State University. In 2005, he completed a large animal surgical residency at Purdue University. In 2009, he became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. His interests include soft tissue surgery, lameness, orthopedic surgery, pain management, and wound management.
Systematic Approach to the Lameness Exam
  • Jarrod Younkin, DVM, MS, DACVS
  • Piedmont Equine Associates
How I Approach Post-foaling Colic in Broodmares
  • Rana Bozorgmanesh, BSc (Hons), BVetMed (Hons), DACVIM, MRCVS
  • Hagyard Equine Medical Institute
  • Description: The presentation will aim to summarize our approach to a mare with post-foaling colic. Different types of conditions will be covered as well as case examples.
  • Bio: Dr. Rana Bozorgmanesh studied veterinary medicine at The Royal Veterinary College in London, graduating with Honors in 2008. She also attained an intercalated degree in veterinary conservation medicine, from the University of Liverpool, during that time. She went on to complete an internship in a large private practice in the UK, before four Thoroughbred breeding seasons traveling between the UK, Australia and the Middle East. She then completed a year-long internal medicine fellowship at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute followed by a large animal internal medicine residency at UC Davis, California, during which time she was awarded The Rowan Fellowship by The California Thoroughbred Foundation for her contributions to research. She stayed on at UC Davis following her residency, as Associate Veterinarian in the Equine Internal Medicine Department before moving back to Kentucky as an Associate Internal Medicine Specialist at Hagyard.
Advanced Reproductive Technologies in the Mare
  • Kristen Loncar, DVM, MS, DACT
  • Equine Medical Services
  • Description: This presentation will illustrate the options we have to obtain equine pregnancies and how we are able to manipulate normal physiology to do so. We will discuss hormonal manipulation, embryo transfer and ICSI procedures.
  • Bio: Dr. Loncar grew up in Southern California and graduated from Western University of Health Sciences in 2012. After a private practice internship in KY she completed her theriogenology residency at Colorado State University and passed boards in 2015. She stayed in CO for 2 years in private practice before joining Equine Medical Services in 2017. She enjoys working up problem mares and finding a solution to bring clients the results they desire.
Labs
Strategies and Techniques in Equine Lameness Localization
  • Dylan Lutter, DVM
  • Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Description: The techniques used to perform common nerve blocks  and the related anatomy will be reviewed, followed by a discussion of nerve block strategies on clinical cases.  This will not only include a review of when to perform specific blocks but also explanations of why a clinician might choose certain blocks, strategies, or techniques over others.
  • Bio: Dr. Dylan Lutter is a 2009 graduate of KSU College of Veterinary Medicine. He completed an internship at Bend Equine Medical Center in Bend, OR in 2010 and moved on to an equine surgical residency at Washington State University. In 2013 after completing his combine residency and Master’s program he began a one year fellowship in advanced imaging of the equine distal limb also at Washington State, focusing on MRI. Dr. Lutter joined the faculty at Kansas State University in 2014 as the Large Animal Emergency Clinician. Since then he has transitioned from emergency to focus on equine lameness, performance horse medicine, and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries while also spending time on the equine surgery service at the KSU Veterinary Health Center.
Equine Neurologic Examination – Case Series
  • Beth Davis, DVM and Katie Delph, DVM
  • Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Description: We will provide case examples that will include the neurologic exam of horses suffering from neurologic disease, differential considerations, diagnostic approach and treatment strategies. This will be taught by members of the equine internal medicine team at K-State CVM.
  • Bio: Dr. Davis serves as the Department Head of Clinical Sciences and is the Interim Director of the Veterinary Health Center. She earned her DVM from University of Florida and her PhD from Kansas State. Her clinical specialty is equine internal medicine, she has been a member of the college and contributed to the teaching mission of KSU CVM for the past 25 years. Her clinical interests include immunologic disorders, respiratory disease, neurologic disease and neonatology. Research interests include equine immunity and effective therapeutics.
  • Bio: Katie Delph is a Clinical Assistant Professor in Equine Internal Medicine at Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine.  She earned her DVM from Purdue University in 2012.  She completed an equine internship at the University of Missouri, an equine internal medicine residency at Kansas State University, and then became board-certified in large animal internal medicine.  Her research interests have included investigating the immunologic response following strangles vaccination as well as following clinical disease.  Her special clinical interests include infectious diseases, respiratory, gastrointestinal, and neurologic diseases, and neonatal foal medicine.
Neonatal Foal Wetlab: Encountering Problems in Neonatal Foals
  • Katie Delph, DVM
  • Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Description: In this lab, you will learn about normal foal progression, activity, and behavior as well as normal physical examination findings.  An understanding of normal is required in order to understand abnormal behavior and findings and to identify problems.  Common techniques used in neonatal foals will be demonstrated using cases as illustration.  
  • Bio: Katie Delph is a Clinical Assistant Professor in Equine Internal Medicine at Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine.  She earned her DVM from Purdue University in 2012.  She completed an equine internship at the University of Missouri, an equine internal medicine residency at Kansas State University, and then became board-certified in large animal internal medicine.  Her research interests have included investigating the immunologic response following strangles vaccination as well as following clinical disease.  Her special clinical interests include infectious diseases, respiratory, gastrointestinal, and neurologic diseases, and neonatal foal medicine.
“Lights Up, Locked and Loaded” – Equine Dental Exam and Procedures
  • Christopher Blevins, DVM
  • Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine
Stallion Collection and Semen Analysis
  • Jason Grady, DVM
  • Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Description: This lab will focus on stallion breeding management from the semen collection process all the way through how to handle fresh, cooled semen upon arrival to the breeding facility. Attendees will observe and be instructed how to prepare a Missouri artificial vagina followed by semen collection. Following semen collection, routine semen analysis (volume, concentration, motility, and morphology) including microscopic evaluation, computer assisted sperm analysis, Nucleocounter® SP-100™ and densimetry will be introduced and briefly discussed. Preparation of the semen collection will then be prepared for fresh, cooled shipment followed by a discussion on the steps involved in handling of the fresh, cooled semen upon arrival to the breeding facility following shipment.