More than 90 members of the veterinary and associated para-professions attended the second annual National Association of Veterinary Physiotherapists’ conference, which focused on equine and canine gait.
More than 90 members of the veterinary and associated para-professions attended the 2013 National Association of Veterinary Physiotherapists’ (NAVP) annual conference to hear presentations by leading experts on the latest developments in their fields.
The day-long event, which focused specifically on equine and canine gait, was held at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire and was chaired by NAVP president and leading veterinary academic Sue Kempson.
The canine element of the day saw presentations on the subject of the pattern, causes and prognosis of racing greyhound muscle injuries, followed by a talk on rehabilitation of the athletic dog.
The equine portion of the event saw the audience taken through the topic of intrinsic tendon injuries in the horse (looking at why they happen and what can be done to help them repair), the use of gait analysis within both practical and research settings, and a talk on proximal hind limb flexion and the detection of subtle lameness.
NAVP chairman Halina Tombs said: “This was our second annual conference and it saw a substantial increase in the numbers attending. The subject we chose is one that is of keen interest for all members of the veterinary and para professions; understanding gait is fundamental to the diagnosis and treatment of many types of injury in both canines and equines.
She added: “We offered this as a CPD day and the feedback afterwards was excellent. We all went away feeling that we had added to the depth of understanding of our subject thanks to the participation of such prestigious speakers.”