Soft tissue injuries of the fetlock and pastern - imaging and treatment

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
  • Diagnostic anaesthesia of the distal limb
  • Ultrasonographic techniques
  • Treatment of soft tissue injuries
About this course

Injuries involving the fetlock and the pastern region are a common source of lameness in performance horses. In contrast to osseous pathology, soft tissue injuries can be challenging to diagnose owing to the somewhat complex soft tissue anatomy of these regions and variable patterns of response to diagnostic anaesthesia.

This webinar will discuss the clinical features and diagnosis of soft tissue injuries in the fetlock and pastern. It will cover the difficulties in identifying some of the structures injured in this region and how an accurate diagnosis is essential as treatment differs depending on the injury type. It will provide an in depth look at the different manifestations of suspensory branch injuries and address some of the difficulties faced by veterinarians in treating horses with these injuries.

Why do this course?
Participants will learn how to identify and treat different types of suspensory branch injury. They will learn how to identify other soft tissues injuries in the fetlock and pastern region such as injury of the distal sesamoidean ligaments without the use of advanced imaging techniques. This webinar is useful for all veterinarians performing lameness examinations.   

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).


Nicola Lynch, MVB CertAVP MVetMed MRCVS
Staff Clinician in Equine Surgery
The Royal Veterinary College