New Developments in Diagnostic & Therapeutic Techniques of Equine Neck Conditions – A 2-Day Practical Course

Fri, 22 November, 2024 - Sat, 23 November, 2024




near Pisa, Italy

Contact Hours

15 Hours

Early Booking Deadline

Sun, 13 October, 2024

Registration Deadline

Fri, 25 October, 2024


English (Italian Moderation)


Printed Set of Course Notes (pick up at venue) - USD 89.34


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Horses suspected of being affected by equine wobbler or osteoarthritis of the cervical facet joints are regularly seen in equine practice but diagnosing a specific disease with certainty can be challenging.  Over the past two decades the equine cervical spine has been extensively researched and advanced imaging modalities like CT, CT-myelography and MRI have revolutionized diagnostic and therapeutic capabilities available to equine practitioners. 

This practical course was designed to provide equine veterinarians with the theoretical and especially the practical skills to competently examine, diagnose and treat horses affected by neck conditions.  One of the main goals of this course is to provide practitioners with the knowledge and skills on how to reliably differentiate ataxic horses from animals with front- and hindlimb lameness. 

A panel of internationally renowned clinicians who have dedicated a significant proportion of their careers researching, diagnosing and treating horses with neck conditions, will bring a wealth of experience to this course.  The following highly-illustrated lectures in English (no translation) will be held in the mornings:  

  • Functional Neuroanatomy of the Head & Cervical Spine
  • Is it lame or is it ataxic?
  • The brain – How can we localize the signs & diagnose the problem?
  • Current Radiographic Techniques (incl. Myelogram) for Evaluation of the Cervical Spine
  • Neck Ultrasound – Poll, Facet Joints & US-guided CSF Taps
  • How CT & CT-Myelography are revolutionizing the work-up of horses with neck conditions
  • Equine Wobbler & Facet Joint OA – Update on Pathophysiology, Clinical Features & Diagnostic Options
  • Conservative Therapy of Equine Cervical Conditions – Where is the evidence?
  • Surgical Treatment of Neck Conditions – What’s the likelihood of success?
  • A Practical Approach to Diagnosing the Ataxic Horse – Case-based Discussions
  • Infectious Causes of Neurological Disease – Presentation, Diagnostics & Therapies
  • Update on Headshaking – Investigations & Treatment Options
  • Peripheral Neuropathies – Shiverers, Stringhalt, EMND etc..

In the afternoons, the 7 hours of practical small group sessions (2 – 4 vets per ultrasound machine) will give attendees plenty of opportunity to further develop their practical skills on live horses and on equine specimens, under the supervision of the experts.  Each attendee will rotate through the following practical stations with live horses and specimens:

  • Neurologic Examination & CSF Tap Techniques
  • Cervical Ultrasound, Facet Joint Injections & US-guided CSF Taps
  • Radiography of the Neck/Head 
  • Neck Conditions Case-Discussions (incl. advanced imaging)
  • Guttural Pouch Endoscopy & Nerve Blocks for Headshakers
  • Cervical Fusion Surgery Demonstration

The course fee includes lunches, coffee/tea breaks, a wine & cheese reception, extensive electronic course notes and a certificate of attendance.  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.3;  C-E.4;  C-E.6;  C-E.7;  C-E.11;  C-E.15; C-E.16; C-E.17; C-VDI.4

Giorgio qualified from the University of Turin, Italy, in 1989. After an Internship in Equine Surgery at the Animal Health Trust in 1991/92, he settled in Pisa, Tuscany where he spent over twenty years in private practice, further developing his interests in equine surgery and lameness. This included assignments as a contract Professor at the University of Pisa. More recently Giorgio started travelling in the Middle East for work and after an 18 months spell in the UAE working for a large private stable involved in flat and endurance racing, he made his way back to Europe, joining Donnington Grove in 2016. Giorgio is past president of SIVE, the Italian Association of Equine Practitioners and of FEEVA, the Federation of European Equine Veterinary Associations; he is past Board member of the ESVOT (European Society of Veterinary Orthopaedics and Traumatology). He is a certified member of ISELP (International Society of Equine Locomotor Pathology.

Jonathan Anderson is a director and surgeon at the Rainbow Equine Hospital. He is a Royal Veterinary College Equine Surgical Specialist, a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and an FEI Veterinary Delegate.

Jonathan graduated from the Edinburgh’s Royal School of Veterinary Studies in 2000, completed an internship year at the San Luis Rey Equine Hospital in California, before moving to the Rainbow Equine Hospital in the UK for 3 years. He went back Stateside to undergo a large animal clinical fellowship at Oregon State Veterinary Teaching Hospital followed by an Equine Surgical Residency at the University of California, Davis. He achieved diplomate status in 2009, remained as a clinical instructor at UC Davis for a year before moving back to the Rainbow Equine Hospital at the end of 2009 to join the surgical team. He has been involved in advancing the use of CT both as diagnostic and intra-operative imaging modality within the equine veterinary field. His main veterinary interests include all things orthopaedic which includes the evaluation, advanced imaging and surgical treatment of horses with cervical stenosis. He is keen to see a sharing of knowledge and equipping of equine vets to recognise and treat horses with this condition.

His biggest asset is his long suffering wife Naomi and he kind of helps to manage a brood of 5 kids which means little time for any other activities although a run in the mountains every so often is where he likes to recharge his batteries once again!

Dr. Stephen Reed graduated from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1976. Following a residency in internal medicine at Michigan State University, Dr. Reed accepted a faculty position at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University in 1976. In 1983, he joined the faculty at The Ohio State University as an assistant professor, rising to the title of professor in 1994. In 2003, Dr. Reed was named to the Jenne Professorship in Equine Medicine and Surgery and held that title until moving to Rood & Riddle in 2007.

Dr. Reed is widely recognized for his commitment to the horse, equine veterinarians and the equine industry. As a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, he developed an interest in the specialty of equine neurology and became recognized as an expert in this area. He has written and spoken extensively on “wobbler” syndrome, equine protozoal myelitis, head trauma and the neurologic examination. In addition, Dr. Reed has authored and coauthored more than 150 peer-reviewed publications including Equine Internal Medicine, the only internal medicine textbook dedicated solely to the horse. In 2008, he also co-edited the textbook, Equine Neurology, with Dr. Martin Furr. Dr. Reed has received a number of recognitions for his work, including the Schering-Plough Animal Health and World Veterinary Association Award for Applied Research. In 2008, he was chosen to deliver the Frank J. Milne Lecture at the annual meeting of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, a singular honor given to a leader in equine veterinary medicine.

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University of Pisa - Veterinary Medicine, Viale delle Piagge, 2, 56124 Pisa PI, Italy


University of Pisa
Department of Veterinary Medicine
Viale delle Piagge 2
56124 Pisa

Tel: 050 2216725 – Fax: 0502210654
Email: direzione@vet.unipi.it



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