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

Date: Tue 19th Mar 2019 - Wed 20th Mar 2019
Venue: Golfpark Weidenhof & Sanakena - Das Zentrum für Pferdegesundheit
Location: near Hamburg, Northern Germany (Hamburg Airport)
Accredited Hours: 16 ATF Hours
Course Language: English (German Moderation)
Price: (net price, no tax will be added)*
Qualified Vet EUR 640.00 EUR 980.00
2nd vet, same clinic EUR 610.00 EUR 930.00
BEVA Member EUR 550.00 EUR 840.00
Intern (Requires Certification from Clinic) EUR 320.00 -
Vet & Vet Tech (L&P both) - EUR 1910.00
Vet L&P / Tech L-only - EUR 1590.00
Student EUR 135.00 -
Licenced Vet.Tech / Physical Therapist - -
Early Booking Deadline: Tuesday 5th February 2019
Registration Deadline: Sunday 17th March 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.


Tues 19 – Wed 20 March 2019 - A 2-Day Practical Course

Please be aware that there are only a limited number of BEVA spaces available.

The registration deadline has been extended as the course will definitely take place.


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. 

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
  •  Laser Therapy & Extracorporeal Shockwave 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. 

This course is suitable for RCVS Modules:          B-EP.3;  C-E.2;  C-E.4;  C-E.5;  C-E.6;  C-E.7;  C-E.15; C-E.16;  C-E.17

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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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    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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    Niklas J. Drumm
    Dr. med. vet., Dipl.ACVS, Dipl.ECVS


    American, European and German Specialist in Equine Surgery
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    Niklas qualified from Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich, Germany in 2008. He performed an equine internship at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, KY USA and a large animal surgery residency at Pferdeklinik am Kottenforst in Wachtberg, Germany. Niklas became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2012, a Diplomate of the European College of Vetrinary Surgeons in 2015 and obtained a doctoral degree from the University Berlin, Germany in 2012.

    After his residency he joined the staff of the equine department of Dierenkliniek Emmeloord, Netherlands before he started working for Tierklinik Lüsche in Germany. Since 2017 Niklas is a shareholder of Tierklinik Lüsche.

    His focus is on orthopedics, sport horse medicine and orthopedic surgery.

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    Mathilde Pluim

    The Netherlands

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    Mathilde graduated at Utrecht University in 2013. She has been working at Tierklinik Lüsche, Germany, since then. Being active in showjumping herself, and with a special interest in sports medicine she added the role of German team veterinarian for driving in 2014. Currently, Mathilde is also enrolled in a joint PhD with the University of Ghent and Utrecht University, researching high-power laser therapy in equine tendinopathy.

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    Marina Rodriguez Alonso


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    Marina is a qualified veterinarian by the Central University of Venezuela in 2010, she worked as a veterinary clinician in equine medicine for 4 years in different horse sports disciplines (racing, jumping, dressage, endurance, rodeo, amongst others). In 2015 she obtained a Master’s degree in Equine Physiotherapist by the Autonomous University of Barcelona. In that same year Marina joined the Companion Animal’s Line of Calier Laboratories, part of a multinational company based in Barcelona. She occupied the position of International Product Manager for that line of products for the next 3 years. In 2018 she studied a postgrad course in Biomedical Marketing and later that year she changed to INDIBA, S.A. - as International Technical Sales and Marketing Manager for the Animal Health Department - a company specializing in radiofrequency devices used for rehabilitation in humans and animals.

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Golfpark Weidenhof & Sanakena - Das Zentrum für Pferdegesundheit


Sanakena - Das Zentrum für Pferdegesundheit
Hasenmoorkamp 3
25482 Appen-Etz

Lectures will take place at the following place:

Golfpark Weidenhof

Mühlenstraße 140

25421 Pinneberg



Practical Sessions will take place at Sanakena:

Sanakena - Das Zentrum für Pferdegesundheit

Hasenmoorkamp 3

25482 Appen-Etz



Hamburg airport is a half hour drive from the rehabilitation center.

By Public Transport

From Hamburg Airport take the S-Bahn (S1) into Hamburg, change at Altona to Pinneberg. Change in Pinneberg to take the train to Appen-Etz, Rollbarg. It is a 10-minute walk from the train station.


                                                                              Distance from Clinic       Room Rate (pppn)


Rellinger Hof****                                         5.7km                            From €95

Hauptstraße 31

25462 Rellingen

Phone:     +49 (0) 410 121 30

e-mail:     info@rellinger-hof.de

Website:  http://www.rellinger-hof.de/


Thesdorfer Hof***                                         5.1 Km                          From €85

Rellinger Str. 35

25421 Pinneberg

Phone:     +49 (0) 4101 54540

Website:  https://www.thesdorferhof.de/


Gästehaus Pinneberg***                               2.7 Km                          From €55

Mühlenstraße 97A

25421 Pinneberg

Phone:     +49 8027 585

Website:  http://xn--gstehaus-pinneberg-ltb.de/


Hotel Quellental****                                     3.9 Km                          From €95

Rethwiese 2

25421 Pinneberg

Phone:     +49 8104 66790

Website:  https://www.hotel-pinneberg.de/


The course was an intense overview from three perspectives on material that overlapped beautifully.  The skills will help me in daily practice as well as lead me to new information

Erin Trawick, Salem Valley Veterinary Clinic, Connecticut, USA.

Orthopedic and Respiratory Poor Performance & Rehabilitation of the Sports Horse course 2016


Very educational - good combination of lectures and hands-on sessions with practical information.

Chris Payton Western Veterinary Clinic, Indiana, USA.

Advances in Equine Orthopedic Therapies course 2016


Good practical, real-world information that could not be obtained in other ways

Charmian Wright Mountain Horse Medical Services, Utah, USA.

Advances in Equine Orthopedic Therapies course 2016