Equine Diagnostic Symposium (CT, PET, Objective Gait Analysis)

Thu, 03 October, 2024 - Fri, 04 October, 2024



Contact Hours

12 Hours (RACE Accredited)

Early Booking Deadline

Thu, 04 July, 2024

Registration Deadline

Thu, 11 July, 2024




1 Night at Vale Resort (Four Star) (3rd to 4th October) - USD 158.01

2 Nights at Vale Resort (Four Star) (2nd to 4th October) - USD 316.01


Diagnostic Imaging


Sports Medicine


The Equine Diagnostic Symposium brings together leading experts in equine surgery, research, and diagnostic imaging for a comprehensive exploration of cutting-edge diagnostic techniques. This symposium, focusing on CT, PET, and Objective Gait Analysis technologies, offers a unique opportunity for equine professionals to enhance their understanding of equine diagnostics and improve their clinical practices.

Speakers at the symposium include renowned equine surgeon Kevin Keegan, researcher and TB racehorse expert Chris Whitton, and renowned radiologists Mathieu Spriet and Kate Wulster. With their combined expertise, attendees will gain insights into the latest advancements in equine diagnostic imaging.

The symposium spans two days, featuring keynote addresses, diagnostic sessions tailored to racehorses and sport horses, interactive workshops, panel discussions, and case studies. Attendees will have the chance to delve into practical applications of standing CT and PET imaging, objective gait analysis, and the integration of diagnostic findings for comprehensive diagnosis.

Additionally, networking opportunities abound, allowing participants to connect with peers, exchange ideas, and forge valuable professional relationships. The event culminates in a closing keynote on future trends in equine diagnostics, followed by closing remarks and certificate distribution.

The Equine Diagnostic Symposium promises to be a dynamic and informative event, offering attendees valuable insights and practical skills to enhance equine healthcare and performance. Set amidst the picturesque surroundings of Wales, UK, the symposium takes place at the esteemed Vale Resort, providing a serene and inspiring backdrop for learning and collaboration.


A picturesque area in South Wales, offers a wealth of activities and stunning scenery. Here are some things to do in the Vale of Glamorgan, including the Glamorgan Heritage Coast:

  • Visit Barry Island: Known for its sandy beach and funfair, Barry Island is a great place to spend a day by the sea. Explore the beachfront promenade, enjoy an ice cream, or take part in some water sports.
  • Explore the Glamorgan Heritage Coast: This stretch of coastline features dramatic cliffs, secluded coves, and scenic beaches. Popular spots include Southerndown Beach, Ogmore-by-Sea, and Dunraven Bay. You can walk along the Wales Coast Path to take in the breathtaking views.
  • Discover Cowbridge: This charming market town is known for its boutiques, historic buildings, and lively high street. Stroll along the picturesque streets, visit local shops, and enjoy a meal at one of the town's restaurants.
  • Visit St Donat's Castle: A medieval castle located on the Glamorgan Heritage Coast, St Donat's Castle is home to UWC Atlantic College. While the castle itself is private, you can enjoy the surrounding gardens and sea views.
  • Explore Cosmeston Lakes Country Park: This nature reserve features two large lakes, woodlands, and meadows. It's a great spot for a peaceful walk, birdwatching, or having a picnic.

  • Discover the Nash Point Lighthouse: This iconic lighthouse stands on a cliff overlooking the sea and offers stunning coastal views. Check for open days if you'd like to tour the lighthouse.
  • Visit Llantwit Major: This historic town has a beautiful church, quaint streets, and access to the Glamorgan Heritage Coast. Explore the ancient church of St Illtud and wander around the town's charming center.
  • Go Walking or Hiking: The Vale of Glamorgan offers many walking and hiking routes, such as the Wales Coast Path, which takes you along the coast with stunning views.
  • Enjoy Local Cuisine: Visit one of the local pubs or restaurants to try Welsh delicacies such as Welsh lamb, locally caught seafood, and traditional Welsh cakes.
  • Attend Local Events: Depending on the time of year, you might find events such as festivals, farmers' markets, and other community gatherings taking place in the Vale of Glamorgan.

These are just a few options for things to do in the Vale of Glamorgan. Whether you're interested in outdoor activities, historic sites, or simply relaxing by the coast, you'll find plenty to enjoy in this beautiful region.



Hensol Castle, set in the heart of the Vale of Glamorgan, offers a majestic setting for a variety of unforgettable experiences. Enjoy an elegant afternoon tea in the grand surroundings of Hensol Castle, where you can savor a selection of fine teas and delectable treats in a luxurious and historic setting. For a more spirited adventure, visit the Hensol Castle Distillery for a tour and tasting of their craft spirits. Learn about the distillation process and enjoy samples of their premium gin and other spirits. For an interactive experience with friends, take part in a gin-making session where you can craft your own bespoke gin and create lasting memories in this enchanting castle.

Hensol Castle and Distillery
Castle Cellars, Hensol,
Pontyclun CF72 8JX
Tel: +44 1443 667999



The Resort’s two golf courses have both played host to PGA professional championships and are a true test for golfers of every level. The award-winning par 73 Wales National, at 7433 yards, is one of the best UK inland courses and the aptly named par 72 Lake course, at 6436 yards, has water coming into play on 12 holes. Other facilities include a 16-bay driving range, expert tuition from five of Wales’ leading professionals, a large well-appointed pro-shop and a welcoming, friendly clubhouse, which combine to make the Vale Resort one of the UK’s most popular golfing destinations.



The Vale Spa continues to evolve and push the traditional spa boundaries. Our large spa offers a host of therapeutic, holistic and relaxing therapies. Our Sundari range of Indian inspired treatments are unique to us in Wales and boost our portfolio of top brands. Our three ‘doubles’ suites are perfect to share the experience with a friend or loved one. The spa is also ideal for group celebrations, we can create a package for up to 40 friends or family. Add to this our five bespoke relaxation zones, boutique shop and refreshing ‘Chai’ Café and a heavenly spa experience is guaranteed. A completely new experience awaits you.


Chris is a leading researcher in equine orthopedics at the University of Melbourne, where he employs a multidisciplinary approach involving biomechanics, microstructural analysis, and epidemiology. His work integrates clinical focus, drawing on his expertise as a specialist equine surgeon at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, where he has been since November 2004, investigating and treating lameness in horses.

Chris's journey includes specialist training at the University of Sydney, where he earned a PhD, followed by work as a specialist surgeon and scientist at the Animal Health Trust in Newmarket, England. He later ran his own referral practice and scintigraphy unit at the Newcastle Equine Centre from 1999 to 2004.

Chris has a strong track record of lecturing and publishing extensively on lameness and musculoskeletal injury prevention. His current research interests focus on equine limb function, subchondral bone, and mathematical modeling of equine limb injuries

David has more than 40 years of leadership experience in developing and launching novel medical imaging devices. Since 2016, David has served as the co-founder and CEO of Asto CT, leading the development and commercial launch of Equina®, the world’s-first biaxial CT scanner customized to image the distal limbs and head/neck of a standing sedated horse.

Prior to founding Asto CT, David was a chief scientist and R&D leader at GE Healthcare where he brought multiple FDA cleared medical imaging products to market. David came to GE Healthcare through the acquisition of Lunar, where David led the engineering and R&D efforts to develop practice changing bone densitometry imaging technology.

David holds an Adjunct Professor position with UW -Madison Medical Physics since 2020. David's current focus is on improving the diagnosis and treatment of conditions of the distal limb and diseases of the head and neck in horses.

Kate earned her VMD from the University of Pennsylvania in 2012, after obtaining a degree in biochemistry from Tufts University. She then completed a rotating internship in equine medicine, surgery, and critical care at the New Bolton Center in Pennsylvania. Following her internship, Kate pursued a diagnostic imaging residency at Tufts University's Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine.

In 2016, Kate became board certified in diagnostic imaging by the American College of Veterinary Radiology (ACVR). That same year, she joined the faculty at the New Bolton Center, University of Pennsylvania, as an Assistant Professor of Diagnostic Imaging. Kate's clinical work focuses on the use of advanced imaging technologies such as CT, MRI, and a robotics-controlled cone-beam CT system designed for use with standing horses.

Kate is also involved in clinical research on the veterinary applications of rapid prototyping, including 3D printing. In her free time, she enjoys riding her Warmblood jumper, Catapult, and spending time with her husband, Zach, and their Labradors.

Kevin, a Missouri native, graduated from the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine in 1983. He began his career in private equine practice, working in Maryland and Delaware for three years. In 1989, Kevin completed a three-year equine surgery residency and earned a Master of Science degree at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. During this time, he gained expertise in statics and dynamics, experimental stress analysis, biomedical instrumentation, and signal processing.

After finishing his surgery residency, Kevin returned to private practice near Detroit, Michigan, focusing on equine surgery and lameness. In 1990, he joined the University of Missouri as a clinical instructor and was promoted to Assistant Professor in 1991, and to Associate Professor in 1998. He is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgery.

Kevin's primary research interest lies in using computer-assisted gait analysis to diagnose lameness in horses. He is an active member of several professional organizations, including the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association, the American Association of Equine Practitioners, and the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Mathieu is an Associate Professor of Diagnostic Imaging at the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California, Davis, where he has been a faculty member since 2007. He earned his DVM degree from the National Veterinary School of Lyon in France in 2002 and a Master's degree from the University of Montreal in Canada in 2004.

After completing his radiology residency at the University of Pennsylvania, Mathieu became a diplomate of both the American College of Veterinary Radiology and the European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging in 2007.

Mathieu's research focuses on musculoskeletal imaging in horses, with over 50 publications in peer-reviewed journals. He has been a pioneer in the use of positron emission tomography (PET) in horses, contributing to the development of both research and clinical applications.

Mikael is a Swedish veterinarian and a long-time partner at Equine Analysis with a Ph.D. in equine biomechanics from the University of Uppsala. Since 1996, Dr. Holmstroem has been a prominent speaker at international conferences on horse physiology and locomotion. He has authored numerous papers on these topics and was recently featured in the publication Equine Locomotion.

Mikael is the chief developer of Fotoselect®, and his current research focuses on phenotypic heritability. He holds both a Doctorate and a Ph.D. in Veterinary Medicine from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. In addition to his veterinary expertise, Mikael is a skilled mathematician and programmer.

He compiles and analyzes data from StrideSAFE sensors to detect movement abnormalities and stride changes. Mikael leads the research effort in identifying early signs of pathology in the stride of racing thoroughbreds.

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Hensol Park, Hensol, Vale of Glamorgan, CF72 8JY

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Hensol Park
Vale of Glamorgan
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Cardiff Inernational Airport (10 miles from the Vale resort)

Bristol International Airport (55 miles from the Vale resort)



  • 43 en-suite bedrooms 
  • In-room voice messaging, fax and broadband points 
  • Satellite channels 
  • In-room safe 
  • Same day laundry 
  • Iron & ironing board 
  • Tea & coffee facilities 
  • 24 hour room service 


  • Two 18-hole championship standard courses 
  • 16 bay floodlit driving range 
  • Coaching academy 
  • Chipping & bunker practice areas 
  • Putting green 


  • Vale Grill - “Best of Welsh” dining experience 
  • Golf Club Bar - good wholesome food 
  • Vale Bar - salads, snacks and healthy eating 
  • Salamanza Champagne Bar 


  • 20 metre swimming pool 
  • Sauna, steam & whirlpool bath 
  • State of the art gymnasium with cardio-theatre 
  • Three squash courts 
  • Three floodlit tennis courts 
  • Fitness studios with over 80+ classes a week 
  • Crèche & day nursery 


  • 19 treatment rooms 
  • Holistic & therapeutic treatments 
  • 5 Relaxation zones 
  • Double therapy suites  
  • Chai café 
  • Boutique shopping 
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