Foot Lameness & Farriery – Lectures (online), On-Location Case-Discussions & Practical Sessions

Date: Fri 15th Oct 2021 - Sat 16th Oct 2021
Venue: Pferdeklinik Pasterk Ebreichsdorf
Location: near Vienna, East Austria (Vienna Airport)
Contact Hours: 30 hrs – Lecture Series (20 hrs, online) & On-Location (10 hrs), Bildungsstunden: 11 BS allgemein
Course Language: English (German Moderation)
  • Net price, no tax will be added*
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Qualified Vet - EUR 980.00
2nd vet, same clinic - EUR 930.00
Vet & Vet Tech (L&P both) - EUR 1720.00
Farrier - EUR 550.00
Intern/Resident (Requires Proof of Status) - EUR 490.00
Veterinary Student - -
Early Booking Deadline: Thursday 14th October 2021
Registration Deadline: Thursday 14th October 2021

* 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.


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

1.5-Day On-Location Portion (10 hrs, worth €740):   Fri 15 – Sat 16 October 2021

Friday 3:00 – 7:30pm:  Case-Discussions, Q&A and Wine & Cheese Reception
Saturday 8:30am – 5:30pm:  Practical Sessions


20 hrs of Online Lectures (on-demand, worth €465)At your leisure

Attendees are expected to have worked through this Lecture Series before coming to the on-location portion of the course. Contact us if you have previously purchased this webinar series.


Total Continuing Education Hours:   30 hrs


COVID-19 Update
We have firm plans to hold all advertised courses and events scheduled between August and December as announced on our website, provided that restrictions will have been lifted by then. We would like to reassure you that if you register for one of our upcoming courses, you will or can opt to receive a full refund if the course/event should have to be postponed or cancelled due to restrictions associated with Covid-19. We will of course continue to closely monitor developments and government advice, as well as adhering to routine social distancing and anti-viral procedures on the courses. As usual, we urge you to not make any non-refundable travel or accommodation arrangements until VetPD has confirmed in writing that the course/event will indeed take place and to have suitable travel insurance in place, should the situation / government advice suddenly change.



Equine practitioners are regularly exposed to various and sometimes contradicting opinions on farriery and especially on therapeutic shoeing. The fact that new graduates go into practice with minimal training in farriery and shoeing only exacerbates the problem and leaves practitioners grappling with this contentious subject.  

This practical course approaches the subject in a scientific and as objective way as possible by reporting established and recent, cutting-edge facts from scientifically sound clinical studies and aims to equip equine practitioners to have meaningful and informed discussions with their farriers.   

To participate in the On-Location Portion, attendees are required to have first worked through the  corresponding online Lecture Series ‘Foot Lameness & Farriery':

  • If you have already purchased the Lecture Series independently of the On-Location Portion, please contact the office on for a voucher code to reduce the price accordingly.

As part of the online Lecture Series the following topics will be covered in highly illustrated lectures and case presentations:  


  • Functional Anatomy & Physiology of the Foot
  • Biomechanics of the Equine Foot – How it is altered by trimming & wear
  • Anatomy & ‘Physiology’ of a Horse Shoe
  • Effect of Shoes on ‘normal’ Foot Function
  • Foot Wounds: Characteristics, healing and treatment
  • Radiography & Radiology of the Foot & Pastern
  • Farriery for the Hind Foot
  • Examination of the Equine Foot – A Reflection of Changes in Form & Function
  • Ultrasound of the Foot & Pastern
  • Does the Normal Foot Exist? – Conformation, Balance, Footfall
  • Examination of the Foot – Veterinarian’s vs. Farrier&rs
  • Barefoot Trimming
  • Principles of Trimming & Shoeing
  • Hoof Capsule Conditions – Infections, Cracks & Poor Wall Quality
  • Distal Limb Analgesia – A Review with Tips & Tricks
  • Q&A / Case Discussions
  • Tackling specific problems:
    • Distortions of the Hoof Capsule - Underrun Heels Club Feet Sheared Heels
    • Hoof Problems in Foals: Corrective Shoeing for Angular & Flexural Limb Deformities
    • Miscellaneous Conditions of the Foot: White Line Disease, Canker etc
    • Foot Care for Horses with Chronic Laminitis: Theory & Cases


Day 1 starts at 15:00h with 3 hours of interactive Case-Discussions, Q&A which will give attendees the unique opportunity to apply what they have learned during Lecture Series in discussion with the world-renowned specialists.  This will then be followed by the obligatory Wine & Cheese Reception allowing for attendees to socialise with colleagues and the speakers/instructors.

On the second day, 7 hours of practical sessions will give attendees plenty of opportunity to put theory into practice on live horses and limb specimens in small groups (2 vets per specimen) and to discuss all aspects of foot trimming, shoeing and farriery with the specialists.   Each attendee will be rotating through the following practical stations:

  • Foot Examination on live horses
  • Foot Preparation Techniques
  • Shoeing Techniques
  • Applying Wooden Shoes
  • Quarter Crack Repair
  • Application of a Foot Cast

The course fee includes coffee/tea breaks, a wine & cheese reception, lunch and a certificate of attendance. To participate in the On-Location Case-Discussions & Practical Sessions, attendees are required to have first worked through the Lecture Series (included in the price).   Early course registration is recommended as there are only a limited number of places available due to the highly practical nature of this course.

This course is suitable for RCVS Modules:  B-EP.3;  C-E.4;  C-E.5;  C-E.6;  C-E.7;  C-E.15;  C-E.17

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    Andy Fiske-Jackson
    BVSc, MVetMed, FHEA, Dipl.ECVS, MRCVS

    United Kingdom

    European Specialist in Equine Surgery
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    Andy qualified from the University of Liverpool, UK in 2004. He initially spent three months working for the Society for the Protection of Animals Abroad, a charity caring for working equids, in Morocco. He then spent two years working for a mixed practice doing predominantly farm and equine work. In July 2006 he undertook an eighteen month internship at the Liphook Equine Hospital after which he spent a further six months working as a first opinion equine ambulatory vet for the same practice. In July 2008 he started a residency in equine surgery at the Royal Veterinary College and went on to join the surgical team at the College where he currently works. He became a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons in February 2012. Andy has published several articles in peer reviewed publications and presented at various national and international meetings. His research interests include digital flexor tendon sheath pathology, mesenchymal stem cell application in superficial digital flexor tendonitis and the role of back pain in poor performance.

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    Andrew Parks
    MA, VetMB, Dipl.ACVS, MRCVS

    United States

    American Specialist in Equine Surgery
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    Dr. Parks received his Vet MB from the University of Cambridge in 1981. Dr. Parks is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and received his certificate in Veterinary Radiology from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1982. He currently serves as Professor of large animal surgery at the University of Georgia. Dr. Parks has made over 160 professional presentations and has peer reviewed and authored articles and book chapters. His clinical interests are large animal surgery lameness and diseases of the foot.

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    Steve O'Grady
    DVM, MRCVS & Farrier

    United States

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    Dr. Steve O'Grady was a professional farrier for ten years prior to obtaining his degree in veterinary medicine. He learned the farrier trade through a formal apprenticeship under "Hall of Fame" farrier, Joseph M. Pierce, of West Chester, Pennsylvania. He then returned to school, attended Haverford College and went on to graduate from the University of Pretoria, Faculty of Veterinary Science in South Africa with a DVM Degree in 1981. After graduating from veterinary school, Dr. O'Grady did an equine internship in Cape Town, South Africa. From here he went on to join Dr. Dan Flynn at the prestigious Georgetown Equine Hospital in Charlottesville, VA where he stayed for 10 years before opening his own practice devoted to competition horses and farriery.

    In 2003, Dr. O'Grady opened Northern Virginia Equine in Marshall, Virginia which is a referral practice devoted to foot disease and equine therapeutic farriery. Here he combines his skills as a veterinarian and a farrier to better understand and treat problems of the foot. Dr. O'Grady has published 25 peer-reviewed papers in the veterinary literature, numerous papers in the farrier literature, written ten book chapters and edited two editions of Veterinary Clinics of North America on equine podiatry and therapeutic farriery - all resulting from his extensive work in equine podiatry. In 2003, he was inducted into the International Equine Veterinarians Hall of Fame and in 2009; he received the AAEP President's Award for his work in farrier education.

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    Matthias (Tias) Muurlink
    BVSc (Hons) FANZCVS


    Registered Specialist in Equine Surgery
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    Tias is a 1988 graduate from the University of Queensland. The early part of his career was in private practice in Queensland and Victoria and focused on large animal practice and surgery. The last 10 years of this time was spent in Warwick where he cofounded and operated a practice with a strong equine component. After this, he joined the University of Melbourne and during 8 years with this institution gained his fellowship in Equine Surgery and went on to head the Equine Centre.

    A move back to Queensland followed with a year at University of Queensland as a specialist surgeon before migrating back into private practice. His practice is currently based at his equine facility just outside Warwick where he and his team of vets and nurses provide a range of services to the equine industry including surgery, reproduction, hospitalisation and ambulatory care as well as consultancy surgical services to practices in South East Queensland.

    He has been involved in training and supervising residents, and mentoring large numbers of students, nurses and graduates. He has served as Chief Examiner and Council Member, Equine Chapter president, and membership and fellowship examiner for the ANZCVS. He remains on the Board of Examiners of this organisation and continues to be actively involved as an examiner.

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    Hans Castelijns


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    Hans Castelijns lives in Tuscany, Italy and works as a farrier and veterinarian in different fields of equine podiatry which includes thoroughbreds, standardbreds, Arabians, foals and yearlings at breeding farms, showjumpers, reining horses, and trotters.  His fields of major interest are foal development, diagnosis and treatment of lameness particularly as related to the foot and preventive and therapeutic shoeing technique.  Besides his practical field work, Hans participates as speaker at farriery and veterinary conferences, laboratories and clinics and various professional training courses and teaches at the Veterinary faculty at the University of Perugia, Italy.  Hans formerly wrote a monthly farriery article for the equine publication "Cavallo Magazine", and is a contributor to the The Farriers Journal. Occasionally he works as a consultant for members of the farriery industry.

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    Anna Ehrle


    European Specialist in Equine Surgery / European Specialist in Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation
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    Following graduation in 2010 Anna completed a clinical internship at the equine hospital, Freie Universität Berlin before she moved to North Devon, UK to work in mixed and equine practice. After she finished her residency in equine surgery at Leahurst equine hospital, University of Liverpool in 2017, she moved back to Berlin to take a position as an equine surgeon with a keen interest in equine orthopaedics and sports medicine. Anna became a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeon in 2018 and a Diplomate of the European College of Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation in 2021. Her current research is mainly focussed on disorders of the equine thoracolumbar spine as well as structure and innervation of equine tendons and ligaments.

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Course Program

Pferdeklinik Pasterk Ebreichsdorf


Pferdeklinik Pasterk Ebreichsdorf
Pferdepromenade 4 / Stall 6
2483 Ebreichsdorf


Pferdeklinik Pasterk Ebreichsdorf
Pferdepromenade 4 / Stall 6
2483 Ebreichsdorf



The clinic is in the middle of the ‘Reitsportzentrums Magna Racino’ South of Vienna in Ebreichsdorf.



Vienna International Airport - approx. 32 km



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Well organized and very informative. Excellent interaction with speakers

Catherine Hunnisett, Horseshoe Veterinary Services, Ontario, Canada.

Evidence-Based Farriery for Equine Practitioners course 2016

I really wanted to thank you once more for the excellent VetPD course in Oslo, which I had the opportunity to attend. After 26 years being a vet I finally have a clear concept for what is going on in a foot of a horse. By this you gave me the possibility to approach a problem in the foot systematically and with a certain logic. I am highly motivated for my future work with horses and their feet and could already use some of the new gained knowledge in two foals this week.

Barbara Knutti, Veterinary practice KLC, Corcelles-près-Payerne, Switzerland

Evidence-Based Farriery 2016