Wellness Wednesday - Find Your Stride this Season in Educational Programs at The Sanctuary Equine Sports Therapy & Rehabilitation Center

Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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An on-site classroom at The Sanctuary will host several educational seminars regarding equine health this year
An on-site classroom at The Sanctuary will host several educational seminars regarding equine health this year

Ocala, FL - Never has learning so much, for so many, been so easy. The Sanctuary Equine Sports Therapy & Rehabilitation Center of Ocala, Florida is ready to help professionals and owners alike find their stride this season with a series of educational seminars and training programs to start January 31 and continue through April. On Saturday, January 31, in conjunction with the Florida State Farriers Association and the student chapter of the American Association of Equine Practitioners of the University, The Sanctuary will host the second in a two-part Farriers Buddy Program presented by the Blacksmith Buddies organization. The January 31 event will be called “Depot Day, and will be held in part at Farriers Depot.

The program brings farriers and veterinary students together to work on real-life cases, and share and exchange understanding of equine lameness issues, diagnosis, and treatment. The program will teach farriers and soon-to-be veterinarians how to better work as one to resolve leg and hoof problems.

An informative presentation on the use of laser therapy and digital infra-red thermography, using the DigaTherm Camera System, will be presented Friday, February 6, at The Sanctuary. Registration and refreshments start at 5:30 p.m. before the 6 p.m. seminar with host Ron Reigel, DVM. The DigaTherm Camera System is a revolutionary new thermography system now available to veterinarians to help in the diagnosis of equine athlete injury. The presentation will be open to the public, and will apply toward Continuing Education (CE) credits for professional veterinarians and veterinary assistants.

When the difference between life and death is measured in minutes, TLAER (Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue) training can make the critical difference. There are three levels of certification, and The Sanctuary invites everyone to begin by exploring certification level one. In late March, The Sanctuary will hold an informative meeting explaining what TLAER is and how to go about getting certified for the first level. The University of Florida’s College of Veterinarian Medicine's director John Haven—who wrote the standards for TLAER certification— will be conducting this meeting. After learning about TLAER, those interested can work towards certification through classroom work offered by Central Florida College on April 14 and 16. The hands-on 'wet lab' training portion of the certification will take place at the Ocala Horse Park on April 18.

“Every horse owner should know some basics on how to safely rescue animals from dangerous situations,” says Brenda McDuffee, CHT-V and general manager at The Sanctuary Equine Sports Therapy & Rehabilitation Center. “We are very excited to be able to work with the University of Florida and Central Florida College to offer this important and potentially life-saving training.” The Sanctuary expects to welcome nearly one hundred attendees who are interested in learning more about the certifications to the initial educational TLAER meeting.

The Sanctuary Equine Sports Therapy & Rehabilitation Center is renowned for its state-of-the-art equipment and capable staff, qualified to help equine athletes recover and thrive through such advanced processes in care as above-ground water treadmills, cold saltwater leg spa treatment, laser therapy, equine swimming pools, vibration plate therapy, solarium therapy, electromagnetic pulse therapy, and respiratory machines. To learn more about The Sanctuary Equine Sports Therapy & Rehabilitation Center, visit www.sanctuaryequinerehab.com.