Orthopaedic Rehabilitation of the Equine Athlete & Rehabilitation for Equine Neck, Back & Sacroiliac Conditions (Axial Skeleton) – Lectures (online), On-Location Case-Discussions & Practical Session

Date: Fri 10th Feb 2023 - Sun 12th Feb 2023
Venue: Pullenvale Hall and Westvets (Anstead)
Location: Brisbane, Australia (Brisbane Airport)
Contact Hours: 29 Hours
Course Language: English
  • Net price, no tax will be added*
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Qualified Vet - AUD 3950.00
2nd vet, same clinic - AUD 3750.00
Vet & Vet Tech (L&P both) - AUD 7090.00
Intern/Resident (Requires Proof of Status) - AUD 1990.00
Veterinary Student - AUD 790.00
Physiotherapist / Physical Therapist - AUD 1990.00
Early Booking Deadline: Sunday 1st January 2023
Registration Deadline: Thursday 9th February 2023

* 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 confirmed to take place.

Fri 10 - Sun 12 February 2023 - A 3-Day Practical Course



The field of rehabilitation of the equine athlete suffering from orthopaedic injuries has developed enormously over the past decades with an array of human therapeutic modalities having become available to equine practitioners.  For the busy practicing vet it is however difficult to untangle which modalities to use for what type of injury, how to use them and to research clinical efficacies.

In particular, back and sacroiliac problems are amongst the most debilitating conditions affecting equine athletes.  Local injections of medications do not usually resolve the problems long-term unless combined with a comprehensive rehabilitation program and the introduction of management changes.  

This 3-day practical course was developed for equine practitioners and covers how to devise therapeutic exercise protocols and adapt them to specific injuries and how to include physiotherapy as the foundation of rehabilitation of the equine athlete.  The third day focuses on neck, back and sacroiliac problems and how to use therapeutic modalities effectively in combination with comprehensive exercise protocols aimed at strengthening the back/gluteal musculature.

To register for Day 1 & 2 only or only for Day 3, click on the relevant title below (Online lectures included for both options)

Dates Title Contact Hours
Fri 10 - Sat 11 Feb Orthopaedic Rehabilitation of the Equine Athlete 12hrs
Sun 12 Feb Rehabilitation for Equine Neck, Back & Sacroiliac Conditions (Axial Skeleton) 8hrs


9 hrs of Online Lectures (on-demand):  At your leisure

To participate in the On-Location Case-Discussions & Practical Sessions, attendees are required to have first worked through the lecture series.

  • Whole Body Vibration
  • Radiofrequency Therapy
  • Pulsed Electromagnetic Therapy
  • Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy
  • Aquatic Therapy – Underwater Treadmill & Swimming
  • Introduction to Therapeutic Exercise, incl. Physiotherapy
  • Exercises to Improve Proprioception
  • Strengthening Exercises
  • Restoration & Maintenance of Joint Motion
  • Therapeutic Ultrasound
  • Laser Therapy
  • Therapeutic Exercise for the Distal Limb
  • Injury Prevention, Maintenance, Conditioning & Performance Enhancement


Fri 10 - Sat 11 February:   Orthopaedic Rehabilitation of the Equine Athlete

On Day 1 the following topics will be covered in highly illustrated lectures and case presentations, which have been devised to be complimentary to the online lecture series

  • Introduction to Equine Rehabilitation – A physiotherapist's perspective
  • Current Evidence for Modalities (Aqua Therapy, Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy, Laser)
  • Corrective shoeing for tendon and ligament problems
  • Physiotherapists Approach to the Whole Horse – Case Study

Open and frank discussions are encouraged during the course and the speakers will share their personal experiences with attendees, be it successes or failures. 
On Day 2, 7 hours of practical session on live horses will allow attendees to further their practical skills on live horses in small groups and to discuss the above topics with the specialists.   Each attendee will rotate through the following stations:

  • Functional Assessment in Rehabilitation
  • Exercises to Improve Proprioception, Strength and Joint ROM
  • Development of Treatment Plans & Therapeutic Monitoring
  • Therapeutic Taping in Rehabilitation
  • Exercises in Rehabilitation of Tendon and Ligament Injuries
  • Use of Modalities -– PowerPoint Case-Discussions

The course fee includes lunches, coffee/tea breaks, extensive electronic course notes and a certificate of attendance.


Sun 12 February:   Rehabilitation for Equine Neck, Back & Sacroiliac Conditions (Axial Skeleton)

The third practical day starts with two lectures:

  • Biomechanics of Spine and Pelvis
  • Biomechanics of the Neck

Afterwards, 7 hours of practical sessions in small groups will provide the attendees with the opportunity to ask questions and to put their existing and newly acquired knowledge into practice, on live horses at the following stations: 

  • Physiotherapist’s Evaluation of Back & Sacroiliac Problems
  • Therapeutic Exercises for Back & SI Problems –  Improving Proprioception, Strength & Core Stability
  • Back Rehabilitation Programmes and Monitoring
  • Biomechanical Interplay of Horse, Saddle & Rider
  • Physiotherapist’s Evaluation of the Neck and  Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ)          
  • Evidence Base and Application of Therapeutic Equipment for  Back & SI Problems (Poles, Equiband)   

The course fee includes lunches, coffee/tea breaks, extensive electronic course notes and a certificate of attendance.

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    Lee Clark

    United Kingdom

    Chartered Physiotherapist and Veterinary Physiotherapist
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    Lee is a Chartered Physiotherapist qualifying in 1997 from the University of Teesside in the UK. He worked in the NHS for 2 years whist training to become a Chartered Animal Physiotherapist, graduating in 1999 as a Cat A member of ACPAT. He then completed a 2-year postgraduate course in manual therapy/sports at Glasgow University in 2001. Lee has completed numerous other courses in many different techniques such as Acupuncture, Laser Therapy, Neurology, Kinesiotaping, Saddle Fitting and Manipulation. In 2011 Lee was appointed the Official Team Physiotherapist for the British Equestrian Team responsible for treating the horses and riders and has worked at numerous European and World Equestrian Games including WEG 2014. In 2012 he was selected to be one of the physiotherapists at the London 2012 Olympic Games providing treatment for horses travelling from all over the world to compete. Lee now continues to combine human and equine work, dividing time equally between Darlington Physiotherapy and Sport Injury clinic specialising in the treatment of riders, and The Equine Physiotherapy Clinic which specialises in rehabilitating horses after serious injury.

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    Steve Adair III
    MS, DVM, Dipl.ACVS, Dipl.ACVSMR

    United States

    American Specialist in Equine Surgery & in Equine Sports Medicine/Rehabilitation
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    Dr. Adair earned his D.V.M from Auburn University after receiving his Bachelor’s and Master’s from Auburn University. After receiving his D.V.M., Dr. Adair spent two years in private equine practice and completed a surgery residency at the University of Tennessee. He is presently an Associate Professor of Equine Surgery, Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Tennessee – Knoxville. Dr. Adair is board certified as a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and as a charter Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation. He is also certified in Animal Chiropractic by the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association. Dr. Adair’s primary research areas include Equine Orthopedics, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy and Equine Rehabilitation. Dr. Adair has been conducting research since 1986 and has been published in numerous journals, including the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, American Journal of Veterinary Research, Veterinary Surgery and the Journal of Equine Veterinary Science. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Association of Equine Practitioners.

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    Lesley Goff
    PhD, MAnimSt(AnimPhysio), MExSpSc(Research), GDipAppSc(ManipPhysio), BAppSc(Physio)


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    Hip Sport Spine director and principal practitioner Lesley, is a titled Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist, which means she has completed post graduate studies in Manipulative Physiotherapy in addition to her physiotherapy degree. Thus, Lesley has a high level of manual therapy skill and is often consulted by specialists and other referrers and patients for her opinion in complex musculoskeletal presentations, particularly those involving the low back, pelvis and hips.

    Lesley also holds a Master’s degree in exercise and sports science, in which she completed research into assessment of the sacroiliac joint and pelvis – thus she helps many individuals with low back pain, pelvic pain and hip pain, along with assisting running and cycling athletes with their injuries and enhancement of performance.

    Further Lesley holds a Masters in animal physiotherapy and has completed a PhD in the equine sacroiliac joint as a follow-on from her human sacroiliac joint research – therefore she sees many equestrian athletes (human and horse) to assist their athletic performance (See Active Animal Physiotherapy).

    Lesley is a respected author of textbooks and journal publications in the sacroiliac joint and physiotherapy for equestrian athletes. She lectures in Australia and around the world at conferences and workshops.

    In her spare time, Lesley is a triathlete, having completed 5 Ironmnan triathlons amongst many other shorter races, and in the winter season enjoys dry-land sled dog racing with her family and four huskies.

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    Stephanie Batterham
    BSc(Hons, Physiotherapy), MSc(VetPhysio)


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    Stephanie is one of Hip Sport Spine’s physiotherapists, who has a passion for helping people regain function, resolve pain and return to sport.

    Stephanie has worked in musculoskeletal private practice in Toowoomba for over 5 years and has a strong background in orthopaedic and neurological rehabilitation having worked in sub-acute and outpatient services in Melbourne. Stephanie has also contributed to the cardiac and respiratory rehabilitation groups, and this gives her an excellent understanding of the challenges facing patients living with these chronic diseases and their specific needs.

    Originally from Melbourne, Stephanie now calls Toowoomba home. Stephanie also has a passion for horses, competing in a number of equestrian disciplines over the years, but is currently focusing on horseback archery. Stephanie has participated and competed in a wide variety of other sports including field hockey, rowing, sailing, gymnastics and downhill skiing so has a good understanding of the demands of different sports. Stephanie has also worked with rugby, field hockey and football (AFL) teams as physiotherapist.

    Stephanie has completed ongoing professional development exploring shoulder pain and dysfunction, vestibular dysfunction and dizzy patients, dry needling for musculoskeletal dysfunction and pain, real time ultrasound of the hip and core stabilisers to improve muscle activation and muscle energy techniques ,of the pelvis and lumbar spine. Stephanie has completed her honours thesis and published a paper exploring land and water based exercise for people with athritis. Stephanie has also completed a post-graduate diploma physiotherapy.

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    Kirsten Neil
    BVSc (Hons), MACVSc, MS, Dipl.ACVIM, CMAVA, Cert. ISELP, Dipl.ACVSMR


    American Specialist in Internal Medicine & Veterinary Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation
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    Dr Kirsten Neil graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1996. Over the past 18 years Kirsten has worked in equine hospitals in Victoria, at the Scone Veterinary Hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit, at Massey University in New Zealand and completed her specialist residency training at Michigan State University in the United States. Whilst at Michigan State, Kirsten also completed a Masters degree on the use of glucosamine and chondroitin sulphate for equine osteoarthritis.

    Kirsten has been an FEI veterinarian for over 80 eventing, showjumping, and dressage competitions, and has been a treating and private veterinarian at numerous events including at the Sydney Olympics, Badminton and Rolex Three Day Events. Kirsten has been a team veterinarian for Equestrian Australia, including at the Young Rider Eventing Team Trans Tasman in 2012 and the World Equestrian Games in 2014. Kirsten is the Victorian Eventing Squad team vet, and attends the major three day events in Australia to care for Victorian based squad horses and her own private clients. In 2013, Kirsten was awarded the Equestrian Victoria Official of the Year Award.

    In 2008 Kirsten decided to concentrate on her particular interest in performance horses and started Sporthorse Veterinary Specialists, a practice dedicated to sport and pleasure horses. Kirsten provides second opinion, medical and referral consultations for other veterinarians, and concentrates on problems in sporthorses, in particular lameness and poor performance.

    Kirsten has a special interest in musculoskeletal ultrasonography and regularly attends conferences overseas dedicated to the advanced diagnosis and care of the equine athlete, and instructs veterinarians at conferences in Australia in musculoskeletal ultrasonography. In 2012 Kirsten obtained an advanced qualification in equine lameness, biomechanics and imaging by becoming a certified member of the International Society of Equine Locomotor Pathology (ISELP), and is currently the only veterinarian in Australia to have obtained this qualification.

    In 2013, Kirsten became a Diplomate of American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, and is one of only three veterinarians in Australia with this qualification.

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Course Program

Pullenvale Hall and Westvets (Anstead)


For Lectures: 302 Grandview Road

Locations for Lectures (and best accommodation) and Practicals

Lectures and lunches will be at:

Pullenvale Hall

302 Grandview Road                                           


Queensland  4069                                                        




Practical and Interactive Small Group Sessions will be at:

WestVETS (Equine Clinic at Anstead)

Cnr Mt Crosby and Hawkesbury Rds                            

Queensland 4070                                                         

Phone: 07 3202 7300





Both Pullenvale Hall and WestVETS are located a conveniently short drive from Brisbane Airport.

Pullenvale Hall is 32 km (35 min drive, depending on traffic) from Brisbane Airport via the M5 route (note – tolls apply) or 40.5 km (55 min drive, depending on traffic) via the Airport Link route.

From Brisbane Airport, take the East-West Arterial Road then follow the Airport Link and M5 exit to Moggill Road/State Route 33 in Indooroopilly.    Take the exit for State Route 33/Moggill Road from M5 then follow to Pullenvale Road and Grandview Road.


To get to WestVETS from Pullenvale Hall:


Drive 6 km (6 min) via Grandview Road and Mount Crosby Road/State Route 37

(note: WestVETS has another facility at Marburg – if searching maps or putting it into your GPS, please be sure you have the ANSTEAD clinic and not the Marburg clinic!)


Hotels Near Pullenvale/Anstead/Kenmore


 Vista Bel Air                        Apartment               11 km from clinic      Rooms from AUD $ poa

84/88 Station Rd

Indooroopilly 4068

Phone: (+61) 0416 498 068               




Jephson Hotel & Apartments                14  km from clinic      Rooms from AUD $180

63 Jephson St

Toowong 4066

Phone: (+61) 07 3736 4400

Email:              book via hotel website



Brookfield Retreat              7 km from clinic                                Rooms from AUD $ poa

46 Kintyre St                                                                                       bulk bookings possible

Brookfield  4069                                    

Phone: (+61)

Email:              online booking form on website



Mt Ommaney Hotel Apartments                     15 km from clinic        Rooms from AUD $140

Cnr Centenary Hway & Dandenong Rd

Mt Ommaney, Brisbane, 4074

Phone: (+61) 07 3279 1288




Centenary Motor Inn                               20 km from clinic       Rooms from AUD $130

2479 Ipswich Rd (cnr Portal St)                                  (address for GPS – 105 Portal St Oxley 4075)

Oxley, Brisbane 4075

Phone (+61) 7  3375 3077                             



Darra Motel & Conference Centre                   20 km from clinic        Rooms from AUD $130

2704 Ipswich Rd

Darra  4076

Phone: (+61) 07 3375 5047




Other names to search (local B & Bs):

Jacaranda House B & B (9 km)

Chapel Woods B & B (10 km)

Paperbark B & B (10 km)

Leatherwood Lodge (6.5 km)

Brookfield Retreat (7 km) (bulk bookings possible)


It is also possible to stay in Brisbane City, Indooroopilly, Bardon, Auchenflower, or West End – all approx. half your drive/20 km from Pullenvale Hall.   Check Google Maps for routes and travel times.

“Great balance between theory & practical wetlabs, interesting speakers of high quality, not exclusive to specialist vets, but suitable for all.”

Folke Rohrssen, Cahir, Ireland - Back, Sacroiliac & Pelvic Problems of the Horse course, Finland

“Good lectures, very well organized and I am very pleased with the knowledge that I gained.”

Malin K. Austnes, Wroclaw, Poland - Back, Sacroiliac & Pelvic Problems of the Horse course

“Very user friendly, quite informal, a lot packed in two days but brilliant content. Learnt loads, and increased my confidence. Would highly recommend.”

Phil Richards, Mendip Way Equine clinic, Bristol, UK - Back, Sacroiliac & Pelvic Problems of the Horse course

“Lots of detailed information with great correlating wetlabs and hands on learning experience.”

Michelle Wiberg, Sunrise Equine Veterinary Services, Minnesota, USA - Axial Skeleton & Upper Limb Ultrasound course