Headshaking – A logical approach and assessment of treatment options

Key Information

CPD Hours: 1 hours

Course Length: One hour

Course Format: Recorded webinar with a copy of the webinar slides provided

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Course Information

Key Areas
  • Causes of headshaking
  • Diagnostic tools to work up headshakng cases
  • Treatment options for trigeminal mediated headshakers
About this course

How can you arrive at a secure diagnosis of headshaking? How can you differentiate the behavioural from the genuine cases? What is the gold standard work up and treatment options? 

Headshaking presents a difficult diagnostic dilemma for all equine practitioners. Which cases are behavioural, which have another painful focus and which are genuine trigeminal mediated headshakers? Without a practical definitive test, a careful stepwise process of elimination must be undertaken. This course will take the delegate through that process with case examples. We will also look at the treatment options for trigeminal mediated headshakers.

Why do this course?
The course is aimed at equine practitioners looking to advance their knowledge of this difficult subject to equip them with a logical and stepwise approach to headshaking cases.

This webinar was part of the Fundamentals of equine practice series that ran in September and October 2020. The other webinars in this series are:

Decision making with the abnormal larynx
Sarcoids – Decision making and treatment options 
Effective wound management 
Lameness cases – which leg, which block, management and outcome

A convenient and flexible way to earn some CPD hours without leaving home is to select webinars to view from our extensive library of recorded webinars. They are great value for busy practitioners seeking quality CPD at a time of their choice. Participants will receive a handout (slides and/or notes) to support their viewing session and a CPD certificate.
Participants gain access to the webinar for two weeks which allows them to view it at their leisure and convenience as well as review aspects as needed to enhance their learning.

Members of the BVA Young Vets Network receive a 50% discount on our recorded webinars (subject to availability – ten discounted places available per webinar per year).


Andy Fiske-Jackson, BVSc MVetMed DipECVS FHEA MRCVS
Associate Professor of Equine Surgery
The Royal Veterinary College