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‘Hands-on’ Vets Conference is a UK First

Equine vets from across the UK and Europe were given practical demonstrations of the latest groundbreaking techniques in the care of horses when they attended a clinic at the Kent Event Centre at Detling, near Maidstone.

Around 100 vets experienced practical ‘hands-on’ ultrasound sessions using a horse which was brought inside the centre during the two-day course. The vets were learning more about the pioneering work being done by the International Society of Equine Locomotor Pathology (ISELP), which was formed in the USA five years ago.

Under the direction of Professor Jean-Marie Denoix, an expert in equine anatomy and lameness diagnosis, the group aims to educate equine veterinary surgeons around the world on the latest techniques in the evaluation and diagnosis of disease causing lameness and poor performance in horses.

ISELP began holding courses in Europe two years ago and this is the first time that one has been held in the UK. Organised by Bell Equine Veterinary Clinic, the course ran over three days, with the first two days at the Kent Event Centre and the final day at its own clinic in Mereworth, near Kings Hill, Maidstone.

Linda Loines from the Bell Equine Veterinary Clinic said that through a series of modular courses equine vets learn about the numerous diseases that can cause lameness, with a focus on the complex anatomy of the horse’s musculoskeletal system and the use of diagnostic techniques (especially ultrasound) in evaluating horses with problems.

“The state of the art information is presented in these modules through a combination of lectures, demonstrations and practical ‘hands-on’ ultrasound sessions using a horse we supplied especially for the event,” she added.

Ashleigh Wilday, sales co-ordinator at the Kent Event Centre, said: “This may rank as one of the more unusual events held here but it does demonstrate just how flexible we are. As the largest conference and events centre in the county we handle everything from large-scale Asian weddings to property auctions and exhibitions, from baby and toddler shows to trade fairs and Christmas parties.

“We have a number of smaller meeting rooms which are particularly ideal for up to 50 delegates. The vets conference was a great success and we are delighted that they have re-booked for 2013.”


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