New Developments in Diagnostic & Therapeutic Techniques of Equine Neck Conditions - A 2-Day Practical Course

Date: Fri 9th Nov 2018 - Sat 10th Nov 2018
Venue: Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital
Location: Lexington, KY (Lexington Blue Grass Airport and Louisville International Airport)
Accredited Hours: 15 (to be confirmed)
Course Language: English
Price: (net price, no tax will be added)*
Qualified Vet USD 590.00 USD 1290.00
2nd vet, same clinic USD 560.00 USD 1245.00
KAEP Member USD 530.00 USD 1190.00
Student USD 120.00 -
Intern (Requires Certification from Clinic) USD 300.00 -
Vet & Vet Tech (L&P both) - USD 2350.00
Vet L&P / Tech L-only USD 1840.00 -
NAARV Member USD 530.00 USD 1190.00
Early Booking Deadline: Sunday 30th September 2018
Registration Deadline: Thursday 8th November 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 9 – Sat 10 November 2018 - A 2-Day Practical Course


This course is definitely taking place - registration  deadline has been extended.

The practical sessions on this course include but are not limited to

  • US-guided & conventional CSF tap techniques
  • Cervical facet joint injections
  • Headshaker nerve blocks
  • Myelography
  • Cervical fusion surgery demonstrations

Horses suspected of being affected by equine wobbler or osteoarthritis of the cervical facet joints are regularly seen in equine practice but diagnosing a specific disease with certainty can be challenging.  Over the past two decades the equine cervical spine has been extensively researched and advanced imaging modalities like CT and MRI (incl. CT-myelography) have revolutionized diagnostic and therapeutic capabilities available to equine practitioners.

This practical course was designed to provide equine veterinarians with the theoretical and especially the practical skills to competently examine, diagnose and treat horses affected by neck conditions.  One of the main goals of this course is to provide practitioners with the knowledge and skills on how to reliably differentiate ataxic horses from animals with front- and hindlimb lameness.

A panel of internationally renowned clinicians who have dedicated a significant proportion of their careers researching, diagnosing and treating horses with neck conditions, will bring a wealth of experience to this course.  The following highly-illustrated lectures in English will be held in the mornings

  • Functional Neuroanatomy of the Head & Cervical Spine
  • Is it lame or is it ataxic?
  • The brain – How can we localize the signs & diagnose the problem?
  • Current Radiographic Techniques (incl. Myelogram) for Evaluation of the Cervical Spine
  • Neck Ultrasound – Poll, Facet Joints & US-guided CSF Taps
  • How CT & MRI (incl. CT-Myelography) have revolutionized the work-up of horses with neck conditions
  • Equine Wobbler & Facet Joint OA – Clinical Features & Presentations
  • Choosing the right Diagnostics in Horses with Neck Conditions
  • Facet Joint OA – An Evidence-based Approach to Therapy
  • The Equine Wobbler – Conservative vs. Surgical Treatment, what’s the evidence?
  • Infectious Causes of Neurological Disease – Presentation, Diagnostics & Therapies
  • Update on Headshaking – Investigations & Treatment Options
  • Peripheral Neuropathies – Shiverers, Stringhalt, EMND etc.

In the afternoons, the 7 hours of practical small group sessions (2 – 4 vets per ultrasound machine) will give attendees plenty of opportunity to further develop their practical skills on live horses and on equine specimens, under the supervision of the experts.  Each attendee will rotate through the following practical stations with live horses and specimens:

  • Neurologic Examination & CSF Tap Techniques
  • Cervical Ultrasound, Facet Joint Injections & US-guided CSF Taps
  • Radiography of the Neck/Head   
  • Neck Conditions Case-Discussions (incl. advanced imaging)
  • Guttural Pouch Endoscopy & Nerve Blocks for Headshakers
  • Cervical Fusion Surgery Demonstration
  • Myelogram demonstration

The course fee includes lunches, coffee/tea breaks, a wine & cheese reception, extensive electronic course notes and a certificate of attendance.  Early course registration is recommended as there are only a limited number of places available.

Please note, VetPD have booked a room block of 20 rooms for VetPD & attendees for $114/night. Attendees can call the hotel directly and as for the block name “VetPD Veterinary Professional Development”.Unbooked rooms will be released on October 25, 2018.
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    Brett Woodie
    DVM, MS, Dipl.ACVS

    United States

    American Specialist in Equine Surgery
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    Dr. Brett Woodie attended North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine and earned his veterinary degree in 1995. Following graduation from veterinary college he was an intern at The Ohio State University from 1995-1996. Dr. Woodie then entered a surgery residency at The Ohio State University and spent another three years in Columbus, Ohio. During his surgery residency he completed a Master’s of Science degree. He then moved to northern Virginia where he was a clinical instructor for a year in equine surgery at Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center. He achieved Diplomate status with the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2000. His next job was as an Assistant Professor of Large Animal Surgery at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. During this time his research focus was on equine upper airway disorders. Then in 2003 he had the opportunity to move to Lexington, Kentucky and begin his job with Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital. He has been a surgeon at Rood and Riddle since that time. Diagnosis and treatment of equine upper airway problems is one of his main interests. Dr. Woodie has lectured nationally and internationally on the diagnosis and treatment of equine upper airway problems. He is co-organizer of the Equine Upper Airway Symposium. This symposium is held annually in Lexington, KY

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    Jonathan Anderson

    United Kingdom

    American Specialist in Equine Surgery and Orthopaedics
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    Jonathan qualified from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, Edinburgh in 2000 and went on to perform an equine internship position at the San Luis Rey Equine Hospital under the mentorship of the renowned equine neurosurgeon Dr Barrie Grant. This was followed by a short spell at the Rainbow Equine Hospital as an ambulatory veterinarian prior to undertaking a one year large animal surgical fellowship at the University of Oregon Veterinary Teaching Hospital and then completing an equine surgical residency at the University of California, Davis Veterinary Hospital.  He remained at Davis as a staff surgeon and lameness specialist for a further 18 months during which time he successfully completed the examinations to become a Diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.  He then moved back to the Rainbow Equine Hospital in 2009 to join the surgical and advanced imaging department. Jonathan became a director of Rainbow Equine Hospital in 2013 and has specific interest in equine orthopaedics, neurology and surgery. He has published several peer reviewed journal articles and has lectured in both the US and the UK on a range of topics relating to lameness and equine neurology. 

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    Steve Reed
    DVM, Dipl. ACVIM

    United States

    American Specialist in Equine Internal Medicine
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    Dr. Stephen Reed graduated from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1976. Following graduation, he served as an intern and then a resident in equine medicine and surgery at Michigan State University. At the end of his residency in 1979 he accepted a faculty position at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University. In 1983 he returned to Ohio to join our faculty as an assistant professor, rising to the title of professor in 1994. In 2003 Dr. Reed was named to the Jenne Professorship in Equine Medicine and Surgery. In addition to his academic appointment, Dr. Reed served the College in a number of roles including Section Head, College Development Director, and Chair of the Equine Research Committee. His numerous University activities included Faculty Senator, Chair of the Athletic Council, and a member of the University Committees on Academic Freedom and Responsibility and Faculty Compensation and Benefits. In recognition of his service, Dr. Reed received the University Award for Distinguished University Service in 2002, one of only three such awards given that year.

    Dr. Reed is widely recognized for his commitment to the horse, equine veterinarians, and the equine industry. A diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, he developed an interest in the specialty of equine neurology and became recognized as in expert in this area. He has written and spoken extensively on "wobbler syndrome", equine protozoal myelitis, head trauma, and the neurologic examination. Along with one of our surgeons, Dr. Reed established our hospital as the primary university site for surgery to stabilize cervical vertebrae as a treatment for instability.

    Dr. Reed has received a number of recognitions for his work, including the Schering-Plough Animal Health and World Equine Veterinary Association Award for Applied Research. This year he was chosen to deliver the Frank J. Milne Lecture at the annual meeting of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, a singular honor annually given to a leader in equine veterinary medicine. In 2007 Dr. Reed retired from Ohio State as an emeritus professor. At the same time he chose a new career path away from academia and now works as an equine specialist at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky.

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Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital


Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital
2150 Georgetown Road
Lexington, KY 40511

*VetPD has a block of rooms available at Holiday Inn Express Lexington Downtown Area- Keeneland.  Please call the hotel directly and book before 2/15/19 for the group rate.