Panel Discussion – Wobbler Surgery (Cervical Stabilization) - Does it actually work?


Panel Discussion
Date: Tue 15th Sep 2020
Venue: All upcoming Live & Past Panel Discussions - EU
Contact Hours: 3 Hours
Course Language: English
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Panel Discussion – Wobbler Surgery (Cervical Stabilization) - Does it actually work?


15 September 1PM - 2PM EST (New York)
  7PM - 10PM CET (Paris)
16 September 3AM - 6AM AEST (Sydney)


Panelists:Barrie Grant   DVM, MS, DACVS, MRCVS – Consultant, CA, USA
Brett Woodie   DVM, MS, DACVS – Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital, USA
Steve Reed   DVM, DACVIM – Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital, USA
Amy Johnson  DVM, PhD, DECEIM – New Bolton Center, USA
Moderator:Jonathan Anderson   BVM&S, Dipl.ACVS, MRCVS – Rainbow Equine Hospital, UK


Cervical vertebral stenotic myelopathy (CVSM) often affects younger horses, is debilitating and carries a guarded to poor prognosis without surgery.  Medical management can be attempted but few affected horses respond permanently.  The purpose of surgical treatment is to decompress the spinal cord by stabilizing the involved vertebrae in extension, thereby preventing subluxation and repetitive trauma.  Is it however fair to subject horses to this surgery, what cases should or shouldn’t be operated, what improvement can one expect and are these horses safe to ride long-term?  The international panel of highly-acclaimed surgeons and internists will debate below points in a frank and open exchange:

Diagnosis & Case-Selection

  • How can we be so sure of our diagnosis of cervical stenotic myelopathy?
  • Should all horses with neurological deficits undergo a myelogram/CT to rule out cord compression before articular facets are injected to limit liability of the veterianian?
  • Should cervical radiographs become an integral part of the pre-purchase exam?
  • Are there certain types of cases where one should not recommend conservative management?
  • Is it fair or worth it to treat horses with cervical compression?
  • How to perform a comprehensive work-up, case selection for surgery, surgical technique and long-term results.
  • If a patient is presented with a history of falling/stumbling before surgery and the myelogram confirms cord compression, what criteria does one use to determine that the patient will be safe to ride after surgery to avoid owner/veterinarian liability for any injury that might occur.
  • Should horses with C6 /C7 transverse processes have surgical fusion before clinical signs of osteoarthrosis of the facets become clinically significant?

Surgical Technique & Decision Making

  • Seattle Slew implant vs. locking plate vs. combination of intervertebral devices supplemented with plates or rods.

Post-Operative Management

  • What is panel’s experience with horses falling after surgery?
  • Discuss post-operative rehabilitation protocols
  • How does the surgical technique influence long-term outcome in identical groups


*Participants are encouraged to send in questions to prior to the panel discussion.  There will also be the opportunity to raise questions during the discussion.


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    Brett Woodie
    DVM, MS, Dipl.ACVS

    United States

    American Specialist in Equine Surgery
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    Dr. Brett Woodie attended North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine and earned his veterinary degree in 1995. Following graduation from veterinary college he was an intern at The Ohio State University from 1995-1996. Dr. Woodie then entered a surgery residency at The Ohio State University and spent another three years in Columbus, Ohio. During his surgery residency he completed a Master’s of Science degree. He then moved to northern Virginia where he was a clinical instructor for a year in equine surgery at Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center. He achieved Diplomate status with the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2000. His next job was as an Assistant Professor of Large Animal Surgery at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. During this time his research focus was on equine upper airway disorders. Then in 2003 he had the opportunity to move to Lexington, Kentucky and begin his job with Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital. He has been a surgeon at Rood and Riddle since that time. Diagnosis and treatment of equine upper airway problems is one of his main interests. Dr. Woodie has lectured nationally and internationally on the diagnosis and treatment of equine upper airway problems. He is co-organizer of the Equine Upper Airway Symposium. This symposium is held annually in Lexington, KY

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    Jonathan Anderson

    United Kingdom

    American Specialist in Equine Surgery and Orthopaedics
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    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!

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    Barrie Grant

    United States

    American Specialist in Equine Surgery
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    Dr. Barrie Grant is a board certified surgical veterinarian specializing in equine wobblers and cervical stabilization. While teaching at Washington State University, he saw a need to help owners and their horses with cervical cord compression. Working with a human orthopedic surgeon, Dr. George Bagby and another veterinarian, Dr. Pam Wagner, he helped develop the surgical treatment used in horses and people for cervical cord compression (wobblers). Growing up in Canada on his family's ranch, he learned about horses and cattle. Dr. Grant received his DVM from Washington State University in 1967. He did his internship and residency at the University of California at Davis. He returned to WSU to be on the faculty in 1969 and obtained a Masters in Veterinary Medicine in 1972. From WSU, he practiced on the standard bred racing circuit in California for 2 years. He then returned to WSU as head of the Equine division. In 1979, he became a tenured full time professor.

    While at WSU, he was on the team that developed the use of diagnostic ultrasound and CT (CAT) scanning and high speed treadmill testing. He also was involved in the development of a practical prosthesis for use in horses requiring amputation, in addition to his involvement in developing a surgical treatment for wobblers.Dr. Grant left WSU in 1990 to join the practice at SLREH, then owned by Doctors Jay and Ethel Rose. In 1995, he became a co-owner of the practice. While at the hospital, he continued to improve the technique that now uses a titanium Seattle Slew implant (basket). He left SLREH in March 2008. Since the summer of 2008, Dr. Grant has been expanding his consulting practice in Bonsall, California. He enjoys surgery and working with veterinarians and their clients, and travels throughout the USA and internationally in this regard. Dr. Grant also works at the Southern California race tracks as a state veterinarian. He is proud to have been honored by his profession and is the recipient of the AAEP Distinguished Educator (Mentor) Award and the ACVS Legends Award.

    Proud husband of Vaughan for almost 53 years and two daughters and 4 grandsons.

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    Steve Reed
    DVM, Dipl. ACVIM

    United States

    American Specialist in Equine Internal Medicine
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    Dr. Stephen Reed graduated from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1976. Following a residency in internal medicine at Michigan State University, Dr. Reed accepted a faculty position at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University in 1976. In 1983, he joined the faculty at The Ohio State University as an assistant professor, rising to the title of professor in 1994. In 2003, Dr. Reed was named to the Jenne Professorship in Equine Medicine and Surgery and held that title until moving to Rood & Riddle in 2007.

    Dr. Reed is widely recognized for his commitment to the horse, equine veterinarians and the equine industry. As a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, he developed an interest in the specialty of equine neurology and became recognized as an expert in this area. He has written and spoken extensively on “wobbler” syndrome, equine protozoal myelitis, head trauma and the neurologic examination. In addition, Dr. Reed has authored and coauthored more than 150 peer-reviewed publications including Equine Internal Medicine, the only internal medicine textbook dedicated solely to the horse. In 2008, he also co-edited the textbook, Equine Neurology, with Dr. Martin Furr. Dr. Reed has received a number of recognitions for his work, including the Schering-Plough Animal Health and World Veterinary Association Award for Applied Research. In 2008, he was chosen to deliver the Frank J. Milne Lecture at the annual meeting of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, a singular honor given to a leader in equine veterinary medicine.

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    Amy Johnson
    DVM, Dipl.ACVIM (LAIM & Neurology)

    United States

    American Specialist in Veterinary Internal Medicine (LAIM & Neurology)
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    One of only five veterinarians in the world to be board-certified in both large animal internal medicine and neurology, and one of only two veterinarians practicing large animal neurology in the United States, Dr. Johnson has been a clinician at New Bolton Center since 2007 and was appointed to the faculty as assistant professor of large animal internal medicine and neurology in 2011. 

    As a neurologist, Dr. Johnson focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of diseases affecting the nervous system such as cervical vertebral (neck ) problems, also known as Wobbler syndrome, equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM), and neurologic Lyme disease (neuroborreliosis). 

    Dr. Johnson received her veterinary degree from Cornell University, where she also completed a residency and became board-certified in large animal internal medicine in 2007.  After joining New Bolton Center as a lecturer in 2007, she completed a second residency in neurology at the University of Pennsylvania, becoming board-certified in neurology in 2011.

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