Annual event will bring together leading veterinary equine and canine orthopaedic specialists to discuss different aspects of the application of gait analysis to diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation.
The National Association of Veterinary Physiotherapists (NAVP) has chosen the key issue of gait analysis for the subject of its 2013 annual conference.
According to organisers, the conference will bring together a number of leading veterinary equine and canine orthopaedic specialists who will discuss different aspects of the application of gait analysis to diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation to breaking the “vicious circle” of compensation for injury or trauma leading to further damage.
The conference will be chaired by NAVP president Dr Susan Kempson and is open to veterinary practitioners, vet nurses, paraprofessionals, student and equine and canine owners and trainers.
Subjects will include:
- Proximal hind limb flexion and detection of subtle lameness
- The use and application of gait analysis within a practical and research setting
- Recovery times of racing greyhounds after muscle amd tendon injuries
- Rehabilitation of the athletic dog – greyhounds, agiliy and gundogs
NAVP chairman Halina Tombs said: “We have chosen the subject of gait analysis for the theme of our conference because it can be central to the successful diagnosis and treatment of a range of injuries in equines and canines. It is an essential tool for clinicians, technicians and owners as an indicator of the status of the neuromuscular system and its function.
“Many owners will be all too aware of the vicious circle of gait being affected by poor conformation or injury or trauma which in turn affects posture, leading to compensations which can provoke further injury or trauma. Observation of gait is fundamental to a primary assessment and allows us to detect sometimes quite subtle, but nevertheless significant, deviations which can inform diagnosis.”
The conference takes place on October 26, 2013 at the Stoneleigh Park Conference Centre in Warwickshire. Cost for the day is £100 (£50 for students) which includes attendance, lunch and refreshments, course notes and attendance certificate.