Equine Hindlimb Lameness Diagnostics (incl. Objective Lameness Evaluation) & Therapies – A 2-Day Practical Course

Tue, 07 May, 2024 - Wed, 08 May, 2024



Contact Hours

15 Hours

Early Booking Deadline

Sat, 16 March, 2024

Registration Deadline

Fri, 03 May, 2024




Diagnostic Imaging


Rehabilitation & Physiotherapy / Physical Therapy

Sports Medicine


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Veterinary Partners


The registration deadline has been extended as this course will definitely take place.

Please note, lectures are taking place at the Girl Guide's Meeting Room:

89 Birkin Rd


This 2-day practical course has been developed for equine veterinarians who have experience with lameness investigations and provides a critical overview of possible causes of hindlimb lameness, diagnostic anesthetic strategies and how to interpret nerve and joint block results, via a regio-anatomic approach.   Discussions on the upper hindlimb as a cause of lameness (hip joint, pelvic and sacroiliac problems), Objective Lameness Evaluation and on systemic and intra-articular joint therapies will round the course off.  All speakers/instructors are internationally renowned in the field of lameness diagnostics and spend a significant proportion of their clinical work investigating complex lameness cases. 

In the mornings the following highly-illustrated lectures will be covered by the specialist:

  • Lameness Examination – Does it matter how it is done?
  • Foot, Pastern and Fetlock – Diagnostics (Imaging & Anaesthetic Techniques)
  • Foot, Pastern and Fetlock – Conditions & Therapy
  • Proximal Metatarsus & Tarsus – Diagnostics (incl. US technique)
  • Proximal Metatarsus & Tarsus – Conditions & Therapy
  • Objective Lameness Evaluation – Principles & Clinical Applications
  • Stifle Joint – Diagnostics
  • Stifle Joint – Conditions & Therapy
  • Hip Joint, Pelvis & Sacroiliac Region – Diagnostics
  • Hip Joint, Pelvis & Sacroiliac Region – Conditions & Therapy
  • Conventional systemic & intra-articular Joint Therapies
  • Systemic & intra-articular Regenerative Therapies

In the afternoons, 7 hours of practical and case-based sessions will give attendees plenty of opportunity to put theory into practice on live horses and limb specimens in small groups (2 – 4 attendees per ultrasound machine) and to discuss all aspects of Hindlimb Lameness diagnostics and therapeutics with the specialists.   Each attendee will be rotating through the following practical and case-based stations:

  • Subjective Lameness Examination
  • Objective Lameness Evaluation
  • Nerve & Joint Blocks (incl. ultrasound-guidance)
  • Ultrasound of the Metatarsus, Tarsus or Stifle Joint – Region chosen by each group individually
  • 2 hours of clinical cases evaluated via subjective and objective lameness evaluation

The course fee includes coffee/tea breaks, lunches, 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.

Chris graduated from the University of Sydney and stayed on completing an internship at Camden. He joined the Randwick Equine Centre in 1997 and in mid 2000 left to further his training in surgery undertaking a residency at The Ohio State University in the USA. Chris obtained specialist status in the USA returning to Randwick Equine Centre in 2003, becoming a partner in 2008. 

Chris has multiple first author publications and a text book chapter. Chris services Sydney racetracks and is predominately based in the hospital at Randwick. He also travels as a consultant to NSW Southern Highlands and South Coast.

Harry graduated from James Cook University in 2010 and went on to complete an Equine Surgery Internship at the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, in Lexington, Kentucky. Upon completion of his internship in 2012, he commenced a residency in large animal surgery at the University of Georgia. During his residency, Harry published peer reviewed papers and co-authored multiple book chapters. In 2016, Harry achieved board certification of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in Large Animal Surgery.

Upon returning to Australia, Harry worked briefly in Victoria prior to relocating back home to Queensland. Harry has been a surgeon at the WestVETS Equine Hospital since 2017 and a practice partner since 2021. Harry’s clinical interests include angular limb deformities, orthopaedics, laparoscopy, and emergency surgery. He is a member of the Australian Veterinary Association, Equine Veterinarians Australian, the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, and the AO Foundation in veterinary orthopaedics.

Outside of work, Harry likes to follow almost all sports and horse racing and is endeavouring to reach a scratch handicap in golf.

Roger Smith is Professor of Equine Orthopaedics at the Royal Veterinary College, London, UK. He qualified as a veterinary surgeon from Cambridge University (UK) in 1987, having obtained a First for his undergraduate degree and a Cambridge Blue at swimming. After 2 years in practice, he returned to academia to undertake further clinical training as a Resident in Equine Studies at the Royal Veterinary College. Following his residency, he undertook a 3 year research project culminating in the award of a PhD for his studies on the extracellular matrix of equine tendon.

He remained at the Royal Veterinary College, first as a Lecturer in Equine Surgery, then as Senior Lecturer in Equine Surgery before his appointment as Professor in Equine Orthopaedics in December 2003.

He holds the Diploma of Equine Orthopaedics from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and is a Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Specialist in Equine Surgery. He is a Diplomate of the European Colleges of Veterinary Surgeons and Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, and is also a Large Animal Associate of the European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging.

In 2016, he was awarded the Fellowship of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons for meritorious contribution to knowledge and was elected to president of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons in July 2017.

He divides his time between running a specialist orthopaedic referral service within the Royal Veterinary College, where he is involved in lameness diagnostics, imaging and orthopaedic surgery, and continuing to direct research into equine tendon disease. His principal research interests are understanding the pathogenesis of tendon disease, diagnostics for tendon and ligament disease, and stem cell therapy for tendons in both horses and humans.

He is married to a medical doctor and has two sons.

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Cnr Mt Crosby and Hawkesbury Rds, Anstead, Queensland 4070, Australia

Locations for Lectures

Girl Guide's Meeting Room

89 Birkin Rd

Locations for Practicals

WestVETS ( Anstead )

Cnr Mt Crosby and Hawkesbury Rds

Phone: 07 3202 7300

Email:       admin@westvets.com.au

Website:  https://www.westvets.com.au/contact/#anstead



Both The Girl Guide's Meeting Room and WestVETS are located a conveniently short drive from Brisbane Airport.


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