Neonatology in 1st Opinion & Small Hospital Practice - A 2-Day Case-Based Course

Date: Sat 27th Jul 2019 - Sun 28th Jul 2019
Venue: South Eastern Equine Hospital
Location: near Melbourne, Southern Australia (Melbourne Tullamarine Airport)
Contact Hours: This course has been accredited for 19 AVA VetEd points.
Course Language: English
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Early Booking Deadline: Sunday 16th June 2019
Registration Deadline: Friday 28th June 2019

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Sat 27 - Sun 28 July 2019 - A 2-Day Case-Based Course


This 2-day interactive course has been designed to provide veterinarians from mixed or equine practice with the theoretical and practical background on the care of the neonatal and post-neonatal foal.  On the first day, lectures will focus on care of the foal in a 1st opinion setting and on general recognition and initial therapy for conditions of the foal commonly encountered in 1stopinion practice.  Orthopaedic conditions and aspects of foal care commonly done in the clinic or hospital setting will be covered on the second day.  The course will be run by two experts in foal care, Professor Pam Wilkins (Univ. of Illinois, USA), and Dr. Catherine Russell (Scone Equine Hospital, Scone, AUS) as well as Dr. Harry Markwell, an equine surgery specialist from Brisbane (AUS), who will all bring a wealth of experience to this course.  

Over 2 days the following highly-illustrated lectures  will provide attendees with an overview of common foal-related topics, with opportunities to delve into depth on common issues:

  • Adverse Peripartum Events – Birth Resuscitation
  • Initial assessment of the sick foal
  • Recognition & Management of Shock  
  • Respiratory Problems of the Foal
  • The Dummy Foal 
  • The Septic Foal
  • The Uraemic Foal
  • The Foal with Colic
  • (Selected) Musculoskeletal Deformities of the Foal
  • Ins & Outs of Fluid Therapy
  • Enteral & Parenteral Nutrition
  • Infectious & Traumatic Orthopaedic Injuries of Foals


Due to requirements for Ethics Approvals and reluctance of owners to volunteer live foals for practicals, this course will use 4 hours of small interactive and PowerPoint based discussion groups, models and cadaver specimens during practical sessions, which will be on Day 2.  During the afternoon, attendees will rotate through the following stations, and have opportunity to discuss related cases with the experts:    

  • Placement of Over-the-Wire catheter (can include some fluid/medication rate discussion and calculation exercises if the group desires)
  • Use of Bandages, Splints, Casts & Hoof Extensions
  • Imaging the Unwell Neonate (PowerPoint, Videos, Discussion, Imaging Machine Settings)

An additional session involving the instructor panel will show and discuss developments in Foal-side Quick Assessment Tests.

The course fee includes lunches, coffee/tea breaks, extensive electronic course notes 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 & Interactive/Practical Sessions).   On the evening of the first day all attendees are invited to attend a Wine & Cheese Reception (included in the course fee) after which they can attend an informal dinner with the speakers (not included in course fees, venue to be advised). Early course registration is recommended as there are only a limited number of places available.

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For credit card transactions, the registration fees will be taken in $AUD or $NZD or $SGD  (as relevant to the chosen course) through Wirecard, which is based in Germany.  Bank transfers will be made to a UK-based account.  Your bank or credit card company may charge you ‘International Transfer Fees’ or ‘Foreign Transaction Fees’ – please check with your bank or credit card company prior to making a payment to VetPD on what fees will be added to your payment.  VetPD does not receive, and is not responsible for, bank or credit card fees.  VetPD will therefore not refund any bank or credit card fees that your bank or credit card company may add to international transactions.

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    Pam Wilkins
    DVM, MS, PhD, Dipl.ACVIM, Dipl.ACVECC

    United States

    American Specialist in Equine Internal Medicine & Emergency/Critical Care
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    Pam is a 1986 graduate of Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. Between 1986 and 1989 she served as the originator and clinician for the equine neonatal intensive unit at Cornell, completing a Master’s degree in equine medicine and surgery simultaneously. Pam was in private practice from 1989 until 1991, when she began residency training in large animal internal medicine at New Bolton Center, University of Pennsylvania. Between 1993 and 1998, Pam completed a PhD in cardiorespiratory physiology at Cornell University. She joined the faculty at New Bolton Center in 1998 where she remained until accepting her current position at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana in 2008.

    Pam is board certified in the specialties of Large Animal Internal Medicine and Emergency and Critical Care and has lectured extensively throughout the US and Europe. She has authored or co-authored over 370 research manuscripts, abstracts, proceedings, book chapters and invited manuscripts and participated in the training of 70 interns, residents and graduate students. Pam's particular areas of interest are perinatology, neonatology, critical care, emergency medicine, cardiorespiratory physiology and models of markers of disease severity.

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    Harry Markwell


    Australian Specialist in Equine Surgery
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    Harry graduated from James Cook University in 2010 and immediately went on to complete an equine surgery internship at the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, in Lexington, KY. Upon completion of his internship in 2012, he commenced a residency in large animal surgery at the University of Georgia. During his residency, Harry undertook research on the biomechanics of equine larygnoplasy (roarer surgery), joint injection techniques and co-authored multiple book chapters. In 2016, Harry achieved board certification of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in Large Animal Surgery.

    Upon a return to Australia, he worked at the Goulburn Valley Equine Hospital in Victoria for 18-months prior to relocating back home to Queensland. Harry’s clinical interests include angular limb deformities, orthopaedics, laparoscopy, and emergency surgery. Harry is currently a reviewer for Veterinary Surgeryand a member of the AO Foundation in veterinary orthopaedics.

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    Catherine Russell


    Australian Specialist in Equine Surgery
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    Catherine graduated from the University of Sydney in 1995. She worked in mixed and equine practice in Australia and England and joined Scone Equine Hospital in 2000. She has practiced as a stud resident veterinarian and took part in Scone Equine Hospital’s exchange program with Newmarket Equine Hospital. Once back from the UK she began working at the Scone Equine Hospital's Intensive Care Unit in the spring of 2002. Under the mentorship of Dr Jane Axon she began her training for specialisation in equine medicine and gained Membership of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in Equine Medicine in 2003. She spent six months as a Fellow of Equine Perinatology and Neonatology at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Centre under Professor Jon Palmer and Dr Pamela Wilkins and gained Fellowship of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in 2007. Catherine is a registered specialist in Equine Medicine and has published in peer reviewed journals and equine veterinary textbooks. She has been awarded the Norman Larkin Award for an abstract presented at the Bain Fallon Equine Conference in 2008, the Peter Irwin Literary Award in 2009 and presented an award by the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists for a publication in the Australian Veterinary Journal in 2009.

    Catherine is the Scientific Editor of the Australian Equine Veterinarian and the Co-Ordinator of the Upper Hunter Branch of the Australian Veterinary Association.

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    Robyn Charman
    BVSc(Hons), MANZCVS(equine medicine), FANZCVS(equine surgery)


    Australian Specialist in Equine Surgery
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    Robyn Charman graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1990 having gained her Bachelor of Veterinary Science with honours. Robyn then worked as a mixed practice veterinarian under the guidance of Dr Neville Japp and later Dr Colin Bassett where she developed a special interest in equine medicine and surgery.

    Robyn and her husband Neil established the Station Street Veterinary Clinic in Koo Wee Rup in 1995 where Robyn continued to pursue professional development in the equine field. In 2000, Robyn attained membership to the equine medicine chapter of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists. In 2004, Robyn commenced her equine surgery residency program with Dr Jim Vasey at the Goulburn Valley Equine Hospital. This program culminated with Robyn gaining fellowship of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in equine surgery in 2009. In October 2012, Robyn established the South Eastern Equine Hospital at Narre Warren North and continues to enjoy the challenges of equine veterinary practice. Robyn is a registered specialist in equine surgery with the Veterinary Practitioners Board of Victoria.

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Course Program

South Eastern Equine Hospital


South Eastern Equine Hospital
359 Hallam-Belgrave Road
Narre Warren North
Victoria, 3804


The options for public transport in this area are very limited – suggest car or car pooling. Attendees arriving from interstate or overseas via Melbourne (Tullamarine) Airport are advised to hire a car from the airport.

If arriving via Melbourne Airport (Tullamarine) you can travel by car via the M1 (52 minutes with no traffic – 65.1 km) or via the M3 (1 hour with no traffic – 71.9 km).  Note that all direct routes have TOLL ROADS in part.  To avoid tolls, please use a SatNav device.

To go via M1:  From Melbourne Airport, get on Calder Freeway / M79.    Take M2 and M1 to Heatherton Road / State Route 14.   Take exit 18 from M1.  Follow Heatherton Road / State Route 14 to Narre Warren North.

To go via M3:   From Melbourne Airport, get on Calder Freeway / M79.  Take M2 to Flemington Road in Parkville and take the exit for Flemington Road.  Get on Eastern Freeway /M3 in Clifton Hill from State Route 83.  Continue on M3 to Endeavour Hills.  Take exit 18 from Monash Freeway / M1.  Follow Heatherton Road / State Route 14 to Narre Warren North.

When booking accommodation, please do not book in Melbourne City as travel distances and traffic will become problematic – book Narre Warren / Dandenon / Cranbourne / Berwick area. See Hotels Near Narre Warren Guide, or consult or similar websites.


Hotels near Narre Warren North, Melbourne


Casey on Princes Motel               6  km from clinic         Rooms from AUD  $120/night

218 Princes Highway                              

Hallam 3803, VIC

Phone:(+61) 3  9703 1255                  




Drive from hotel to clinic in 10 minutes (6 km) via Belgrave-Hallam Rd 


Punthill Dandenong                      10.8   km from clinic                Rooms from AUD  $120/night

Cnr Lonsdale St & Foster St                    

Dandenong 3175, VIC

Phone:(+61) 38762 4188       




Drive from hotel to clinic in 17 minutes (11.7  km) via National Highway Alt 1 (Narre Warren Rd)


Quest Narre Warren                     6.2  km from clinic                 Rooms from AUD  $180/night

Cnr Princes Highway & Verdun Drive     

Narre Warren 3805, VIC

Phone:  (+61) 3 9796 6944                            



Drive from hotel to clinic in 11 minutes (6.2 km) via National Highway Alt 1 and Don Bosco Drive


Comfort Inn Dandenong             10.4  km from clinic                 Rooms from AUD  $115/night

124-126 Princes Highway                       

Dandenong 3175, VIC

Phone:(+61) 3 9706 8611                  




Drive from hotel to clinic in 15 minutes (10.4 km) via Heatherton Road/State Route 14.


Beaconsfield Lodge Motel                      11 km from clinic         Rooms from AUD $120

3 – 7 Souter St

Beaconsfield 3807 VIC

Phone:  (61) 3 9707 1454




The drive takes 14 minutes (11 km) via Harkaway Road (State Route 61), State Route 14


Ramada Encore Dandenong                10.2  km from clinic              Rooms from AUD $220

50 – 52 McCrae St

Dandenong 3175 VIC

Phone:  (61) 3 9793 0088




Drive 14 min (10.2 km) via Heatherton Road, State Route 14


Ibis Budget Dandenong                         12.5 km from clinic         Rooms from AUD $110

185 – 193 Princes Highway

(Cnr Edgewood Rd)

Dandenong 3175 VIC 

Phone:    (61) 3 9708 5121




Drive 17 minutes (12.5) via Heatherton Road, State Route 14



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