Advanced Mare Reproduction (Featuring Placentitis & Foetal Sexing) – Webinar Series & 1-Day of Wetlabs

Date: Sun 16th Aug 2020
Venue: Agnes Banks Equine Clinic
Location: near Sydney, Eastern Australia (Sydney Airport)
Contact Hours: This course has been approved for 22 AVA VetEd Points
Course Language: English
Price: (net price, no tax will be added)*
Qualified Vet - -
2nd vet, same clinic - -
Student - -
NZEVA Member - -
Early Booking Deadline: Monday 20th April 2020
Registration Deadline: Friday 14th August 2020

* 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.


Advanced Mare Reproduction (Featuring Placentitis & Foetal Sexing) – Webinar Series & 1-Day of Wetlabs


13 Hrs of Lectures as on-demand Webinar Series*


Webinar Series Registration:   Once you have registered and upon payment, you will receive the link to access the on-demand recording for a period of 8 weeks. The registration fee includes extensive electronic course notes.  If you wish to receive a Certificate of Attendance after having viewed the webinar, please get in touch with us and we will send it to you electronically.  After having taken and passed a multiple-choice question quiz, an additional certificate can be provided which confirms that the quiz was successfully completed. This certificate may then be used to request accreditation points from your local governing body / Veterinary Medical Association.


1-Day Wetlab (Location to be confirmed) – moved to early 2021

The Wetlab Day has to be postponed to autumn 2021, due to COVID-related restrictions.  A new Wetlab date will soon be announced.



This practical course (now featuring Placentitis and Foetal Sexing) has been developed for equine veterinarians and mixed animal practitioners with a working knowledge in the field of equine gynaecology (mare reproduction) and provides a critical update on topics of relevance to mare reproduction practice.   Whereas a previous VetPD Advanced Mare Reproduction courses in Australia focussed on artificial breeding, the emphasis on this course will shift to more general equine stud practice and highlight the hot topics of placentitis and foetal sexing.

The highly-illustrated lectures will be held in English.  Lecture topics will include cycling problems; management of mares for artificial insemination (chilled and frozen); use of Doppler ultrasound in gynaecology; investigating barren and subfertile mares; placentitis (thinking beyond CUPT); hysteroscopy;  management of fluid producing mares; twin management; foetal sexing (at 2 different windows of opportunity); uterine sampling techniques; and prevention of early pregnancy failure.

The 7 hours of practical sessions will give attendees plenty of opportunity to put theory into practice in small groups (2 – 4 attendees / ultrasound machine) and to discuss all aspects of gynaecology with the specialists.  Each attendee will be rotating through the following practical stations:

  • Ultrasound examination (incl. doppler)  (live mare examinations, with use of video for discussion of foetal blood supply)
  • Hysteroscopy  (live mare examinations)
  • Placentitis examination (including trans rectal and trans abdominal techniques) – video cases to replace rectal examination but live mares may be used for transabdominal examination
  • Uterine Sampling Techniques – Swabbing, flushing, low volume lavage, cytology, biopsies
  • Foetal Sexing (trans rectal) – video and group discussion will be used in this session
  • Foetal Sexing (trans abdominal)            

The course fee includes lunch, coffee/tea breaks, extensive electronic course notes and a certificate of attendance.  Attendees can choose to only attend the live streaming of the lectures (= Lectures Only/Live-Stream) 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.       


*For instant access to the live-streams, please pay by credit card.

Date Time Speaker Topic Duration
Mon, 6 July 19:00 - 19:45 Angus McKinnon Management of Cycling Problems in Mares – transitional mares, anovulatory haemorrhagic follicles; the dioestrus follicle 45 min
Mon, 6 July 19:45 - 20:20 Angus McKinnon Using Doppler Ultrasound in Mares 35 min
Tue, 7 July 19:00 - 19:45 Angus McKinnon Examining the Barren Mare (including use of ultrasonography in the subfertile mare) 45 min
Tue, 7 July 19:45 - 20:35 Angus McKinnon Twin Management – including tips & tricks 45 min
Wed, 8 July 19:00 - 19:45 Jonathan Pycock Routine Management of Mares for chilled and frozen Insemination 45 min
Wed, 8 July 19:45 - 20:20 Jonathan Pycock Hysteroscopic Examination of the Mare 35 min
Wed, 8 July 20:20 - 20:55 Jonathan Pycock Management of the Fluid Producing Mare 35 min
Thu, 9 July 19:00 - 19:35 Jonathan Pycock Foetal Sexing – 56 – 75 days 35 min
Thu, 9 July 19:35 - 20:20 Jonathan Pycock

Preventing early pregnancy failure in natural and assisted breeding

45 min
Mon, 13 July 19:00 - 19:50 Joan Carrick Placentitis - thinking beyond CUPT 50 min
Tue, 14 July 19:00 - 19:35 Angus McKinnon Foetal Sexing – day 110 and beyond 35 min
Tue, 14 July 19:35 - 20:10 Angus McKinnon Sampling Techniques for Problem breeders 35 min


Webinar Series Registration:   Once you have registered and upon payment, you will receive an invitation to the webinar series/webinar in due course. The webinar series/webinar will be recorded and after the session has taken place, you will receive the link to access the on-demand recording for a period of 8 weeks. The course fee includes a certificate of attendance, that will be issued once the webinar series/webinar has ended and your attendance has been confirmed.

Notice about Bank Transactions:

For credit card transactions, the registration fees will be taken in $AUD) through Wirecard, which is based in Germany.  Bank transfers will be made to a UK-based account.  Your bank or credit card company may charge you ‘International Transfer Fees’ or ‘Foreign Transaction Fees’ (but it is usually applied to bank transfers) – please check with your bank or credit card company prior to making a payment to VetPD on what fees will be added to your payment.  VetPD does not receive, and is not responsible for, bank or credit card fees.  VetPD will therefore not refund any bank or credit card fees that your bank or credit card company may add to international transactions.

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    Jonathan Pycock
    BVetMed, PhD, DESM, MRCVS

    United Kingdom

    RCVS Specialist in Equine Medicine (Reproduction) (UK)
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    Jonathan is a world-renown expert in equine reproduction based in Yorkshire, England. He is a prolific publisher of papers and book chapters on equine reproduction, and edited the iconinc text, Equine Reproduction and Stud Medicine. He has worked successfully in private practice (developed his own first opinion and referral equine reproduction practice from scratch) as well as teaching and research. Jonathan has been a Member of Council of BEVA for 9 years and currently President Elect.  An enthusiastic provider of CPD, he delivers around 65 days of CPD annually, both within the UK and overseas.  He has contributed as a speaker or chairman of a session at every BEVE Congress for the last 25 years and is responsible for the BEVA Reproductive Ultrasound Course, which has been a sold-out course annually for the last 20 years.

    In 2012, Jonathan became an Equine Claims Consultant for the Veterinary Defence Society in the UK, in which capacity he has acted as an expert witness on many occasions. Jonathan’s main veterinary interests include ultrasonography, breeding the problem mare, and artificial insemination. His well-recognised sense of humour makes him a popular speaker at CPD events world-wide, and a very relaxed and relatable practical instructor.

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    Joan Carrick


    Australian Registered Specialist in Equine Medicine
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    Joan graduated from the University of Queensland’s Veterinary School in 1981, and was awarded a post graduate honours degree in Equine Medicine in 1984, for investigating the role of stress on the absorption of colostrum by newborn foals.  Joan spent 12 years working and studying in North American where she completed a residency in Large Animal Medicine and a Master of Veterinary Science at the WCVM, University Saskatchewan, Canada, for investigating the safe use of flunxin meglumine in newborn foals. In 1993 Dr. Carrick and was awarded a PhD by the University of Georgia, for investigating the effects of fish oils on the response of animals to endotoxin and then did a fellowship in critical care at the University of Tennessee Medical School and became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. Joan gained experience in gross and histopathology of neonatal foals, clinical pathology of endotoxic and septic shock horses as well as in clinical internal medicine of all large animals.

    While in North America, Joan frequently lectured about inflammation, shock, intensive care and omega-3 fatty acids to veterinarians, human intensive care specialists and biomedical researchers in the USA, Canada and Europe.  In 1997, she returned to Australia to work in equine practice including at Oakey Veterinary Hospital and the University of Melbourne. Joan joined the Scone Equine Hospital in 2005 as the veterinary advisor for the SEH laboratory and to complete RIRDC funded research into placentitis. This research resulted in a very successful clinical program to identify and treat mares with high risk pregnancies. Joan is currently a specialist consultant who manages high risk pregnant mares. This involves investigating the causes of a pregnancy loss or delivery of a critically ill neonate, then monitoring and treating mares in subsequent pregnancies so that healthy foals are born.

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    Angus McKinnon
    BVSc, MSc, DACT, DipVetMed., Diplomate ABVP


    Australian Registered Specialist in Equine Reproduction
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    Angus graduated from Melbourne University in 1978, and worked in private practice for a year, before heading to Ontario Veterinary College, Guelph, Ontario, Canada in 1980 to work and study for a Diploma in Large Animal Medicine. He continued at Ontario Veterinary College as Assistant Professor in Large Animal Medicine, Surgery and Reproduction for the period 1982-84. Angus then travelled to Colorado State University, USA, where he was employed as Assistant Professor in Equine Reproduction and Field Service 1984-1988, and as Associate Professor in Equine Medicine and Field Service 1988.

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Agnes Banks Equine Clinic


Agnes Banks Equine Clinic
5 Price Lane
Agnes Banks
NSW 2753

Agnes Banks Equine Clinic


5 Price Lane


Agnes Banks, NSW 2753



Telephone:      (02) 4588 5200




Hotels in Richmond


Colonial Motel                                           5 km from clinic          Rooms from AUD $140

161 March St                                                  short walk to lecture venue

Richmond  2753

Phone (+61) 2 4578 1166                               Email:        


Hawkesbury Race Club Motel               9 km from clinic          Rooms from AUD $160

1 Racecourse Road


Phone: (+61) 02 45 604300               




Alexander the Great Motel                    14 km from clinic        Rooms from AUD $120

317 Windsor Road

Vineyard 2765

Phone: (+61) 2 4577 5555




Crown Plaza Hawkesbury Valley          10 km from clinic        Rooms from AUD $180

61 Hawkesbury Valley Way

2756 Windsor

Phone: (+61) 2 4577 4222




Trafalgar B&B                                                         13 km from clinic        Rooms from AUD $200

47 Pine Pl

2753 Grose Vale

Phone: (+61) 02 457 22349




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“Compared to other CE 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, WI, USA