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



Venue: Peterson & Smith Equine Hospital, Ocala, FL

Location:Ocala, FL (Orlando International 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   USD450  540   USD990  1190
  Student   USD90  110   -
  2nd vet, same clinic   USD430  515   USD940  1130

Register before Monday, 30th October 2017 to qualify for the early booking discount.

Registration Deadline: Friday, November 10th, 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 8. - Sat 9. December, 2017 - A 2-Day Practical Course

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 attendees the opportunity to put theory into practice on live horses and cadaver specimens and to ask questions in small groups (2 – 4 attendees / ultrasound machine), all under the supervision of specialists. The following practical sessions will be covered during the course:

  • Clinical examination of the back
  • Ultrasound of the back & Facet Joint Injections
  • Saddle fit assessment
  • Clinical examination of the pelvis & hip
  • Ultrasound of the pelvis & hip
  • Sacroiliac injection techniques on specimens

The course fee includes lunch, coffee/tea breaks, a wine & cheese reception, extensive electronic course notes 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 highly practical nature of this course.

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


Peterson & Smith Equine Hospital, Ocala, FL,
4747 Southwest 60th Avenue Ocala FL 34474,
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Distance from airports

International airports

89 miles: Orlando International Airport - Orlando, FL

102 miles: Tampa International Airport - Tampa, FL

Domestic airports

45 miles: Gainesville Regional Airport - Gainesville, FL

Local Hotels

Homewood Suites by Hilton Ocala at Heath Brook 3*

4610 SW 49th Rd, Ocala, FL 34474. Tel: +1 352-369-4610. Website:

Distance to clinic 1.3 miles                 

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Distance to clinic 1.9 miles                                                    

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3720 SW College Road, Ocala, FL 34474. Tel: +1 352-237-4848. Website:

Distance to clinic 2.5 miles                                                    

Rooms from $90

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3530 SW 36th Ave, Ocala, FL 34474. Tel: +1 352-861-1137. Website:

Distance to clinic 2.2 miles                                                    

Rooms from $85

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