Advances in Equine Orthopaedic Therapies - An Evidence-Based 2-Day Practical Course

Date: Sat 3rd Mar 2018 - Sun 4th Mar 2018
Venue: DAP Equinox
Location: near Antwerp, Northern Belgium (Eindhoven or Brussels Airport)
Accredited Hours: 15
Course Language: English (with Flemish & French Moderation)
Price: (net price, no tax will be added)*
Qualified Vet EUR 495.00 EUR 980.00
BEVA Member EUR 445.00 -
2nd vet, same clinic EUR 470.00 EUR 930.00
Student EUR 100.00 EUR 195.00
Intern (Requires Certification from Clinic) EUR 250.00 EUR 490.00
Early Booking Deadline: Sunday 21st January 2018
Registration Deadline: Friday 2nd March 2018

* 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.



A special discount is available for veterinarians planning to attend the BEPS congress (a limited number). Contact the office on to learn more.

Sat 3 - Sun 4 March 2018 - An Evidence-Based 2-Day Practical Course

The registration deadline has been extended as this course is definitely taking place.

Please be aware that there are only a limited number of BEVA spaces available


Over the past 15 years a plethora of new therapies have made an appearance in the field of equine orthopaedics.  For busy equine practitioners who don’t have the time to regularly dive into the current literature it can be difficult to establish which ones of these therapies are scientifically sound and have been found to be efficacious via clinical studies.  It is furthermore very difficult to find any literature where authors actually exactly describe what therapeutic regimen they use. 

Over the two days of this course the following orthopaedic therapies will be discussed via an evidence-based approach and the speakers will also elaborate on their personal views on these modalities and how they use them as part of their daily clinical routine: 

  • The Equine Joint – At what level do therapeutics act to modify the joint environment?
  • IRAP / Autologous Conditioned Serum
  • Alcohol-facilitated Ankylosis of low-motion Joints
  • Platelet-rich Plasma
  • Stem Cell Therapy
  • Bisphosphonates (i.e. Osphos & Tildren)
  • Adequan & Cartrophen
  • Nutraceuticals
  • Therapeutic Shoeing     
  • New ‘miracle’ OA therapeutics like Polyacrylamide Hydrogel etc.
  • Intra- and Extra-articular Corticosteroid & Hyaluronan
  • Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy
  • Sports Horse Surgeries – Decision Making & Outcome
  • Therapeutic Laser, Mesotherapy & Physical Therapies etc.

The highly-illustrated lectures will be held in English  in the mornings. 

In the afternoons, 7 hours of practical and case-based sessions will allow attendees to further their practical and clinical decision making skills on equine specimens in small groups (2 attendees per specimen) and to further discuss the above topics with the specialists.   Each attendee will rotate through the following practical sessions: 

  • Alcohol-facilitated Ankylosis of the Distal Tarsal Joints (incl. contrast arthrography)
  • Intra-synovial Injection Techniques (incl. Ultrasound-guidance)           
  • Objective Gait Analysis System Demonstrations
  • Sports Horse Surgery Case Discussions
  • Proximal Metatarsal / Tarsal Injections & Dissections
  • Therapeutic Shoeing Case Discussions              

The course fee includes lunches at a restaurant, 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).  On the evening of the first day all attendees are invited to attend the wine & cheese reception. 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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    Andy Fiske-Jackson
    BVSc., MVetMed., FHEA., Dipl.ECVS., MRCVS

    United Kingdom

    European Specialist in Equine Surgery
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    Andy qualified from the University of Liverpool, UK in 2004. He initially spent three months working for the Society for the Protection of Animals Abroad, a charity caring for working equids, in Morocco. He then spent two years working for a mixed practice doing predominantly farm and equine work. In July 2006 he undertook an eighteen month internship at the Liphook Equine Hospital after which he spent a further six months working as a first opinion equine ambulatory vet for the same practice. In July 2008 he started a residency in equine surgery at the Royal Veterinary College and went on to join the surgical team at the College where he currently works. He became a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons in February 2012. Andy has published several articles in peer reviewed publications and presented at various national and international meetings. His research interests include digital flexor tendon sheath pathology, mesenchymal stem cell application in superficial digital flexor tendonitis and the role of back pain in poor performance.

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    Antonio Cruz
    LV, MVM, MSc, PhD, Dipl.ACVS, Dipl. ECVS, Dipl.ACVSMR

    Canada, Spain

    American and European Specialist in Equine Surgery & Equine Sports Medicine/Rehabilitation
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    Dr. Cruz is a native of Spain having spent most of his career in North America. He has spent 20 years in academic practice in different capacities, having been tenured faculty at the University of Guelph for several years. He has also worked at the Universities of Saskatchewan, Minnesota and Prince Edward Island. He also spent 7 years in private practice establishing a referral surgical and sports medicine service in the Pacific Northwest (Vancouver, Canada) which became the first location to offer standing MRI in the pacific NorthWest. Coming back to Europe,  Dr. Cruz worked at the University of Bern, Institut suisse de médecine équine ISME, as an equine surgeon and researcher. Dr. Cruz holds several post-graduate degrees as well as being boarded by the European and American Colleges of Veterinary Surgery and by the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation. In the past he has supervised many graduate students, residents and interns and published numerous articles in prestigious journals. His main clinical focus is equine orthopedics and he is actively involved in research in the area of gait analysis. Since the middle of 2017, Dr. Cruz has taken on the position of head of the hospital Hospital Clinico Veterinario, Dpto. de Medicina y Cirugía Animal of the Facultad de Veterinaria, Universidad CEU-CH.

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    Niklas J. Drumm
    Dr. med. vet., Dipl.ACVS, Dipl.ECVS


    American, European and German Specialist in Equine Surgery
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    Niklas qualified from Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich, Germany in 2008. He performed an equine internship at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, KY USA and a large animal surgery residency at Pferdeklinik am Kottenforst in Wachtberg, Germany. Niklas became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2012, a Diplomate of the European College of Vetrinary Surgeons in 2015 and obtained a doctoral degree from the University Berlin, Germany in 2012.

    After his residency he joined the staff of the equine department of Dierenkliniek Emmeloord, Netherlands before he started working for Tierklinik Lüsche in Germany. Since 2017 Niklas is a shareholder of Tierklinik Lüsche.

    His focus is on orthopedics, sport horse medicine and orthopedic surgery.

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DAP Equinox


DAP Equinox
Vekemans 10
2460 Kasterlee



Distance from Eindhoven Airport: approx. 53.8 km


Distance from Brussels Airport: approx. 89.5 km


Directions from Eindhoven Airport

Get on N2 from Luchthavenweg, Flight Forum and Anthony Fokkerweg.

Take A21 to Steenweg op Diest/N19 in Turnhout, België. Take exit 24-Turnhout-Centrum from A21

Drive to N19 in Kasterlee. The clinic will be on the left.

Directions from Brussels Airport

Head northeast on Leopoldlaan

Follow E19 to Steenweg op Diest/N19 in Turnhout. Take exit 24-Turnhout-Centrum from A21

Drive to N19 in Kasterlee. The clinic will be on the left.

Local Hotels

Den en Heuvel ***                       

Geelsebaan 72-74, 2460 Kasterlee. Tel: + 32 (0 )14 85 04 97. Email :

Distance to clinic: 550m                    

Rooms from €85

Hotel Kempenrust ***                  

Geelsebaan 51, 2460 Kasterlee. Tel: +32 (0) 14 85 23 74. Email:

Distance to clinic: 850m                    

Rooms from €45

B&B De Casteleer                       

Pastorijstraat 38, 2460 Kasterlee. Tel: +32 (0) 476 412 206. Email:

Distance to clinic: 2 km                     

Rooms from €90

Hotel Noah ***                             

Lichtaartsebaan 51, 2460 Kasterlee. Tel:  +32 (0) 14 21 10 46. Email:

Distance to clinic: 3.1 km      

Rooms from €105

Hotel de Residentie ****            

Steenfortstraat 5, 2460 Kasterlee-Lichtaart. Tel:  +32 (0) 14 55 18 34. Email:

Distance to clinic: 6 km                     

Rooms from €96

B&B De Joker ****                         

Glazeniersstraat 37, 2300 Turnhout. Tel: +32 (0) 478 28 52 72. Email:

Distance to clinic: 7.3 km      

Rooms from €79

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Very educational - good combination of lectures and hands-on sessions with practical information.

Chris Payton Western Veterinary Clinic, Indiana, USA.

Advances in Equine Orthopedic Therapies course 2016


Good practical, real-world information that could not be obtained in other ways.

Charmian Wright Mountain Horse Medical Services, Utah, USA.

Advances in Equine Orthopedic Therapies course 2016