July 20, 2015–Leesburg, VA. Total Equine Veterinary Associates (TEVA) hosted an equine veterinary seminar at Morven Park. Speakers included Drs. Jay Joyce and Sallie Hyman of TEVA, Leesburg, VA and Dr. Joyce Harmon of Harmony Equine, Flint Hill, VA. The evening seminar was held outdoors on the green and was the first live demonstration seminar for TEVA. Loudoun Therapeutic Riding generously volunteered their horses for the seminar.
The theme of the evening was “Three Vets, Three Hot Topics.” Dr. Joyce covered use of extracorporeal shock wave therapy in equine patients. This modality has shown results in treatment of tendon/ligament injuries, back pain, and wound healing. Dr. Joyce demonstrated a shock wave treatment to participants.
Dr. Sallie Hyman spoke on the topic of acupuncture. This ancient Eastern medicine therapy has become a useful adjunct in the maintenance and treatment of equine patients. Muscle soreness, chronic pain, and many medical conditional can be improved with acupuncture treatments. Participants were able to watch an acupuncture examination and needle placement.
Dr. Joyce Harmon demonstrated the art of saddle fitting. She lectured on the topic at a previous TEVA seminar and was able to make that lecture come alive by showing participants how different saddle trees fit on various shaped horses, and how to spot a good, and a poorly fitting saddle.
The evening concluded with a casual question and answer period for participants to solidify their understanding of the topics.
TEVA will host another live horse demonstration on August 20, 2015 at Morven Park. The topic will be Lameness CSI and will work through a live lameness evaluation and highlight the newest technologies available to the ambulatory practitioner, including the Equine Lameness Locator, digital x-rays, and digital ultrasonography.