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

Date: Fri 24th May 2019 - Sat 25th May 2019
Venue: Lectures at TSB Arena, Wellington; Wetlabs at Massey University, Palmerston North
Location: North Island (Wellington / Palmerston North Airport)
Accredited Hours: This course is worth 14 CVE points. NZVA members get access to the MyCPD record.
Course Language: English
Early Booking Deadline: Tuesday 9th April 2019
Registration Deadline: Friday 26th April 2019

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Fri 24  – Sat 25 May 2019 - A 2-Day Practical Course


VetPD is proud to announce that we have partnered with the New Zealand Equine Veterinary Association (NZEVA) and our May 2019 course will take place in conjunction with the '2019 NZVA Conference in the Capital'.


For further information and to register please visit the NZVA website.


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 lameness measurement 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 Lameness Evaluation – 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 Lameness Evaluation                 
  • 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.

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    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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  • 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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  • VetPD

    Chris O'Sullivan


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    Chris graduated from the University of Sydney and stayed on completing an internship at Camden. He joined the Randwick Equine Centre in 1997 and in mid 2000 left to further his training in surgery undertaking a residency at The Ohio State University in the USA. Chris obtained specialist status in the USA returning to Randwick Equine Centre in 2003, becoming a partner in 2008. 

    Chris has multiple first author publications and a text book chapter. Chris services Sydney racetracks and is predominately based in the hospital at Randwick. He also travels as a consultant to NSW Southern Highlands and South Coast.

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Course Program

Lectures at TSB Arena, Wellington; Wetlabs at Massey University, Palmerston North


TSB Auditorium (Shed 6) and TSB Arena
4 Queens Wharf

Lectures will take place on Friday 24 May 2019 at

TSB Auditorium (Shed 6) and TSB Arena
4 Queens Wharf
Wellington  6011
New Zealand


Closest airport:

For lecture venue:  Wellington Airport (8.5 km, 23 minutes by car)

TSB Arena and Auditorium is situated just minutes from Wellington City Centre, and 23 minutes from Wellington Airport. From the Airport, take Rongotai Rd and Crawford Rd to State Highway 1 and follow to Wellington to Wellington and TSB Arena.

Attendees are advised to drive to Palmerston North after lectures finish on Friday 24 May, or bus transport to Palmerston North accommodation can be arranged through NZVA Conference Organisers (see web page above).

Palmerston North is 141 km (2 hr by car) from Wellington.   Drive via State Highway 1 to State Highway 57 in Levin (88.5 km) then follow SH 57 to SH 3 in Palmerston North (51.5 km)


Wetlabs will take place on Saturday 25 May 2019 at

Equine Veterinary Clinic
Massey University Veterinary Teaching Hospital
School of Veterinary Science, Massey University
Tennant Drive
Palmerston North, 4442


Closest airport:

For wetlab venue:  Palmerston North Airport (10 km, 20 minutes by car)

Palmerston North Airport is approximately 10 km (20 min depending on traffic) across the city from Massey University campus.   Attendees are advised to check fastest route for time of day on Google Maps.


NZVA Conference in the Capital            

Website for NZVA event information:
www.nzva.org.nz/mpage/2019conf or (specifically for VetPD lectures and wetlabs): www.nzva.org.nz/event/2019eqhind       

Contact at NZVA:  
Shannon Leader (Events Manager)
Phone  +64 4 495 1145
Email    shannon.leader@vets.org.nz


Hotels in and near Palmerston North, New Zealand


HOTEL NAME                                      DISTANCE FROM WETLAB VENUE                                        APPROX PRICE $ NZD

                                                                (Massey University Vet Teaching Hospital)              


Copthorne Hotel****                                                 4 km                                                                                                 $150*

110 Fitzherbert Ave,                                                                                                                                                            *check NZVA for conference rate

Palmerston North 4410                                                                                 


Tel:  +64 6-356 8059


Broadway Motor Inn***                                           6 km                                                                                                 $130

207 Broadway Ave,                            

Palmerston North 4410                     


Tel:  +64 6-359 2935                                     


Hotel Coachman****                                                 4 km                                                                                                     $180

140 Fitzherbert Ave                           

Palmerston North 4410                                                                                 


Tel:  +64 6-356 5065


Distinction Palmerston North Hotel & Conf Centre****

175 Cuba St                                        

Palmerston North 4441                                            5 km                                                                                                  $200


Tel: +64 6-355 5895


Aspree Motor Inn***

700 Main Street

Palmerston North 4441                                           6 km                                                                                                $120               


Tel:  +64 6-357 3119

For many more options use the following (or similar) website: http://www.booking.com/

*all Palmerston North accommodation is approx. 5 km (10 min drive) from Palmerston North Airport or 150 km (2 hours drive) from Wellington Airport.     Attendees without vehicles please consult NZVA for travel arrangements from Wellington to Palmerston North on the evening of Friday 24 May.

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

Hindlimb Lameness course 2015