Vet School Film Festival: Equine Research and Education, Sundance Style

We’re here to help you survive Snowpocalypse with an all-star education from vet schools around the world. It’s Sundance week, after all, so The Jurga Report offers a collection of recent videos served up by and about university veterinary colleges to share the latest in research or education.

The fun part of searching for these videos was discovering all the different ways that vet schools use videos to deliver their content. One uses a Google Hangout, another uses a podcast audio track, others may use simple slide shows, while many are elaborate video productions and Cornell vet students even have their own National Geographic Wild channel show!

The 12 videos have been uploaded as a continuous-play YouTube “playlist” so you only have to click “play” once, and then you can sit back and enjoy the show! There is a menu if you click through to the hosting page, and if you scroll down, there’s a list of contents and a description of each so you can skip around on the playlist or go directly to YouTube to view a single video.

Twelve videos are linked together to form a continuous-play set, just like at a film festival. However, if you would like to skip ahead or go back, just click on the top left corner of the video box, and a menu box of all 12 videos (as below) will drop down and you can choose the one you’d like to watch next. Embedding the videos in this way makes the website load more quickly for those who do not have the luxury of high-speed connections.

If you’d rather watch single videos, here’s the list, with some descriptions of what you will see. The videos are in alphabetical order, by the name of the university.

Playlist contents:

1. Auburn University’s Theriogenology program

Let’s begin at the beginning of life, and see how vet students at Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine in Alabama learn about breeding and reproduction.

2. Cambridge University’s Whipple Museum collection of antique papier-mâché horse teeth molds

Next stop: across the ocean to England’s Cambridge University, where we’ll skip the main vet school and head instead to the Whipple Museum of the History of Science. Did you ever wonder about the teaching aids used in vet schools long ago? Many were works of art, including these papier-mâché molds of horse teeth made by the famed French anatomist Louis Auzoux in the 1890s.

Each set of “teeth” is mounted in a portable wooden case that was transported by the French cavalry, according to the narrator. The teeth are molded to show the effects of cribbing or how dishonest horse dealers could alter a horse’s mouth to make it appear younger.

From the case shown in the video, it looks like the museum has one of Auzoux’s models of the lower limb of the horse, as well.

The museum is free if you’d like visit.

3. Colorado State University’s Google Hangout on Equine Ophthalmology

What’s the latest for eye problems in horses? Two Colorado State University equine veterinarians, Drs. Luke Bass and Elsbeth Swain, were live on Google Plus recently. They addressed treating disorders and diseases in horses’ eyes. Discussion topics include: anatomy and examination of the eye, corneal ulcers, diagnosis and therapy of eye disorders and diseases, and equine recurrent uveitis. But they do it in the hip format of a Google Hangout. This half hour video of the Hangout brings the vet school to you, as if you’re Skype-ing with them!

4. Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine Confusion over the stay apparatus on the reality show, “Vet School”

Who isn’t confused by the anatomy of the stay apparatus in the horse’s hind leg? Here’s a quick clip from the reality television show “Vet School” on the National Geographic Wild channel. Cornell vet students admit to being stumped at how the horse manages to sleep standing up. But don’t worry, they’ll catch on!

5. Kansas State University’s announcement of the new equine performance center

Video can be used in so many ways. You might think of education first, but here’s a vet school using video to share the news that K-State will soon have a new equine performance center!

6. University of California at Davis ‘s student volunteer forest fire response

This video is short on words and long on impact. You will see the vet students going into action to assist with the rescue of animals during the terrible forest fires in northern California last summer.

7. University of Ghent: Electrical cardioversion of atrial fibrillation in a horse 

Here’s the procedure featured a few years ago when the world’s top dressage horse, Jerich’s Parzival, was found to have a heart murmur. He was taken to Ghent in Belgium, as are so many top horses, for this procedure by Professor Gunther van Loon, and has recovered nicely. Read more about it here, in this article about Parzival’s heart procedure from 2013 on The Jurga Report.

8. University of Guelph : Researching heart rhythm disturbances in performance horses

Not every video is moving. Here’s an audio podcast, also on equine cardiology, from Equine Guelph. Podcasts seem to be easier to listen to if you have a graphic to watch, even if it doesn’t move!

9. University of Missouri: Dr. Kevin Keegan’s Lameness Locator

Has your veterinarian used the Lameness Locator on your horse? Here’s the story behind the tool, and its inventor, Dr Kevin Keegan.

10. University of Surrey: The Queen opens Britain’s newest vet school

It’s not every day The Queen stops by. Here she is, in all her majesty and equestrian curiosity, opening the new vet school at the University of Surrey in southern England. And she has a surprise fan waiting for her at the end!

11. University of Tennessee: Blister beetles in the hay

Dr. Carla Sommardahl, an equine internal medicine specialist, explains the harm that can come to horse from hay that is infected with insects known as blister beetles.

12. Royal Veterinary College: Let It Go (and have a laugh)

Finally, you need a sense of humor to make it through vet school. The Royal Vet College produces a fun spoof video each year and this one was a favorite.




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