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RaceHorse Necropsy Workshop

September 12 @ 1:00 pm September 14 @ 5:00 pm

Join us for an exciting and educational workshop where you’ll dive into the fascinating world of racehorse necropsy. This hands-on event is designed for veterinarians, veterinary students, and equine enthusiasts who are eager to learn about the intricate details of racehorse anatomy, pathology, and the factors that affect their health and performance. REGISTRATION IS FREE BUT REQUIRED

What to Expect:

  • Expert Guidance: Learn from top equine pathologists and veterinarians who will share their extensive knowledge and experience in racehorse necropsy.
  • Hands-On Experience: Participate in guided necropsies to understand common injuries and diseases that affect racehorses, with a focus on practical skills and techniques.
  • Detailed Analysis: Discover the critical steps in diagnosing racehorse health issues, from gross examination to histopathological analysis.
  • Interactive Discussions: Engage in thought-provoking discussions on case studies, recent research, and advancements in equine pathology.
  • Networking Opportunities: Connect with like-minded professionals and enthusiasts, exchange ideas, and expand your network within the equine health community.

Whether you’re looking to enhance your diagnostic skills, gain a deeper understanding of racehorse health, or simply satisfy your curiosity, this workshop promises to be an enriching experience. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to explore the science behind equine health and performance!


California Animal Health & Food Safety Laboratory – San Bernardino, CA

Schedule (In PT)

September 12, 2024
1:00 PM – 1:15 PM Introduction – Francisco Uzal
1:15 PM – 2:00 PM HISA Considerations – Karen Hassan and Sue Stover
2:00 PM – 2:45 PM General Considerations on Necropsy of Racehorses and The California Racehorse
Post-mortem Program – Francisco Uzal
2:45 PM – 3:15 PM Break (refreshments provided)
3:15 PM – 3:45 PM CHRB Fatality Review – Alina Vale
3:45 PM – 4:30 PM CHRB perspective on the California Racehorse Post-mortem Program – Jeff Blea, CHRB Equine Medical Director

September 13, 2024
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Sudden Death: Current Knowledge and Diagnostic Workup – Francisco Uzal
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Interpretation of Sudden Death Necropsy Reports – Francisco Uzal
10:00 AM – 10:15 AM Break (refreshments provided)
10:15 AM – 11:15 AM Anatomic Nomenclature, Definitions – Sue Stover
11:15 AM – 12:15 PM Etiopathogenesis of Repetitive Overuse Injuries – Sue Stover
12:15 PM – 1:45 PM Lunch (on your own)
1:45 PM – 2:45 PM Adaptation of Musculoskeletal Structures to Training and Competing – Sue Stover
2:45 PM – 3:30 PM Typical Skeletal Injuries in Racehorses – Bone by Bone – Sue Stover
3:30 PM – 3:45 PM Break (refreshments provided)
3:45 PM – 4:30 PM Continue Typical Skeletal Injuries in Racehorses – Bone by Bone – Sue Stover
4:30 PM – 5:00 PM Lye Tank Specimens – Sue Stover
5:00 PM – 5:10 PM Housekeeping/Preparation for Saturday
BBQ to follow afternoon sessions (provided)

September 14, 2024
8:00 AM – 8:45 AM Dissection of Distal Limb Structures Demonstration – Akinyi Nyaoke
8:45 AM – 9:45 AM Anatomy of Main Skeletal Structures – Carlos Schild
9:45 AM – 10:30 AM Distal Limb Dissection (participants) – Javier Asin, Eileen Henderson, Akinyi Nyaoke, Carlos Schild, Sue Stover, Francisco Uzal
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM Break (refreshments provided)
11:30 AM – 1:15 PM Demonstration of Lesions – Javier Asin, Eileen Henderson, Akinyi Nyaoke, Carlos Schild, Sue Stover, Francisco Uzal
1:15 PM – 1:45 PM Cardiac Necropsy and Sample Collection Demonstration – Francisco Uzal
1:45 PM – 2:30 PM Cardiac Sample Collection (participants) – Javier Asin, Eileen Henderson, Akinyi Nyaoke, Carlos Schild, Francisco Uzal

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