Back, Sacroiliac & Pelvic Problems of the Horse - A 2-Day Practical Course



Venue: Inova Partners LLC, Weatherford, Texas

Location:Fort Worth, TX (Dallas/Fort Worth Airport)
Total Available Places: 30
Accredited CPD Hours: 14.5 CE hours
Course Language: English
Prices: (net price, no tax will be added)*
  Qualified Vet   USD655   USD1195
  Student   USD130   -

Registration Deadline: Thursday, October 8th, 2015
* VAT (= MWST/MOMS) will only be added for certain UK vets attending courses abroad and for all delegates when attending courses in the UK.


Fri 9. - Sat 10. October, 2015 - A 2-Day Practical Course

The registration deadline has been extended as the course is definitely taking place.


Conditions affecting the back, pelvis and sacroiliac region are common in the horse and can cause pain, poor performance and lameness. Over the past decade the axial skeleton has been extensively researched; this new knowledge combined with recently published retrospective studies have shed light on these previously poorly understood problems. This 2-day practical course is suitable for veterinarians from mixed and equine practice who are keen to update their knowledge on the pathophysiology, clinical presentation, diagnosis and up-to-date therapy of back, pelvic and sacroiliac problems in the horse. 

In the mornings the following topics will be covered in well-illustrated lectures and case presentations: 

  • Clinical examination of the back
  • Anatomy & Imaging of the back
  • Diagnostic techniques for back conditions
  • Common conditions of the back
  • Less common conditions of the back
  • Saddle fit assessment
  • Sacroiliac disease – Pathophysiology & Diagnosis
  • Sacroiliac disease – Injections & Therapy
  • Clinical examination of the pelvis and hip
  • Imaging of the pelvis and hip
  • Soft tissue and muscle conditions of the pelvis
  • Bony problems affecting the pelvis and hip

Open and frank discussions are encouraged during the dedicated question times and the speakers will share their personal experiences (successes and failures) with attendees. 
In the afternoons, 7 hours of practical sessions will give delegates the opportunity to put theory into practice on live horses and cadaver specimens and to ask questions in small groups (2 – 4 delegates / ultrasound machine), all under the supervision of specialists. The following practical sessions will be covered during the course: 

  • Clinical examination of the back
  • Ultrasonography of the back
  • Saddle fit assessment
  • Clinical examination of the pelvis and hip
  • Ultrasonography of the pelvis and hip
  • Sacroiliac injection techniques on specimens         

The course fee includes lunches at a restaurant, coffee/tea breaks, a wine and cheese reception, extensive course notes and a certificate of attendance. Delegates can choose to only attend the lectures (= Lectures Only) on this course or can register for the entire course (= Lectures & Practical Sessions).  On the evening of the first day all delegates are invited to attend the course dinner, which costs 40 USD (not included in the registration fee; drinks will be charged extra).  Early course registration is recommended as there are only a limited number of places available. 

Course meets the requirements for 14.5 hours of continuing education in jurisdictions which recognise AASVB RACE approval; however, participants should be aware that some boards have limitations on the number of hours accepted in certain categories and/or restrictions on certain methods of delivery.

Annette Gavin - BA(Hons), BHSii, Qualified Saddle Fitter, USPC Nat. Examiner
United Kingdom, United States
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Elizabeth Davidson - BS, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, Dipl.ACVSMR
United States
American Specialist in Equine Surgery & Equine Sports Medicine / Rehabilitation - More Info

Emmanuel Engeli - Dr.Med.Vet, DVM, Dipl.ECVS, Dipl.ACVS, MRCVS
Switzerland, United Kingdom
European, American & RCVS Specialist in Equine Surgery and Orthopaedics - More Info

Wade Tenney - BS, DVM
United States
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Course Program


Inova Partners LLC, Weatherford, Texas,
193 Coy Rd Weatherford TX 76087,
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International / Domestic airport

54 miles: Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport - Dallas, TX


If you are traveling West on I20, take exit 403 and cross over the interstate and travel East on the south frontage road.

If you are traveling East on I20, take exit 402 and the exit will cross over the interstate. Once you reach a 4 way stop, turn right and cross back over the interstate, then travel east on the south frontage road.

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