Title eHoof – interactive educational tool on hoof anatomy, farriery and podiatry
Project Number 2011-1-CH1-LEO05-00036
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
In many European countries farriers play an important role in the equine health system. Today, the role of horses in European societies has less to do with their previous use in agriculture, but far more as a valued partner in sport and leisure with socio-emotional significance (human-animal bond). Society’s heightened awareness for animal welfare and horses‘ well-being has led to an increasing demand for highly qualified equine professionals both in the farriery and in the veterinary professions. The individual nature of national equestrian culture is reflected by fundamental differences in farriery training and considerable variation in farrier proficiency and quality. Many centres of farriery training are not adequately equipped with up to date farriery or podiatry teaching material in their native language.
The project hopes to establish a standard for farriery training across Europe with the help of a state-of-the-art teaching aid, to secure a high level of education resulting in highly qualified, skilled professionals and to cultivate an exchange of expertise between two equine professionals, the farriers and the veterinarians.
Summary The chief aim of this project is to transfer the innovative teaching aid eHoof into the English language. eHoof was developed primarily for use by farrier trainees and veterinary students. The interactive, multimedia structure aims to increase learning capacity and motivation in the target group. Furthermore, eHoof can be used as a work of reference for the continuing personal development of farriers and vets. The development of a multilingual glossary of terms and definitions related to the hoof and horseshoeing aims to facilitate access to both, eHoof and to other English specialist literature for farriers and vets. An additional aim of the project is the transferral of eHoof’s content from a “static” data carrier to an internet platform to guarantee the continual update and extension of the content.
eHoof is based on the syllabus of the farrier and veterinary education. It contains more than 100 chapters covering general equestrian knowledge (evolution, breeds, colours and markings, feeding etc.), equine anatomy and biomechanics, in-depth farriery knowledge (materials and tools, forging techniques, normal and specialized shoeing techniques, health and safety) and in-depth veterinary knowledge (diseases and disorders of the hoof, lameness examination, diagnostic imaging).
The whole content is divided into individual sections referred to as “facts”, arranged into an educationally meaningful sequence. The text is illustrated with more than 3,000 photos and drawings, over 50 flash animations and 200 educational films. The user may navigate from fact to fact in a linear sequence, as if leafing through a book. Alternatively, the Internet-like navigation allows a targeted search to be made for specific information, or clinical aspects to be interlinked with sections describing horseshoeing techniques. Where appropriate, there is a subject-related link to an integrated anatomy atlas, which contains scientific drawings and a 3D reconstruction of a distal limb with all its tendons, blood vessels and nerves. This teaching aid also contains special options including a search engine, a multilingual glossary with over 1,000 hoof and horseshoeing related terms (in English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Swedish, Danish and Czech), an extensive list of literature references with a direct link to the MedLine Pubmed database (National Library of Medicine) and the full script of the learning material.
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Product information Tangible outcomes: a web-based, interactive, multi-media educational aid in English (eHoofENG) with a multilingual glossary, covering anatomy of the hoof, farriery and podiatry, based on the German version of eHoof and the existing Handbook of the European Federation of Farriers Associations (EFFA).