EQ1300E: Equine Neurology, Muscle Physiology and Pathologies

Dates: Available Online —– | —– Cost: US$225.00 —– | —– Registration & Payment
Instructor: Dr. Kellon, VMD

Dr. Kellon is a serious researcher who dedicates herself to the ongoing exploration of equine health care. While hands-on courses dealing with the application and supervision of onsite instructors are not candidates for online courses, we feel that certain subject matters such as those Dr. Kellon presents will do extremely well in the online or distance study format. This will enable the student to afford the luxury of study at home in a well-organized design. Once the students complete the course and exam successfully with Dr. Kellon, they may then apply for Equinology credit by completing the Equinology externship (case studies) by registering for the EQ1310: Equinology Externship by following the link below. Please do not sign up for the externship until you have successfully completed Dr. Kellon’s course. This course fulfills the requirement for the Neurology course component of the Equinology Master Equine Body Worker programme.

The ability to move freely and comfortably is one of the horse’s greatest joys, and obviously essential to their performing their jobs. Disorders of the muscular and nervous systems are both under- and over-diagnosed. This is particularly true with respect to whatever the “disease du jour” may be.

Disorders of movement may be a primary muscular problem, primary neurological, or a combination of both. They may be infectious, genetic/biochemical, toxic or dietary. Symptoms of muscular and neurological disease can, and often do overlap. Any given set of symptoms may have multiple root causes. This makes the use of a thorough and systematic evaluation of any movement disorder essential to avoid misdiagnosis or jumping to conclusions.

This course will take you through structure and function of the muscular and nervous systems, as well as diagnostic tests and their interpretation. Finally, specific disease states will be discussed. Actual case histories will be used to illustrate many points.

Week One – Normal Function
I. Organization of the nervous system
II. The neuron
III. Organization of skeletal muscles
IV. The muscle cell

Week Two – Diagnostics
I. Physical examination
II. Gait examination
III. The neurological exam
IV. Blood tests
V. Spinal tap
VI. Biopsies
VII. Genetic tests.

Week Three – Acute Neurological Diseases
I. Viral encephalitis/myelitis
II. Botulism
III. Rabies
IV. Tetanus

Week Four – EPM – Equine Protozoal [Encephalo]Myelitis
I. Organisms
II. Symptoms
III. Diagnosis
IV. Treatment
V. Lyme myopathy

Week Five – Equine Motor Neuron Disease (EMND)
I. Symptoms
II. Diagnosis
III. Causes
IV. Treatment

Week Six – Tying-Up
I. Symptoms
II. Diagnosis
III. Sporadic versus recurrent
IV. Causes of sporadic TU
V. Causes of recurrent TU
VI. Treatment and prevention

Week Seven – Hyperkalemic Periodic Paralysis and Hormonal Myopathies
II. Cortisol related.
III. Role of the thyroid.

Week Eight – Dietary Factors in Neuromuscular Disease
I. Electrolytes and dehydration
II. Calcium and magnesium
III. B vitamins and other micronutrients
IV. Energy supplies

Week Nine – Fasciculation and Gait Disorders
I. Review of disorders with fasciculations.
II. Myotonia
III. Stringhalt
IV. Shivers
V. Ossifying myopathy

Week Ten – Miscellaneous Conditions
I. Viral, bacterial and parasitic myopathies
II. Atypical myopathy.
III. Glycogen branching enzyme disease
IV. Toxic plants


COST: US$210.00
Register for Dr. Kellon’s course via http://drkellon.com/

Register for Equinology Credit and Externship through Equinology.

You may take this course at any time. This course is required for Equinology Master Equine Body Worker certification.

To complete the EMEBW certification you must have passed the Equinology Equine Body Worker ® Certification Course.

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