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

Date: Fri 10th Aug 2018 - Sat 11th Aug 2018
Venue: Singapore Turf Club
Location: Singapore, South Eastern Asia (Singapore Changi Airport)
Accredited Hours: This course provides 15 contact hours of CPD.
Course Language: English
Price: (net price, no tax will be added)*
Qualified Vet SGD 550.00 SGD 1090.00
Student SGD 110.00 SGD 220.00
Early Booking Deadline: Sunday 1st July 2018
Registration Deadline: Thursday 9th 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.


Fri 10 - Sat 11 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. For Australian AVA Members, AVA VetEd accreditation will be sought for AVA’s VetEd CPD points tracking service.   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.

  • VetPD

    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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  • VetPD

    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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