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ISELP Certification: "More than just 3 out of 5 lame"

Dr. Linda Hagerman is pleased to announce that she has begun the process of certification with the International Society of Equine Locomotor Pathology (ISELP).

The goal of this program is to "provide contemporary knowledge and techniques in the continually evolving field of equine locomotor analysis to better prepare the equine clinician to understand and manage lameness conditions in the equine athlete." This is the study of the quality of lameness in addition to quantity of lameness. Advanced diagnostic techniques using x-ray and ultrasound are also taught and practiced on live horses to help veterinarians practice their techniques with expert guidance.

The ISELP process is directed by Dr. Jean Marie Denoix, a French Veterinarian internationally recognized as one of the top lameness diagnosticians using clinical exam, ultrasound and radiology. Benefits to this certification are an advanced learning opportunity, access to the latest technology associated with lameness issues and networking with veterinarians from all over the world to gain alternative ideas about treatments.

The process involves attending 8 lectures and wet labs within 6 years, which concentrate on specific parts of the equine body. Dr. Hagerman traveled to Palo Alto, California in May to study the Hind Distal Limb and Proximal Suspensory. Farrier techniques and recommendations and Hip & Pelvis study will be in Vancouver, B.C. at the end of September. Other modules include Foot & Pastern, Neck & Back, Fetlock, Metacarpus & Carpus, Stifle & Thigh, Proximal Forelimb, and Hock & Crus.

Besides attending the modules, case study presentations, reviewing scientific articles and a final exam are also required. Please don't hesitate to call the office at 253-535-6999 if you have any questions about the certification. More information can be found on the ISELP website.

Dr. Hagerman will be looking for case study horses, so if you have a lame horse let us know and we can get started on the road to wellness. Having a lame horse is never a good thing, but with concentrated study, there is hope.

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