Events & Training

Equine Joint Therapy – English Sport Horse

Gustavo Zanotto, DVM, MSc, PhD of Texas A&M University begins our session by presenting a review of commonly used joint therapies and their respective evidence levels. We then share clinical case presentations by veterinary leaders focused on lameness in the English sport horse and discuss how available literature can aid data-driven therapy choices – and where it falls short.  Our industry experts will discuss everything from biologics, to hyaluronic acid, corticosteroids and beyond.  This program has been approved by AAVSB RACE for 4 credits. 

From biologics, to hyaluronic acid, corticosteroids and beyond our Equine Joint Therapy Master Series – English Sport Horse includes: 

  • a critical literature by Gustavo Zanotto, DVM, MSc, PhD of Texas A&M University reviewing commonly used joint therapies and their respective evidence levels  
  • relevant clinical case presentations by veterinary leaders focused on lameness in the English sport horse 
  • panel discussion addressing how available literature can aid data-driven therapy choices – and where it falls short 
This program has been approved by AAVSB RACE for 4 credits.

With this series, veterinarians will be able to:

  • Understand the importance of evidence-based medicine
  • Critically assess current literature surrounding equine joint therapies
  • Make data driven choices when choosing equine joint therapies
  • Understand treatment decision choices for common joint pathologies affecting the equine athlete featured for each session
  • Receive 4 CE credits for attending this session

 

Speaker Information

Gustavo M. Zanotto, DVM, MSc, PhD

Dr. Gustavo Zanotto is originally from Curitiba, Brazil, where he received his D.V.M. from Universidade Federal do Paraná in 2007. Dr. Zanotto then moved to São Paulo where he completed a residency in large animal internal medicine and surgery, and received a master’s degree in veterinary surgery at São Paulo University. He moved to Colorado in August 2013 and completed an internship in equine musculoskeletal imaging, and residency in equine sport medicine and rehabilitation. Dr. Zanotto also completed his PhD under Dr. David Frisbie studying enzymatic pre-treatment combined with growth-factor functionalized self-assembling peptide hydrogel for integrative cartilage repair. Dr. Gustavo Zanotto currently holds a Clinical Assistant Professor of Large Animal Clinical Sciences position at Texas A&M University.

Richard Mitchell
Richard D. Mitchell, DVM, MRCVS, DACVSMR

Dr. Rick Mitchell graduated from the Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1974. He currently is a part owner of Fairfield Equine Associates in Newtown, CT and practices equine medicine and surgery with an emphasis on lameness and imaging. He has been internationally certified in veterinary acupuncture and equine locomotor pathology as well as completing requirements for diplomate status in ACVSMR in 2015. Dr. Mitchell has served on multiple Boards of Directors including the United States Equestrian Federation, Connecticut Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Association of Equine Practitioners. He was also a founding member of the International Society of Equine Locomotor Pathology, serving on the society’s board of directors. 2012 marked Dr. Mitchell’s fifth visit to the Olympic Games as an attending veterinarian for the US Equestrian Team. He has authored multiple nationally and internationally published articles and textbook chapters on equine health care; and has spoken at conferences internationally on sport horse medicine.

Axel Varela
Axel Beccar Varela, MV, DACVS-LA

Dr. Axel Beccar Varela graduated from veterinary school in Argentina in 2005, and then worked in a private practice for 2 years. In 2008, he completed an internship at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington KY. Following a 3-year large animal surgical residency at the University of Georgia, Dr. Beccar Varela worked as a clinical instructor for the College, and obtained his board certification in large animal surgery in 2012. Dr. Beccar Varela moved to Wellington, FL. with his wife (Dr. Leah Patipa) where they worked at a busy referral practice until opening their own practice, Paddock Equine Veterinary Services, in 2014. Dr. Beccar Varela has a special interest in lameness, orthopedic and soft tissue surgery.

Weston Davis
Weston Davis, DVM, DACVS

Dr. Weston Davis is a second-generation veterinarian from South Florida. Dr. Davis graduated from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 2008. After graduation, Dr. Davis completed his internship in Sports Medicine and Surgery at Oakridge Equine Hospital, followed by a residency in Equine Surgery at North Carolina State University. In 2012, he became board certified in Large Animal Surgery by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. Before joining Palm Beach Equine Clinic, Dr. Davis spent 1.5 years as a staff surgeon at a private practice referral center in Texas, and has authored and co-authored publications on topics including colic surgery in performance horses, MRI diagnosis of tendon lesions, and novel imaging and surgical techniques.

Scott McClure
Scott McClure, DVM, PhD, DACVS, DACVSMR

Dr. Scott McClure received his veterinary degree from Iowa State University in 1990. He then completed an internship and surgery residency at Texas A&M. Dr. McClure became boarded by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1995, and received his PhD from Texas A&M in 1996. He was in private practice in Oklahoma, then returned to university practice at Purdue University. Dr. McClure was at Iowa State University from 2000 to 2016 specializing in equine lameness and surgery, becoming an American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Diplomate in 2015. He then returned to private practice and established Midwest Equine, a surgery and sports medicine facility in Central Iowa. Dr. McClure has published many peer reviewed articles and has presented scientific and continuing education seminars nationally and internationally.

Previously recorded in December 2020