Donkey Medicine & Surgery – A 2-Day Practical Course

Date: Fri 7th Sep 2018 - Sat 8th Sep 2018
Venue: Tierklinik Hattersheim
Location: near Frankfurt, Western Germany (Frankfurt Airport)
Accredited Hours: 14 ATF Hours
Course Language: English (German Moderation)
Price: (net price, no tax will be added)*
Qualified Vet EUR 495.00 EUR 980.00
2nd vet, same clinic EUR 470.00 EUR 930.00
BEVA Member EUR 430.00 -
Student EUR 100.00 -
Intern (Requires Certification from Clinic) EUR 250.00 EUR 490.00
Early Booking Deadline: Sunday 29th July 2018
Registration Deadline: Thursday 6th September 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.


Fri 7 - Sat 8 September 2018 - A 2-Day Practical Course

Please be aware that there are only a limited number of BEVA spaces available.

The registration deadline has been extended as this course will definately take place.Image


This 2-day practical course provides equine practitioners with a good overview on all medical, orthopaedic and surgical aspects specific to donkeys allowing participants to not only expand their knowledge but especially their hands-on skillset.  Through the following lectures the speakers will highlight how different donkeys are from horses and will share useful tips and tricks with the attendees:

  • Not just a small Horse – How Donkeys are different…
  • Colic and its particular challenges in Donkeys
  • Dentistry in Donkeys
  • Orthopaedic Problems – Lameness & Hoof Disorders
  • Dealing with Liver Diseases in Donkeys
  • Donkey Nutrition
  • Endocrine Disorders
  • Surgery in Donkeys
  • Hyperlipaemia
  • The Role of the Donkey Globally

Between both afternoons, 7 hours of practical sessions will give attendees plenty of opportunity to put theory into practice on live donkeys and cadaver specimens and to ask questions in small groups (2 – 4 attendees / ultrasound machine), all under the supervision of specialists. Each attendee will rotate through the following practical sessions:

  • Abdominal Ultrasound
  • Ophthalmologic Procedures – Nerve blocks, lavage system placement, keratotomy, aqueocentesis etc.
  • Anaesthesia – Case-based Protocols
  • Hyperlipaemia Workshop
  • Donkey Dentistry (live donkeys & specimens)
  • Exotic Donkey Disease – Case examples

The course fee includes lunches at a restaurant, coffee/tea breaks, a wine & cheese reception, 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 via the VetPD website is recommended as there are only a limited number of places available.


This course is suitable for RCVS Modules:  B-EP.3; C-E.1; C-E.2; C –E.3; C-E.5; C-E.6; C-E.7; C-E.12; C-E.13; C–E.15; C-E.16; C-E.17; C-VA.2

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    Andy Durham

    United Kingdom

    RCVS & European Specialist in Equine Internal Medicine
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    Andy graduated from Bristol in 1988 and after two years in mixed practice started in ambulatory equine practice in the Midlands. He gained the RCVS CertEP in 1993 before moving to Liphook Equine Hospital in 1994, becoming a partner in 2001. This was followed by the RCVS diploma in equine internal medicine in 2003 and European diploma in equine internal medicine in 2004. Andy has continued to perform a little first opinion ambulatory work although he now mainly works in the new hospital at Liphook with medical in-patients and the diagnostic laboratory. He has recently been appointed as visiting professor at the University of Surrey, Guildford and is involved in the development of a new veterinary school there. Andy’s main professional interests are in endocrine disease, liver disease, dermatology, infectious diseases and most other aspects of internal medicine.

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    Patrick Pollock
    BVMS, PhD, CertES(Soft Tissue), DipECVS, FHEA, FRCVS

    United Kingdom

    European & RCVS Specialist in Equine Surgery
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    Patrick qualified from the University of Glasgow, Scotland in 1998 and after a spell in mixed general practice in North East Scotland undertook an Internship and Residency in Large Animal Surgery at University College Dublin, Ireland followed by a Lectureship in Large Animal Surgery at the same institution.  He became a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2004. Following this Patrick worked as senior surgeon in the Large Animal Hospital at the University of Copenhagen Dublin before returning to The Weipers Centre Equine Hospital, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Glasgow, Scotland as Senior Lecturer in Equine Surgery. Patrick recently took on the post of Senior Lecturer in Equine Surgery at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in Edinburgh.

    Patrick has recently performed surgery across the UK, and in Ireland, Scandinavia, France, the USA, the Middle East and Africa. He has taken the lead in development of dynamic overground endoscopy, and has clinical interests in minimally invasive surgery, standing surgery, wound healing and all aspects of performance investigation and the equine upper airway. Patrick is a consultant to the Veterinary Wound Healing Library and has published widely in books and peer-reviewed veterinary journals and lectures regularly at national and international courses/conferences on equine surgery. In addition Patrick has an interest in working equidae and has travelled widely in the developing world providing clinical training for local veterinary surgeons and animal owners.
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    Alexandra Raftery

    United Kingdom

    European Specialist in Equine Internal Medicine
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    Alex graduated from Pembroke College, Cambridge in 2009. An equine internship at Liverpool University in 2009 was interspersed by a spell in equine practice,  and then a Medicine Fellowship at Hagyards in Kentucky in 2011.  After returning to equine practice for a further year, Alex joined the Weipers Centre Equine Hospital, Glasgow University to complete an equine internal medicine residency and Masters degree.  Now a Diplomat of the European College of Internal Medicine (2016) she is currently an equine medicine clinician at the Weipers Centre, Glasgow.  Alex is particularly interested in infectious diseases with a focus on working equids and she has worked in North and West Africa building clinical and research expertise.

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Tierklinik Hattersheim


Tierklinik Hattersheim
Birkenhof 2
65795 Hattersheim


Distance from Frankfurt Airport - approx. 11.8 km


Take the A66 Frankfurt – Wiesbaden, exit Hattersheim-Süd/West (industrial area, Okriftel). Follow in the direction of Hattersheim Süd/West, across the set of lights and turn right after 100m. The clinic is signposted from here.

Local Hotels

Parkhotel Frankfurt Airport***        

Mainzer Landstrasse 33, 65795 Hattersheim. Tel: +49 (0) 6190 89 99 0. Email

Distance to clinic 1.4 km                           

Rooms from €80

Hotel am Schwimmbad ***                     

Staufenstraße 35, 65795 Hattersheim am Main. Tel: +49 (0)511 9 72 56 0. Email: Website:

Distance to clinic 1.7 km                               

Rooms from €89

Gästehaus Frankfurt***                  

Mainzer Landstrasse 50, 65795 Hattersheim. Tel: +49 6190 934740. Email: Website:

Distance to clinic 1.2 km                               

Rooms from €39

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