Lower hock synovitis/osteoarthritis is one of the most commonly diagnosed causes of lameness treated by intra-articular injection. However, the close proximity of the proximal high suspensory ligament and recent revelations due to the increased use of Ultrasound, MRI and CT imaging have caused clinicians to redefine their understanding of this region.
What suspensory conditions have we been treating as lower hock conditions and how should we improve our approach to identifying, understanding and managing the inter-relationship of these pathologies.
Dr. Schnabel is an Associate Professor of Equine Orthopedic Surgery in the Department of Clinical Sciences at NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine. She is also an Associate Director of the Comparative Medicine Institute at NCSU. Dr. Schnabel completed her DVM, Large Animal Surgery Residency, and PhD at Cornell University under the mentorship of Dr. Lisa Fortier and Dr. Douglas Antczak. She is board certified in both the American College of Veterinary Surgery and the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation. Lauren’s research focuses on stem cell immunology, use of biologic therapies to treat musculoskeletal injuries and diseases, and advancing equine rehabilitation protocols.
Kurt Selberg is a North Idaho native; where his family owned a quarter horse ranch. After completing his doctorate in veterinary medicine, he completed an equine sports medicine internship at Virginia Equine Imaging in Middleburg, VA. He is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Radiologists and found member of the equine diagnostic imaging college. His area of interest is the equine athlete and musculoskeletal diagnostic imaging. He has been the onsite imaging expert for the world equestrian games and the Olympics. Aside from radiology, he also enjoys skiing , jiu jitsu, fishing, spending time with good friends and family, his wife Katie, 2 children Beckett and Calder, and two yellow labs.
Dr. Oakley is a board certified specialist in sports medicine and rehabilitation, and in equine practice. Dr. Oakley is also certified by the International Society of Equine Locomotor Pathology. Her practice focuses on lameness and imaging in performance horses and she has a special interest and extensive training in the use of ultrasound for the diagnosis and rehabilitation of sport horse injuries. Dr. Oakley has lectured nationally and internationally on equine musculoskeletal anatomy and ultrasound and shares her advanced proficiency in musculoskeletal ultrasound as an instructor at veterinary ultrasound courses, including ISELP. She is also a courtesy adjunct professor in the Practice Based Equine Clerkship at the University of Florida.
Dr. Horne completed both her Bachelor of Science and Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degrees at North Carolina State University (NCSU). Upon graduation, she completed a one year equine imaging focused internship at Equine Diagnostic Imaging in Gainesville, FL to further her education in musculoskeletal ultrasound and MRI. She then returned to NCSU for a residency in Equine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation and became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation in the spring of 2020. She continues to practice as a clinical veterinarian at NCSU on the Equine Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Surgery Service.