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EQ950SA Equine Dissection: Spine and Pelvis

Join Narelle Stubbs, B.AppSc (PT), M.AnimSt (AnimalPhysiotherapy), PhD and Nicole Rombach APM, EMEBW, CBW, MSc, PhD (Cand.) for a dissection of the full equine spine and pelvis. Narelle has been studying the spine of the horse for many years and offers her insights and discoveries, relating anatomy to (dys)function. Specimens are prepared on one side to allow the dissection to flow. Where possible specimens used in this course will be from horses that had been assessed for neck pain and/or lower back pathology, allowing for full ante-mortem evaluation and case history. This gives valuable information so those in the equine healthcare industry can connect movement to possible causes which can aid in the design of recovery programs.

In this 3- day course Narelle will go through the anatomy of the thoracic spine and pelvis to help participants visualize what they are experiencing on client case studies. Nicole will target the cervical spine and the junction of the cervicothoracic area. Both instructors will share their current research findings with the class enabling them to consider these findings in current case studies.

Two specimens are used for dissection. Narelle will take one half of the class through the dissection of the thoracolumbar spine, the sacral portion of the spine and the pelvis dissection on one specimen while Nicole will take the other half of the class through the dissection of the cervical spine and cervicothoracic junction on the other. When complete they will switch so participants will have advantage and expertise of both instructors.

A longer assessment day is included in this new format so students can spend time appreciating the criteria and topics discussed in class.

Course Outline:

Review of functional anatomy of the spine and pelvis

Lecture series to accompany dissections

Lab dissection of the entire spine and pelvis

Dissection of deeper tissues

Related pathologies of the thoracolumbar/pelvic region and the cervical region

Functional anatomy as applicable to gait assessment from a therapeutic point of view

Practical sessions with various horses

Clinical assessment of horses

Rehabilitation techniques (theory and practical)

Static and dynamic core exercises

Stretching vs stabilizing and strenghening techniques

Proprioreceptive facilitation and tactile techniques, including taping

Includes course handouts and supplies

A thorough understanding of equine anatomy limits the enrollment of this course to professionals such as veterinarians, holders of a post- graduate/ masters degree in Veterinary PT, licensed physical therapists with an equine anatomy background, qualified Animal Rehabilitation Institution graduates and qualified Equinology® Equine Body Worker graduates.

Required Reading:
If you are new to this type of program or have not had any equine anatomy courses you may find the Equinology® study guide used with the Equine Body Worker® Certification Course helpful. You may request one once you are enrolled. You will also find it quite helpful to have read through Dr. Deb\'s Principles of Conformation Analysis Volumes I, II, and III which are available through her website:

Strongly Suggested Reading:
Any good anatomy book
Principles of Conformation Analysis by Dr. Deb Bennett, Ph.D.

An anatomy course is required for the Equine Body Worker® Level II certification. A second anatomy course is required for the Master Equine Body Worker® certification. You may take EQ200, EQ900 or EQ910 to fulfill the requirements.

For the certification outline, please click here: