The latest Wednesday webinar from World Horse Welfare features diagnostic imaging expert vet Merry Smith discussing how to manage arthritic changes in ridden horses.
Smith discusses common areas of arthritic changes in ridden horses, the potential causes, the steps owners can take to minimise the risk of their horse developing arthritis and how to effectively manage it should it develop.
Arthritis is a condition that not only affects older horses but is increasingly being seen in younger horses as well.
The Welfare Wednesdays Webinar series bridges the gap between current research, experts and horse owners. Accessible, practical advice and guidance are provided for everyone; from those just starting on a journey with their equine partner, through to industry professionals. Each webinar features one or more expert guests and the series runs from November to March each year. A diverse range of topics will be tackled in the forthcoming series, with webinars looking at training methods, nutrition, sleep and managing ulcers all in the mix.
Merry Smith (MA VetMB PhD Cert ES DipECVS AECVDI MRCVS) completed her veterinary degree at Cambridge University in 1999, followed by specialist surgical training in the USA and the University of Liverpool, gaining her European College of Veterinary Surgeons diploma in equine surgery in 2005. Merry next followed her growing interest in equine diagnostic imaging, and completed a PhD comparing high-field and low-field MRI in the equine distal limb at the Animal Health Trust. Merry was then based at Newmarket Equine Hospital, where she set up and ran the standing low field MRI and nuclear scintigraphy services and worked as an out-of-hours emergency surgeon.
Merry was made a large animal associate of the European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging in 2011. In 2013 Merry set up an independent equine teleradiology service and now works as a freelance equine diagnostic imaging and surgery consultant, based at her home in Hertfordshire. Merry regularly teaches and presents at veterinary conferences and CPD meetings and has published papers within the field of equine diagnostic imaging and surgery. Merry currently serves on the Farriers Registration Council, is a co-opted member of the Health and Medicines committee within the BEVA council, and is a Trustee of World Horse Welfare.
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