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

Date: Sat 24th Mar 2018 - Sun 25th Mar 2018
Venue: South Eastern Equine Hospital
Location: near Melbourne, Southern Australia (Melbourne Tullamarine Airport)
Accredited Hours: This event is eligible for 23.5 VetEd points.
Course Language: English
Price: (net price, no tax will be added)*
Qualified Vet AUD 510.00 -
2nd vet, same clinic - -
Student AUD 220.00 -
Intern (Requires Certification from Clinic) AUD 550.00 -
Early Booking Deadline: Sunday 11th February 2018
Registration Deadline: Friday 23rd 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.


Sat 24  - Sun 25 March 2018 - A 2-Day Practical Course 

This course is now fully booked. If you wish to be added to our waiting list, please get in touch with Janelle @ Alternatively you may register 'Lectures only' or register for the entire course at our location in New Zealand: Back, Sacroiliac & Pelvic Problems of the Horse, NZ.


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 (in English, no translation)

  • 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 world-renowned experts in the field. 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, 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 and Cheese Reception (included) and an informal dinner with the speakers (not included in the registration fee).  Early course registration via the VetPD website is recommended as there are only a limited number of places available for the practical sessions of this course. 

Notice about Bank Transactions:

For credit card transactions, the registration fees will be taken in $AUD or $NZD (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, 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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    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.  Graham 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.  He 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 esp. 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.  Graham has published over 60 referred papers and book chapters and is one of the editors of the book ‘Clinical Equine Medicine, Surgery and Reproduction’.  He 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.  Graham was also a FEI veterinary delegate at the Athens 2004 Olympics.

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    Rachel Salz
    BSc(Hons), BVetMed, Dipl.ACVSMR, MRCVS


    American Specialist in Veterinary Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation
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    Rachel completed an honours degree in Neuroscience from the University of Edinburgh before going to vet school at the Royal Veterinary College in London. She graduated as a veterinary surgeon in 2009 and then moved to Sydney to undertake an internship at Randwick Equine Centre. She stayed on at the practice following her internship and spent two years doing predominantly race track practice. Having been a keen event rider herself she then developed the sports horse aspect of the practice and completed a residency to become a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation in 2016. She is now a senior associate at Randwick Equine Centre and focuses on racing and sports horse work. Her main interests are diagnostic imaging, lameness and rehabilitation.

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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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South Eastern Equine Hospital


South Eastern Equine Hospital
359 Hallam-Belgrave Road
Narre Warren North
Victoria, 3804


The options for public transport in this area are very limited – suggest car or car pooling. Attendees arriving from interstate or overseas via Melbourne (Tullamarine) Airport are advised to hire a car from the airport.

If arriving via Melbourne Airport (Tullamarine) you can travel by car via the M1 (52 minutes with no traffic – 65.1 km) or via the M3 (1 hour with no traffic – 71.9 km).  Note that all direct routes have TOLL ROADS in part.  To avoid tolls, please use a SatNav device.

To go via M1:  From Melbourne Airport, get on Calder Freeway / M79.    Take M2 and M1 to Heatherton Road / State Route 14.   Take exit 18 from M1.  Follow Heatherton Road / State Route 14 to Narre Warren North.

To go via M3:   From Melbourne Airport, get on Calder Freeway / M79.  Take M2 to Flemington Road in Parkville and take the exit for Flemington Road.  Get on Eastern Freeway /M3 in Clifton Hill from State Route 83.  Continue on M3 to Endeavour Hills.  Take exit 18 from Monash Freeway / M1.  Follow Heatherton Road / State Route 14 to Narre Warren North.

When booking accommodation, please do not book in Melbourne City as travel distances and traffic will become problematic – book Narre Warren / Dandenon / Cranbourne / Berwick area. See Hotels Near Narre Warren Guide, or consult or similar websites.


Hotels near Narre Warren North, Melbourne

Casey on Princes Motel               6  km from clinic        Rooms from AUD  $120/night

218 Princes Highway                             

Hallam 3803, VIC

Phone: (+61) 3  9703 1255                




Drive from hotel to clinic in 10 minutes (6 km) via  Belgrave-Hallam Rd


Burbank                                 8.8 km from clinic                Rooms from AUD  $125/night

70-72 Beaumont Road                          

Berwick 3806, VIC

Phone: (+61) 3 9769 9127                             


Drive from hotel to clinic in 11 minutes (8.8  km) via Heatherton Rd, Harkaway Rd, Gardiner St


Punthill Dandenong                     10.8   km from clinic               Rooms from AUD  $160/night

Cnr Lonsdale St & Foster St                  

Dandenong 3175, VIC

Phone: (+61) 3 8762 4188      




Drive from hotel to clinic in 17 minutes (11.7  km) via National Highway Alt 1 (Narre Warren Rd)


Quest Narre Warren                    6.2  km from clinic                             Rooms from AUD  $199/night

Cnr Princes Highway & Verdun Drive    

Narre Warren 3805, VIC

Phone:   (+61) 3  9796 6944                          



Drive from hotel to clinic in 11 minutes (6.2 km) via National Highway Alt 1 and Don Bosco Drive


Comfort Inn Dandenong                        10.4  km from clinic                Rooms from AUD  $115/night

124-126 Princes Highway                      

Dandenong 3175, VIC

Phone: (+61) 3 9706 8611                 




Drive from hotel to clinic in 15 minutes (10.4 km) via Heatherton Road/State Route 14.


Beaconsfield Lodge Motel                      11 km from clinic         Rooms from AUD $155

3 – 7 Souter St

Beaconsfield 3807 VIC

Phone:  (61) 3 9707 1454




The drive takes 14 minutes (11 km) via Harkaway Road (State Route 61), State Route 14


Ramada Encore Dandenong                10.2  km from clinic              Rooms from AUD $220

50 – 52 McCrae St

Dandenong 3175 VIC

Phone:  (61) 3 9793 0088




Drive 14 min (10.2 km) via Heatherton Road, State Route 14


Ibis Budget Dandenong                         12.5 km from clinic     Rooms from AUD $170

185 – 193 Princes Highway

(Cnr Edgewood Rd)

Dandenong 3175 VIC

Phone:    (61) 3 9708 5121




Drive 17 minutes (12.5) via Heatherton Road, State Route 14


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