Equine Hindlimb Lameness Diagnostics (incl. Objective Gait Analysis) & Therapies - A 2-Day Practical Course

Date: Fri 28th Sep 2018 - Sat 29th Sep 2018
Venue: Halton Equine Veterinary Services
Location: Hamilton, near Toronto, ON (Region of Waterloo Intl, John C. Munro Hamilton Intl or Toronto Pearson Intl Airport)
Accredited Hours: 12 (RACE accredited)
Course Language: English
Price: (net price, no tax will be added)*
Qualified Vet USD 590.00 USD 1290.00
2nd vet, same clinic USD 560.00 USD 1245.00
Student USD 120.00 USD 270.00
Intern (Requires Certification from Clinic) USD 300.00 -
Vet & Vet Tech (L&P both) - USD 2270.00
Vet L&P / Tech L-only USD 1840.00 -
Early Booking Deadline: Sunday 19th August 2018
Registration Deadline: Wednesday 26th 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 28 - Sat 29 September 2018 - A 2-Day Practical Course

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


This 2-day practical course has been developed for equine veterinarians who have experience with lameness investigations and provides a critical overview of possible causes of hindlimb lameness, diagnostic anaesthetic strategies and how to interpret nerve and joint block results, via a regio-anatomic approach.   Discussions on the upper hindlimb as a cause of lameness (hip joint, pelvic and sacroiliac problems), objective gait analysis and on systemic and intra-articular joint therapies will round the course off.  All speakers/instructors are internationally renowned in the field of lameness diagnostics and spend a significant proportion of their clinical work investigating complex lameness cases.  

In the mornings the following highly-illustrated lectures will be covered by the specialist: 

  • Lameness Examination – Does it matter how it is done?
  • Foot, Pastern and Fetlock – Diagnostics (Imaging & Anaesthetic Techniques)
  • Foot, Pastern and Fetlock – Conditions & Therapy
  • Proximal Metatarsus & Tarsus – Diagnostics (incl. US technique)
  • Proximal Metatarsus & Tarsus – Conditions & Therapy
  • Objective Gait Analysis – Principles & Clinical Applications
  • Stifle Joint – Diagnostics
  • Stifle Joint – Conditions & Therapy          
  • Hip Joint, Pelvis & Sacroiliac Region – Diagnostics
  • Hip Joint, Pelvis & Sacroiliac Region – Conditions & Therapy     
  • Conventional systemic & intra-articular Joint Therapies             
  • Systemic & intra-articular Regenerative Therapies        

In the afternoons, 7 hours of practical and case-based sessions will give attendees plenty of opportunity to put theory into practice on live horses and limb specimens in small groups (2 – 4 attendees per ultrasound machine) and to discuss all aspects of Hindlimb Lameness diagnostics and therapeutics with the specialists.   Each attendee will be rotating through the following practical and case-based stations:

  • Subjective Lameness Examination         
  • Objective Gait Analysis                 
  • Nerve & Joint Blocks (incl. ultrasound-guidance) 
  • Ultrasound of the Metatarsus, Tarsus or Stifle Joint – Region chosen by each group individually
  • 2 hours of clinical cases evaluated via subjective and objective gait analysis                              

The course fee includes coffee/tea breaks, lunches, a wine & cheese reception, extensive 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 is recommended as there are only a limited number of places available.

Please note that we have a room block of 15 rooms for VetPD and attendees for $124.99 CAD/night. Attendees can call hotel directly (519-767-3300) and ask for the Vet PD group block, code VET.
  • VetPD

    Roger Smith
    MA, VetMB, PhD, FHEA, DEO, Dipl.ECVS, ECVDI Assoc., MRCVS

    United Kingdom

    RCVS and European Specialist in Equine Surgery (Orthopaedics)
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    Roger is currently Professor of Equine Orthopaedics at the Royal Veterinary College, London, England. He qualified as a veterinary surgeon from Cambridge University  in 1987 and, after 2 years in practice, returned to academia to undertake further clinical training as a Resident in Equine Studies at the Royal Veterinary College. Following his residency, Roger undertook a 3-year research project culminating in the award of a PhD for his studies on the extracellular matrix of equine tendon.  Roger remained at the Royal Veterinary College, first as a Lecturer in Equine Surgery, then as Senior Lecturer in Equine Surgery before his appointment to Professor in Equine Orthopaedics in December 2003. He holds the Diploma of Equine Orthopaedics from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, and is both a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons and a Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Specialist in Equine Surgery. Roger currently divides his time equally between running a specialist orthopaedic service within the Royal Veterinary College and continuing to direct research into equine tendon disease. His principal research interests are understanding the pathogenesis of tendon disease, the development of a serological assay for tendonitis, and stem cell therapy for tendons in conjunction with a commercial company, VetCell, which he helped set up.

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    Wes Sutter
    DVM, MS, Dipl.ACVS

    United States

    American Specialist in Equine Surgery
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    Dr. W. Wesley Sutter was born in Lander, Wyoming. He received his bachelors of science in biochemistry from Colorado State University in 1997. He then completed his doctor of veterinary medicine from Colorado State University in 2000. Following veterinary school he completed a one-year rotating equine surgery and medicine internship at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky. After completing his internship, Dr. Sutter completed a surgical residency at The Ohio State University where he later served as an assistant professor in equine orthopedic surgery before entering private practice as a surgeon at Ocala Equine Hospital. After 5 years at Ocala Equine Hospital, he co-founded Lexington Equine Surgery and Sports Medicine in Lexington Kentucky. His primary interests are in equine orthopedics, upper respiratory surgery and lameness. He is the author of several scientific papers and book chapters.

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  • VetPD

    Kevin Keegan
    DVM, MS, Dipl.ACVS

    United States

    American Specialist in Equine Surgery
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    Dr. Keegan was born and raised in Missouri . He graduated from the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine in 1983 and spent his first 3 postgraduate years in private equine practice in Maryland and Delaware . In 1989 he completed a 3-year equine surgery residency and Master of Science degree at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign , Illinois . While completing the Master of Science degree Dr. Keegan received training in statics and dynamics, experimental stress analysis, biomedical instrumentation and signal processing. After completing this surgery residency Dr. Keegan returned to private practice outside Detroit , Michigan , specializing in equine surgery and lameness. He returned to the University of Missouri in 1990 as a clinical instructor, was promoted to Assistant Professor in 1991 and to Associate Professor in 1998. Dr. Keegan is board certified in the American College of Veterinary Surgery. His primary research interest is using computer-assisted gait analysis to diagnose lameness in horses. He is a member of the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association, The American Association of Equine Practitioners and the American Veterinary Medical Association.

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Halton Equine Veterinary Services


Halton Equine Veterinary Services
42 Concession Rd 14 E
Puslinch, ON, N0B 2J0

DIRECTIONS – 5 min south of 401

From the 401, turn south onto ON-6 S                       4.1 km

Turn left onto Maddaugh Rd                                             450 m

Turn right onto Concession Rd 14 E

Destination will be on the right                                      450 m


International / Domestic airports

35 km: Region of Waterloo International Airport - Kitchener, Canada

45 km: John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport - Hamilton, Canada

58 km: Toronto Pearson International Airport - Toronto, Canada

80 km: Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport - Toronto, Canada

Nearby Hotels - please note there are more options on hotel booking websites

Hotel Details

Distance to clinic

Guide price (prpn)


Mohawk Inn & Conference Centre

9230 Guelph Line

L0P 1B0

Milton Canada

Tel:           +1-905 854 2277

Web:     http://hotels.com/mowhawk-Inn-Campbellville


13 Kms ( 13 min)



Staybridge  #6 Guelph

11 Corporate Ct

 Guelph, ON N1G 5G5

Tel: +1- (519) 767-3300

Web: https://www.staybridge.com/hotels/us/en/reservation

 17.5 Kms ( 14 min by 401 & 6)



Delta Marriot Guelph

50 Stone Rd W

Guelph, ON N1G 0A9

Tel: +1- (519) 780-3700

Web:  http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/ykfdg-delta-hotels-guelph-conference-centre

17.5 Kms ( 20 min)


Best Western Plus Guelph 

716 Gordon St

 Guelph,  ON N1G 1Y6

Tel: +1- (519) 836-1240

Web:   https://www.bestwestern.com/en_US.html

17.5 Kms ( 20 min)


Days Inn Guelph

785 Gordon St

Guelph, ON N1G 1Y8

Tel:   +1-519) 822-9112

Web: https://www.wyndhamhotels.com/days-inn/guelph-ontario/days-inn-guelph/

17 Kms ( 19 min)


Best Western Plus

?161 Chisholm Drive

L9T 4A6

Milton Canada

Tel:+1-905 875 3818

Web: http://bestwesternontario.com/hotels

 23 Kms (20 min)


Good mix of theory and practice, enthusiastic lecturers, good teamwork, nice small groups and a lot of hands on practice

Jette Watson Kjaer, Alsia Dyrehospital, Augustenborg, Denmark. 

Equine Hindlimb Lameness Diagnostics & Therapy course 2016


Specific, intensive, practical, interactive and useful!

Francis van der Poll, Antwerp, Belgium

Equine Hindlimb Lameness Diagnostics & Therapy course 2015