Orthopaedic Rehabilitation of the Equine Athlete – Lectures (online), On-Location Case-Discussions & Practical Sessions

Date: Sat 11th Sep 2021 - Sun 12th Sep 2021
Venue: REC Specialist Equine Centre & Agnes Banks Equine Clinic
Location: near Sydney, Eastern Australia (Sydney Airport)
Contact Hours: 17 hrs – Lecture Series (7 hrs ) & On-Location (10 hrs)
Course Language: English
  • Net price, no tax will be added*
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Qualified Vet -
AUD 1650.00
AUD 1850.00
2nd vet, same clinic -
AUD 1570.00
AUD 1760.00
Vet & Vet Tech (L&P both) -
AUD 2950.00
AUD 3300.00
Registered Physiotherapist -
AUD 1400.00
AUD 1570.00
Intern (Requires Certification from Clinic) -
Veterinary Student -
Early Booking Deadline: Sunday 15th August 2021
Registration Deadline: Tuesday 31st August 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.

1.5-Day On-Location Portion (10 hrs):   Sat 11 – Sun 12 September 2021

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

7 hrs of Online Lectures (on-demand; $400AUD 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).

Total Continuing Education Hours:   17 hrs


COVID-19 Update
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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 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.

To participate in the On-Location Portion, attendees are required to have first taken part in the  corresponding online Lecture Series Orthopaedic Rehabilitation of the Equine Athlete':

  • 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:

  • 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

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 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:

  • Physiotherapy – Manual Treatment Techniques
  • Exercises to improve Proprioception – focus on Upper Limb & Back/SI
  • Development of Treatment Plans & Therapeutic Monitoring
  • Horse – Rider Interactions
  • Strengthening Exercises – focus on Upper Limb & Back/SI 
  • Laser & Shockwave Therapy & Other Therapeutic 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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    Emma Mathlin
    MAnimSt(AnimPhysio), MExSpSc(Hons, Sports Performance), BAppSc(Physio)


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    An experienced human and animal physiotherapist, Emma works with horses and riders of all levels and disciplines. In addition to master's level animal physiotherapy qualifications, she has also completed a post graduate master's in sports science. As part of this study she conducted research into the effect of rider experience on the horse kinematics of show jumping.

    At an elite level, Emma has worked with the Australian equestrian team, attending both the World Equestrian Games in 2014 and the Rio 2016 Olympics.

    She is interested in all areas of equestrian performance, including fitness and posture training for riders and biomechanical analysis and movement training for horse and rider. She loves to assist the horse and rider partnership to improve their performance. Emma is also a rider with eventing competition experience and enjoys training her home bred ISH Jack

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Course Program

REC Specialist  Equine Centre & Agnes Banks Equine Clinic


REC Specialist Equine Centre
373 - 379 Wallgrove Road
Horsley Park
NSW 2175

Case-Discussions / Q&A at

REC Specialist Equine Centre

373 - 379 Wallgrove Road

Horsley Park, NSW 2175


Telephone:   (02) 9399 7722

Email:              hllc@psinc.com.au

Website:       http://www.randwickequine.com.au


Wetlabs at

Agnes Banks Equine Clinic

5 Price Lane

Agnes Banks, NSW 2753


Telephone:      (02) 4588 5200

Email:                clinic@abec.net.au

Website:          http://www.agnesbanksequineclinic.com.au


Hotels in Richmond


Colonial Motel                                           5 km from clinic          Rooms from AUD $140

161 March St                                                

Richmond  2753

Phone             (02) 4578 1166

Email:              info@colonialmotel.com.au    


Hawkesbury Race Club Motel               9 km from clinic          Rooms from AUD $160

1 Racecourse Road

Windsor 2756

Phone:             (02) 45 604300               

email:                bookings@hrcmotel.com.au

Website:         http://www.hrcmotel.com.au/         


Alexander the Great Motel                    14 km from clinic        Rooms from AUD $120

317 Windsor Road

Vineyard 2765

Phone:            (02) 4577 5555

Email:              info@atgmotel.com.au

Website:         http://www.alexanderthegreatmotel.com.au/


Crown Plaza Hawkesbury Valley          10 km from clinic        Rooms from AUD $180

61 Hawkesbury Valley Way

Windsor 2756

Phone:            (02) 4577 4222

Email:               cphawkesburyvalley@ihg.com

Website:         http://www.sebelhawkesbury.com.au/


Trafalgar B&B                                                         13 km from clinic        Rooms from AUD $200

47 Pine Pl

Grose Vale 2753

Phone:            (02) 457 22349

Email:               mitzem48@yahoo.com.au

Website:         http://www.trafalgarbandb.com.au/


For more options visit www.booking.com or similar websites.



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