Equine Emergency & Critical Care for Advanced Practitioner – A 2-Day Practical Course

Date: Fri 28th Jun 2019 - Sat 29th Jun 2019
Venue: Peterson & Smith Equine Hospital, Ocala, FL
Location: Ocala, FL (Orlando International Airport)
Contact Hours: 15 hours (RACE Pending)
Course Language: English
Price: (net price, no tax will be added)*
Qualified Vet USD 650.00 USD 1390.00
2nd vet, same clinic USD 620.00 USD 1320.00
Vet & Vet Tech (L&P both) - USD 2500.00
Vet L&P / Tech L-only - USD 2000.00
Intern (Requires Certification from Clinic) USD 325.00 USD 695.00
Student USD 130.00 -
Veterinary Technician - USD 1110.00
Early Booking Deadline: Friday 31st May 2019
Registration Deadline: Thursday 27th June 2019

* 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 June 2019 - A 2-Day Practical Course

This course has been confirmed and will definitely be taking place.


This 2-day practical course was designed for equine practitioners and veterinary technicians with a good working knowledge in the field of equine emergency and critical care.  The world-renowned specialists will report on new developments and share invaluable tips and tricks on how to efficiently diagnose and treat critically ill patients in a private clinic setting.   Each of the following hot topics will be addressed via well-illustrated, interactive case-discussions providing a platform for the panel to also share pitfalls and erroneous clinical conclusions:

  • Fluid Therapy & Resuscitation
  • Monitoring the Critically ill Horse
  • New NSAIDs
  • Inexpensive Strategies for Complicated Colics
  • It’s not Endotoxemia it’s SIRS – Why Anti-Endotoxic Therapies don’t work
  • How to Incorporate an ICU into your Hospital
  • Strategies for Septic Synovial Structures & Massive Wounds
  • Upper & Lower Airway Emergencies
  • Ultrasound of Emergency Cases, incl. FLASH Exam
  • Dealing with the Acute Neurologic Case
  • Blood Transfusion – Donor Selection, Collection & Administration
  • Zebras not Horses – Our Most Bizarre Cases

Between both afternoons, 7 hours of practical sessions will allow attendees to expand their diagnostic and therapeutic skills in small groups (2 – 4 attendees / ultrasound machine) on live horses and cadaver specimens and under the supervision of specialists. Each attendee will rotate through the following practical/case-based sessions:

  • Diagnostic & Therapeutic Techniques for Ophthalmologic Emergencies
  • Fluid Therapy Calculations – CRIs & Using Fluid Pumps
  • Trocharization Techniques, Joint Injections, Ultrasound-guided CSF Collection & Tracheostomies
  • Abdominal Ultrasound (incl. FLASH & Abdominocentesis)
  • Use of Point of Care Device (iSTAT, SAA, Glucometer, Lactate Meter, etc.)
  • Upper & Lower Airway Endoscopy (incl. BAL/TW) & Guttural Pouch Endoscopy

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

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    Pam Wilkins
    DVM, MS, PhD, Dipl.ACVIM, Dipl.ACVECC

    United States

    American Specialist in Equine Internal Medicine & Emergency/Critical Care
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    Pam is a 1986 graduate of Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. Between 1986 and 1989 she served as the originator and clinician for the equine neonatal intensive unit at Cornell, completing a Master’s degree in equine medicine and surgery simultaneously. Pam was in private practice from 1989 until 1991, when she began residency training in large animal internal medicine at New Bolton Center, University of Pennsylvania. Between 1993 and 1998, Pam completed a PhD in cardiorespiratory physiology at Cornell University. She joined the faculty at New Bolton Center in 1998 where she remained until accepting her current position at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana in 2008.

    Pam is board certified in the specialties of Large Animal Internal Medicine and Emergency and Critical Care and has lectured extensively throughout the US and Europe. She has authored or co-authored over 370 research manuscripts, abstracts, proceedings, book chapters and invited manuscripts and participated in the training of 70 interns, residents and graduate students. Pam's particular areas of interest are perinatology, neonatology, critical care, emergency medicine, cardiorespiratory physiology and models of markers of disease severity.

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    Vanessa Cook
    VetMB, PhD, Dipl.ACVS, Dipl.ACVECC

    United States

    American Specialist in Equine Surgery & Emergency/Critical Care
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    Dr Cook went to vet school at Cambridge University, England. She did a residency in equine surgery at the Ohio State University and a fellowship in large animal emergency and critical care at Cornell. Her interest in colic led to a PhD in gastrointestinal physiology at North Carolina State University. She then worked as an Associate Professor in large animal emergency and critical care at Michigan State University. She is board certified by ACVS and ACVECC. In her spare time she competes in triathlons and represents the USA at the World Championships.

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    Ben Buchanan
    DVM, Dipl.ACVIM, Dipl.ACVECC

    United States

    American Specialist in Equine Internal Medicine & Emergency/Critical Care
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    Dr. Ben Buchanan grew up in Navasota, Texas. He went to Texas A&M and graduated from there with his DVM in 2001. Afterwards, he completed two residencies; Large Animal Internal Medicine at University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2004 and Emergency and Critical Care at University of Pennsylvania in 2005. Ben is one of the very few people in the world to be board certified in Internal Medicine and Emergency Critical Care. Dr. Buchanan has a very unique experience in colic, respiratory disease, cardiac disease, eye conditions and sick foals. He joined BVEH Navasota in 2005, where he works alongside his father, T-Bone. He is also active in community outreach by speaking at meetings and events around the world regarding equine care.

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Course Program

Peterson & Smith Equine Hospital, Ocala, FL


Peterson & Smith Equine Hospital
4747 Southwest 60th Avenue
Ocala, FL 34474


Phone: 352-237-6151

Website: www.petersonsmith.com



Tampa International

Get on I-275 N from N Florida Ave (Airport Exit)

Keep left to stay on I-275 N. 16.3 mi

Merge onto I-75 N

Use the right 2 lanes to take exit 329 for FL-44 toward Inverness/Wildwood 

Take S Hwy 475 N and SE 165th St/SE Hwy 42 to SE 47th Ave/Jordan Rd in Marion County



International airports

2.3 miles: Ocala International Airport- Ocala, FL

89 miles: Orlando International Airport - Orlando, FL

102 miles: Tampa International Airport - Tampa, FL


Domestic airports

45 miles: Gainesville Regional Airport - Gainesville, FL

103 miles: Tampa Business Airport- Tampa, FL



Homewood Suites by Hilton Ocala at Heath Brook 

4610 SW 49th Rd.

Ocala, FL. 34474

Tel: +1 352-369-4610

Website: www.homewoodsuites3.hilton.com


1.3 miles


Courtyard Ocala 

3712 SW 38th Ave.

Ocala, FL. 34474 

Tel: +1 352-237-8000

Website: www.marriott.com


1.9 miles


Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Ocala 

4101 SW 38th Court

Ocala, FL. 34474 

Tel: +1 352-861-8400 

Website: www.marriott.com


1.9 miles


La Quinta Inn & Suites Ocala 

3530 SW 36th Ave 

Ocala, FL. 34474

Tel: +1 352-861-1137

Website: www.laquintaocala.com


 2.2 miles


Country Inn & Suites

3720 SW College Road

Ocala, FL. 34474 

Tel: +1 352-237-4848

Website: www.countryinns.com


2.5 miles


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