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An Open Letter to Veterinary Colleagues

An Open Letter to Veterinary Colleagues

By Kevin Keegan Kevin G. Keegan, DVM, MS, DACVS | Andy Wolter Andy Wolter, Equinosis CEO | Updated on | A Wolter, KG Keegan

Introduction From Andy Wolter, CEO, Equinosis: Dear reader, Nearly every day there is a reason I am optimistic about the future of science & objectivity in equine veterinary medicine.  But, now and again, I am reminded of how far we still have to go. Reading a 2020 article titled “Is the use of objective gait analysis inevitable?” seems like debating whether the Earth really is flat – if you just keep your feet on ground.  The evidence on objective measurement is in, and it is irrefutable. A lack of education is certainly at play for many detractors of science.  But...

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Redefine Lameness? Accommodating the Layman’s Perspective on Lameness

Redefine Lameness? Accommodating the Layman’s Perspective on Lameness

By Kevin Keegan Kevin G. Keegan, DVM, MS, DACVS | Andy Wolter Andy Wolter, Equinosis CEO | Updated on | A Wolter, Editorial, KG Keegan, Objective vs. Subjective Opinion, OES Members Only

Precision lameness measurement is again challenging our conceptions of “sound” and “lame”. Earlier this year, the threshold and demarcation of “measurable” lameness was brought into question. In the July edition of Eye on Objectivity, Dr. Keegan made the case for maintaining the Q thresholds and not compromising instrument sensitivity (read now). This fall, both Modern Equine Vet and The Horse featured articles covering a recently published editorial in EVJ, questioning the clinical definition of lameness itself (read now). Clinicians seem to agree that lameness IS a clinical sign; but, when 4.5 million horse owners in the U.S. have a different understanding, the discussion...

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An Open Letter to Veterinary Colleagues

Redefine Lameness? Accommodating the Layman’s Perspective on Lameness