Practical Management of the Older Athlete - A 2-Day Practical Course

Date: Fri 4th Oct 2019 - Sat 5th Oct 2019
Venue: Kendall Road Equine Hospital
Location: Elgin, near Chicago, IL (Chicago O'Hare, Chicago Midway or General Mitchell Intl Airport)
Accredited Hours: RACE Pending
Course Language: English
Price: (net price, no tax will be added)*
Qualified Vet USD 490.00
USD 540.00
USD 1090.00
USD 1190.00
2nd vet, same clinic USD 465.00
USD 515.00
USD 1035.00
USD 1130.00
Student USD 100.00
USD 110.00
Intern (Requires Certification from Clinic) USD 270.00
USD 270.00
USD 595.00
USD 595.00
Vet & Vet Tech (L&P both) -
USD 1920.00
USD 2120.00
Vet L&P / Tech L-only USD 1530.00
USD 1690.00
Early Booking Deadline: Sunday 25th August 2019
Registration Deadline: Friday 6th September 2019

* VAT (= MWST/MOMS/SALES TAX) will only be added for certain UK vets attending courses abroad and for all  attendees when attending courses in the UK.


Fri 4 - Sat 5 October, 2019 - A 2-Day Practical Course


Over the past twenty years the number of older horses has increased exponentially as a result of significant advances in equine medicine and horses having increasingly become companion animals. This has led to a plethora of new medical and husbandry challenges for veterinarians dealing with an aging equine population.

Aimed at general practitioners, the lectures and wetlabs of this course cover the most important areas affecting older horses, such as weight-loss, dental challenges, Cushings, OA, laminitis, shoeing techniques, cardiopulmonary conditions, neoplasia and how to keep the senior sports horse competing etc. 

In the mornings the following topics will be covered by the world-renowned and highly experienced clinicians through well-illustrated lectures and case presentations:

  • How to keep the Senior Sports Horse Competing
  • How to work up the horse with weight-loss
  • Diagnosing Prevalent Dental Problems of the Senior Horse
  • Diagnostic Strategies for Orthopedic Conditions in older Horses
  • PPID / Metabolic Syndrome – Diagnostics, Therapies & Management
  • Shoeing Strategies for Older Athletes
  • The geriatric Metabolism – Sedation, Anesthesia & Devising appropriate treatment protocols
  • Making the most of the hematology & biochemistry
  • Feeding & Management of the Elderly Horse
  • Cardiopulmonary Disease in the older Horse
  • Dental Therapies in Elderly Horses
  • Colic and its Treatment in Senior Horses

In the afternoons, 7 hours of practical and case-based sessions will give attendees ample opportunity to update and develop new skills on live horses and equine specimens and to ask questions in small groups (2 – 4 attendees / ultrasound machine), all under the supervision of the instructors. Each attendee will rotate through the following practical and case-based sessions:

  • Senior Dental Exam & Diagnostic Techniques
  • Abdominal & Cardiothoracic Ultrasound
  • Dental Therapeutic Techniques for Elderly Horses
  • Endocrine PowerPoint Case-Discussions
  • Pre-Purchase Exam of the older Sports Horse – Tips & Tricks
  • Radiography Wetlab – Regions chosen by each Groups

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

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    Apryle Horbal

    United States

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    Apryle received her Bachelor of Arts cum laude in Biological Basis of Behavior in 2007 from the University of Pennsylvania, USA.  She then qualified with her Veterinariae Medicinae Doctoris (VMD), also from the University of Pennsylvania, in 2011 and went on to perform an internship in large animal medicine, surgery, and ambulatory practice at Texas A&M University’s Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, USA. Apryle has been a resident and post-graduate research assistant in equine dentistry at the University of Edinburgh since 2013. She is currently researching the development and clinical significance of cemental defects in equine maxillary cheek teeth infundibulae in pursuit of an MPhil. She also plans to achieve EVDC-Equine diplomate status in several years following completion of her residency in order to pursue specialty practice in advanced equine dentistry and to continue training veterinary students in a university setting. Additionally, Apryle has an interest in the training of veterinary practitioners in developing countries, particularly to improve dental care and nutrition for working equids.

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    Kit Miller

    United States

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    Dr. Miller is a 1989 Graduate of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.

    After graduation, he moved to PA where he did a clinical internship at the Delaware Equine Center.  He remained at the Delaware Equine Center as an associate Veterinarian until 1995 when he moved to CT to work at Fairfield Equine Associates.

    In 1997 he started his own practice, now based in Brewster, NY.

    He spends winters in Wellington Fla working at the Winter Equestrian Festival and the remainder of the year working in Brewster and the surrounding area.

    He has served as the U.S. Show Jumping team veterinarian, accompanying them to competitions throughout Europe and Scandinavia.

    He is a past president of the North East Association of Equine Practitioners, and a current  member of the USEF Veterinary Committee. Dr. Miller was the moderator of the Lameness Panel at the 2013 AAEP in Nashville, TN and the moderator of the Prepurchase Panel at the 2015 AAEP in Las Vegas, NV.

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    Ben Buchanan
    DVM, Dipl.ACVIM, Dipl.ACVECC

    United States

    American Specialist in Equine Internal Medicine & Emergency/Critical Care
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    Dr. Ben Buchanan grew up in Navasota, Texas. He went to Texas A&M and graduated from there with his DVM in 2001. Afterwards, he completed two residencies; Large Animal Internal Medicine at University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2004 and Emergency and Critical Care at University of Pennsylvania in 2005. Ben is one of the very few people in the world to be board certified in Internal Medicine and Emergency Critical Care. Dr. Buchanan has a very unique experience in colic, respiratory disease, cardiac disease, eye conditions and sick foals. He joined BVEH Navasota in 2005, where he works alongside his father, T-Bone. He is also active in community outreach by speaking at meetings and events around the world regarding equine care.

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Course Program

Kendall Road Equine Hospital


Kendall Road Equine Hospital
10N051 Kendall Road
Elgin, IL 60124


Phone: 847-464-5598





From: I-88 East of Route 47

West on I-88 (East/West Tollway)
Exit Sugar Grove/Route 56, to Route 47
North (R) on Route 47, to McDonald Road
East (R) on McDonald Road, to Kendall Road
North (L) on Kendall Road
Kendall Road Equine Hospital is about 1¼ miles, on the right side of road.

From: I-88 West of Route 47

East on I-88 to Route 47 exit
North (L) on Route 47, to McDonald Road
East (R) on McDonald Road, to Kendall Road
North (L) on Kendall Road
Kendall Road Equine Hospital is about 1¼ miles, on the right side of road.

From: I-90 East Bound from Rockford

East on I-90 to Route 20
Exit Route 20 South, to Route 47
South (R) on Route 47, to Plato Road
East (L) on Plato Road to Kendall Road
South (R) on Kendall Road
Kendall Road Equine Hospital is about a ½ mile down, on the left side of road.

From: I-90 West Bound From Chicago (Directions from Chicago Airports)

West on I-90 to Route 47 exit
South (L) on Route 47 to Plato Road
East (L) on Plato Road, to Kendall Road
South (R) on Kendall Road
Kendall Road Equine Hospital is about a ½ mile down, on left side of road.



International Airports

31 miles: Chicago O'Hare International Airport - Chicago, IL

49 miles: Chicago Midway International Airport - Chicago, IL

59 miles: General Mitchell International Airport - Milwaukee, WI



Candlewood Suites Elgin – Northwest Chicago

1780 Capital Street

Elgin, IL 60124

Tel: +1 847-888-0600



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Comfort Suites Elgin

2480 Bushwood Drive

Elgin, IL  60124

Tel: +1 847-836-9500



12.3 miles


Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Chicago

495 Airport Road, 

Elgin, IL 60123 

Tel: +1 847-488-9000



14.3 miles


Hampton Inn Chicago Elgin/I-90

405 Airport Road

Elgin, IL 60123-9356 

Tel: +1 866-460-7454



 14.5 miles


“Excellent hands on. Left the course feeling confident in new skills.”

Brian Garrett, North Carolina, USA

“Compared to other continuing education courses I have attended, VetPD was highly practical and full of information that can be used on a daily basis. The instructors were extremely knowledgeable and offered personalized guidance for each attendee during the wet labs.”

Sarah Cates, Wisconsin Equine Clinic and Hospital, Wisconsin, USA