Veterinarians, Farriers Team Up for Lameness Cases

Veterinarians and farriers recently collaborated on a case of bilateral keratomas in a 6-year-old Holsteiner mare.

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Lameness. Technically, it’s defined as an abnormal gait of an animal. Practically speaking, lameness can mean the end of a sport horse’s career or diminished quality of life for a pasture pony.

Because lamenesses can be challenging to manage and often requires a teamwork approach that includes a veterinarian and a skilled farrier, the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in Urbana acquired a farrier service earlier this year.

“Veterinarians and farriers bring different perspectives to the problem of lameness,” said Santiago Gutierrez-Nibeyro, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVS, ACVSMR, is an equine surgeon at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

Veterinarians use diagnostic imaging to see what is inside the foot, while farriers often focus on what is outside

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