Equine Ultrasound-Guided Orthopaedic Injection Techniques & Therapies – A 2-Day Practical Course

Fri, 15 March, 2024 - Sat, 16 March, 2024




Tierklinik Leimental

Contact Hours

15 Hours

Early Booking Deadline

Sun, 04 February, 2024

Registration Deadline

Thu, 22 February, 2024


English (German & French Moderation)


Printed Set of Course Notes (pick up at venue) - USD 93.35


Diagnostic Imaging


Rehabilitation & Physiotherapy / Physical Therapy

Sports Medicine


Industry Partners


Veterinary Partners



Ultrasonography has become a crucially important diagnostic imaging modality in Equine Orthopaedics and most Equine Practitioners nowadays have access to the necessary equipment.  A growing number of equine orthopaedic specialists have furthermore extended the use of ultrasonography creatively to assist with injection techniques and to facilitate minimally invasive surgery.  This 2-day practical course has been developed to provide equine and mixed animal practitioners who have experience with ultrasonography, with the theoretical knowledge and the practical skills of performing ultrasound-guided orthopaedic injections and ultrasound-assisted surgical techniques,covering all regions of the musculoskeletal apparatus of the horse.  Whole horses will be used to recreate a scenario as it might be encountered in live horses.  A review of conventional and biologic treatment modalities for orthopaedic conditions will round the course up. 

In the mornings the following topics will be covered in highly illustrated lectures and case presentations (in English, with German & French Moderation)

  • How to get the most out of your ultrasound machine
  • Principles of Ultrasound-Guidance
  • Ultrasound-Guided Tendon & Ligament Injections
  • Ultrasound-Guided Joint Injections of the Limbs (incl. hip & shoulder joints)
  • Ultrasound-Guided Bursal Injections
  • Cervical Facet Joint Injections
  • Ultrasound-Guided Back Injections
  • Lumbosacral & Sacroiliac Injection Techniques  
  • Ultrasound-Guided Surgery
  • Conventional Systemic & Intra-Articular Joint Therapies 
  • What’s the latest on Regenerative Therapies?   

Open and frank discussions are encouraged during the course and the speakers will share their personal experiences with attendees, be it successes or failures. 
Between both afternoons, 7 hours of practical sessions will give attendees plenty of opportunity to train the different injection techniques on equine specimens and VetPD Joint Injection Simulators and to get tips and tricks in small groups (2 – 4 attendees per ultrasound machine), under the supervision of the specialists.  Each attendee will rotate through the following practical stations:

  • Tendon & Ligament Injections                                      
  • US-guided Upper Limb Joint Injections                          
  • US-guided Back Injections – Interspinous & Articular Facet Joint Injections
  • Cervical Facet Joint Injections                                                   
  • Lumbosacral & Sacroiliac Injection Techniques  
  • US-guided Navicular Bursa Injections & Surgical Techniques                                           

The course fee includes lunches, coffee/tea breaks, 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 via the VetPD website www.vetpd.com 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.5;  C-E.6;  C-E.7;  C-E.15;  C-E.17 

David is a European Specialist in Equine Surgery and his main area of interest is orthopaedic surgery and lameness. David qualified from University College Dublin in 2003, before travelling to New York where he worked for four years. Subsequently returning to Ireland he established his own equine practice, focusing on imaging and treatment of equine athletes. David then completed his equine surgery residency programme at University College Dublin (UCD) before successfully obtaining a professional doctorate in orthopaedic ultrasound techniques. David moved to the UK in 2016 where he worked as a surgeon in Western Counties Equine Hospital and then Bourton Vale Equine Clinic. David now heads the orthopaedic and imaging service in the Philip Leverhulme Equine Hospital, University of Liverpool. His most recent research involves investigating contrast ultrasonography, pelvic CT, and ultrasound-guided sacroiliac and cervical facet injection techniques. He has also published work in the fields of joint surgery and synovial sepsis.

Henk graduated from Utrecht University, The Netherlands, in 1988. He spent the six years that followed working in two equine clinics in the north and southwest of The Netherlands. In 1994, Henk joined Lingehoeve Diergeneeskunde equine referral hospital in the heart of the Netherlands as equine veterinarian in the ambulatory practice. Since 2000, he has specialised in orthopaedics including lameness exams, pre-purchase exams and diagnostic imaging (radiology, ultrasound, scintygraphy and contrast CT). Henk gained his ISELP certification in 2008.

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.

This browser does not support PDFs. Please download the PDF to view it: Download PDF


near Basel, Northern Switzerland (Basel or Zurich Airport)


Tierklinik Leimental
Gewerbestrasse 4
Phone: 0041 61 722 10 10
Fax: 0041 61 722 10 11




Please visit the clinic website to calculate your route: www.tierklinik-leimental.ch/kontakt



Distance from Basel Airport: approx. 13.8 km
Distance from Zurich Airport: approx. 96.7 km



Hotel Rynach
Brunngasse 3, 4153 Reinach. 
Tel: +41 61 712 11 22. 
Email: info@hotelrynach.ch


Distance to clinic 
     Rooms from CHF118

Hotel Sonne
Untere Kirchgasse 1, 
4147 Aesch. 
Tel: +41 61 751 17 72. 
Email: achermann@sonneaesch.ch

Distance to clinic 
7.9 km
     Rooms from CHF120

Hotel Gempenblick
Bodenmattstrasse 1 - 5, 4153 Reinach. 
Tel: +41 61 715 90 20. 
Email: info@gempenblick.ch


Distance to clinic 
5.9 km
     Rooms from CHF120

Hotel Eremitage

Gartenweg 2, 4144 Arlesheim. 
Tel: +41 61 701 54 02. 
Email: info@eremitage.ch


Distance to clinic 
9 km
     Rooms from CHF135

Hotel Ochsen

Ermitagestrasse 16, 4144 Arlesheim. 
Tel: +41 61 706 52 00. 
Email: hotel@ochsen.ch


Distance to clinic 
9 km
     Rooms from CHF175

Heidy SCHOCH-VON ARX - Bed & Breakfast 
Chez Heidy, Passwangstrasse
28, 4153
Reinach (BL). 
Tel: +41 61 711 21 53.
Website: www.chezheidy.com

Distance to clinic 
9 km
     Rooms from CHF90

For more options use the following (or similar) website: www.booking.com 

Qualified Vet

Lectures & Practical Sessions

USD 1616.62

Lectures Only

USD 819.69

2nd vet, same clinic

Lectures & Practical Sessions

USD 1536.92

Lectures Only

USD 779.85

Intern/Resident (Requires proof of status)

Lectures Only

USD 409.85

Veterinary Student (Requires proof of status)

Lectures Only

USD 170.77

Vet & Vet. Nurse / Vet. Technician

Lectures & Practical Sessions

USD 2732.31

Lectures Only

USD 2197.23

If the options you are looking for are unavailable, please contact us.

No tax will be added unless you are a UK taxpayer

Choose currency at checkout