Orthopedic Rehabilitation of the Equine Athlete - A 2-Day Practical Course

Date: Fri 2nd Nov 2018 - Sat 3rd Nov 2018
Venue: Equine Performance Center
Location: Ocala, FL (Orlando Intl or Tampa Intl Airport)
Accredited Hours: 15 (RACE Appoved)
Course Language: English
Price: (net price, no tax will be added)*
Qualified Vet USD 650.00
USD 790.00
USD 990.00
USD 1190.00
2nd vet, same clinic USD 620.00
USD 745.00
USD 940.00
USD 1130.00
Student USD 130.00
USD 160.00
Intern (Requires Certification from Clinic) USD 400.00
USD 400.00
Vet & Vet Tech (L&P both) -
USD 1790.00
USD 2150.00
Vet L&P / Tech L-only USD 1580.00
USD 1895.00
Early Booking Deadline: Saturday 22nd September 2018
Registration Deadline: Friday 5th October 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 2 – Sat 3 November 2018 - A 2-Day Practical Course


The field of rehabilitation of the equine athlete suffering from orthopedic 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. 

This 2-day practical course 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 following therapeutic modalities will furthermore be covered in individual lectures by discussing their modes of action, indications for use, human and veterinary literature reviews and clinical experiences:

  • Aquatic therapy – Underwater treadmill & Swimming
  • Whole body vibration
  • Hyperbaric oxygen therapy
  • Cold & hot therapy
  • Extracorporeal shock wave therapy
  • Radiofrequency therapy
  • Therapeutic ultrasound
  • Laser therapy
  • Pulsed electromagnetic therapy

In the afternoons, 7 hours of case-based and 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:

  • Exercises to improve Proprioception – focus on Upper Limb & Back/SI
  • Radiofrequency Therapy on live horses                                                   
  • Development of Treatment Plans & Therapeutic Monitoring
  • Aquatic Therapy demonstration             
  • Strengthening Exercises – focus on Upper Limb & Back/SI
  • Whole Body Vibration & Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

The course fee includes lunches, coffee/tea breaks, extensive electronic course notes, a wine & cheese reception 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 due to the practical nature of this course. 

Please note VetPD has booked a room block of 15 King size rooms for VetPD & Attendees for $119/night. Attendees can call the hotel directly and ask for the Group Name VetPD. The hotel would like any cancellations made by October 11, 2018.
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    Andris J. Kaneps
    DVM, PhD, Dipl.ACVS, Dipl.ACVSMR

    United States

    American Specialist in Equine Surgery & in Equine Sports Medicine/Rehabilitation
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    Andy completed veterinary school at the University of Minnesota in 1978 and continued advanced studies with an internship at Colorado State University and an equine surgery residency at the Ohio State University. He completed his doctoral program in the J.D. Wheat Veterinary Orthopedic Laboratory at the University of California-Davis in 1994.  Dr. Kaneps is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and a charter Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation.  Dr. Kaneps is the co-editor and author of Equine Sports Medicine and Surgery 2nd edition (Saunders 2013), Equine Exercise Physiology (Saunders 2007) and Clinical Advisor: The Horse (Elsevier 2011). With Dr. Steve Adair at the University of Tennessee he developed the curriculum for, and teaches in, the certification program for equine physical therapy that results in the designation Certified Equine Rehabilitation Practitioner (CERP).?His sports medicine practice is based in New England where he specializes in equine lameness diagnosis and treatment, sport horse performance, orthopedic and soft tissue surgery and equine physical treatment.  

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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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    Sharon Classen

    United States

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    Sharon graduated from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 1981. She has over 35 years experience treating both humans and horses. Sharon has specialized primarily in Sports Medicine but worked early on with burns and wounds at 2 trauma centers in Omaha, NE. She was recruited initially to practice at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs followed with the University of Nebraska Cornhusker Athletics Department. She has treated Olympic Gold medalists, Heisman Trophy winners, and many NCAA division and national championship athletes, along with many successful top Grand Prix horse and riders. Following her work with the UNL Athletic Department Sharon was Clinical Coordinator and managed Nebraska’s largest outpatient orthopedic clinic in Omaha, NE. Sharon received her Certification of Rehabilitation Practitioner at the University of Tennessee and is currently in private practice. Serenity Physical Therapy,  Sharon’s current business,  is Sports Medicine for both the Equestrian and Equine Athlete. Her focus is primarily with Equestrian and Equine Athletes in the United States and Canada.  She is a member of the USEF High Performance Team, a member of I.S.E.L.P. , and works with the USEF to develop educational videos. Sharon has published several articles in peer-review Physical Therapy journals and has given presentations at national conferences for both the APTA and AAEP.  Sharon is based out of Elkhorn, NE where she has a 26 stall jumper barn where she and her two daughters train jumpers. She has been competing since 1985 at AAA Hunter-Jumper Shows throughout the US and trains under Will Simpson, 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist in Show Jumping.

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Equine Performance Center


Equine Performance Center
5590 NW Hwy 225
Ocala, FL 33482