How does a veterinarian maintain the health and well-being of competition sporthorses?
I am a pre-vet college student that is interested in specializing in equine medicine. What preventative measures can be taken to minimize long term damage, and if a major accident were to occur what are the best possible treatment plans available?
There is a large benefit from icing the legs after a heavy exercise to decrease inflammation. This could be as simple as going into a cool creek nearby for 20-30 minutes.
None of us involved in equine sport ever really want to see catastrophic injuries. We have learned a lot about the body’s response to training, and if we apply best practices, we hope to minimise those events.
If you have a competitive horse now, (or even If you don’t) you might see about shadowing a sports medicine veterinarian.
Also, depending on the programs available at your college now, you might be able to get involved in exercise physiology/sports medicine research at this point in your career, which you could continue in vet school.
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