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MU Equine Veterinarians Share
Knowledge in Brazil

Dr. Philip J. Johnson (second from left) and Dr. Joanne Kramer (second from right) meet with the president of the university and the organizers of the International Equine Colic Symposium.
Dr. Philip J. Johnson and Dr. Joanne Kramer are pictured with the organizers and presenters at the International Equine Colic Symposium.

Two MU College of Veterinary Medicine faculty were invited to share their research expertise and provide advanced clinical training to approximately 300 veterinary professionals from across Brazil.

Dr. Philip J. Johnson and Dr. Joanne Kramer were chosen to participate in and give seminar presentations at the Veterinary College at the UNESP campus in Jaboticabal, Sao Paulo State, Brazil. This institution is generally regarded as one of the top large animal and agricultural training campuses in Brazil.

Johnson, a professor of equine internal medicine, delivered two lectures: “Endocrine and Metabolic Aspects of Equine Laminitis" and "Diagnosis and Management of Duodenitis/Proximal Enteritis." In addition, he offered graduate student participants a hands-on lab on the subject of equine abdominal ultrasonography.

Johnson noted, “To a greater and greater extent, veterinarians in practice are using ultrasonography for diagnosis of horse diseases. There is a steep learning curve when the veterinarian starts using this technique, but the patient information obtained is well worth the effort. Ultrasonography is key to better and earlier identification of severe intestinal diseases for which the prognosis is very significantly improved when treatment is instituted early.”

Kramer, an associate teaching professor in equine surgery, provided lectures on "Chronic Laminitis: Trimming and Shoeing Concepts" and "Support Limb Laminitis."

She also held a laboratory in which radiographs were used to guide trimming of a laminitic horse and during which she demonstrated the use of the Lameness Locator. The Lameness Locator is a high-tech objective system for lameness evaluation of horses, developed by MU CVM faculty member Dr. Kevin Keegan.

“Laminitis is one of the most important causes of lameness in the horse,” Kramer explained. “A significant component of laminitis treatment involves corrective trimming and shoeing. Learning how trimming and shoeing affect the healing process is critical to improving the treatment of laminitis.”

At the conclusion of the symposium both Kramer and Johnson participated in a panel discussion and a question-and-answer session with the audience.

“There is an enormous level of enthusiasm amongst Brazilian veterinarians for advanced clinical education following graduation,” Johnson said. “As in the USA, veterinarians who work with horses in Brazil strive to develop, maintain and expand a very high level of veterinary clinical expertise for their respective constituencies.”

The lectures, discussions, and clinical laboratory sessions conducted by Johnson and Kramer were held in conjunction with the Eighth International Equine Colic Symposium, Aug. 9-13, 2011.

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