Neck Problems: Recent Advances & Latest Thinking in Diagnostic Imaging

Tue, 24 September, 2024 06:00 pm - 09:00 pm (Your Local Time Zone)



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Thu, 01 August, 2024




Diagnostic Imaging


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Veterinary Partners


Time: London 6PM / Paris 7PM / New York 1PM / Sydney 3:00AM (+1)


Jonathan Anderson   BVM&S, DACVS, MRCVS - Rainbow Equine Hospital, UK
Katherine Garrett   DVM, DACVS - Rood & Riddle, USA
Rhiannon Morgan   BSc, BVSc, CertAVP, MVetMed(Hons), PhD, DECVDI, MRCVS, EBVS - IVC Evidensia, UK


Monica Aleman   DVM, PhD, DACVIM - UC Davis, USA



Neck pain and stiffness are relatively common across all disciplines and levels. However, some clinical signs may be secondary to pain originating from distant areas. With an increasing understanding that some imaging abnormalities may be observed in apparently asymptomatic horses in full work, interpreting the relevance of these findings can be challenging. Additionally, neck radiography is increasingly performed as part of pre-purchase examinations. 

As our ability to image the neck expands—thanks to improvements in direct digital radiography (DR) systems and the increasing use of computed tomography (CT) to image the base of the neck—there have been several recent advances in understanding the potential relevance of imaging findings in both clinical cases and pre-purchase examinations. 

This multidisciplinary panel discussion brings together specialists from the United States and the UK to explore and debate current thinking on the diagnostic imaging of the neck.

Jonathan Anderson is a director and surgeon at the Rainbow Equine Hospital. He is a Royal Veterinary College Equine Surgical Specialist, a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and an FEI Veterinary Delegate.

Jonathan graduated from the Edinburgh’s Royal School of Veterinary Studies in 2000, completed an internship year at the San Luis Rey Equine Hospital in California, before moving to the Rainbow Equine Hospital in the UK for 3 years. He went back Stateside to undergo a large animal clinical fellowship at Oregon State Veterinary Teaching Hospital followed by an Equine Surgical Residency at the University of California, Davis. He achieved diplomate status in 2009, remained as a clinical instructor at UC Davis for a year before moving back to the Rainbow Equine Hospital at the end of 2009 to join the surgical team. He has been involved in advancing the use of CT both as diagnostic and intra-operative imaging modality within the equine veterinary field. His main veterinary interests include all things orthopaedic which includes the evaluation, advanced imaging and surgical treatment of horses with cervical stenosis. He is keen to see a sharing of knowledge and equipping of equine vets to recognise and treat horses with this condition.

His biggest asset is his long suffering wife Naomi and he kind of helps to manage a brood of 5 kids which means little time for any other activities although a run in the mountains every so often is where he likes to recharge his batteries once again!

Dr. Katie Garrett attended Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH, where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in biochemistry and molecular biology in 1999. She then attended veterinary school at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, graduating with distinction in 2003. Dr. Garrett completed two internships (2003-2005) and an equine surgery residency (2008-2011) at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital, achieving board certification in the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2012. Her main area of interest is diagnostic imaging, with particular interests in musculoskeletal MRI and laryngeal imaging.

Dr. Monica Aleman obtained her veterinary degree at the University UNAM-Mexico. She completed residencies in large animal internal medicine (equine emphasis) and neurology and neurosurgery at UC Davis; and achieved board certification for both specialties by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. She completed a PhD in comparative pathology in neuromuscular disorders at UC Davis. Her research and clinical interest have focused in neurology, neuromuscular and muscle disorders in all species with equine emphasis. She is a full professor of the equine internal medicine and neurology services, chief of service of equine internal medicine, and co-Director of the Neuromuscular Disease Laboratory at UC Davis where samples from both humans and animals are processed. Dr. Aleman is one of the founding members of the Equine and Comparative Neurology Research Group, and is affiliated with the Clinical Neurophysiology Laboratory at UC Davis. Dr. Aleman is author of over 110 peer reviewed medical publications, over 100 proceedings and abstracts, and over 30 book chapters; and is a regular speaker in national and international meetings. Dr. Aleman has served as a reviewer for scientific journals, and grant committees. Dr. Aleman is regularly consulted in challenging cases with neurologic and muscle disease throughout the world. Currently, she works in the investigation of neurologic and neuromuscular disorders in multiple species including humans. Dr. Aleman was recently appointed the Terry Holliday Presidential Endowed chair in Comparative Neurology by the University of California at Davis, and awarded an alumni recognition for Excellence in teaching, service, and research by the National Autonomous University of Mexico.

After graduating from Liverpool University, Rhiannon completed an internship in equine diagnostic imaging and orthopaedics at the Animal Health Trust, Newmarket, before practicing as an equine ambulatory vet in Cambridgeshire. A PhD focused on inflammatory cytokines and osteoarthritis led her back to Liverpool University. Rhiannon then completed a large animal diagnostic imaging residency at the Royal Veterinary College, where she continued as a lecturer and radiologist. Rhiannon is currently UK Head of Equine Diagnostic Imaging for IVC Evidensia, and for over 10 years has produced the Equine Veterinary Journal podcast. Her research interests focus on imaging of the head and joint pathology.  

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