Equine Thermal Imaging Institute
Let's Look At The "INSIDE" Of Your Horse
Equine Thermal Imaging Institute © 2014
Course Offerings

Equine Thermal Imaging Technician Course An advanced equine imaging course for veterinariansveterinary technicians, and equine professionals with or without prior thermal camera experience.

Equine Thermal Imaging Institute® offers courses for equine thermal imaging technicians AND courses for veterinarians in evaluating the images,and work as a team with thermal imaging technicians. ETII students are not required to have prior experience with thermal imaging technique or infrared cameras, and will receive such training during the course.

  • Introduction to equine thermal imaging
  • Thermal Imaging: It's uses in veterinary medicine, sporthorses, zoos, racing horses and small animals
  • Thermal imaging as it pertains to the equine industry
  • Equine anatomy and physiology
  • Saddle-fitting and rider balance
  • Principles of shoeing and hoof balance
  • Use of infrared in the veterinary field
  • How to perform a complete scan
  • Proper patient preparation 
  • Have access to ETII-SCAN interpretations
  • Business and marketing basics
  • Course taught by veterinarians and veterinary technicians, certified thermal imaging technicians, certified master saddlers, and Graduate Farrier, (Cal-Poly)

*Students will be required to purchase a camera as part of the course.

Contact ETII for your camera purchases at shandw39@gmail.com or (352) 308-9188.
See our Events page for dates and places.


1. Thermal Imaging is a very important tool for veterinarians and farriers to gain a portfolio of information to use in conjunction with radiographs and  ultra-sound diagnostics where lameness in the horse has occurred.

2. Lameness problems in horses that are thought to be occurring within the foot, may not actually be located in the foot, but in other areas of the horses body above the actual limb in question, i.e., the knee, shoulder, back, etc. 

3. Multiple causes may contribute to a horse showing overt signs of lameness; irregular gait, imbalance in movement, uneven conformation from one side of the horse to the other, etc. Thermal Imaging looks at the body of the whole horse to determine where there are areas of inflammation, or lack thereof, contributing to signs of overt lameness.

4. There is usually more than one answer to a lameness. In many instances, lameness in the foot can be caused by problems in other areas of the body. Three or more corrections may have to be made to correct the problems and continued, frequent trimming or corrective shoeing may be necessary. Thermal Imaging, used as a continued diagnostic tool, can be used throughout a series of corrections to show progress or to evaluate other areas of the horse body that may be the initial and direct cause of the problem. Therefore, the veterinarian and farrier can work in concert together to follow the progress and make coordinated decisions concerning the method of treatment.

5. Infrared technology shows the “inside” of the horse’s body, thereby giving the professional a more direct way to interpret the origins of the problem. This is done by “color patterns” the camera sees, i.e., white areas determine locations of inflammation, red to yellow areas, circulation, and blue’ lack of circulation.

6. With the use of this technology, trained farriers in the use of the camera can see perhaps what a trainer, rider, or veterinarian does not see as the farriers training is very specified in areas of lameness in the legs.

7. When taking thermal pictures, the technician must be aware of “artifacts”. These are artificial accoutrements that include, (and should be removed) before the imaging is performed, such as, shoes, nails left in the foot after removal of shoes, debris in the feet, leg wraps, blankets, any type of liniment or topical solutions applied to the legs and feet, etc. The hoof must be clean and prepared for the imaging and at least 45 minutes allowed for all the above to have no influence on the horses body parts.

8. It is very important that the technician learn to hold the foot of the horse correctly in order that the heat of their hands, nor the hands holding the foot, be displayed in the imaging. This can alter the correct evaluation. 

9. Temperature, location and the conditions where the imaging is being taken are very important as well. Windy and drafty areas should be avoided, as well as not placing the animal in sunlight. Images should be taken in a shady area and on a clean surface.

10. Technicians must be thoroughly trained in the proper way to take the pictures, as they will be submitting them to farriers, veterinarians, and saddle makers as well as professional trainers and riders.

11. It is also extremely useful for the technician to learn to read radiographs with a veterinarian to the point that the concurrent imaging photos can be an additional tool as well as showing areas that radiographs cannot read, such as soft tissue injuries. The technician then should understand and be able to identify “normal” parameters of these diagnostic tools.

12. The staff at The Equine Thermal Imaging Institute welcome all farriers, veterinarians, saddle makers and fitters, trainers and riders to take this course for a better understanding of this tool and how to use it to the advantage of both horse and rider and the professional people that evaluate you and your horse.

Please contact us for the dates of our courses, the syllabus and curriculum, at shandw39@gmail.com