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EQ950: Equine Dissection

Date: Coming Soon
Cost: $


All three instructors met at Michigan State University for a full dissection 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 support its anatomical referencing and visualization 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.

Students 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 online 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.


  • 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


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.

Required Materials

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Required Materials (included in tuition): 
Course Handouts
Final Exam Scoring and Certificate


Nicole Rombach APM, MEEBW, CCBW, MSc, PhD

Dr. Carrie Schlachter VMD, DACVSMR

Debranne Pattillo, MEEBW


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