Advances in Equine Orthopaedic Therapies – A Boehringer Ingelheim 2-Day Practical Course


Date: Fri 6th Apr 2018 - Sat 7th Apr 2018
Venue: Sharjah Equine Hospital
Location: Sharjah, Northern UAE (Sharjah Intl or Dubai Intl Airport)
Accredited Hours: 15
Course Language: English
Price: (net price, no tax will be added)*
Qualified Vet (incl. 2 nights at hotel) EUR 495.00 EUR 980.00
2nd vet, same clinic EUR 470.00 EUR 930.00
Student EUR 100.00 -
Qualified Vet (without hotel) - EUR 860.00
Intern (Requires Certification from Clinic) EUR 250.00 -
Early Booking Deadline: Friday 9th February 2018
Registration Deadline: Thursday 5th April 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.


Fri 6  - Sat 7 April 2018 - An Evidence-Based 2-Day Practical Course 

Please note: The price includes two nights at the Centro Sharjah by Rotana.

On the evening of the first day all attendees are invited to attend a course dinner sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim.

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



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 a course dinner sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim. Early course registration is recommended as there are only a limited number of places available due to the highly practical nature of this course. 

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

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    Luis Pardon Lamas
    DVM, CertES(Orth), PhD, Dipl.ECVS, MRCVS


    European Specialist in Equine Surgery
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    Luis qualified from the Faculdade de Medicina Veterinária in Lisbon, Portugal in 2001. Following an externship at the University of California Davis he spent two years in private practice in Évora, Portugal. In 2003 he completed an internship in Equine Studies at the University of Cambridge, followed by a residency in Large Animal Surgery at the same institution.  Following completion of his surgical training, Luis has worked in an equine referral practice in York and as a surgeon at the University of Cambridge. He is a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons and has been awarded the Certificate in Equine Orthopaedic Surgery by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS). He has published several clinical articles in peer-review journals and is the author of three book chapters in equine diagnostics and surgery reference books. Luis recently completed a PhD in modelling of musculoskeletal ontogenic development at the Royal Veterinary College and Imperial College in London. He is a regular speaker at courses run by the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) on topics pertaining to lameness diagnostics and treatment. Luis has recently returned to the Faculdade de Medicina Veterinária in Lisbon, Portugal, where he now lectures in Equine Medicine & Surgery.

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    Marc Koene


    Fachtierarzt für Pferde
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    Marc Koene is one of the owners of Tierklinik Lüsche, a 28-vet equine practice in Germany. After his study of veterinary medicine he did the German track for Equine Veterinary Specialist. Marc is the team Veterinarian for Equestrian Sports (DOKR) of the German dressage team and Team USA eventing when they are in Europe. Furthermore he is an International Equestrian Federation (FEI) veterinarian and got his certificate as Chiropractor (IAVC, IACV certificated). Recently he entered the veterinary scientific board of the International Association of Laser Therapy.

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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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Sharjah Equine Hospital


Sharjah Equine Hospital
Bridge # 6, Al Dhaid Road, Al Atain
Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

Both lectures and practical sessions will be held at the clinic.


Sharjah International Airport: It is a 10-minute drive from the airport to Sharjah Equine Hospital.

Dubai International Airport: It is a 30-minute drive from the airport to Sharjah Equine Hospital.


Centro Sharjah by Rotana ***                         10 min to clinic      

Al Dhaid Rd

opposite Sharjah International Airport


United Arab Emirates

Phone:             +97 1 6 508 8000

Fax:                 +97 1 6 508 8111

Sharjah International Airport Hotel***        10 min to clinic      

Opposite Sharjah International Airport

next to Royal Hospital


United Arab Emirates

Phone:             +971 6 545 2888

Rayan Hotel Sharjah****                                  20 min to clinic 

Al Wahda


United Arab Emirates

Phone:             +971 6 572 0222

Citymax Sharjah***                                             20 min to clinic 

Al Wahda Street



United Arab Emirates

Phone:             +971 6 598 5000




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