Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Hoofcare@WEG Video: Inside the On-Site Veterinary Hospital

You can also view this video at this link, if it is not showing up here.

Note: Blog visitors may or may not see a video in this space. The video is provided by WKYT in Lexington, Kentucky and shows the temporary veterinary hospital built on the grounds of the Kentucky Horse Park for use during the World Equestrian Games.

Horses with serious injuries or illness have been transferred to Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital, which is only six miles away. Some eventing and endurance horses have been treated there but, as the video says, the injuries have been relatively minor and few in number so far. That's something to be thankful for!

The on-site hospital includes a veterinary podiatry unit provided by Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in the form of a Stonewell Forge equine podiatry rig. (I learned last week from Brent Chidsey at Stonewell that this truck is not the same as a farrier truck, no matter how much it may look like one.) Dr Raul Bras DVM of Rood and Riddle, who is also a certified journeyman farrier with the American Farrier's Association has been on site several times. He speaks Spanish and has been able to assist some of the South American teams, who also found their way downtown to the Breeders Supply farrier store.

A special guest at the hospital was Professor Jean-Marie Denoix of France, who provided diagnostic ultrasound expertise at the hospital and spoke at the veterinary conference that preceded WEG.

All my knowledge of the hospital is secondhand, since security there is very tight and they won't allow media (that's me) in, hence the posting of this video, which may be as close as I ever get!

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