Update on K-State’s Equine Performance and Testing Center

(Dr. Chris Blevins) Hello and welcome to Horsin’ Around. I’m Dr. Chris Blevins at Kansas State University Veterinary Health Center, today joined with Dr. Warren Beard. He is a full professor here at the College of Veterinary Medicine and is one of the boarded equine surgeons here at the Vet School. Welcome, Dr. Beard. (Dr. Warren Beard) Thank you. (Dr. Chris) What we’re going to talk about here is something that’s very exciting here at the college and the Veterinary Health Center, that’s the Equine Performance and Testing Center, which we call the EPTC, that we have up and running here. March 29th, 2017, was the Grand Opening. I’d just like to get your perspective on what we use this facility for? (Dr. Warren) Well, what this does is it replaces our lameness exams in the parking lot from before. It allows us in areas of secure footing and free of distractions for the horses, to examine horses on a variety of surfaces. We’re able to examine horses on a straightaway, on hard ground. We’re able to lunge them on hard ground, lunge them on soft surfaces. And if need be, ride the horses to observe the horses under tack. Additionally, we can use our over ground endoscopy for horses who have upper airway abnormalities or suspected of airway abnormalities. We can observe them under tack, under the condition in which they make the noise using our over ground endoscopy system. (Dr. Chris) I think that having all these things and stabilizing the environment really puts us above the aspect of where we were, for sure, as far as examination, respiratory and lameness. (Dr. Warren) Definitely. It’s safer and it’s much more comfortable just being out of the wind, out of the extremes, ice, etc. (Dr. Chris) Yes. When you were talking about just the aspects of differences of lameness and things that we can do in this facility, you said different surfaces. Can you explain a little bit about even a soft surface that we have here in the arena? (Dr. Warren) Well, I can’t recall what it’s made out of. Maybe you possibly do, but the horses, when we examine horses on a hard surface, it’s possible that we can make a lameness that it’s not really real. It allows us to instantly slide over in the soft ground and say, “Oh, no, that’s just the horse that is foot sore.” We could pull his shoes and he’s exercising on a firm surface. Also, there are some horses under certain conditions that will exhibit more lameness on soft ground. Horses with tendon lesions often have a harder time in soft ground than they will in hard ground. It allows us to sort that out. (Dr. Chris) Yes, other than this arena, what other aspects, or what else do we have in this building to use? (Dr. Warren) Instead of doing lameness exams outside and then going inside to do our nerve blocks, now we just slide over into the next room and do our nerve blocks. We’ll soon have the capability to do all of our X-rays and ultrasound examinations right here. Then we can walk over to the next room and pull them up on the computer and show the clients, within just a few moments of taking the films, have them uploaded to our hospital system. Additionally, we have farrier rooms. If horses need corrective shoeing, which many of our horses do, farriers can come in-house and do the corrective work. (Dr. Chris) That is great. This facility is definitely going to help us out. I sure appreciate you coming on and just explaining a little bit about it now that we’re open and using the facility. If you guys ever have any questions about any lamenesses, or even to donate here for the EPTC or the Equine Center, give us a call at Kansas State Vet School, or call the Large Animal desk, at 785-532-5700. I’m Dr. Chris Blevins with Horsin’ Around, and we’ll see you around.

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