Lecture and Demonstration by Bernard Duvernay
It has been a very busy few weeks with the trip to FormaHoof in Dubai and then coming home to use the FormaHoof system on a range of different cases in both NSW and Victoria. Soon after I arrived back, we were lucky enough to host a lecture and demonstration on the afternoon of the 8th of May with Bernard Duvernay. The lecture and demonstration took place at the University of Melbourne Veterinary Teaching Hospital, with farriers, veterinary students and veterinarians in attendance.
Bernard is a farrier and horse enthusiast from Geneva, Switzerland. He founded both BD Tools and the Flying Anvil Foundation. BD Tools has a wide range of farrier tools for all trimming and horse shoeing requirements. Many of the tools have a unique design and very detail orientated. Ganesh Kardile, through his company NGK Farrier Supplies is a stockist of BD Tools in Australia.
The Flying Anvil Foundation was founded in 2010 and aims to provide continuing education to farriers in third world countries. They have an established farrier school in India where farriers and veterinarians from all of the world volunteer to teach.
Bernard’s lecture consisted of a discussion around the biomechanics of the limb and how it interacts with the ground surface. He spoke about the different types of shoes available for a range of musculoskeletal injuries in the horse. He also acknowledged the importance of the veterinarian-farrier relationship and how we can work together to find a solution for many different types of foot related lameness.
The Digital Extension Device
One of the major topics of discussion and demonstration was the digital extension device. The digital extension device was developed by Dr Hans Castelijns from Italy to help identify different areas of pain within the foot. You may remember I recently attended a lecture series presented by Hans in Qatar earlier in the month.
The digital extension device can be manipulated in different planes to apply pressure and tension to different areas of the foot. For example, the toe of the hoof can be lifted, which extends the coffin joint and applies tension to the deep digital flexor tendon and over the navicular suspensory apparatus. If the horse shows discomfort after this type of manipulation, it can give us an understanding of where the pain may arise. This could help us to narrow down our diagnostics such as ultrasound, x-ray or MRI to a particular area.
It was great to hear the information that Bernard presented and we appreciate the time he took to lecture and demonstrate to farriers, students and veterinarians. Also thank you to Ganesh for organising Bernard and to the University of Melbourne Veterinary Teaching Hospital for supplying the venue.