Panel Discussion – Equine Back Conditions – Conservative vs. Surgical Therapy

Panel Discussion
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Contact Hours: 3 Hours
Course Language: English
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Panel Discussion – Equine Back Conditions – Conservative vs. Surgical Therapy (Recorded 17 November 2020)


Panelists:Mark Koene  Dr.Med.Vet – Tierklinik Lüsche, Germany
Tim Ober  DVM – John R. Steele & Associates, USA
Jessica Kidd  BA, DVM, CertES(Orth), DECVS, MRCVS – Consultant, UK
Moderator:Andy Fiske-Jackson  BVSc, MVetMed, FHEA, DECVS, MRCVS – Royal Veterinary College, UK



Every equine practitioner will be faced with the ‘back pain dilemma’ is it primary, is it secondary, is it there at all?! Our panel of experts will draw on their extensive clinical experience and knowledge of the literature to discuss how to best to deal with these challenging cases and distil the advantages and limitations of conservative and surgical treatments.

•    What pathologies most commonly cause back pain depending on discipline (dressage vs. showjumping vs. eventing)?  
•    What’s the significance of kissing spines identified on pre-purchase radiographs?  

•    How can back pain and back function be assessed and quantified in sports horses?  
•    What imaging modalities are most useful to identify pathology and to investigate back pain?
•    How to differentiate between back pain, sacroiliac joint region and lumbosacral joint pain?

•    What is your treatment cascade on back issues? How do you start and at what stage do you decide for surgery?
•    What is the role of physiotherapy in conservative management of back conditions?

•    Should surgery only be performed on horses that show improvement following infiltration of local anaesthetic around the affected sites?
•    Types of back surgeries, aftercare/rehab program & outcome?


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    Andy Fiske-Jackson
    BVSc, MVetMed, FHEA, Dipl.ECVS, MRCVS

    United Kingdom

    European Specialist in Equine Surgery
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    Andy qualified from the University of Liverpool, UK in 2004. He initially spent three months working for the Society for the Protection of Animals Abroad, a charity caring for working equids, in Morocco. He then spent two years working for a mixed practice doing predominantly farm and equine work. In July 2006 he undertook an eighteen month internship at the Liphook Equine Hospital after which he spent a further six months working as a first opinion equine ambulatory vet for the same practice. In July 2008 he started a residency in equine surgery at the Royal Veterinary College and went on to join the surgical team at the College where he currently works. He became a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons in February 2012. Andy has published several articles in peer reviewed publications and presented at various national and international meetings. His research interests include digital flexor tendon sheath pathology, mesenchymal stem cell application in superficial digital flexor tendonitis and the role of back pain in poor performance.

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    Jessica Kidd
    BA, DVM, CertES(Orth), Dipl.ECVS, MRCVS

    United Kingdom

    European & RCVS Specialist in Equine Surgery
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    Jessica Kidd has been involved in equine surgery for more than 20 years. She is an RCVS and European Recognised Specialist in Equine Surgery.

    She attended veterinary school at Purdue University in the States followed by two years in mixed practice in New England. After this she completed an internship at a referral racehorse hospital in Ocala, Florida and then returned to the UK to complete an equine surgery residency at the University of Bristol. This was followed by time as a surgery lecturer at the University of Glasgow’s veterinary school followed by holding the position of the University Equine Surgeon at the University of Cambridge. She then spent seven years in private practice as the surgeon at the Valley Equine Hospital in Lambourn, Berkshire which had a hospital population of racehorses, performance horses and pleasure horses and is currently an external surgical consultant to multiple practices.

    She has presented veterinary presentations at national and international meetings in over twenty countries, has taught numerous CPD courses for other veterinary surgeons on specialised equine subjects and was an examiner for the RCVS certificates six times. She was the keynote speaker at both the New Zealand Equine Veterinary and the South African Veterinary Association Congresses in 2019.

    She holds the RCVS certificate in Equine Surgery (Orthopaedics), is a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons, and is an RCVS and European recognised specialist in Equine Surgery. Her areas of interest are both soft tissue and orthopaedic surgery, diagnostic imaging and investigation of lameness cases as well as neonatology and care of the pregnant mare.

    ​She is the chief editor of The Atlas of Equine Ultrasonography which is currently being prepared in a second edition and has contributed chapters to Auer’s “Equine Surgery” and “Equine Neck and Back Pathology”. She is a keen motorcyclist and one of the original members of the Horsepower CPD team which has already raised over £750,000 for charities to provide ongoing funding for both working equids and disabled children.

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    Marc Koene


    Fachtierarzt für Pferde
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    Marc Koene is one of the owners of Tierklinik Lüsche, a 28-vet equine practice in Germany. After his study of veterinary medicine he did the German track for Equine Veterinary Specialist. Marc is the team Veterinarian for Equestrian Sports (DOKR) of the German dressage team and Team USA eventing when they are in Europe. Furthermore he is an International Equestrian Federation (FEI) veterinarian and got his certificate as Chiropractor (IAVC, IACV certificated). Recently he entered the veterinary scientific board of the International Association of Laser Therapy.

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    Tim Ober

    United States

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    Dr. Tim Ober is the US showjumping team veterinarian since 1999. He has cared for some of the most famous horses in showjumping and experienced multiple Olympic and World Championship medal wins. He joined Steele and Associates in 2001 and has practices based in Gordonsville, Virginia and Wellington, Florida.

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