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Held on Sunday, Dec. 6, all 2-hour dry labs will be offered during each of the three sessions (10 a.m.-noon,1:00-3:00 p.m. and 3:30-5:30 p.m.) with 12 attendees in each lab. These labs are open to AAEP members only. Cost is $250 per lab. Register for up to 3 dry labs when registering for convention.

Lab Options:

Pssssst! Wanna Try Something New? Tendon Sparing Navicular Bursa Injection
For many field practitioners, determining a diagnosis where the navicular bursa needs to be medicated has become routine.  However, injecting the navicular bursa through the DDFT presents its own challenges. Come learn how to medicate the navicular bursa with ultrasound guidance sparing the DDFT. Start with the basics of how to use ultrasound guidance to inject a model object and then move directly to a weight bearing cadaver to master this new technique. Uterine culture and cytology interpretation. 

Tips on Collections, Processing, and Interpretation of Endometrial Culture and Cytology
The practitioner will leave this lab with the ability to confidently collect samples for endometrial culture and cytology, evaluate the options for processing the collected samples and feel comfortable interpreting the results obtained from the diagnostic techniques.  Hands on materials as well as experts in the field will be there to assist in techniques as well as direct interpretations and how to manage the associated problems commonly identified on endometrial culture and cytology.

Ultrasound-Guided Spinal Joint Injections
Cervical, thoracolumbar, and sacroiliac disease is commonly diagnosed as a cause of poor performance in all disciplines.  This lab uses equine models to allow users hands-on experience in ultrasound-guided injection of cervical and thoracolumbar facet joints as well as approaches to injecting the sacroiliac joint.  The emphasis will be on correct body and hand positioning of the veterinarian as well as ultrasound needle visualization for optimal injection.

* It’s Good for the Sole! Practical Skills in Podiatry, and How to Strengthen the Bonds of the Vet/Owner/Farrier team
Participants will explore the anatomy of the foot and the different ways the foot can be imbalanced. The lab will cover appropriate radiography techniques, including imaging and interpretation; applying physical treatments to the foot and expected changes; and communicating with farriers in order to develop a mutually agreed upon plan.

* Considered a core concept for new graduates.