The first Digital Flexor Tendon Sheath course was held at Rossdales Equine Hospital and Diagnostic Centre on 10th February, kindly sponsored by BCF, Cell Therapy Sciences, Dechra, Eickemeyer and Vetoquinol. Twenty-five delegates from the UK and France attended to receive the latest advice on how to approach digital flexor tendon sheath cases and the current thoughts on medical and surgical treatments.
The morning saw lectures by Professor Roger Smith (Royal Veterinary College), Dr Merry Smith (Image Equine and Animal Health Trust) and Andy Fiske-Jackson (Royal Veterinary College) on the anatomy, clinical assessment and diagnostic anaesthesia, conventional imaging, advanced imaging, conservative management, surgical treatment and regenerative therapies. After lunch the delegates were divided up into groups for a practical session, where they rotated through different stations. The first was a wet-lab anatomy session with Andy, who performed skilled dissection of cadaver limbs. Tim Barnett (Rossdales) then demonstrated the approaches used to perform centesis and anaesthesia of the digital flexor tendon sheath and associated perineural anaesthesia of the distal limb. There was also the opportunity to scan the distended tendon sheath of a 'normal' cadaver limb, which aided identification of the normal structures. Roger hosted the third station where a live horse was scanned, demonstrating multiple areas of pathology as they present in the 'real' case and delegates had the opportunity to scan themselves under Roger's supervision and instruction.
Excellent feedback was received, including: "Best CPD I've had in ages!", "Very good practical course with excellent speakers", and "Thank you very much for organising high class level courses". Following on from this, we hope to offer similar courses focusing on anatomical locations and clinical presentations, some of which will merit a 2-day course, which brings with it the opportunity for dinner and a social element.
Marcus Head organised the scientific programme and the day was run by Lucy Grieve and Tim Barnett, with Rachel Clay as course administrator. We would like to thank the speakers and demonstrators for sharing their tremendous knowledge on this subject and the sponsors for their support. We look forward to releasing the subject of the next course shortly - watch this space!
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