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Have You Heard of ISELP?

What is ISELP?

You may frequently hear the term “ISELP” used by veterinarians, especially in the sports medicine field. But do you know what it is?

ISELP stands for International Society of Equine Locomotor Pathology and is an organization of elite veterinarians focused on lameness problems in the equine athlete. This organization was founded under the direction of Dr. Jean-Marie Denoix in 2006 and continues to rapidly grow, having members on all five continents. The goal of ISELP is to provide extensive knowledge, techniques, and diagnostic plus therapeutic information on the most current practices, which are continually evolving within the field of Equine Sports Medicine. Certified members teach ISELP continuing education modules all over the world.

Steinbeck Peninsula Equine Director of Sports Medicine Dr. Russ Peterson was one of the founding members of ISELP, serves on the ISELP Board of Directors, and continues to instruct at ISELP meetings both nationally and internationally.

ISELP Education

At Steinbeck Peninsula Equine, we frequently express how important education is to us and our clients, which is why we are proud to host ISELP modules.

ISELP modules are multiple day events offering a comprehensive program of advanced education in equine lameness issues, such as osteoarticular, musculotendinous, and nervous pathology. There are eight ISELP modules:

  • Distal frontlimb: foot, pastern fetlock joint

  • Middle frontlimb: palmar fetlock, metacarpus and tendons, carpus, carpal canal

  • Proximal frontlimb: forearm, elbow and shoulder

  • Distal hindlimb: foot, pastern, fetlock, metatarsus

  • Middle hindlimb: hock, crus

  • Proximal hindlimb: stifle, thigh

  • Neck and thoracolumbar area

  • Lumbosacral area and pelvis

These modules each include advanced education on the descriptive and functional anatomy and biomechanics of each region of the horse. Modules offer training in the clinical (physical and dynamic) examination, including diagnostic blocks, which are the foundation for a thorough and comprehensive lameness examination. They offer education and discussion of diagnostic imaging (radiology, ultrasonography, nuclear scintigraphy, MRI), current treatment and management techniques, and revised information on prognosis and evolution of diseases.

What Does it Mean to be ISELP Certified?

Before becoming an ISELP-certified member, equine veterinarians must have completed multiple requirements to qualify to complete the certification examination. Veterinarians must have five years of equine practice experience and present a number of documented cases, submit multiple scientific papers for publishing, and have completed all eight modules and wet labs. This rigorous path allows you to complete an intense certification exam resulting in becoming an ISELP-Certified Practitioner.

This means the ISELP-certified members have years of extensive advanced education and training compared to non-ISELP certified veterinarians. Members have higher knowledge and experience in equine sports medicine. Their active participation in the advancement of equine locomotor pathology is recognized by the science and academic community internationally. ISELP-certified members are highly qualified veterinarians specializing in advanced sports medicine.

ISELP Sponsorship

ISELP is an internationally recognized non-profit organization, gaining sponsorship from some of the largest companies in the equine industry. Sponsorship from these companies allow for the advanced continuing education of veterinary practitioners internationally.


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