Hoofcare for Veterinary Professionals

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Improved concentration on proactive and preventive health care in the dairy herd has also increased the demands on vets.  Hoofcare is rightly regarded as more of a priority and techniques are becoming ever more refined.

It’s with this in mind that Mendip Vets is working with Wessex Hoofcare to offer a practical and interactive one day course on hoof trimming techniques and minor surgical procedures on the foot.  The course is specifically geared for veterinary professionals, with a maximum of eight delegates per session, and is farm and classroom based.

The organisers’ combined hoofcare experience brings in knowledge from the Dutch 5-step technique to the Canadian White Line Atlas method. The surgical section of the course includes practice on cadaver feet for intravenous regional anaesthesia, nerve blocks, debriding lesions, flushing of the joint and how and when to resort to digit amputation.

Topics to be covered:

  1. Digit Surgery Group
    • Anatomy and Physiology of the cow’s foot
    • IVRA & nerve blocks
    • Debriding lesions, including toe necrosis
    • Digit amputation
  2. Hoofcare group
    • Hoof-trimming techniques on healthy and lame cows
    • Block application
    • Applying a bandage
    • Knife sharpening

Learning Objectives:

  • Review the anatomy of the bovine digit
  • Understand the principles of minor surgery of the cow’s foot
  • Review the principles of the Dutch 5-step and White Line Atlas techniques
  • Practice foot trimming on farm

The course will take place on Wednesday the 6th of November 2019 at Windover Dairy Farm, Longstock, Stockbridge, Hampshire and runs from 08:30 until 15:30.

Your course tutors are:

Dr Sotirios Karvountzis MRCVS

Sotirios has more than 20 years’ experience as a vet and foot trimmer. He holds the Dutch Diploma in Cattle Hoofcare, the NPTC Level 3 Certificate of Competence in Cattle Foot Trimming, he is a White Line Atlas Hoof Trimming Instructor, an AHDB Mobility Mentor, a RoMS Mobility Scorer and Approved Trainer, a LANTRA Freelance Instructor, City & Guilds NPTC Assessor and CowSignals Master Trainer.

Rob Todd

Rob has been a leading independent hoof trimmer for more than 15 years and is a Cat 1 Dutch Diploma holder as well as a RoMS Mobility Scorer. Rob is a leading innovator in the treatment of lameness in cattle. He has designed and manufactured an award winning range of shoes, blocks, glues and treatments, which are sold around the world.

To book or for more information please visit here.