Orthopedic Rehabilitation of the Equine Athlete - A 2-Day Practical Course



Venue: TRIFECTA Equine Athletic Center, San Diego, CA

Location:San Diego, CA (San Diego, Santa Ana or LAX Airports)
Total Available Places: 30
Accredited CPD Hours: 14 CE Hours (Pending)
Course Language: English
Prices: (net price, no tax will be added)*
  Qualified Vet   USD590  710   USD890  1070
  Student   USD120  145   -
  NAARV Member   USD530  640   USD795  960
  2nd vet, same clinic   USD560  675   USD845  1020

Register before Monday, 25th September 2017 to qualify for the early booking discount.

Registration Deadline: Friday, October 6th, 2017
* 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 3. & Sat 4. November, 2017 - A 2-Day Practical Course

This course is organized in cooperation with the North American Association of Racetrack Veterinarians (NAARV) 



The field of rehabilitation of the equine athlete suffering from orthopedic injuries has developed enormously over the past decades with an array of human therapeutic modalities having become available to equine practitioners.  For the busy practicing vet it is however difficult to untangle which modalities to use for what type of injury, how to use them and to research clinical efficacies. 

This 2-day practical course covers how to devise therapeutic exercise protocols and adapt them to specific injuries and how to include physiotherapy as the foundation of rehabilitation of the equine athlete.  The following therapeutic modalities will furthermore be covered in individual lectures by discussing their modes of action, indications for use, human and veterinary literature reviews and clinical experiences:

  • Aquatic therapy – Underwater treadmill & Swimming
  • Whole body vibration
  • Hyperbaric oxygen therapy
  • Cold & hot therapy
  • Extracorporeal shock wave therapy
  • Radiofrequency therapy
  • Therapeutic ultrasound
  • Laser therapy
  • Pulsed electromagnetic therapy

In the afternoons, 7 hours of case-based and practical session on live horses will allow attendees to further their practical skills on live horses in small groups and to discuss the above topics with the specialists.   Each attendee will rotate through the following stations:

  • Exercises to improve Proprioception – focus on Upper Limb & Back/SI
  • Radiofrequency Therapy on live horses                                               
  • Development of Treatment Plans & Therapeutic Monitoring
  • Aquatic Therapy demonstration             
  • Strengthening Exercises – focus on Upper Limb & Back/SI
  • Whole Body Vibration & Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

The course fee includes lunches, coffee/tea breaks, extensive electronic course notes, a wine & cheese reception and a certificate of attendance. Attendees can choose to only attend the lectures (= Lectures Only) on this course or can register for the entire course (= Lectures & Practical Sessions).  Early course registration is recommended as there are only a limited number of places available due to the practical nature of this course. 

Andris J. Kaneps - DVM, PhD, Dipl.ACVS, Dipl.ACVSMR
United States
American Specialist in Equine Surgery & in Equine Sports Medicine/Rehabilitation - More Info

Sharon Classen - PT, ATC, CERP
United States
- More Info

Steve Adair, III - MS, DVM, Dipl.ACVS, Dipl.ACVSMR
United States
American Specialist in Equine Surgery & in Equine Sports Medicine/Rehabilitation - More Info

Tim Watson - BSc, PhD, FCSP
United States
- More Info

Course Program


TRIFECTA Equine Athletic Center, San Diego, CA,
31257 Via Maria Elena Bonsall CA, 92003,
(760) 600-5166
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