Back, Sacroiliac & Pelvic Problems of the Horse - A 2-Day Practical Course

Date: Fri 15th Mar 2019 - Sat 16th Mar 2019
Venue: Halton Equine Veterinary Services
Location: Hamilton, near Toronto, ON (Region of Waterloo Intl, John C. Munro Hamilton Intl or Toronto Pearson Intl Airport)
Accredited Hours: 14.5 (RACE accredited)
Course Language: English
Price: (net price, no tax will be added)*
Qualified Vet USD 595.00 USD 1290.00
2nd vet, same clinic USD 565.00 USD 1225.00
Student USD 120.00 USD 260.00
Intern (Requires Certification from Clinic) USD 300.00 -
Vet & Vet Tech (L&P both) - USD 2300.00
Vet L&P / Tech L-only - USD 1860.00
Early Booking Deadline: Sunday 3rd March 2019
Registration Deadline: Thursday 14th March 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 15 – Sat 16 March 2019 - A 2-Day Practical Course

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

*VetPD has a block of rooms available at Staybridge Suites Guelph.  Please call the hotel directly and book before 2/20/19 for the group rate (Code VET). 


Conditions affecting the back, pelvis and sacroiliac region are common in the horse and can cause pain, poor performance and lameness. Over the past decade the axial skeleton has been extensively researched; this new knowledge combined with recently published retrospective studies have shed light on these previously poorly understood problems. This 2-day practical course is suitable for veterinarians from mixed and equine practice who are keen to update their knowledge on the pathophysiology, clinical presentation, diagnosis and up-to-date therapy of back, pelvic and sacroiliac problems in the horse.
In the mornings the following topics will be covered in well-illustrated lectures and case presentations: 

  • Clinical examination of the back
  • Anatomy & Imaging of the back
  • Diagnostic techniques for back conditions
  • Common conditions of the back
  • Less common conditions of the back
  • Saddle fit assessment
  • Sacroiliac disease – Pathophysiology & Diagnosis
  • Sacroiliac disease – Injections & Therapy
  • Clinical examination of the pelvis and hip
  • Imaging of the pelvis and hip
  • Soft tissue and muscle conditions of the pelvis
  • Bony problems affecting the pelvis and hip

Open and frank discussions are encouraged during the dedicated question times and the speakers will share their personal experiences (successes and failures) with attendees.
In the afternoons, 7 hours of practical sessions will give attendees the opportunity to put theory into practice on live horses and equine specimens and to ask questions in small groups (2 – 4 attendees / ultrasound machine), all under the supervision of specialists. The following practical sessions will be covered during the course: 

  • Clinical examination of the back
  • Ultrasound of the back & Facet Joint injections
  • Saddle fit assessment
  • Clinical examination of the pelvis and hip
  • Ultrasound of the pelvis & hip
  • Sacroiliac injection techniques on specimens     

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). Early course registration is recommended as there are only a limited number of places available.

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    Emmanuel Engeli
    Dr.Med.Vet, DVM, Dipl.ECVS, MRCVS

    Switzerland, United Kingdom

    American & RCVS Specialist in Equine Surgery and Orthopaedics
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    Emmanuel qualified from the University of Bern, Switzerland in 1998 and went on to perform a Large Animal Internship at the University of Minnesota, USA followed by a Large Animal Surgery Residency (surgical specialisation) at Cornell University in New York.  He became a Diplomate of the American and European College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2004.

    Following his residency he worked as an equine surgeon in private practice in New York and Switzerland before accepting the position as Head of the Orthopaedic Department at the Bell Equine Veterinary Clinic in Kent, England in 2005. In March 2009 he was appointed Head of the Equine Hospital and University Equine Surgeon at The Queen's Veterinary School Hospital of the University of Cambridge.  Emmanuel is now working as a Consultant for Equine Orthopaedics for private equine clinics in East Anglia and the Southeast of England with a focus on lameness and performance diagnostics/therapeutics and orthopaedic surgery.  Emmanuel has published several clinical articles in peer-reviewed veterinary journals and lectures regularly at national and international courses/conferences on equine orthopaedics.

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    Elizabeth Davidson
    BS, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, Dipl.ACVSMR

    United States

    American Specialist in Equine Surgery & Equine Sports Medicine / Rehabilitation
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    Elizabeth J. Davidson is an Associate Professor of Sports Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, New Bolton Center. Dr. Davidson received her DVM from Michigan State University in 1992. She completed an equine internship at Pilchuck Veterinary Hospital in Snohomish, Washington and surgical residency training at Penn’s New Bolton Center. She is Diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation.  Dr. Davidson has special interest and expertise in sport horse lameness, the “hard to diagnose” horse, and those horses affected with neck and back pain.  

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    Annette Gavin
    BA(Hons), BHSii, Qualified Saddle Fitter, USPC Nat. Examiner

    United Kingdom, United States

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    Annette was educated in the UK, attending City University in London where she graduated with a Politics and Law Degree. After University she concentrated on her passion of horses and competed in Three Day Level Eventing in the UK and Intermediare II in dressage. During this time she qualified through the British Horse Society’s Examinations as an Instructor and Rider taking and passing her Intermediate Instructor exams. Annette taught Pony Club in the UK and was an examiner at the B Level. After immigrating to the USA to a job as an Associate Professor in the Wilson College Equestrian program, she taught Pedagogy and Biomechanics classes as well as the practical and theoretical study of backing the young horse and riding classes. Annette went on to establish her own saddlery company and Qualified with the Society of Master Saddlers as a Qualified Saddle Fitter. Since then she has been fitting and doing saddle research in conjunction with the Novel company. Novel assists by providing a Pliance Pressure System to use under saddles. Research is also conducted using high speed camera analysis done with the Quintic system. This research is used to assist in product development, problem solving and increased awareness of Pliance.

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    Wade Tenney
    BS, DVM

    United States

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    Dr. Wade Tenney completed his veterinary studies at Colorado State University. He then went on to do an equine private practice internship at Littleton Equine Medical Center where he stayed on for an additional two years as an associate veterinarian. He then joined B.W. Furlong and Associates in Oldwick, New Jersey where he practiced as an ambulatory/clinic veterinarian with a strong focus on reproduction and nuclear scintigraphy. In 2005, Dr. Tenney completed a 1 year fellowship in Large Animal Ultrasound with Dr. Mary Beth Whitcomb and Dr. Betsy Vaughan at the University of California, Davis. Following his fellowship, Dr. Tenney joined Steinbeck Country Equine Clinic on California’s beautiful central coast. During this time he worked as a general practitioner with a strong focus on sports medicine and ultrasound. He also provided care to clients at the HITS Thermal Horse Show during the winter months. In April of 2013, Dr. Tenney joined the Large Animal Ultrasound Department at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. At the Hospital for Large Animals, Dr. Tenney works closely with the Sports Medicine, Internal Medicine and General Surgery services, providing diagnostic ultrasound services to horses throughout the Northeast. Dr. Tenney also spends the winter months at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida providing ultrasound consultations for performance horses in south Florida.

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Halton Equine Veterinary Services


Halton Equine Veterinary Services
42 Concession Rd 14 E
Puslinch, ON, N0B 2J0

*VetPD has a block of rooms available at Staybridge Suites Guelph.  Please call the hotel directly and book before 2/20/19 for the group rate (Code VET). 


DIRECTIONS – 5 min south of 401

From the 401, turn south onto ON-6 S                       4.1 km

Turn left onto Maddaugh Rd                                             450 m

Turn right onto Concession Rd 14 E

Destination will be on the right                                      450 m


International / Domestic airports

35 km: Region of Waterloo International Airport - Kitchener, Canada

45 km: John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport - Hamilton, Canada

58 km: Toronto Pearson International Airport - Toronto, Canada

80 km: Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport - Toronto, Canada

Nearby Hotels - please note there are more options on hotel booking websites

Hotel Details

Distance to clinic

Guide price (prpn)


Mohawk Inn & Conference Centre

9230 Guelph Line

L0P 1B0

Milton Canada

Tel:           +1-905 854 2277



13 Kms ( 13 min)



Staybridge  #6 Guelph

11 Corporate Ct

 Guelph, ON N1G 5G5

Tel: +1- (519) 767-3300


 17.5 Kms ( 14 min by 401 & 6)



Delta Marriot Guelph

50 Stone Rd W

Guelph, ON N1G 0A9

Tel: +1- (519) 780-3700


17.5 Kms ( 20 min)


Best Western Plus Guelph 

716 Gordon St

 Guelph,  ON N1G 1Y6

Tel: +1- (519) 836-1240


17.5 Kms ( 20 min)


Days Inn Guelph

785 Gordon St

Guelph, ON N1G 1Y8

Tel:   +1-519) 822-9112


17 Kms ( 19 min)


Best Western Plus

?161 Chisholm Drive

L9T 4A6

Milton Canada

Tel:+1-905 875 3818


 23 Kms (20 min)


Great balance between theory & practical wetlabs, interesting speakers of high quality, not exclusive to specialist vets, but suitable for all

Folke Rohrssen, Cahir, Ireland

Back, Sacroiliac & Pelvic Problems of the Horse – Helsinki, Finland – May 2018


Good lectures, very well organized and I am very pleased with the knowledge that I gained.

Malin K. Austnes, Wroclaw, Poland.

Back, Sacroiliac & Pelvic Problems of the Horse course 2016


Very user friendly, quite informal, a lot packed in two days but brilliant content. Learnt loads, and increased my confidence. Would highly recommend.

Phil Richards, Mendip Way Equine clinic, Bristol, UK.

Back, Sacroiliac & Pelvic Problems of the Horse course 2016