A clinical survey study of the recognition and impact of equine lameness on the Great British horse owning population

Uprichard, Kathy (2017) A clinical survey study of the recognition and impact of equine lameness on the Great British horse owning population. MVM(R) thesis, University of Glasgow.

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Despite the generally perceived importance of equine lameness as a significant cause of morbidity and wastage amongst the worldwide horse population, little is known about the prevalence and impact of equine lameness on the UK horse and owner population. Likewise, little is documented on how lameness is detected and assessed by horse owners. Information regarding perception of equine lameness by the untrained assessor is potentially valuable to the equine orthopaedic clinician. Improved awareness of owners’ appreciation of lameness, as well as the impact an episode of lameness may have would be of benefit to all parties; the veterinary surgeon, the horse owner and the horse. An online survey study was designed to obtain both descriptive and quantitative information on the UK horse population; the prevalence of equine lameness as reported by the owner; and the effect that a single episode of lameness may have on both the horse and owner. Secondarily, a prospective hospital- based study was designed to investigate reasons for referral and owners’ general assessment of lameness prior to veterinary examination; to quantify and compare lameness severity using subjective and objective methods of assessment; and to determine the areas of best agreement between subjective evaluation (owner; veterinary surgeon) and objective evaluation using a horse- mounted inertial sensor device (Lameness Locator ®).

Item Type: Thesis (MVM(R))
Qualification Level: Masters
Keywords: Horse, lameness, cost, subjective, objective, assessment.
Subjects: S Agriculture > SF Animal culture > SF600 Veterinary Medicine
Colleges/Schools: College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences
Funder's Name: Geoffrey Serth Charitable Trust (The Horse Trust)
Supervisor's Name: Marshall, Dr. John F.
Date of Award: 2017
Depositing User: Miss KL Uprichard
Unique ID: glathesis:2017-7872
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 10 Feb 2017 09:56
Last Modified: 17 Jan 2019 09:51
URI: https://theses.gla.ac.uk/id/eprint/7872

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