Equine Joint & Tendon Sheath Ultrasound and Therapies – A 2-Day Practical Course

Mon, 13 May, 2024 - Tue, 14 May, 2024




Waikato Equine Veterinary Centre

Contact Hours

15 Hours

Early Booking Deadline

Sun, 17 March, 2024

Registration Deadline

Sat, 11 May, 2024




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


This practical course was designed to provide veterinarians from mixed or equine practice with the theoretical and especially the practical skills to competently examine every joint and tendon sheath of the equine front- and hindlimb ultrasonographically.  A panel of international experts who have dedicated a significant proportion of their careers to musculoskeletal ultrasonography are involved with this course.  The first day will focus on ultrasonography of the frontlimb and on the second day the hindlimb will be covered.

The following highly illustrated lectures will be held in the mornings:  

  • How to get the most out of your ultrasound machine
  • Ultrasonographic anatomy and conditions of the Foot & Pastern
  • Fetlock & Digital Flexor Tendon Sheath
  • Carpus & Carpal Sheath
  • Elbow & Shoulder Joint
  • Tarsus, Tarsal Bursae & Sheath
  • Stifle Joint
  • Hip Joint & Pelvis

Between both afternoons, 7 hours of small group sessions (2 – 4 attendees / ultrasound machine) will give attendees plenty of opportunity to put theory into practice on live horses under the supervision of the specialists.  There will furthermore be plenty of time for discussions and each attendee will rotate through the following practical stations:

  • Coffin, Pastern & Fetlock Joints                         
  • Digital Flexor Tendon Sheath                            
  • Carpus & Carpal Sheath
  • Elbow & Shoulder Joints
  • Tarsus, Tarsal Bursae & Sheath 
  • Stifle Joint                                                        

The course fee includes lunches at a restaurant, coffee/tea breaks, a wine & cheese reception, extensive 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).  On Early course registration is recommended as there are only a limited number of places available due to the highly practical nature of this course.

With a background of residency training in equine sports medicine and lameness in the USA, and a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners Equine Specialty; Alec joined Waikato Equine Veterinary Centre (A division of Hamilton Veterinary Services) in 2005. Since then he has had principle responsibility for Sales horses within the practice. With an emphasis on quality, consistency and integrity; few veterinarians in Australasia would annually take, review and report on, as many weanling and yearling radiographs as Alec. 

A registered Specialist and European Boarded Diplomate in Equine Surgery; Greg joined Waikato Equine Veterinary Centre (A division of Hamilton Veterinary Services) in 2011. His caseload is principally composed of surgical and non-surgical orthopedic and upper airway issues of the elite thoroughbred, coupled with his strong academic background, this adds a vital component of the team.

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.

Please download the Program PDF to view it: Download PDF


Waikato Equine Veterinary Centre, 11 Pickering Road, RD 1, RD 1 Cambridge 3493

Please note: The lectures are taking place at the following venue:

Onyx Café & Bar
70 Alpha Street
Telephone:      (64) 7 827 7740
Website:          http://www.onyxcambridge.co.nz/


The clinic is located between Hamilton and Cambridge in the Waikato area (see map accompanying). There is a wide choice of accommodations in Hamilton, approximate 18 min drive away (via State Highway 1 and Bruntwood Road), plus some lovely B & B options in both Hamilton and Cambridge (see document on hotels).

If arriving on International flights, Auckland International Airport is your best option. There are connecting flights to Hamilton Airport, but they can involve long waits. Alternatively, you can hire a car at Auckland and enjoy the lovely scenic drive to Hamilton, or take one of the several available bus or shuttle options.

If driving from Auckland, it takes approximately 1 hour 40 minutes via State Highway 1 (129 km) or 1 hour 50 minutes via State Highway 2 (153 km). From State Highway 1, take Matangi exit, turn right at roundabout, drive under expressway and turn left into Tamahere Drive, 2 km turn left into Pickering Road, drive under expressway and 5 km on right.

If arriving at Hamilton Airport, the clinic is only 13 minutes’ drive (13.7 km) via State Highway 21 and Bruntwood Road.

For bus or shuttle services from Auckland to Hamilton, see:






If arriving from the South, Wellington Airport, connect a flight to Hamilton Airport, drive (approx. 6 ½ hours – 520 km) or see the following for bus services:




Cambrian Lodge Motel
63 Hamilton Road
Cambridge, NZ
Phone: (+64) 7 827 7766
email:       info@cambrianlodge.co.nz
Website:         www.cambrianlodge.co.nz


Distance from Clinic 6.1km Rooms from NZD $110

Captains Quarters Motor Inn  
57a Hamilton Road/
Cambridge, NZ
Phone: (+64) 7 827 8989
Website: www.captainsquartersmotorinn.co.nz


Distance from Clinic 6.1km Rooms from NZD $120
No. 1 Motels on Victoria
87-89 Victoria Street
Cambridge 3434, NZ
Phone: (+64) 7 823 1467
email:       bookings@no1motels.co.nz
Website:         www.no1motels.co.nz


Distance from Clinic 6.1km Rooms from NZD $80
Colonial Court Motel
37 Vogel Street
Cambridge, 3434  NZ
Phone: (+64) 7  827 5244
email:        info@colonialcourt.co.nz
Website:         www.colonialcourt.co.nz
Distance from Clinic 6.1km Rooms from NZD $110
In Hamilton:
Atrium on Ulster
281 – 285 Ulster St
3240 Hamilton, NZ
Phone: (+64) 7 839 0839
email:       info@atriumonulster.co.nz
Website:         http://atriumonulster.co.nz
Distance from Clinic 21km Rooms from NZD $140
Argent Motor Lodge
27 Lorne St
3010 Hamilton, NZ
Phone (+64) 7 843 9912        
Email:  info@argenthamilton.co.nz      
Distance from Clinic 6.1km Rooms from NZD $110

**There are also many other hotels and many great B & Bs around Hamilton and Cambridge!  For more options visit www.booking.com or similar websites.

Qualified Vet

Lectures & Practical Sessions

USD 1496.27

Lectures Only

USD 754.07

2nd vet, same clinic

Lectures & Practical Sessions

USD 1425.02

Lectures Only

USD 712.51

Vet & Vet. Nurse / Vet. Technician

Lectures & Practical Sessions

USD 2553.16

Lectures Only

USD 1276.58

Intern/Resident (Requires proof of status)

Lectures Only

USD 377.04

Lectures & Practical Sessions

USD 771.89

Veterinary Student (Requires proof of status)

Lectures Only

USD 154.38

Lectures & Practical Sessions

USD 296.88

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