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

Date: Tue 20th Mar 2018 - Wed 21st Mar 2018
Venue: Waikato Equine Veterinary Centre
Location: North Island, New Zealand (Auckland Intl or Hamilton Airport)
Accredited Hours: This course provides 15 contact hours of CPD.
Course Language: English
Price: (net price, no tax will be added)*
Qualified Vet NZD 1090.00 NZD 2150.00
NZEVA Member NZD 980.00 NZD 1935.00
2nd vet, same clinic NZD 1035.00 -
Student NZD 220.00 -
Intern (Requires Certification from Clinic) NZD 550.00 NZD 1100.00
Early Booking Deadline: Tuesday 6th February 2018
Registration Deadline: Monday 19th 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.


Tue 20  - Wed 21 March 2018 - A 2-Day Practical Course 

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



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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    Josephine Dancy

    New Zealand

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    Jospehine is a Society of Master Saddler's Qualified Fitter and has been in the business for 35 years. Josephine has been a rider all her life and owned top level horses competing at both national and International level both in New Zealand and in Europe.  She founded the National Saddle Centre in the UK in 1992 and  brought the concept to NZ when she emigrated in 2002.   Josephine later assisted an employee, Lesley McGill, to take the National Saddle Centre name and methods to Canada and the USA.   NSC's extensive sponsored rider programme helped Jospehine develop the NSC brand by working with many of New Zealand's top riders, with whom she been extensively involved in the development and design of saddles in the last 20 years.    Josephine has also lectured and demonstrated saddle fit to riding clubs and organisations around the world, including Japan.  NSC NZ was sold in September 2017 but Josephine enjoys remaining active as a consultant. 

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Waikato Equine Veterinary Centre


Waikato Equine Veterinary Centre
11 Pickering Road, RD 1
RD 1 Cambridge 3493

Please note: The lectures are taking place at the following venue:

Onyx Café & Bar

70 Alpha Street


Telephone:      (64) 7 827 7740



The clinic is located between Hamilton and Cambridge in the Waikato area (see map accompanying). There is a wide choice of accommodations in Hamilton, approximate 18 min drive away (via State Highway 1 and Bruntwood Road), plus some lovely B & B options in both Hamilton and Cambridge (see document on hotels).

If arriving on International flights, Auckland International Airport is your best option. There are connecting flights to Hamilton Airport, but they can involve long waits. Alternatively, you can hire a car at Auckland and enjoy the lovely scenic drive to Hamilton, or take one of the several available bus or shuttle options.

If driving from Auckland, it takes approximately 1 hour 40 minutes via State Highway 1 (129 km) or 1 hour 50 minutes via State Highway 2 (153 km). From State Highway 1, take Matangi exit, turn right at roundabout, drive under expressway and turn left into Tamahere Drive, 2 km turn left into Pickering Road, drive under expressway and 5 km on right.

If arriving at Hamilton Airport, the clinic is only 13 minutes’ drive (13.7 km) via State Highway 21 and Bruntwood Road.

For bus or shuttle services from Auckland to Hamilton, see:

If arriving from the South, Wellington Airport, connect a flight to Hamilton Airport, drive (approx. 6 ½ hours – 520 km) or see the following for bus services:


Cambrian Lodge Motel                6.1 km from clinic           Rooms from NZD $110 /night

63 Hamilton Road                                 

Cambridge, NZ

Phone: (+64) 7 827 7766                   




800 m to Onyx Café & Bar;   6.1 km (7 min) drive to clinic via State H’way 1B & Bruntwood Rd


Captains Quarters Motor Inn   6.1 km from clinic      Rooms from NZD $120 /night

57a Hamilton Road                               

Cambridge, NZ

Phone: (+64) 7 827 8989                   




850 m to Onyx Café & Bar;    6.1 km (7 min) drive to clinic via State H’way 1B & Bruntwood Rd


No. 1 Motels on Victoria             6.1 km from clinic                  Rooms from NZD $ 80/night

87-89 Victoria Street                             

Cambridge 3434, NZ

Phone: (+64) 7 823 1467                   




400 m to Onyx Café & Bar;    Motel offers an airport shuttle service;   Drive 6.1 km (7 min) to clinic via State H’way 1B & Bruntwood Rd


Colonial Court Motel                    6.1 km from clinic       Rooms from NZD $110 /night

37 Vogel Street                                     

Cambridge, 3434  NZ

Phone: (+64) 7  827 5244                  




1.8 km to Onyx Café & Bar;  Drive 6.1  km (7 min)  to clinic  via Peake Road OR via State H’way 1B & Bruntwood Rd


In Hamilton:

Atrium on Ulster                             21 km from clinic      Rooms from NZD $140/night

281 – 285 Ulster St                               

3240 Hamilton, NZ

Phone: (+64) 7 839 0839                   



Direct route from hotel to clinic is 23 minutes via State Highway 1 and Bruntwood Road


Argent Motor Lodge                    17 km from clinic                Rooms from NZD $120/night

27 Lorne St


3010 Hamilton, NZ

Phone (+64) 7 843 9912         Email:      

It takes 15 minutes to drive from the hotel to the clinic, via State Highway 1 and Bruntwood Road. 

5 min drive from Hamilton City Centre;  15 min Drive from Hamilton airport.


**There are also many other hotels and many great B & Bs around Hamilton and Cambridge!  For more options visit or similar websites.