Equine Muscle Conditions - Diagnostics, Therapeutic Strategies & Performance Enhancement – A 2-Day Practical Course

Date: Fri 6th Sep 2019 - Sat 7th Sep 2019
Venue: Peterson & Smith Equine Hospital, Ocala, FL
Location: Ocala, FL (Orlando International Airport)
Accredited Hours: 15 Hours (RACE Pending)
Course Language: English
Price: (net price, no tax will be added)*
Qualified Vet USD 660.00
USD 730.00
USD 1090.00
USD 1190.00
2nd vet, same clinic USD 630.00
USD 695.00
USD 1035.00
USD 1130.00
Vet L&P / Tech L-only USD 1690.00
USD 1860.00
Vet & Vet Tech (L&P both) -
USD 1990.00
USD 2190.00
Student USD 135.00
USD 150.00
Intern (Requires Certification from Clinic) USD 370.00
USD 370.00
USD 595.00
USD 595.00
Early Booking Deadline: Sunday 28th July 2019
Registration Deadline: Friday 9th August 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 6 - Sat 7 September 2019 - A 2-Day Practical Course


This course focusses on diagnostic techniques for clinical or subclinical muscle conditions and how to manage them medically, nutritionally and through physical therapy (incl. therapeutic modalities).  Day 2 of the course covers training and performance protocols aimed at preventing/managing muscle conditions in equine athletes and at enhancing their performance.

The internationally renowned panel of clinicians consisting of Drs. Erica McKenzie (Oregon State Univ.), Carrie Finno (UC Davis) and Sharon Classen (Serenity Physical Therapy, NE) have spent a significant portion of their careers focussing on equine muscle conditions and how to best manage affected horses.

On both mornings the following topics will be covered through lectures and case-based presentations: 

  • Update on Specific Muscular Disorders in Equine Athletes
  • Current Topics in Equine Performance & Muscle Function
  • Neuromuscular Movement Disorders
  • Muscular Emergencies – Recognition & Therapeutic Options     
  • Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation of Muscle Injury        
  • Effect of Vitamin E on Neuromuscular Performance
  • Manipulating Performance through Nutrition & Warm-Up
  • Monitoring Performance & Training Efficacy
  • Training to Enhance Function of Specific Muscle Groups
  • Therapeutic Exercise: Restoration of Neuromotor Control                      

Between both afternoons there will be 5 hours of practical sessions on live horses and specimens in small groups (2-4 vets / ultrasound machine) and 2 hours of interactive case-discussions with the speaker panel.  Each attendee will get plenty of opportunity to further develop his/her skills at the following stations:

  • Muscle System Examination & Muscle Biopsy Techniques
  • Ultrasound of Back & Pelvic Muscles
  • Application of Therapeutic Modalitities - Laser, Extracorporeal Shockwave, Electrostimulation, Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy
  • Detailed Neuromuscular Evaluation
  • Functional Exercises for Specific Muscle groups  
  • Neuromuscular & Genetic Conditions – Case-Based Discussions

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

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    Erica McKenzie
    BSc, BVMS, PhD. Dipl.ACVIM, Dipl.ACVSMR

    United States

    American Specialist in Large Animal Internal Medicine Surgery & American Specialist in Equine Sports Medicine/Rehabilitation
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    Dr. Erica McKenzie received her veterinary degree from Murdoch University in Western Australia in 1996. She completed a residency and Ph.D. in Large Animal Internal Medicine at the University of Minnesota in 2003, focusing on nutritional and pharmacological methods of managing muscle disease in Thoroughbred horses. She then completed a 2-year post-doctoral fellowship in the Equine Athletic Performance Laboratory at Oklahoma State University where she was involved in studying the respiratory and musculoskeletal systems of exercising horses and Alaskan sled dogs. Currently, she is an Assocaite Professor at Oregon State University where she practices Large Animal Medicine, teaches students, and pursues research projects involving horses, alpacas and racing Alaskan sled dogs.

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    Sharon Classen

    United States

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    Sharon Classen, PT, ATC, CERP, graduated from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 1981 and has worked for over 38 years in Orthopedics and Sports Medicine. She took additional training and received her Certification of Equine Rehabilitation Practitioner from the University of Tennessee. She is also a Permitted Equine therapist for FEI events. Her past work experiences include working at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, the University of Nebraska Cornhusker’s dynasty football program,  NCAA sports, and private orthopedic and sports medicine practices. Her current practice, Serenity Physical Therapy, involves working with Equestrian and Equine Athletes throughout the United States and Internationally. Both at the national and FEI levels.

    Sharon has presented at the APTA’s (American Physical Therapy Association) annual meeting (CSM), at the AAEP (American Association of Equine Practitioners), at the International Association of Veterinary and Physical Therapy Rehabilitation. She teaches VetPD courses, ISELP,  and on the faculty of University of Tennessee’s CERP (Certification of Equine Rehabilitation Practitioner at UT).  She is also part of the USEF High Performance Sports Medicine Symposium and does consultation with the FEI with various program developments. She is also a member of the APTA’s special interest group Animal Rehab. She has treated both Equestrian and Equine athletes at World Cup competitions and was the Head Physio at the World Equestrian Games.

    Her main focus is prevention, maintenance, rehabilitation, and performance enhancement of both the horse and rider. Focusing on biomechanics and return to full function/sport. Sharon’s primary research interests include Biomechanical Interplay of Horse and Rider, Concussions management, and Therapeutic Exercise for the Equine Athlete. She brings her unique perspective as a clinician, rider, and trainer to the world of Equine Sports Medicine.

    Sharon has been working with the Equine Athlete using her skill set as a Physical Therapist for almost 40 years - evaluating, treating, and implementing plan of care and Therapeutic Exercise programs. She has been passionate about horses from an early age and the marriage of PT and her love of horses has been a natural union.

    Sharon lives in Elkhorn, NE with her husband and two daughters and owns a 26 stall barn where she has trained and treated show jumpers for 38 years. She has trained with many of the US Olympic team trainers and top trainers here in the United States. Both Sharon and her daughters compete at many top jumper shows throughout the United States.

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    Carrie Finno
    BSc, DVM, PhD

    United States

    Pathophysiology and Genetics of Axonopathies
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    Dr. Finno has served as Interim CEH Director since December 2016. She completed her DVM and an internship in Large Animal Medicine and Surgery at the University of Minnesota and a residency in Large Animal Internal Medicine at UC Davis. Board certified in the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, she completed a PhD in Comparative Pathology at UC Davis, returned to the University of Minnesota for post-doctoral training in comparative genetics and joined our faculty in 2014. Dr. Finno’s scholarship interests are in the pathophysiology and genetics of axonopathies, specifically neuroaxonal dystrophy in horses.

    As Director, Dr. Finno will be responsible for providing leadership and administrative management of the CEH, including the Contagious Equine Metritis (CEM) program, in a fiscally responsible, effective, and efficient manner to meet the teaching, research and service needs of the school and the mission of CEH. She will act as a liaison between the school and the equine industry in California and nationally. The VMTH Equine Ambulatory Service working with Dr. Finno and CEH staff will continue to provide equine herd health care. Dr. Finno will assume responsibility for management of the CEH research program and for equine development activities.

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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


“Compared to other CE courses I have attended, VetPD was highly practical and full of information that can be used on a daily basis. The instructors were extremely knowledgeable and offered personalized guidance for each attendee during the wet labs.”

Sarah Cates, Wisconsin Equine Clinic and Hospital, WI, USA

“Interesting, give a lot of information that you can use in practice easily.”

Veronica Carsenzuola, Clinique veterinaire de l'Etrier, Gouvieux, France