Equine Orthopaedic Emergencies & Wound Management – A 2-Day Practical Course

Date: Sat 4th Aug 2018 - Sun 5th Aug 2018
Venue: South Eastern Equine Hospital
Location: near Melbourne, Southern Australia (Melbourne Tullamarine Airport)
Accredited Hours: This event is eligible for 22 VetEd points.
Course Language: English
Price: (net price, no tax will be added)*
Qualified Vet AUD 1050.00 AUD 2090.00
2nd vet, same clinic AUD 1000.00 AUD 1985.00
Student AUD 220.00 AUD 450.00
Veterinary Nurse AUD 1000.00 -
Vet & Vet Tech (L&P both) - AUD 1570.00
Early Booking Deadline: Sunday 24th June 2018
Registration Deadline: Thursday 2nd August 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 4 - Sun 5 August -  A 2-Day Practical Course


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


Orthopaedic emergencies and severe wounds in horses are common occurrences and require a calm and confident approach to the injured horse and its owner/trainer.  The ability of the equine practitioner to make immediate decisions and initiate critical treatments with foresight to the long-term result, and to accurately reassess progress over time is vital to the long-term outcome of the case.  This 2-day practical course has been developed to equip veterinarians from mixed and equine practice with the required knowledge and the practical skills to examine injured horses and to carry out state-of-the-art therapy. This course very much focusses on decision-making in an equine orthopaedic emergency situation.  Over the two days the approach to orthopaedic emergency scenarios will be extensively discussed and trained on live horses and specimens.  The management of acute and chronic wounds, including skin grafting techniques will also be covered.  

In the mornings the following topics will be covered through highly illustrated lectures and case presentations (in English, no translation): 

  • Orthopaedic and other Emergencies – initial approach and management

  • Fractures = euthanasia?    

  • Approach and Management of Acute Wounds – To repair or not to repair?

  • Splinting & Casting – General Indications & Techniques    

  • Wound Dressings – Does it really matter which one I choose?    

  • Lacerations involving tendons, bones and synovial structures

  • Skin Grafting Techniques – Can cosmetic outcomes be achieved?    

  • Wound Healing – why some wounds heal and others do not

  • Synovial Sepsis – decision making and therapies

  • Approach and Management of Chronic Wounds – what’s new?


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, the 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), all under the supervision of the experts. The following practical sessions will be covered during the course, including stations where attendees can present difficult first aid cases, wound repair challenges and discuss them with the other attendees and the instructor: 


  • Splinting & Casting Techniques                

  • 2 Wound Repair Workshops                 

  • Synovial Sepsis – Joint Lavage Techniques            

  • Skin Grafting Techniques                    

  • Wound Repair Challenges – Cases presented by attendees (5 min presentations)


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 an informal dinner with the speakers (not included in the registration fee).  Early course registration is recommended as there are only a limited number of places available in the practical sessions. 


Notice about Bank Transactions:

For credit card transactions, the registration fees will be taken in $AUD or $NZD or $SGD  (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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    Derek Knottenbelt

    United Kingdom

    RCVS & European Specialist in Equine Internal Medicine
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    Derek qualified from Edinburgh University in 1970 and after a period in research, spent 12 years in private practice. During this time he developed a keen interest in equine medicine and in 1985 he joined the academic world. Derek moved to Liverpool in 1989 and has since become Professor in Equine Internal Medicine. He has published widely in the scientific and lay press and is the author of 10 recognised text books. Derek has received international awards for his welfare work, his science and in 2005 he was honoured with an OBE by the Queen for his services to the horse. He is involved with national and international equine welfare and other charities. Derek's main professional interests are in oncology, dermatology, ophthalmology and wound management.

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    Nick Kannegieter
    BVSc, DipVetClinStud, PhD, FANZCVSc


    Australian Registered Specialist in Equine Surgery
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    Dr Nick graduated in Veterinary Science at the University of Sydney in 1983 and undertook an internship at the university’s Rural Veterinary Centre in 1984. The next four years were spent at Massey University in New Zealand as a Junior Lecturer/Lecturer undertaking a PhD in laryngeal hemiplegia and receiving post graduate training in Equine Surgery. He was admitted as a member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists by examination in Equine Surgery in 1988.

    Nick took up the position of Registrar in Equine Medicine and Surgery at Sydney University in 1990 and was Senior Registrar from 1992-1995. Nick Obtained Fellowship of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in Equine Surgery in 1990 and was granted Specialist registration in Equine Surgery by the NSW Veterinary Surgeons Board in 1991, by the ACT Vet Surgeons Board in 1997 and by Queensland in 2001. He was a member of the Executive of the Australian Equine Veterinary Association (AEVA) from 1990-2001 (President 1994), was on the AVA Board of Directors from 1996-2001 and is currently Chairman of the AVA Insurance Advisory Committee.

    Nick has been an examiner, at Fellowship level, for the ANZCVSc in Equine Surgery since 1997. He has published approximately 25 scientific papers with special interests in respiratory tract and orthopaedic surgery, particularly arthroscopy. Since 1996, Nick has been a Consultant Equine Surgeon in Private practice, providing surgical services and second opinions on cases and radiographs for veterinarians in equine clinics throughout NSW, the ACT, Queensland and other parts of Australia.  Recently he has contributed to the ongoing education of Veterinary Surgeons in Turkey. He is also currently an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Animal and Veterinary Sciences at Charles Sturt University, Wagga, New South Wales, Australia.

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    Gareth Trope
    BVSc(Hons), DipVCS, CertES(Orth), MVSc, FANZCVS


    Australian Registered Specialist in Equine Surgery
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    Gareth graduated from the University of Sydney in 1998. Since graduating Gareth has worked in a number of equine practices both in Australia and in the UK. This included an internship at Sydney University, a residency in Equine Surgery at Melbourne University, Equine Surgeon at Ballarat Veterinary Practice and a lectureship in Equine Surgery at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga prior to joining South Eastern Equine Hospital in 2015. 

    He holds a Royal College Certificate in Equine Surgery (orthopaedics), membership in Equine Surgery of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (ANZCVS) and in 2011 became a registered specialist in Equine Surgery following successful completion of fellowship exams in Equine Surgery of the ANZCVS.

    Gareth has a particular interest in orthopaedic surgery, lameness investigation and advanced diagnostic imaging. He has also completed a research Masters investigating novel methods for diagnosing stress fractures in racehorses. In addition to this he has a keen interest in minimally invasive surgery including laparoscopic surgery.

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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 Booking.com 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                

email:     info@caseyonprincesmotel.com.au            

Website:         www.caseyonprincesmotel.com.au


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      

email:    info@punthill.com.au         

Website:  www.punthill.com.au       


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                          

Website:   www.questnarrewarren.com.au 


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                 

email:              info@comfortdandenong.com.au

Website:         http://www.comfortdandenong.com.au/


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

email:   info@beaconsfieldlodgemotel.com.au

Website:   http://www.beaconsfieldlodgemotel.com.au/


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

email:     res.dandenong@ramadaencore.com.au

Website:   http://www.ramadaencore.com.au/


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

email:   h3584@accor.com

Website:      http://accorhotels.com.au/accommodation/dandenong-vic/ibis-budget-dandenong


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


**For more options visit www.booking.com or similar websites.