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This three-module self-paced program covers a biomechanical model and method of objective lameness measurement in the horse using body-mounted inertial sensors (Lameness Locator) and its clinical application in the equine lameness evaluation. Core concepts covered will include an overview of the biomechanics of equine lameness using vertical movement of the head and pelvis; and the clinical application of using inertial sensors to evaluate horses on the straight line, lunge, after flexion tests, assessing the effects of diagnostic anesthesia, and under saddle.
- Understanding the biomechanics of fore and hind limb lameness.
- Understanding the vertical movement of the head and pelvis model to measure fore and hind limb lameness.
- Understanding the measurements of head and pelvic movement asymmetry and how they relate to the timing of lameness in the stride cycle.
- Understanding the variability of lameness stride by stride and how to assess this variability.
- Interpretation of lameness measurement on the straight line.
- Recognizing known compensatory lameness patterns of asymmetry in the multiple limb lameness presentation.
- Confirming a stable lameness (recognizing stride by stride and trial to trial variability).
- Evaluating horses on the lunge using inertial sensors
- Evaluating flexion and other provocation tests using inertial sensors
- Evaluating diagnostic analgesia using inertial sensors
- Evaluating horses under saddle using inertial sensors
About the Speakers:
Dr. Kevin G. Keegan is a Professor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery at the University of Missouri and Director of the E. Paige Laurie Endowed Program in Equine Lameness. Dr. Kevin Keegan graduated in 1983 from the University
of Missouri’s College of Veterinary Medicine before entering private equine practice for 3 years. After completing an equine surgery residency and Master’s degree in Veterinary Clinical Medicine at the University of Illinois in 1989 (studying
biomechanics and bioengineering), he returned to private practice in an equine surgical referral center in Michigan.
He returned to the University of Missouri as a faculty member in 1990, and became board certified in the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1995. Research in kinematics and lameness led to the development of the Equinosis Q with Lameness
Locator®. He founded Equinosis and serves as research and development consultant. Dr. Keegan retains a clinical appointment at the University of Missouri’s Equine Veterinary Health Center, specializing in equine surgery and lameness.
Dr. Laurie Tyrrell-Schroeder is a 2004 graduate of Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. She completed an internship in diagnostic imaging and sports medicine at Virginia Equine Imaging in Middleburg,
VA, and remained an associate for several years. With an interest in integrative medicine and rehabilitation of both large and small animals, she obtained additional certifications in acupuncture and canine rehabilitation. She
served as a principal investigator for three of Equinosis' National Science Foundation STTR grants. Dr. Tyrrell now serves as the Director of Veterinary Services for Equinosis, training veterinarians in the use of inertial sensor-based
lameness measurement in the equine lameness evaluation.
Dr. Kevin G. Keegan is the founder of Equinosis and developer of the Equinosis Q with Lameness Locator, the body-mounted inertial sensor-based lameness measurement system discussed in this presentation. He is not an employee of Equinosis, nor a board member.
Dr. Laurie Tyrrell-Schroeder is the Director of Veterinary Services with Equinosis.