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Course for Zoo Veterinarians

The ZHTP has developed a course specifically for veterinarians that work for zoological facilities. The format for this course is 5 intense days. Because of your advanced understanding of anatomy and physiology, the first two days will cover anatomy from a biomechanics and function stand point, dissections, reading tissue, recognizing distortions and trimming. The third day will focus on common pathologies of the distal limb, and how imbalances in the hoof capsule influence and effect those pathologies. The fourth day will be learning about how different apparatuses stabilize and support the hoof capsule to aid in healing, as well as the applications of those apparatuses on cadavers. I will be asking each participant to bring at least one case study to share as we will go over case studies in the evenings.


*This course is approved for 40 CE credits through the American College of Zoological Medicine (CZMA).


Topics Covered During the Course

  • Advanced lower limb anatomy & biomechanics

  • Leverages & Pressures on the hoof capsule and its possible effects

  • Recognizing distortions in the hoof

  • Cadaver hoof trimming & dissections (equine & bovine)

  • How hoof tissue changes while trimming

  • Tool usage, i.e. hoof knives, nippers, rasps, dremels, grinders


What’s Included in the Course

  • 5 Day Hands-On Course

  • Tools & Study Materials

  • Hands-on with Cadaver Feet

  • Hoof and Limb Dissections

  • Breakfast Lunch Daily

  • Boarding with Full Kitchen on site

  • Transportation to and from the airport and around Loveland, CO

    • For Course Facilities & Travel Details, Click HERE


Cost of 4 Day Vet Course = $3,500


2024 Course Dates - Click on Date Link to Register

  • February 10 - 13, 2024 - COMPLETE

  • December 7 - 11, 2024 - FULL

*By completing the REGISTRATION Application above you are agreeing to pay the Non-Refundable $500 Deposit due upon acceptance into the selected course.  When you submit your application, the ZHTP Staff will send you a registration confirmation and an invoice to submit your deposit, thereby completing the course registration process.

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