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Monday, December 3 

Whether you wish is to learn a new clinical technique or refresh your existing skill set, the four dry labs offered during the 2018 Convention provide a focused and convenient setting for new graduates and seasoned practitioners alike to enhance patient care.

Each lab will be 90 minutes in length, with 12 attendees in each lab. Members can attend up to two labs. All four labs will be offered at both 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Cost is $200 per lab.

Please note that all Labs are now FULL. If you want to be put on a wait list, please contact Kristin Walker at

Lab Descriptions

Clinical Radiology of the Distal Limb: How to Get from “That Might Work” to “Nailed It!” - Alfredo Romero, Luke Bass, Georgette Shields

Ever wish you had another chance at getting a perfect fetlock lateral view or looked back and said, “Wow, that looked better on the computer screen in the barn”? This interactive lab will lead you through how to use wireless radiographic equipment on models to acquire the best-positioned radiographs of the equine distal limb (foot, fetlock, carpus, and tarsus). 


Practical Wound Management Skills: More than just Maxon and Pressure Bandaging - Maureen Kelleher, Emma Read

Using laceration sleeve technology on an equine model, you will practice laceration closures and stent techniques with simulated limb wounds. Learn new skills and tips that will decrease the chances of wound complications for your patients and save you some time out on the road!  

Clinical Ophthalmology for the Field Practitioner: Corneal Issues, Diagnostics, and SPLs - Tom Pryor, Kathryn Wotman, Brittany Martabano

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 SPLs but feel intimidated by all the stuff in the kits? Using equine models, you’ll review diagnostic techniques of corneal cytology and cytology interpretation, as well as refresh on regional anesthesia techniques and placement of a sub-palpebral lavage system. 

Neonatal Medicine: How to Manage the Common Problems with a “Medicine Mind” - Jen Gold, Emily Berryhill, Christy Cable

It’s routine to be presented with a foal that “just ain’t doing right.” You run blood and then are unsure how different that foal bloodwork should look compared to adults. The foal needs an over-the-wire catheter but you can’t remember the steps for insertion. You flip through your books or apps to look up details about antibiotics or NSAIDs for this neonatal patient. This lab will walk you through typical foal cases from pertinent examination findings to bloodwork interpretation to therapeutic decisions. Learn to effectively place and use over-the-wire catheters.