Christoph Mülling of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Leipzig to discuss how bovine claws and equine hooves have adapted to today’s demands in free lecture.

The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) is hosting a free lecture at the forthcoming British Cattle Veterinary Association (BCVA) on bovine claws and equine hooves.

The free lecture is to take place at the forthcoming BCVA Congress, which is taking place at The Majestic Hotel in Harrogate.Christoph Mülling, professor of veterinary anatomy at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Leipzig, is to give the annual Share Jones lecture at the congress, and will explain how the claw and hoof have evolved as a perfect adaptation to long standing, walking and rapid locomotion, and to certain natural environments and flooring conditions.

The RCVS Share Jones lectureship, says the college, is awarded biennially to a lecturer of special eminence in veterinary anatomy.

Prof Mülling – who was selected by the RCVS education policy and specialisation committee – said: “Modern, intense housing conditions for cattle, and the use of the horse as a sports animal, are presenting their digital organs with tremendous functional challenges.

“I will focus both on the biomechanical function of these organs, and on the challenges they face.”
Veterinary surgeons, veterinary nurses and students are invited to attend the free lecture, which will take place on October 19 (2013), 4.30pm to 5.30pm, at BCVA Congress at the Majestic Hotel, Harrogate.
Vets and veterinary nurses can consider the lecture, entitled “These digits are made for walking: comparing and contrasting the structure, function and challenges of the bovine claw and equine hoof” as part of their CPD.
For more information or to register, visit the BCVA’s website.

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