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

Fri, 26 April, 2024 - Sat, 27 April, 2024




Liphook Equine Hospital

Contact Hours

15 Hours

Early Booking Deadline

Sun, 17 March, 2024

Registration Deadline

Wed, 24 April, 2024




Printed Set of Course Notes (pick up at venue) - USD 93.28


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The registration deadline has been extended as this course will definitely take 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, hours of practical sessions will give attendees the opportunity to put theory into practice on live horses and equine 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 and hip
  • Ultrasound of the pelvis & hip
  • Sacroiliac injection techniques on specimens     

The course fee includes lunches at a restaurant, coffee/tea breaks, extensive electronic course notes and a certificate of attendance. On the evening of the first day all attendees are invited to attend the wine & cheese reception. 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. 

This course is suitable for RCVS Modules:  B-EP.3;  C-E.4;  C-E.6;  C-E.7;  C-E.15;  C-E.17; C-VDI.5

Andy qualified from the University of Liverpool, UK in 2004. He initially spent three months working for the Society for the Protection of Animals Abroad, a charity caring for working equids, in Morocco. He then spent two years working for a mixed practice doing predominantly farm and equine work. In July 2006 he undertook an eighteen month internship at the Liphook Equine Hospital after which he spent a further six months working as a first opinion equine ambulatory vet for the same practice. In July 2008 he started a residency in equine surgery at the Royal Veterinary College and went on to join the surgical team at the College where he currently works. He became a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons in February 2012. Andy has published several articles in peer reviewed publications and presented at various national and international meetings. His research interests include digital flexor tendon sheath pathology, mesenchymal stem cell application in superficial digital flexor tendonitis and the role of back pain in poor performance.

Kay has been a saddler for over 50 years. Initially working on the bench making saddles and bridles, she started to specialise in saddle fitting in the early ‘70s having seen the effect quite minor changes to the saddles had on her show jumping horses.  She is a Master Saddler and was recently amongst the first group of people to be awarded the new qualification of Master Saddle Fitter from The Society of Master Saddlers (UK). Semi-retired from regular saddle work, she spends her time teaching and speaking on the subject of saddle fitting and is lead lecturer for the Society of Master Saddlers on their International Qualified Saddle Fitter courses.

Lucy received her veterinary degree from the University of Liverpool in 2007. Following an internship at the Animal Health Trust with Dr Sue Dyson and Dr Rachel Murray she spent 3 years in first opinion practice. She completed her residency in Large Animal Diagnostic Imaging at the University of Edinburgh in 2015, and was awarded her DipECVDI in the same year.

Lucy subsequently spent 4 years at Langford Equine Hospital, part of the university of Bristol, working as a clinician in Equine Lameness and Diagnostic Imaging, alongside lecturing and small group teaching. Alongside this role Lucy worked as a teleradiology consultant for VetCT, reporting all imaging modalities for clinics worldwide. Lucy is splitting her time between her role as a teleradiologist at VetCT and her clinical imaging role at Liphook Equine Hospital.

Outside of the clinic Lucy enjoys cycling (slowly) up hills to admire the views at the top or walking her dog in the Somerset countryside.

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Liphook Equine Hospital, Forest Mere, Liphook, Hampshire, GU30 7JG


Address: Forest Mere,
GU30 7JG,
United Kingdom
Phone: +44 1428 723594



From the North

  • Take the A3 southbound  following signs to Guildford, Petersfield and Portsmouth
  • After passing through the Hindhead tunnel continue on the A3 following signs for Liphook and Petersfield
  • Leave the A3 to join the B2131 and follow the signs into the village of Liphook
  • At the first mini roundabout, take the first exit following signs for Haslemere and Rake
  • At the second mini roundabout, take the second exit following signs for Rake onto the B2070
  • Continue for approximately 1.5 miles past The Links pub and beneath a railway bridge into West Sussex
  • At the top of the hill turn right signposted to Equine Veterinary Hospital and Forest Mere
  • Continue across the golf course and along the lane for 1 mile and then take the left fork signposted to The Liphook Equine Hospital

From the South

  • Take the A3M northbound.
  • After Petersfield turn onto the A272 following signs towards Midhurst
  • At the roundabout turn left and follow this road which becomes the B2070  for approximately 5 miles
  • Pass through Rake and after a short stretch of dual carriageway the road becomes single carriageway again
  • Pass the Black Fox pub on the left & after approximately 100m turn left signposted to Equine Veterinary Hospital and Forest Mere
  • Continue across the golf course and along the lane for approximately 1 mile and then take the left fork signposted to Liphook Equine Hospital



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Gatwick Airport: 44 Miles



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Qualified Vet

Lectures & Practical Sessions

USD 1106.92

Lectures Only

USD 547.24

2nd vet, same clinic

Lectures & Practical Sessions

USD 1050.96

Lectures Only

USD 522.37

Vet & Vet. Nurse / Vet. Technician

Lectures & Practical Sessions

USD 1902.91

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USD 1492.48

Intern/Resident (Requires proof of status)

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USD 273.62

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USD 559.68

Veterinary Student (Requires proof of status)

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USD 111.94

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USD 223.87

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