University of Florida

Thermal Imaging Seminar

February 26-28, 2010

UF College of Veterinary Medicine
Gainesville, FL, USA

Site Index


Speakers Area Information
Purpose Registration Other Links of Interest
Who Should Attend? Class Locations Questions
Tentative Agenda Hotel Accommodations



Catastrophic injuries in the racing industry, as well as other avenues of equine competition, have recently brought pressure on the veterinary profession to prevent, or diagnose earlier, injuries before they become life-threatening. Injury detection earlier than is available through other modalities makes thermography an excellent tool.

Thermal imaging systems have the capability to detect changes in temperature related to local inflammation and/or blood flow to the tissue. These changes have been shown to occur 2-6 weeks prior to the onset of clinical signs of lameness.

With the use of Thermal Imaging THE possibility exists that these abnormalities can be identified when the tissues are in a state of stress, rather than anatomical disruption.

Intervention at this point provides less costly, and more time efficient options with which to manage the injury to a successful outcome. Conditions effecting the musculoskeletal system, including Saddle Fit analysis are the most common uses, with use to detect neurological, dental, and infectious disease as well. Sessions will also be presented on the use of thermal imaging in Marine Mammals, Wildlife, and Companion Animals.


Email Newsletter icon, E-mail Newsletter icon, Email List icon, E-mail List icon Join Our Mailing List For Updates and Announcements

Return to Index



Thermal Imaging Seminar is a three-day course designed to teach veterinary medical students, veterinarians, and related professionals through didactic lecture, case-based problem-solving and practical experience. The seminar also features an educational and interactive Wet Lab session with Thermal Imaging modalities to provide realistic exposure and hands-on training. Participation in this program will provide attendees a primary understanding in the use and application of thermal imaging in all aspects of clinical veterinary practice. This is an 18 hour CE qualified educational seminar for veterinarians and technicians needing Continuing Education credits. It also qualifies as the academic requirement for certification by the American Academy of Thermology.


Return to Index

Who Should Attend?


Anyone can register, but the focus is on Veterinary Professionals. Medical and industrial thermographers, saddle fitters, and horse enthusiasts are welcome to register and attend as well.

Return to Index

Tentative Agenda


Friday, February 26, 2010
UF Cancer/Genetics Research Complex

Morning Session

7:45AM – 8:00AM


8:00AM – 10:00AM

Thermal Imaging in Veterinary Medicine Today
- Waldsmith 2.0 hr

10:00AM – 10:15AM


10:15AM – 11:00AM

How to Obtain Thermal Images for Studies on Equine Patients
- Waldsmith
0.75 hr

11:00AM – 12:00AM

Thermal Imaging as a Monitoring Aid in Racehorse Management – Waldsmith 1.0 hr

12:00PM – 1:00PM


Afternoon Session

1:15PM – 2:00PM

Dynamic Examinations using the High Speed Treadmill
- Waldsmith  0.75 hr

2:00PM – 3:00PM

Utilizing Thermal Imaging as Part of an Athletic Wellness Program in Thoroughbred Racehorses
- Waldsmith 1.0 hr

3:00PM– 4:15PM

Saddle Fit
- Corcoran 1.25 hr

4:15PM – 4:30PM


4:30PM – 5:30PM

Knobology - Hands on session with participants in using their cameras and software. Participants to bring their cameras to this session. Software and computer lab. Demonstration of Flir cameras. Participants to bring their laptop Computers for hands on session. Presenters to assist with individual participants in utilizing their cameras and in report generation.
- Waldsmith 1.0 hr

5:30 PM

Dinner on your own    


Saturday, February 27, 2010
    UF College of Veterinary Medicine, Courtelis Equine Teaching Hospital – Auditorium

Morning Session


Thermal Imaging in Wildlife and Marine Mammal Species
- Walsh 2.0 hr

10:30AM – 10:45AM



Normal Mature Equine Thermographic Examination
- Turner 1.0 hr


Artifacts in the Thermographic Exam
- Turner 1.0 hr

12:45PM – 1:30PM


Afternoon Session


The Foot
- Turner 1.0 hr

2:30PM- 2:45PM



Tendons and Ligaments
- Turner 1.25 hr

4:00PM -5:00PM

Joint Disease
- Turner 1.0 hr


Dinner on your own


Sunday, February 28, 2010
    UF College of Veterinary Medicine, Courtelis Equine Teaching Hospital

8:00AM - 12:00 PM

Informal Wet Lab Session:
This is a session for individuals to get one-on-one assistance in thermal imaging technique, camera function, software issues, and report generation. The session will begin with a demonstration of how to perform the basic equine thermal examination and a brief review of artifacts. The UFL Veterinary staff will be available to work with participants individually with specific issues to further their educational experience.
- Turner 4.0 hr

 Return to Index


Mike Corcoran, Master Saddle Fitter
Master Saddlery
Argyle, TX

Kimberly Henneman, DVM, CVA, CVC, FAAVA
Animal Health Options
Park City, UT

Tracy Turner, DVM, MS, DACVS
Board Certified in Thermal Imaging
Anoka Equine Veterinary Services, Ltd
Elk River, MN

James K. Waldsmith, DVM
Board Certified in Thermal Imaging
Staff Veterinarian - The Equine Center
San Luis Obispo, CA

Mike Walsh, DVM
University of Florida – Gainesville, FL
College of Veterinary Medicine


Return to Index



The Thermal Imaging Seminar registration fee includes 18 Continuing Education hours in both a lecture and Hands on Wet Lab environment. Participants will receive lectures on imaging techniques, management of artifacts, and clinical case studies. Additionally a “Knobology” section is included for training in the operation of the thermal cameras. Participants will give a four hour session to practice acquisition of clinical images on live patients. Lunch is also included on both days. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED by February 19, 2010. 

NOTE: The Seminar is limited to 30 registrants. 

Registration Fee 

Early Registration (by February 16, 2010) $850
Regular Registration (after February 16, 2010) $950

Refund Policy:
Requests for registration refunds will be honored if written notice of cancellation is received by the Office of Conferences and Institutes on or before February 1, 2010. A 25 percent processing fee will be deducted. No refunds will be honored for cancellations after February 1, 2010.

Sorry, registration has closed!

Return to Index

Class Locations


Friday, February 26, 2010

The University of Florida Cancer/Genetics Research Complex
1376 Mowry Road
Phone: 352-273-8100
Campus Map
Directions to CGRC Building


Saturday, February 27, 2010 & Sunday, February 28, 2010

The University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine
Courtelis Equine Teaching Hospital 
Shealy Drive
Campus Map

Return to Index

Hotel Accommodations

Cabot Lodge Hotel Gainesville
3726 SW 40th Boulevard
Gainesville, FL 32608
Tel: 1-352-375-2400 or 1-800-843-8735
Fax: 1-352-335-2321

Cabot Lodge Hotel Gainesville is located just 4.3 miles from the
UF College of Veterinary Medicine and 5 miles from downtown Gainesville. The Cabot Lodge provides extensive amenities to make you feel at home. They include complimentary deluxe breakfast buffet and nightly cocktails, both served in the relaxing atrium. Additionally, there is an outdoor swimming pool, on-site fitness center and business center with complimentary computer usage, Internet access, color printer, copies and faxes. There are several restaurants and shops within walking distance.

The Cabot Lodge is offering participants of the Thermal Imaging Seminar a special guest room rate of $79.00 per night for a standard resort room night plus tax (currently 9.25%) with one to four people in a room. Check-in is available at 3:00pm and checkout time is 11:00am. Reservations must be made by February 2, 2010.

To make reservations, contact the Cabot Lodge Hotel Gainesville at 352-375-2400 or 800-843-8735. Be sure to identify yourself as a University of Florida visitor. All reservation requests require a guarantee of first night’s deposit by credit card. If you change or cancel a reservation, you must do so before 6:00pm on your scheduled check-in date. For those eligible for the state tax exemption, you must present a copy of your Florida state tax exemption certificate when you check-in.

Please Note: As this is a discounted rate, it is not commissionable to travel agents.

Map & Directions:

Return to Index

Area Information

Return to Index

Other Links of Interest


Return to Index


Course Information:

Dr. Mike Walsh, Program Organizer
University of Florida
College of Veterinary Medicine
PO Box 100136
Gainesville, FL 32610-0136
Phone: 352-222-4948
Fax: 352-846-1171


Registration Information:

Sharon Borneman, Program Coordinator University of Florida/IFAS
Office of Conferences & Institutes (OCI)
PO Box 110750
Building 639, Mowry Road
Gainesville, FL 32611-0750
Phone: 352-392-5930
Fax: 352-392-4044

Return to Index

Visitor: Hit Counter since 12/03/2009.
This page is designed and maintained by: the UF/IFAS/OCI Graphics Editor and Webmaster.

[OCI Home Page]