Back, Sacroiliac & Pelvic Problems of the Horse – Webinar Series & 1-Day of Wetlabs

Date: Sun 29th Nov 2020
Venue: Valley Equine Veterinary Centre
Location: Upper Swan WA
Contact Hours: AVA VetEd Points to be announced
Course Language: English
Price: (net price, no tax will be added)*
Qualified Vet AUD 650.00
AUD 650.00
AUD 1950.00
AUD 2150.00
2nd vet, same clinic -
AUD 1855.00
AUD 2045.00
Student AUD 130.00
AUD 130.00
NZEVA Member -
AUD 1755.00
AUD 1935.00
Early Booking Deadline: Sunday 18th October 2020
Registration Deadline: Saturday 31st October 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.


On-demand Webinars & 1-Day of Wetlabs on Sat 29 November 2020


As a result of the current Covid-19 restrictions all lectures of this course will be provided as on demand recordings / webinars.  The 7-8 hours of practical sessions of both course days will be condensed to 1-day of wetlabs held at Valley Equine Veterinary Centre on Saturday 29th November.



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 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.

The following topics will be covered in well-illustrated lectures and case presentations, that have been live-streamed and are now available for on-demand viewing:

  • 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.

The 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 lunch 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/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.



The live-streamed webinars are now available as on demand recordings.


Application will be made to AVA VetEd for CPD points accreditation.


Notice about Bank Transactions:

For credit card transactions, the registration fees will be taken in $AUD or $NZD or $SGD  (as relevant to the chosen course) 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’ – 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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    Emmanuel Engeli
    Dr.Med.Vet, DVM, MRCVS

    Switzerland, United Kingdom

    American Board-Certified Equine Surgeon
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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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    Graham Munroe
    BVSc(Hons), PhD, CertEO, DESM, Dipl.ECVS, FRCVS

    United Kingdom

    European & RCVS Specialist in Equine Surgery
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    Graham qualified from the University of Bristol with Honours in 1979. He then spent 8 years in equine practice in Wendover, Newmarket, Arundel, and Oxfordshire including a stud season in New Zealand. Whilst in practice Graham studied for and gained a Certificate in Orthopaedics (CertEO) and a Diploma in Stud Medicine (DESM) from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.  In 1987 he became a Lecturer in Equine Surgery and Reproduction at Glasgow University. Whilst at Glasgow, Graham obtained a PhD by thesis on Neonatal Foal Ophthalmology and a Fellowship of the RCVS by examination in 1994.  He then joined the University of Edinburgh as a Senior Lecturer in Large animal surgery in 1994.  In 1997 he became a member of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons (ECVS) by examination.  Graham then set up a private equine consultancy practice based on the Scottish Borders in 1998 and currently consults in clinics in Scotland and northern England, and occasionally in Europe.  He has furthermore been a Visiting University Equine Surgeon at Cambridge Veterinary School from 2007-2009 and in 2011.

    Graham is interested in all areas of Surgery especially Orthopaedics and General Soft Tissue Surgery.  His interests however also include Diagnostic Imaging and Ophthalmology. Graham has been lecturing extensively across the UK and also in Europe and is an Editor for Equus Vetstream.  He has published over 60 referred papers and book chapters and is one of the editors of the book ‘Clinical Equine Medicine, Surgery and Reproduction’.  Graham has furthermore been the team vet for the British Driving Team from 1994-2000 and for the British Dressage and British Vaulting Teams in 2002.  He was also a FEI veterinary delegate at the Athens 2004 Olympics.

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    Ian Bidstrup
    BVSc (Hons), MChiroSc, Cert Acup, MANZCVS (Eq Med)


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    Ian is a private veterinary practitioner, principally working with horses (Graduated 1980, BVSC(Hons) Univ of Melb).  Over the last 20 years he has concentrated solely on treating spinal and upper body dysfunction, using acupuncture, chiropractic, osteopathy and regenerative injection therapy. Saddle Fit and Design are two of his back related passions.

     In addition to a Veterinary Degree Ian has a Master of Chiropractic Science Degree (Animal Chiropractic), from RMIT University (2002). First certified in chiropractic in 1995(AVCA) and acupuncture (IVAS) 1995. He has had many mentors in both disciplines.

    Ian lectured in Animal Chiropractic for RMIT University from 2002 to 2009. He has presented at many veterinary conferences, both in Australia and overseas.

    Over the last 10 years Ian has been using regenerative injection therapy (dextrose prolotherapy) in horses for upper body and spinal enthesial strain issues. Initially studying prolotherapy through medical and sports medicine prolotherapy courses, he has developed a real appreciation for the importance of enthesial strain and has translated a good deal of the teachings of medical prolotherapy to the shoulder, neck, spine, sacro-iliac region and stifle of horses. He believes enthesial strain is of huge importance in the development of spinal and upper body pain and dysfunction.

    Since 2000 Ian has been the principal instructor at around 25 Saddle Fit Accreditation and Advanced Accreditation courses for Accredited Saddle Fitters of Australasia. He is also the editor of the course manuals. (Both courses are currently 4 days courses with ongoing study, mentorship and examination). He is rated as a Master Saddle Fitter by ASFA.

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    Robin Bell
    BVSc, MVSc, DipVetClinStud, DipECVS


    Australian Registered Specialist in Equine Surgery; European Specialist in Equine Surgery
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    Robin obtained his veterinary degree at the University of Sydney where he also completed an internship at the University Veterinary Teaching Hospital Camden. Following this Robin completed his residency training in Equine Surgery and Masters Degree at Massey University in New Zealand, and then worked in a large referral lameness clinic in the United Kingdom.

    From 2007-2010 he ran the lameness and imaging service at the University of California, Davis in the United States before returning to the University of Sydney to run the Equine Performance and Imaging Centre.

    He is a registered European specialist in equine surgery and Board Certified with the American College of Equine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation.

    Robin is an official International Federation for Equestrian Sports (FEI) veterinarian in jumping, dressage and eventing. He is currently the veterinarian for the Australian Equestrian Teams, attending the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, and the 2014 and 2018 World Equestrian Games.

    His research interests include the treatment of tendon injuries with stem cells, clinical applications of MR and CT in equine practice, and the early diagnosis of musculoskeletal injuries in equine athletes.

    Robin is also a keen competitor in showjumping with his horses Casper, Bentley and Pikelet.

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Course Program

Valley Equine Veterinary Centre


7 Cathedral Ave
Upper Swan WA
6069, Australia


Phone: (08) 9296 3884
Fax: (08) 9296 3299



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“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 course, Finland

“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

“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