Back, Sacroiliac & Pelvic Problems – Lectures (online), On-Location Case-Discussions & Practical Sessions

Date: Sat 7th May 2022 - Sun 8th May 2022
Venue: Agnes Banks Equine Clinic / Apiam Animal Health
Location: near Sydney, Eastern Australia (Sydney Airport)
Contact Hours: 20 hrs – Lecture Series (10 hrs, online) & On-Location (10 hrs)
Course Language: English
  • Net price, no tax will be added*
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Qualified Vet -
AUD 1950.00
AUD 2150.00
2nd vet, same clinic -
AUD 1855.00
AUD 2045.00
Vet & Vet Tech (L&P both) -
AUD 3400.00
AUD 3750.00
Intern/Resident (Requires Certification from Clinic) -
AUD 1100.00
AUD 1100.00
Veterinary Student -
AUD 390.00
AUD 430.00
Early Booking Deadline: Sunday 27th March 2022
Registration Deadline: Friday 8th April 2022

* 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.


1.5-Day On-Location Portion (10 hrs, worth 1,540$AUD):   Sat 7 – Sun 8 May 2022

Saturday 3:00 – 7:30pm:  Case-Discussions, Q&A and Wine & Cheese Reception
Sunday 8:30am – 5:30pm:  Practical Sessions


10 hrs of Online Lectures (on-demand, worth 610$AUD)At your leisure

Attendees are expected to have worked through this Lecture Series before coming to the on-location portion of the course. Contact us if you have previously purchased this webinar series.


Total Continuing Education Hours:   20 hrs


COVID-19 Update
We have firm plans to hold all advertised courses and events scheduled in 2022 as announced on our website, provided that restrictions will have been lifted by then. We would like to reassure you that if you register for one of our upcoming courses, you will or can opt to receive a full refund if the course/event should have to be postponed or cancelled due to restrictions associated with Covid-19. We will of course continue to closely monitor developments and government advice, as well as adhering to routine social distancing and anti-viral procedures on the courses. As usual, we urge you to not make any non-refundable travel or accommodation arrangements until VetPD has confirmed in writing that the course/event will indeed take place and to have suitable travel insurance in place, should the situation / government advice suddenly change.



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 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.  

To participate in the On-Location Portion, attendees are required to have first worked through the  corresponding online Lecture Series 'Back, Sacroiliac & Pelvic Problems of the Horse':

  • If you have already purchased the Lecture Series independently of the On-Location Portion, please contact the office on for a voucher code to reduce the price accordingly.

The online Lecture Series addresses the following hot topics via well-illustrated, case-discussions providing a platform for the panel of speakers to share pitfalls, erroneous clinical conclusions and useful tips and tricks:

  • 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 Trauma, Fit & Suitability 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

Day 1 starts at 15:00h with 3 hours of interactive Case-DiscussionsQ&A which will give attendees the unique opportunity to apply what they have learned during Lecture Series in discussion with the world-renowned specialists. This will then be followed by the obligatory Wine & Cheese Reception allowing for attendees to socialise with colleagues and the speakers/instructors.  

On the second dayhours of practical sessions will give attendees the opportunity to put theory into practice on live horses and Equine Lumbar Facet & Sacroiliac Joint Injection Simulators 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, SI Region, Pelvis & Hip
  • Ultrasound of the Back & Facet Joint Injection Techniques      
  • Saddle Trauma, Fit & Suitability Assessment
  • Back, Sacroiliac & Pelvic Case-Discussions   
  • Ultrasound of the Sacroiliac Region, Pelvis & Hip
  • Sacroiliac Injection Techniques   

The course fee includes, coffee/tea breaks, a wine & cheese reception, lunch at a restaurant and a certificate of attendance. To participate in the On-Location Case-Discussions & Practical Sessions, attendees are required to have first worked through the Lecture Series (included in the price).  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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    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 refereed 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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    Kay Hastilow
    Master Saddler, Qualified Saddle Fitter, Master Saddle Fitting Consultant

    United Kingdom

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    Kay has been a saddler for over 50 years. Initially working on the bench making saddles and bridles, she started to specialise in saddle fitting in the early ‘70s having seen the effect quite minor changes to the saddles had on her show jumping horses.  She is a Master Saddler and was recently amongst the first group of people to be awarded the new qualification of Master Saddle Fitter from The Society of Master Saddlers (UK). Semi-retired from regular saddle work, she spends her time teaching and speaking on the subject of saddle fitting and is lead lecturer for the Society of Master Saddlers on their International Qualified Saddle Fitter courses.

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    Henk van der Veen
    DVM, Cert.ISELP

    The Netherlands

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    Henk graduated from Utrecht University, The Netherlands, in 1988. He spent the six years that followed working in two equine clinics in the north and southwest of The Netherlands. In 1994, Henk joined Lingehoeve Diergeneeskunde equine referral hospital in the heart of the Netherlands as equine veterinarian in the ambulatory practice. Since 2000, he has specialised in orthopaedics including lameness exams, pre-purchase exams and diagnostic imaging (radiology, ultrasound, scintygraphy and contrast CT). Henk gained his ISELP certification in 2008.

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    David Stack
    MVB, MSc, Dipl.ECVS, MRCVS

    United Kingdom

    European Specialist in Equine Surgery
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    David qualified from University College Dublin in 2003, before travelling to New York where he worked for four years in equine veterinary practice. Subsequently returning to Ireland he established his own equine ambulatory practice, focusing on imaging and treatment of equine athletes. David is a European Specialist in Equine Surgery and his main area of interest is orthopaedic surgery and lameness. He completed an equine surgery residency programme at University College Dublin before successfully passing the ECVS examination in February 2017. David moved to the UK in June 2016 where he worked for a year as the surgeon in the Western Counties Equine Hospital in Devon. Before moving to the Philip Leverhulme Equine Hosptial, David spent a year as the surgeon in Bourton Vale Equine Clinic, near Cheltenham. His most recent research involves investigating ultrasound-guided sacroiliac and cervical facet injection techniques. He has published work in the fields of joint surgery and synovial sepsis.

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    Ian Bidstrup
    BVSc(Hons) MACVSc(Equine Medicine), Master Chiro Sc, Cert Acup(IVAS)


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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 Dipl.ECVS Dipl.ACVSMR


    Australian Registered Specialist in Equine Surgery; European Specialist in Equine Surgery, American Specialist in Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation
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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 master’s 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. 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 Jumping Team and Dressage Teams, attending the 2014 World Equestrian Games in Normandy, the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio and the 2018 World Equestrian Games in North Carolina. 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 show jumping.

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Course Program

Agnes Banks Equine Clinic / Apiam Animal Health


Agnes Banks Equine Clinic
5 Price Lane
Agnes Banks
NSW 2753

Agnes Banks Equine Clinic / Apiam Animal Health

5 Price Lane

Agnes Banks, NSW 2753



Telephone:      (02) 4588 5200




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“Compared to other CE courses I have attended, VetPD was highly practical and full of information that can be used on a daily basis. The instructors were extremely knowledgeable and offered personalized guidance for each attendee during the wet labs.”

Sarah Cates, Wisconsin Equine Clinic and Hospital, WI, USA