Rehabilitation for Equine Back & Sacroiliac Conditions – Lectures (online), On-Location Case-Discussions & Practical Sessions

Date: Sat 21st Aug 2021 - Sun 22nd Aug 2021
Venue: Pullenvale Hall and Westvets (Anstead)
Location: Brisbane, Australia (Brisbane Airport)
Contact Hours: 19 hrs – Lecture Series (9 hrs ) & On-Location (10 hrs)
Course Language: English
  • Net price, no tax will be added*
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Qualified Vet - AUD 1850.00
2nd vet, same clinic - AUD 1760.00
Vet & Vet Tech (L&P both) - AUD 3300.00
Registered Physiotherapist - AUD 1570.00
Intern (Requires Certification from Clinic) - -
Veterinary Student - -
Early Booking Deadline: Sunday 11th July 2021
Registration Deadline: Saturday 24th July 2021

* 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.


Receive a 15% Discount when registering as Qualified Vet for both the course in Victoria (Orthopaedic Rehabilitation of the Equine Athlete) & Queensland (Rehabilitation for Equine Back & Sacroiliac Conditions) Courses. Contact us for a voucher code.

9 hrs of Online Lectures (on-demand; $500AUD incl. 10% discount)At your leisure

To participate in the On-Location Case-Discussions & Practical Sessions, attendees are required to have first worked through the corresponding Lecture Series (purchased as an ‘Extra’ when registering for the On-Location Case-Discussions & Practical Sessions).


1.5-Day On-Location Portion (10 hrs):   Sat 21 – Sun 22 August 2021

Saturday 3:00 – 7:30pm:  Case-Discussions, Q&A and Wine & Cheese Reception
Sunday 8:30am – 5:30pm:  Practical Sessions


Total Continuing Education Hours:   19 hrs


COVID-19 Update
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Back and sacroiliac problems are amongst the most debilitating conditions affecting equine athletes.  Local injections of medications do not usually resolve the problems long-term unless combined with a comprehensive rehabilitation program and the introduction of management changes.  

This practical course was developed for equine practitioners with a good working knowledge of back and sacroiliac conditions and covers how to use therapeutic modalities effectively in combination with comprehensive exercise protocols aimed at strengthening the back/gluteal musculature.

To participate in the On-Location Portion, attendees are required to have first taken part in the  corresponding online Lecture Series ‘Rehabilitation for Equine Back & Sacroiliac Conditions':

  • If you have not yet purchased the corresponding Lecture Series associated with the On-Location Portion, please purchase the Lecture Series as an ‘Extra’ during the registration process at a 10% discount .
  • If you have already purchased the Lecture Series independently of the On-Location Portion, please proceed to register without adding the Lecture Series as an ‘Extra’ during the registration process.

The world-renowned specialists will be discussing the following topics interactively with the attendees:

  • The Physiotherapist’s Approach to Back & Sacroiliac Conditions
  • Physiotherapist’s Evaluation of the Equine Back & Pelvis
  • Therapeutic Modalities for Back & SI Conditions – Therapeutic Laser, Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy, Electrical Stimulation, Rapid Release Technology & Radiofrequency Therapy
  • Therapeutic Exercise for Back & Sacroiliac Problems
  • The Importance of Saddle Fit
  • Development of Treatment Plans for Back & SI Conditions
  • Underwater Treadmill    
  • Therapeutic Monitoring of Back & SI Conditions
  • Return to Sport – The Progression incl. Management Changes
  • Home Exercise Programs for your Clients
  • Injury Prevention & Maintenance
  • Conditioning & Performance Enhancement
  • Horse, Saddle & Rider Interactions

Day 1 starts at 15:00h with 3 hours of interactive Case-Discussions, Q&A which will give attendees the unique opportunity to apply what they have learned during Lecture Series in discussion with the world-renowned specialists.  This will then be followed by the obligatory Wine & Cheese Reception allowing for attendees to socialise with colleagues and the speakers/instructors.

On the second day, 7 hours of case-based and practical small-groups sessions on live horses will allow attendees to become familiar with therapeutic modalities and physical therapy exercises that can be passed on to horse owners.   Each attendee will rotate through the following stations:

  • Physiotherapist’s Evaluation of Back & Sacroiliac Problems
  • Therapeutic Exercises for Back & SI Problems – Improving Proprioception & Core Stability
  • Physiotherapy – Manual Treatment Techniques   
  • Biomechanical Interplay of Horse, Saddle & Rider
  • Development of Home Exercise Programs for your Clients     
  • Therapeutic Modalities for Back & SI Problems – Aquatic Therapy & Other Modalities

The course fee includes, coffee/tea breaks, a wine & cheese reception, lunch and a certificate of attendance. To participate in the On-Location Case-Discussions & Practical Sessions, attendees are required to have first taken part in the Lecture Series (purchased as an ‘Extra’ when registering for the On-Location Case-Discussions & Practical Sessions).  Early course registration is recommended as there are only a limited number of places available due to the highly 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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    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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    Rachel Salz
    BSc(Hons), BVetMed, Dipl.ACVSMR, MRCVS


    American Specialist in Veterinary Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation
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    Rachel completed an honours degree in Neuroscience from the University of Edinburgh before going to vet school at the Royal Veterinary College in London. She graduated as a veterinary surgeon in 2009 and then moved to Sydney to undertake an internship at Randwick Equine Centre. She stayed on at the practice following her internship and spent two years doing predominantly race track practice. Having been a keen event rider herself she then developed the sports horse aspect of the practice and completed a residency to become a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation in 2016. She is now a senior associate at Randwick Equine Centre and focuses on racing and sports horse work. Her main interests are diagnostic imaging, lameness and rehabilitation.

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    Lesley Goff
    PhD, MAnimSt(AnimPhysio), MExSpSc(Research), GDipAppSc(ManipPhysio), BAppSc(Physio)


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    Hip Sport Spine director and principal practitioner Lesley, is a titled Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist, which means she has completed post graduate studies in Manipulative Physiotherapy in addition to her physiotherapy degree. Thus, Lesley has a high level of manual therapy skill and is often consulted by specialists and other referrers and patients for her opinion in complex musculoskeletal presentations, particularly those involving the low back, pelvis and hips.

    Lesley also holds a Master’s degree in exercise and sports science, in which she completed research into assessment of the sacroiliac joint and pelvis – thus she helps many individuals with low back pain, pelvic pain and hip pain, along with assisting running and cycling athletes with their injuries and enhancement of performance.

    Further Lesley holds a Masters in animal physiotherapy and has completed a PhD in the equine sacroiliac joint as a follow-on from her human sacroiliac joint research – therefore she sees many equestrian athletes (human and horse) to assist their athletic performance (See Active Animal Physiotherapy).

    Lesley is a respected author of textbooks and journal publications in the sacroiliac joint and physiotherapy for equestrian athletes. She lectures in Australia and around the world at conferences and workshops.

    In her spare time, Lesley is a triathlete, having completed 5 Ironmnan triathlons amongst many other shorter races, and in the winter season enjoys dry-land sled dog racing with her family and four huskies.

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    Stephanie Batterham


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    Stephanie is one of Hip Sport Spine’s physiotherapists, who has a passion for helping people regain function, resolve pain and return to sport.

    Stephanie has worked in musculoskeletal private practice in Toowoomba for over 5 years and has a strong background in orthopaedic and neurological rehabilitation having worked in sub-acute and outpatient services in Melbourne. Stephanie has also contributed to the cardiac and respiratory rehabilitation groups, and this gives her an excellent understanding of the challenges facing patients living with these chronic diseases and their specific needs.

    Originally from Melbourne, Stephanie now calls Toowoomba home. Stephanie also has a passion for horses, competing in a number of equestrian disciplines over the years, but is currently focusing on horseback archery. Stephanie has participated and competed in a wide variety of other sports including field hockey, rowing, sailing, gymnastics and downhill skiing so has a good understanding of the demands of different sports. Stephanie has also worked with rugby, field hockey and football (AFL) teams as physiotherapist.

    Stephanie has completed ongoing professional development exploring shoulder pain and dysfunction, vestibular dysfunction and dizzy patients, dry needling for musculoskeletal dysfunction and pain, real time ultrasound of the hip and core stabilisers to improve muscle activation and muscle energy techniques ,of the pelvis and lumbar spine. Stephanie has completed her honours thesis and published a paper exploring land and water based exercise for people with athritis. Stephanie has also completed a post-graduate diploma physiotherapy.

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Course Program

Pullenvale Hall and Westvets (Anstead)


For Lectures: 302 Grandview Road

Locations for Lectures (and best accommodation) and Practicals

Lectures and lunches will be at:

Pullenvale Hall

302 Grandview Road                                           


Queensland  4069                                                        




Practical and Interactive Small Group Sessions will be at:

WestVETS (Equine Clinic at Anstead)

Cnr Mt Crosby and Hawkesbury Rds                            

Queensland 4070                                                         

Phone: 07 3202 7300





Both Pullenvale Hall and WestVETS are located a conveniently short drive from Brisbane Airport.

Pullenvale Hall is 32 km (35 min drive, depending on traffic) from Brisbane Airport via the M5 route (note – tolls apply) or 40.5 km (55 min drive, depending on traffic) via the Airport Link route.

From Brisbane Airport, take the East-West Arterial Road then follow the Airport Link and M5 exit to Moggill Road/State Route 33 in Indooroopilly.    Take the exit for State Route 33/Moggill Road from M5 then follow to Pullenvale Road and Grandview Road.


To get to WestVETS from Pullenvale Hall:


Drive 6 km (6 min) via Grandview Road and Mount Crosby Road/State Route 37

(note: WestVETS has another facility at Marburg – if searching maps or putting it into your GPS, please be sure you have the ANSTEAD clinic and not the Marburg clinic!)


Hotels Near Pullenvale/Anstead/Kenmore


 Vista Bel Air                        Apartment               11 km from clinic      Rooms from AUD $ poa

84/88 Station Rd

Indooroopilly 4068

Phone: (+61) 0416 498 068               




Jephson Hotel & Apartments                14  km from clinic      Rooms from AUD $180

63 Jephson St

Toowong 4066

Phone: (+61) 07 3736 4400

Email:              book via hotel website



Brookfield Retreat              7 km from clinic                                Rooms from AUD $ poa

46 Kintyre St                                                                                       bulk bookings possible

Brookfield  4069                                    

Phone: (+61)

Email:              online booking form on website



Mt Ommaney Hotel Apartments                     15 km from clinic        Rooms from AUD $140

Cnr Centenary Hway & Dandenong Rd

Mt Ommaney, Brisbane, 4074

Phone: (+61) 07 3279 1288




Centenary Motor Inn                               20 km from clinic       Rooms from AUD $130

2479 Ipswich Rd (cnr Portal St)                                  (address for GPS – 105 Portal St Oxley 4075)

Oxley, Brisbane 4075

Phone (+61) 7  3375 3077                             



Darra Motel & Conference Centre                   20 km from clinic        Rooms from AUD $130

2704 Ipswich Rd

Darra  4076

Phone: (+61) 07 3375 5047




Other names to search (local B & Bs):

Jacaranda House B & B (9 km)

Chapel Woods B & B (10 km)

Paperbark B & B (10 km)

Leatherwood Lodge (6.5 km)

Brookfield Retreat (7 km) (bulk bookings possible)


It is also possible to stay in Brisbane City, Indooroopilly, Bardon, Auchenflower, or West End – all approx. half your drive/20 km from Pullenvale Hall.   Check Google Maps for routes and travel times.

Great balance between theory & practical wetlabs, interesting speakers of high quality, not exclusive to specialist vets, but suitable for all

Folke Rohrssen, Cahir, Ireland

Back, Sacroiliac & Pelvic Problems of the Horse – Helsinki, Finland – May 2018


Very user friendly, quite informal, a lot packed in 2 days but brilliant content. Learnt loads, and increased my confidence. Would highly recommend.

Phil Richards, Mendip Way Equine clinic, Bristol, UK.

Back, Sacroiliac & Pelvic Problems of the Horse course 2016