Does Your Vet Go to School Past Veterinary School?

By Lupine Valley Equine Veterinary Services, Inc. | Nov 05, 2012

Have you ever wondered if your veterinarian continues to take classes after veterinary school? In addition to learning from their everyday cases, veterinarians are required to participate in continuing education (CE) in order to maintain their certification. The state of Maine requires that veterinarians complete 24 hours of continuing education every 2 years.

Continuing education hours can come from reading journals, participating in on-line courses and attending CE conferences. This past month Dr. Caitlin Daly attended a CE course in Cape Cod, Massachusetts that concentrated on perfecting digital ultrasound techniques. Proper use of the ultrasound machine and manipulation of various values to achieve the best image quality are the benchmark for a proper ultrasound examination.

One of the most common reasons to perform an ultrasound exam is a suspected tendon/ligament injury. The next step after diagnosing an injury on ultrasound exam is to formulate a rehabilitation program specified for each individual horse and their specific injury. At this CE, Dr. Daly learned the most up-to-date tendon and ligament rehabilitation programs. It is very important to follow a strict rehabilitation program in order to achieve proper fiber alignment and tissue strength and prevent re-injury. Recheck ultrasound examinations are a vital part of a rehabilitation program. Their purpose is to monitor the healing process and to make sure that the horse is ready to move forward in its program, therefore, decreasing the risk for re-injury.

Other uses for an ultrasound machine include breeding and pregnancy diagnosis, ultrasound of the chest for suspect cases of pneumonia or other lung diseases, and ultrasound of the abdomen for severe cases of colic that are unresponsive to routine medical therapy including Banamine. Abdominal ultrasound during a colic can provide information that is very helpful when making decisions concerning surgery or end of life and preventing any prolonged suffering.

Lupine Valley Equine Veterinary Services is equipped with a state-of-the-art ultrasound that is utilized in all of the scenarios listed above. Whether you have a complicated lameness, are looking for a second opinion or have needs for routine veterinary care (vaccinations, deworming, etc.), call LVEVS to schedule your appointment.

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