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Clinical Skills Dry Labs

Friday, Nov. 18, Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center
Session 1: 10:00 a.m. - Noon
Session 2: 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Session 3: 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Cost: $250 per session (AAEP members only)
Attendance cap: 12 per lab session
Registration is on a first-come basis.

Raise the standard of patient care by learning a new clinical technique or refreshing your existing skill set. Register for up to three of the following labs: 

Equine Dystocia Lab: An Emergency, Not Heart Attack
Available all 3 sessions
Instructors: Sheila Spacek, Bret Luedke, Patrick McCue, Mariah Pearson, Tamara Dobbie, John Dascanio

Do foaling emergencies give you panic attacks too? This laboratory will help you set up a dystocia protocol for your practice in which you'll learn what items to keep in your kit, hands on techniques for correcting abnormal presentations, epidural anesthesia and aftercare for the mare and foal.  


Clinical Ophthalmology for the Field Practitioner: Tips for Avoiding Going Bug Eyed! 
Available all 3 sessions
Instructors: Tom Pryor, Kathryn Wotman, Brittany Martabano

How to perform corneal diagnostics/local anesthesia, and successfully place SPL’s 
Have you ever had a corneal ulcer case that you wanted to diagnose using cytology but couldn’t remember the specifics of how? Would you love to use sub-palpebral lavage systems, but always feel intimidated by all the stuff in the kits? This lab uses equine models to review diagnostic techniques of corneal cytology and cytology interpretation, as well as allow you to refresh on regional anesthesia techniques and placement of a sub-palpebral lavage system. 

Cervical Imaging: "What in the Neck?"
Available during sessions 2 and 3
Instructors: Maureen Kelleher, Nadia Saklou, Lauren Burns, Tiffany Hall

Radiographs can be difficult to acquire and if you get images are they diagnostic?  What are you even looking at?  In this lab, learn how to take good cervical radiographs, how to interpret them, and when to involve radiologists, internists, and surgeons.

Don’t Be a Block Head: Practice Your Acquisition and Interpretation of Skull Radiology
Available during session 1
Instructors: Nadia Saklou, Maureen Kelleher, James Brown, Liz Hoagland

Skull films seem to present a love-hate relationship to most equine field veterinarians. The positioning, labelling, acquisition, and interpretation of good quality skull films continue to drive some seasoned practitioners crazy. Come learn the skinny from various experienced instructors on mounted plastinated cadavers with cordless digital radiograph units in a comfortable setting. 


Mini labs

Friday, November 18, Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center
Noon - 5:00 p.m.
Instructors: Marianne Marshall-Gibson, Melanie Tuplin, Dora Ferris

Cost: FREE
Registration: Not required

Brush up on anatomy and techniques associated with the stifle and distal limb during free mini labs. There is no formal curriculum for these labs; instead, simply stop in any time on the afternoon of November 18, talk with an instructor and start training. Stations will be set up for attendees to practice a new procedure or learn a new skill that only takes 15-20 minutes.

Bite sized review: The Stifle
Review anatomy and palpation landmarks for common injection techniques for the stifle joint, including the single-needle approach.

Bite sized review: The Distal Limb
Review anatomy and palpation of commonly injured soft tissue structures and joints of the distal limb, including common injection techniques.