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

Date: Fri 27th Sep 2019 - Sat 28th Sep 2019
Venue: Naturzentrum Thurauen & von Ballmoos Reha- & Leistungszentrum
Location: near Zurich (Zurich International Airport)
Contact Hours: 15 hours / 4 Bildungsstunden (Confirmed)
Course Language: English (German & French Moderation)
Price: (net price, no tax will be added)*
Qualified Vet CHF 780.00 CHF 1195.00
2nd vet, same clinic CHF 740.00 CHF 1135.00
Vet L&P / Tech L-only - CHF 1940.00
Vet & Vet Tech (L&P both) - CHF 2170.00
Intern (Requires Certification from Clinic) CHF 390.00 -
Student CHF 160.00 -
Veterinary Technician - -
Early Booking Deadline: Sunday 18th August 2019
Registration Deadline: Thursday 26th September 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 27– Sat 28 September 2019 - A 2-Day Practical Course

The registration deadline has been extended as this 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 & Whole Body Vibration   

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).  On the evening of the first day all attendees are invited to attend the wine & cheese reception.  Early course registration is recommended as there are only a limited number of places available due to the practical nature of this course.

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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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Course Program

Naturzentrum Thurauen & von Ballmoos Reha- & Leistungszentrum


von Ballmoos Reha- & Leistungszentrum
Schlossgasse 8, Berg am Irchel
Switzerland CH-8415


Naturzentrum Thurauen

Steubisallmend 3

CH-8416 Flaach



Direkt: 052 355 15 57

Zentrale: 052 355 15 55



von Ballmoos Reha- & Leistungszentrum

Schlossgasse 8,
CH-8415 Berg am Irchel ZH


Website:          http://www.stall-vonballmoos.ch/
Phone:             +41 79 430 50 31 (Handy)
              +41 52 301 39 90



From Zurich airport take Lufingerstrasse, Zürcherstrasse, Dorfstrasse and Route 7 to Hägelerstrasse in Freienstein-Teufen (12.6km).  Then follow Riedhalden to Irchelstrasse and continue from Irchelstrasse to Berg am Irchel.  Turn right onto Schlossgasse.



​Closest airport: Zurich International Airport (20km, 30 minutes by car)



«zum Engel» 

Wesenplatz 6

8416 Flaach

Tel: +41 52 318 13 03

Mail: info@engel-flaach.ch


2.7 km distance



Rooms from CHF 100




Gasthaus Sternen

Märktgass 36,

8197 Rafz, 



Tel: +41 44 869 40 00

8.0 km distance

Rooms from CHF 90

Gasthaus zum goldenen Kreuz

Landstrasse 15,

8197 Rafz,  



Tel: +41 44 552 85 00

8.0 km distance

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“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

“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.”

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