Head Conditions of the Horse for 1st Opinion Vets - A 2-Day Practical Course



Venue: Pilchuck Veterinary Hospital, Snohomish, WA

Location:Seattle, WA (Seattle-Tacoma Intl Airport)
Total Available Places: 30
Accredited CPD Hours: 13.5 CE hours
Course Language: English
Prices: (net price, no tax will be added)*
  Qualified Vet   -   -
  Student   -   -

Registration Deadline: Friday, September 4th, 2015
* VAT (= MWST/MOMS) will only be added for certain UK vets attending courses abroad and for all delegates when attending courses in the UK.


Sat 3. - Sun 4. October, 2015 - A 2-Day Practical Course


Conditions of the head are frequently encountered by 1st opinion veterinarians and a significant number of them can actually appropriately be dealt with in the field and don’t require any specialized equipment.  This 2-day practical course covers head wounds, 1st aid, fractures, conditions involving the eye and adnexa, oral & tongue lacerations, sinus & guttural pouch problems, oral and nasal foreign bodies, cheek & wolf tooth extractions etc.  The panel of internationally renowned specialists will discuss in detail how to triage horses appropriately and which cases might be treated within your own practice setting.  The following highly-illustrated lectures in the mornings:  

  • Head Trauma – Wounds, Fractures & 1st Aid
  • The Eye & Adnexa – Trauma, Neoplasia & Surgery
  • Oral & Tongue Lacerations
  • Tackling Fractures of the Mandible & Maxilla
  • Hunting for the Foreign Body – Mouth & Nasal Passages
  • The Sinonasal Region – Anatomy, Diagnostics & Therapy              
  • Conditions of the Guttural Pouches
  • Cheek Teeth Conditions – Anatomy & Diagnosis                
  • Cheek & Wolf Tooth Removal – Simple Oral Extraction
  • Cheek & Wolf Tooth Removal –  Surgical Extraction vs. Repulsion Techniques

Open and frank discussions are encouraged and the speakers will share their personal experiences (successes and failures) with attendees. 

In the afternoons, 7 hours of practical sessions will give delegates plenty of opportunity to put theory into practice on cadaver specimens and to ask questions in small groups (2 delegates / specimen), all under the supervision of specialists. The following practical sessions will be covered during the course: 

  • Head Wounds – Surgical Techniques, incl. closure of large deficits & ocular surgery
  • Approach to Sinuses & Sinoscopy, incl. minimally invasive approaches
  • Guttural Pouch Lavage Techniques & Oral Endoscopy   
  • Cheek Tooth Extraction & Repulsion Techniques  
  • Head Trauma Case Discussions                
  • Mandibular & Maxillary Fracture Repair Techniques in the standing horse

The course fee includes lunches at a restaurant, coffee/tea breaks, a wine and cheese recepiton, extensive course notes and a certificate of attendance. Delegates can choose to only attend the lectures (= Lectures Only) on this course or can register for the entire course (= Lectures & Practical Sessions).  On the evening of the first day all delegates are invited to attend the course dinner, which costs 40 USD (not included in the registration fee; drinks will be charged extra).  Early course registration is recommended as there are only a limited number of places available.

Course meets the requirements for 13.5 hours of continuing education in jurisdictions which recognise AASVB RACE approval; however, participants should be aware that some boards have limitations on the number of hours accepted in certain categories and/or restrictions on certain methods of delivery.

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Pilchuck Veterinary Hospital, Snohomish, WA,
11308 92nd St SE Snohomish WA 98290 ,
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Distance to airports

International airports

30 miles: Kenmore Air Harbor Seaplane Base - Seattle, WA

39 miles: Seattle-Tacoma International Airport - Seattle, WA

84 miles: Friday Harbor Seaplane Base - San Juan Island, WA

94 miles: Roche Harbor Seaplane Base - Roche Harbor, WA

Domestic airports

38 miles: King County International Airport - Seattle, WA

73 miles: Bellingham International Airport - Bellingham, WA

82 miles: Westsound/WSX Seaplane Base - Orcas, WA

Local Hotels

Inn at Snohomish

323 2nd St, Snohomish, WA 98290. Tel: +1 360-568-2208. Website: www.snohomishinn.com

Distance to clinic 0.5 mile 

Rooms from $120

Holiday Inn Downtown Everett 3*

131 128th Street Southwest, Everett, WA 98204. Tel: +1 425-339-2000. Website: www.ihg.com

Distance to clinic 6 miles                                                        

Rooms from $122

GuestHouse Inn & Suites Monroe 3*

19103 State Route 2, Monroe, WA 98272. Tel: +1 360-863-1900. Web: www.hotelinmonroewa.com

Distance to clinic 6.7 miles                                                    

Rooms from $140

Quality Inn & Suites 3*

101 128th St SE, Everett, WA 98208. Tel: +1 425-609-4550. Website: www.hoteleverett.com

Distance to clinic 5.8 miles                                                    

Rooms from $100

Best Western Cascadia Inn

2800 Pacific Ave, Everett, WA 98201. Tel: +1 425-258-4141. Web: www.book.bestwestern.com

Distance to clinic 6.6 miles                                                    

Rooms from $122

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