SCAAEP Wet Lab
January 19th 2013
Held each year in January, SCAAEP Wetlab is attended by
approximately 250 students from 18 vet schools across the country!
Be sure to check out our Job Fair and photos from previous
years. Need a Map?? Schedule of
Events? Wetlab is free for TAMU SCAAEP paying members, and $75
dollars for out of state students.
- Alternative Medicine - This lab
will use live horses to introduce students to the use of
musculo-skeletal manipulation and acupuncture as both diagnostic
and therapeutic tools for the equine veterinarian. The use of
alternative medicine in conjunction with traditional Western
medicine will be discussed.
- Radiology - Students use live
horses to practice the proper alignment of the x-ray machine,
cassette and patient while taking diagnostic radiographs. The use
of the digital radiology machine used in the Large Animal Hospital
is also demonstrated. A portion of this lab is devoted to
interpretation of pathology that is commonly seen radiographically
in the horse. A course in large animal anatomy is a recommended
pre-requisite for this lab. To participate, students
must attend a radiation safety course at 8am before the wet lab in
Room 101. Sponsored by Sound-Eklin.
- Stallion Collection - Students
actively participate in the collection of a stallion using an
artificial vagina (AV) and a phantom mare. Preparation of the AV
prior to collection, techniques and safety during collection,
stallion handling, as well as a brief discussion of sperm analysis
are discussed and performed. Sponsored by 6666
- Emergency and Critical Care -
This lab uses horses that are sedated and then euthanized with
student assistance to demonstrate the work-up of a critical case
and the use of multiple emergency techniques. Techniques to be
performed by students include placement of a temporary tracheotomy
tube, thoracocentesis, catheterization (jugular and urinary),
atlantooccipital and lumbosacral taps, and abdominocentesis.
Sponsored by Lloyd Laboratories.
- Equine Dentistry - Students
learn the proper use of both hand-held and electrical floating
equipment by using them on individual cadaver heads. The anatomy of
equine teeth, aging, and the correction of common clinical
disorders are also stressed during this lab. Sponsored by Dr. Anita Lott
- Arthroscopy - This lab focuses
on the use of the arthroscope for minimally invasive carpal
surgery. Students use individual cadaver limbs to practice proper
instrument placement and common techniques used in the carpal
surgery. A course in large animal anatomy is a recommended
pre-requisite for this lab. Sponsored by ESMS.
- Field Anesthesia - Students are
shown how to properly anesthetize a horse for a general procedure
in a field setting. Students learn by watching the proper
techniques involved in catheterization, administration of
pre-anesthetic drugs, induction of anesthesia, monitoring of
anesthetic depth, and assistance with the recovery of one horse in
each session. Safety of the veterinarian and patient during
induction and recovery, as well as proper anesthetic regimens
including drug dosages are discussed. Sponsored by Texas Equine
- Lower Limb Surgical Procedures
- Students learn and practice techniques involved in many common
lower limb surgical procedures involving tendons and ligaments with
the use of cadaver limbs and surgical instruments. A course in
large animal anatomy is a recommended pre-requisite for this lab.
Sponsored by Rood and Riddle Equine
- Endoscopy - Students are shown
the proper placement of an endoscope using a cadaver head divided
on a midline sagittal plane through the larynx. The proper use of
the endoscope for diagnosis of ulcers and other intestinal and
laryngeal problems is demonstrated on a live horse. Sponsored by Merial.
- Bandaging - Live horses are
used in this lab to allow students to learn the proper placement
and application of bandages used in equine transport, post-surgical
application, and leg stabilization. Multiple horses and assistants
are available so that students receive focused instruction.
Sponsored by 3M.
- Splinting -
Learn splinting techniques on live horses and discuss scenarios to
help you decide when splinting is necessary. Sponsored by KineticVet.
- Rectal Palpation with Laproscope
Assistance - Students palpate a fresh cadaver
specimen with the aid of a laparoscope guided by a clinician. This
allows students to view an image of the actual structures that are
felt during rectal palpation at the time of palpation. Completion
of a course in large animal anatomy is a recommended pre-requisite
for this lab. (Please note that the focus of this lab is to
visualize structures encountered in rectal palpation during a colic
work-up, not to visualize reproductive structures. Sponsored by Hogan Equine.
- Laceration Repair - Cadaver
specimens are used to practice proper drain placement and surgical
closure of skin lacerations. This lab allows students to practice
proper suture techniques on fresh tissue. (Note: Students with a
great amount of experience suturing fresh or live tissue may find
this lab too basic for their knowledge level.) Sponsored by Covidien.
- Ultrasonography- This lab
emphasizes the use of ultrasound as a diagnostic tool in both
lameness and abdominal disorders. Ultrasound is used on live horses
to visualize both normal and abnormal equine limb anatomy. There is
also instruction in the examination of the abdomen as a diagnostic
tool for a colic work-up. Sponsored by Platinum
- Ophthalmology - The anatomy of
the equine eye and common equine ocular problems will be discussed.
Students learn proper use of the ophthalmoscope in the live horse
for diagnosis of eye problems. Placement of eyelid blocks and
proper treatment techniques are also discussed. Students practice
placement of a sub-palpebral lavage system on a cadaver head.
Sponsored by MILA.
- Abdominal Exploratory -
Placement of a horse for abdominal surgery and examination of the
anatomy that is encountered during a ventral abdominal surgical
approach are demonstrated using a cadaver horse. Students are
allowed to handle organs and "explore" the abdomen as if they were
the surgeons operating on a surgical colic of unknown origin.
Previous course in equine anatomy is strongly recommended.
Sponsored by Cargill/Nutrena.
- Introductory Lameness -
Students are given the opportunity to do a full lameness work up
with a clinician while learning the subtleties of lameness
diagnosis on a live animal. Sponsored by Bayer.
Lameness - A more challenging lab than Introductory
Lameness, geared to students who would like to build upon previous
lameness experience. Sponsored by Sound-Eklin.
- Joint Injection - This lab
focuses on lower limb anatomy and the proper placement of needles
for joint taps and joint injections. Students work with individual
cadaver limbs to learn correct needle placement, which is a
necessary skill for use in the diagnosis and treatment of many
lameness problems in horses. Sponsored by Luitpold.
- Farrier Skills - Students learn
the basic farrier skills that every equine veterinarian must
master: removing shoes, trimming hooves, paring out abscesses, and
many other useful techniques. Students practice these procedures on
cadaver limbs. Sponsored by Vettec Hoof Care.
- Reproduction - Students learn
techniques necessary for mare insemination and breeding soundness.
Artificial insemination techniques including deep horn insemination
are taught. Biopsy and culture of the uterus, palpation of ovarian
structures, and use of ultrasound as a diagnostic tool are
discussed and practiced on cadaver specimens. The Caslick's
vulvoplasty procedure is demonstrated, and students practice this
procedure on individual specimens. (Note: Students with advanced
knowledge of equine reproduction may find this lab too basic for
their knowledge level.) Sponsored by Merck.
- Field Necropsy and Pathology -
Students learn the proper way to perform a post-mortem examination
on a horse and pathologic abnormalities of fresh cadavers are
examined. A fresh horse cadaver is used for every lab session. Time
constraints of the session will limit the extent of a total
necropsy that can be performed, and the pathologist leading the
procedure may choose to examine one system in its entirety or
explore pathologic lesions that present themselves in an individual
horse during the procedure. Each lab has the possibility of being a
very unique experience! Sponsored by Hagyard Equine Medical
Response - This lab will have several different scenarios of
animals in a disaster situation. The emergency could be from
evacuation from hurricanes to a hazardous waste spill with horses
being exposed. Participants will be confronted with actual cases of
equine exposure from various situations. Each student will be
expected to trial cases on live animals and make definitive
treatment recommendations plus at the end of the lab they will be
asked to response to questions from interviewers from the press.
Sponsored by Western Shelters.
NOTE: There is a $25 FEE for all TAMU students that are signed
up yet do not come to wetlab. There are people from all over the
country who wish to participate in wetlab and we only have so many
spots available. We will not tolerate no shows.