To qualify and participate in the certification program, licensed veterinarians must be Equinosis Q users, utilizing the latest software version of Lameness Locator, and be a current Equinosis Objective Evaluation Support (OES) member.
users who are interested in certification and are unsure about their OES status or need assistance updating their software can email
How to Complete the Program
Step 1: Email email@example.com to register, confirm your OES membership is active, and that you are on the latest Lameness Locator Software.
Step 2: Complete the Q Essentials and Utilizing Inertial Sensor Based Measurement in the Equine Lameness Evaluation training modules for veterinarians with a minimum score of 70% on each quiz (see Course Description).
Step 3: Demonstrate field proficiency by performing 20 evaluations, which will be verified and reviewed by Director of Veterinary Services Dr. Laurie Tyrrell-Schroeder. The 20 evaluations must include at least:
Step 4: Submit one case study demonstrating the utility of objective lameness measurement (template will be provided). The case study will be reviewed and discussed with the candidate for approval.
- 10 cases with diagnostic blocks
- 10 cases with lunging
- 1 case with flexion
Step 5: Complete
a comprehensive examination with a passing score of at least 90%. Examination is Multiple Choice, ~45-50 questions.
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Part 1: Utilizing Inertial Sensor Based Measurement in the Equine Lameness Evaluation
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.
- 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
Part 1 of this course is free for new users. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have not been automatically enrolled in this course.
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Part 2: Equinosis Q Essentials Training
This self-paced program for veterinarians, veterinary technicians, nurses and assistants, and veterinary students covers the essentials of data collection procedures and guidelines when using the Equinosis Q.
- Module 1: Sensor care and use - Horse Instrumentation
- Module 2: LL 20/20 Software Settings and Main Menu Overview
- Module 3: Trial Set Up and Collection Straight Line
- Module 4: Data Collection for Lunge, Flexion and Blocking Trials Video; Creating Comparison Reports and Evaluations View
- Module 5: Troubleshooting and Assistance
- Module 6: Report Storage and Printing
- Module 7: Data Management
- Module 8: Ridden evaluation (optional)
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Part 3: Equinosis Certified Practitioner Final Examination
Complete this comprehensive examination with a passing score of at least 90%. Examination is Multiple Choice, ~45-50 questions.
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.