EQ950: Equine Dissection ONLINE

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We are currently reformatting this course to be delivered via online. If you are interested in being notified when the course is available please write: equinologyinterest@gmail.com to be placed on the list. We expect it to be complete and ready by the Fall of 2019.

Nicole Rombach APM, MEEBW, CCBW, MSc, Ph.D., Dr. Carrie Schlachter VMD, DACVSMR, and Debranne Pattillo, MEEBW all co-owners of the school Academy of Animal Sports Science, will present the program.

All three instructors met at Michigan State University for a full dissection which was documented by video, audio and photographs. The primary purpose of the dissections lecture program is not to simply present origin and insertion of muscles but rather to explore the intricate communication between particular muscles and structures. To look at one muscle on its own is rather artificial since no muscle acts on its own and instead works with other structures and muscles to perform its tasks.

Of course, we will give you the attachments and this is provided in the handout which you will wish to download before beginning.  However, with this presentation, we are targeting implications of dysfunction, anatomical and biomechanical mechanisms interaction as well as considerations from a rehabilitation perspective. The course will also be support for its anatomical referencing and visualizing with the Equiken® model created by Jon Zahourek of the Anatomy in Clay® Center in Denver, CO. Debranne Pattillo will build the muscles individually on one model as well as build in layers on a second model.

In addition, by understanding where the muscles lie, a practitioner can recall muscle function more readily thus become more analytical when investigating dysfunction. This gives valuable information so those in the equine health care industry can connect movement to possible causes which can aid in the design of recovery programs.

Course Outline:

  • Review of the functional anatomy of the horse
  • The communication between particular muscles and structures.
  • Online lecture series to accompany dissections
  • Dissection of the specimen
  • Dissection of deeper tissues
  • Related pathologies
  • Consideration of rehabilitation protocols for specific pathologies
  • Self-Assessments
  • Final Exam

Duration: Student have one year from the time of registration to review this course. Once completed they will request the final exam before the year duration. The final exam is on line and students will have four hours to complete it once the link is open. The student has 2 weeks to complete the exam once the link has been sent.


A thorough understanding of equine anatomy limits the enrollment of this course to professionals such as veterinarians, holders of a postgraduate/masters degree in Veterinary PT, licensed physical therapists with an equine anatomy background and qualified Equinology Equine Body Worker® graduates!

Tuition: $695

Text and Materials Required: None

Course Handouts: Free

Final Exam Scoring and Certificate: Free


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