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Equine Practice
An approach to hindlimb lameness 1. History and physical examination
  1. Sue Dyson

    Sue Dyson graduated from Cambridge in 1980. She completed an internship in large animal medicine and surgery at the University of Pennsylvania and then spent a year in private equine practice in Pennsylvania before returning to the UK to take up a clinical orthopaedic position in the Equine Centre of the Animal Health Trust, Newmarket. She gained a PhD for a thesis on equine lameness diagnosis and was awarded fellowship of the RCVS for a thesis on shoulder lameness in the horse. She holds the RCVS diploma in equine orthopaedics. Her special interests include equine lameness diagnosis and diagnostic imaging.


THE diagnosis of causes of hindlimb lameness in the horse has long been shrouded in mystique. However, with a systematic approach to both obtaining a history and performing a physical examination, combined with strategic use of ancillary diagnostic aids, a definitive diagnosis can frequently be reached. This is the first in a series of five articles, to be published in consecutive issues, which aims to describe a simple, logical approach to the investigation of hindlimb lameness.

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