All-Inclusive* Safari Equine Course - 6 Days of Lectures, Practical Sessions & Amazing Wildlife

Date: Sun 28th Oct 2018 - Sat 3rd Nov 2018
Venue: Mongena & surrounding Game Lodges
Location: Hammanskraal, Gauteng (Johannesburg Airport)
Accredited Hours: 50.00 CE Credits (16.00 max)
Course Language: English
Price: (net price, no tax will be added)*
1 Vet - all inclusive - -
1 Vet & 1 non-Vet Guest (no CE) - -
2 Vets - shared room, all inclusive - -
South African Vet - Lectures & Wetlabs only - -
Early Booking Deadline: Friday 10th August 2018
Registration Deadline: Thursday 25th October 2018

* 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.


Sun 28. October - Sat 3. November, 2018 - 6 Days of Lectures, Practical Sessions & Amazing Wildlife




The registration deadline has been extended as this course will definitely take place.


This program 910-34335 is approved by the AAVSB RACE to offer a total of 50.00 CE Credits (16.00 max) being available to any one veterinarian: and/or 0.00 Veterinary Technician CE Credits (0.00 max). This RACE approval is for the subject matter categories of: 
Category One: Scientific using the delivery method of Seminar/LectureLab/Wet Lab. This approval is valid in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB RACE; however, participants are responsible for ascertaining each board's CE requirements. RACE does not "accredit" or "endorse" or "certify" any program or person, nor does RACE approval validate the content of the program.



VetPD has combined an exhilarating week-long safari experience in the Dinokeng Game Reserve, near Johannesburg, South Africa, with a total of 21 hours of cutting-edge lectures / case discussions and 37 hours of practical sessions / wetlabs on live horses and specimens for attendees to choose from. The following internationally renowned speakers will be involved with this course: Prof. Tom Divers (Cornell University, USA), Dr. Tim Greet (Rossdales Equine Hosptial & Diagnostic Centre, England), Dr. Florent David (Equine Veterinary Medical Center, Doha, Qatar), Dr. Graham Munroe (Flanders Veterinary Services , Scotland), Dr. Laurie Tyrrell-Schroeder (Equinosis, USA) & Dr. Dave Stack (Western Counties Equine Hospital, England). 

The Dinokeng Game reserve is a malaria-free game reserve, 1 hours' drive from Johannesburg International Airport. There the ‘Big Five’ (lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard & rhinoceros) roam wild and free in the 18,500 hectare game reserve.  Bass fishing and the obligatory swimming pool will provide you with the ideal environment to relax with your friends and accompanying partner/guest. The lectures and wetlabs will be held at Mongena Game Lodge.  Guest will be staying at one of the following stunning Lodges within the Dinokeng Game Reserve, a short scenic drive from Mongena Game Lodge: Wild Ways Bush Camp, Chameleon Bush Lodge, Leopardsong Game Lodge and Siyaya Lodge.

From Mon – Thu there will be a total of 4-5 hrs per day of sunrise- and sunset safaris and the lectures and practical sessions will be held between 10.15 – 3.15pm.  Every day attendees can choose from several streams of highly illustrated lectures (in English) or wetlabs on a wide range of current orthopaedic, medical and soft tissue topics (see programme for further details).

During the course open and frank discussions are encouraged and the speakers will share their personal experiences with attendees, be it successes or failures.  There will be plenty of opportunities to discuss diagnostic/therapeutic strategies and cases with the speakers during the lectures or the dedicated case discussions.

The 37 hours of practical sessions will give attendees plenty of opportunity to put theory into practice on live horses in small groups, all under the supervision of the specialists.

On Friday there won’t be any lectures or practical sessions, which will allow attendees and their partners/guests to relax at the pool, go for a bush walk or go on a daytrip to explore this beautiful region.

Daytrips to Glen Afric Country Lodge, the home of the TV Series 'Wild at Heart' and where you can 'Walk with Elephants', Mystic Monkeys & Feathers (A wildlife park that allows for playing with cubs), Diamond Mine Cullinan, The Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre, Horse Riding Adventure and Quad Bike Safari to name but a few can be organised through Mongena (Subject to availability and surcharges (transfers & entrance at cost) apply).

With regards to the practical sessions, please note that spaces are limited. We will allocate spaces on a first come first serve basis so make sure you register early.

*The course fee includes airport transfers, accommodation, all meals (incl. tea/coffee and one soft drink per meal), transfers between lodges and the sunrise and sunset safaris from Monday to Thursday, extensive course notes and a certificate of attendance. Attendees can choose to stay in a single room or can share a room with another attendee at a reduced price.  Attendees are also welcome to attend the course with a partner/guest (special guest price available).  The course fee does not include flights or alcoholic drinks. Rooms are allocated at the discretion of VetPD. Early course registration is recommended as there are only a limited number of places available.

Additional Terms & Conditions:

  1. VetPD Ltd, accepts liability for the course program only (lectures & practical sessions)
  2. Liability for airport transfer, accommodation, meals and all other pre-booked components (safari & golfing activities etc.) rest with the Mongena Game Lodge. Cancellation of these components of the course is subject to the Terms and Conditions of the Mongena Game Lodge (see here for further details).
  3. Attendees are expected to take out comprehensive medical and travel insurance in the event of unforeseen circumstances leading to attendees falling ill or having to cancel their trip to South Africa.
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    Graham Munroe
    BVSc(Hons), PhD, CertEO, DESM, Dipl.ECVS, FRCVS

    United Kingdom

    European & RCVS Specialist in Equine Surgery
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    Graham qualified from the University of Bristol with Honours in 1979. He then spent 8 years in equine practice in Wendover, Newmarket, Arundel, and Oxfordshire including a stud season in New Zealand. Whilst in practice Graham studied for and gained a Certificate in Orthopaedics (CertEO) and a Diploma in Stud Medicine (DESM) from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.  In 1987 he became a Lecturer in Equine Surgery and Reproduction at Glasgow University. Whilst at Glasgow, Graham obtained a PhD by thesis on Neonatal Foal Ophthalmology and a Fellowship of the RCVS by examination in 1994.  Graham then joined the University of Edinburgh as a Senior Lecturer in Large animal surgery in 1994.  In 1997 he became a member of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons (ECVS) by examination.  He then set up a private equine consultancy practice based on the Scottish Borders in 1998 and currently consults in clinics in Scotland and northern England, and occasionally in Europe.  He has furthermore been a Visiting University Equine Surgeon at Cambridge Veterinary School from 2007-2009 and in 2011.

    Graham is interested in all areas of Surgery esp. Orthopaedics and General Soft Tissue Surgery.  His interests however also include Diagnostic Imaging and Ophthalmology.  Graham has been lecturing extensively across the UK and also in Europe and is an Editor for Equus Vetstream.  Graham has published over 60 referred papers and book chapters and is one of the editors of the book ‘Clinical Equine Medicine, Surgery and Reproduction’.  He has furthermore been the team vet for the British Driving Team from 1994-2000 and for the British Dressage and British Vaulting Teams in 2002.  Graham was also a FEI veterinary delegate at the Athens 2004 Olympics.

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    Florent David
    DVM, MSc, Dipl.ACVS, Dipl.ECVS, ECVDI Assoc., Dipl.ACVSMR

    France, Qatar

    European & American Specialist in Equine Surgery; European Specialist in Diagnostic Imaging; American Specialist in Equine Sports Medicine
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    Florent David graduated from the National Veterinary School of Lyon, France in 2001. He subsequently completed an Internship (2001-02) and then a Residency program (2003-06) in Equine Surgery at the University of Montreal, Saint-Hyacinthe, Canada. During his Residency Florent completed a Master degree (MSc) on cartilage cytokine expression and osteoarthritis (2007) in Dr Sheila Laverty's laboratory. He then took up a one year position (2006-07) as a Clinical Instructor in Equine Surgery and Lameness in the Veterinary Medicine Teaching Hospital of the University of Montreal. He became a board certified specialist with the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS) - Large Animal (Equine) and with the European College of European College of Veterinary Surgeons (ECVS) in 2007. He then moved to the Republic of Ireland in September 2007 and took on the position of Lecturer in Large Animal Surgery at the School of Veterinary Medicine, University College Dublin (UCD), Ireland. Since September 2009 Florent is enrolled in a part-time PhD programme at Utrecht University, The Netherlands which focuses on equine tendon repair. In September 2011, Florent was granted recognition by the European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging as ECVDI Associate Member (Large Animals) for his active contribution in the field of equine ultrasonography. From 2014 to 2016 Florent worked as an equine surgeon at Mid-Atlantic Equine Medical Center in Ringoes, New Jersey, USA.  In spring 2016 Florent was offered the job of Equine Surgeon and Sports Medicine Specialist at Bjerke Dyrehospital, in Oslo, Norway which is the leading equine referral hospital in Norway.  On a day to day basis Florent works in equine surgery and has specific clinical interests in ultrasonography and lameness investigation, as well as minimal invasive surgery (laparoscopy, arthroscopy & thoracoscopy). Florent has published more than 25 articles in peer-reviewed journals and has given more than 50 presentations at national and international meetings.

    Florent is now working at Equine Veterinary Medical Center, Al Shaqab - a Member of Qatar Foundation.

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    David Stack
    MVB, MSc, Dipl.ECVS, MRCVS

    United Kingdom

    European Specialist in Equine Surgery
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    David qualified from University College Dublin in 2003, before travelling to New York where he worked for four years in equine veterinary practice. Subsequently returning to Ireland he established his own equine ambulatory practice, focusing on imaging and treatment of equine athletes. David is a European Specialist in Equine Surgery and his main area of interest is orthopaedic surgery and lameness. He completed an equine surgery residency programme at University College Dublin before successfully passing the ECVS examination in February 2017. David moved to the UK in June 2016 where he worked for a year as the surgeon in the Western Counties Equine Hospital in Devon. Before moving to the Philip Leverhulme Equine Hosptial, David spent a year as the surgeon in Bourton Vale Equine Clinic, near Cheltenham. His most recent research involves investigating ultrasound-guided sacroiliac and cervical facet injection techniques. He has published work in the fields of joint surgery and synovial sepsis.

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    Laurie Tyrrell-Schroeder

    United States

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    Dr. Laurie Tyrrell-Schroeder is a 2004 graduate of Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.  She completed an internship in diagnostic imaging and sports medicine at Virginia Equine Imaging in Middleburg, VA, and remained an associate for several years.  With an interest in integrative medicine and rehabilitation of both large and small animals, she obtained additional certifications in acupuncture and canine rehabilitation.  Dr. Tyrrell became involved with Equinosis in its infancy, guiding product and business development and serving as a principal investigator for the company’s National Science Foundation STTR grants.  Dr. Tyrrell now serves as the Director of Veterinary Services for Equinosis, training veterinarians in the use of inertial sensor-based lameness measurement in the equine lameness evaluation.

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    Thomas Divers

    United States

    American Specialist in Equine Internal Medicine & Emergency & Critical Care
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    Dr. Thomas J. Divers earned his DVM from the University of Georgia and completed an internship in large animal medicine at the University of California at Davis. Dr. Divers returned to the University of Georgia for a residency in large animal internal medicine and ambulatory practice and later worked for 2 years as an assistant professor in the large animal medicine and ambulatory practice at the College. Dr. Divers then moved to the University of Pennsylvania for 10 years where he was an associate professor of large animal medicine and served as chief of the section of medicine at the New Bolton Center of the University of Pennsylvania. Currently Dr. Divers is Professor of Medicine and co-Chief of the Section of Large Animal Medicine at Cornell University. He has been the recipient of teaching awards at three universities, has received the Educator of the Year Award from both the AAEP and ACVECC and recently received the Cornell University Hospital for Animals Distinguished Service Award for service to referring veterinarians. He is a diplomate of both the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care. He is co-author of three textbooks, has authored numerous book chapters and has more than 190 peer-reviewed scientific publications. Dr. Divers is currently consulting editor of Veterinary Clinics of North America- Equine Practice. Dr. Divers’ current research focuses on newly - discovered hepatitis viruses in horses. Other research activities have included bacterial and toxic causes of liver failure in horses, equine neurological diseases including equine motor neuron disease and equine protozoal myelitis, equine lyme disease, equine leptospirosis, diseases of the urinary system and advances in internal medicine and critical care for horses, foals and dairy cattle.

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    Tim Greet

    United Kingdom

    European Veterinary Specialist in Large Animal Surgery (Equine)
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    Tim was brought up in Aberdeen and graduated from the University of Glasgow. He was subsequently awarded a master`s degree for work carried out in its surgery department. He received a FRCVS for work carried out at the Animal Health Trust in Newmarket. In 1982 he joined the Newmarket private equine practice of Dr Peter Rossdale, becoming a full partner in 1984. Since then he has been responsible for developing the surgery department and is now senior surgeon.

    His interests are in general and minimally invasive equine surgery and his caseload divided equally between orthopaedic and soft tissue patients. He is currently senior and managing partner of Rossdales LLP. He received the inaugural Centenary Award and the Chiron Award of the BVA and the Richard Hartley Clinical Prize of the BEVA. He gave the sixth Saki Patsaama lecture in Finland in 1987. He has lectured around the world on a variety of equine surgical topics. He has published papers on a variety of topics and contributed to several textbooks.

    He was made an honorary professor of the Veterinary School at the University of Glasgow and an associate lecturer of the Veterinary School at the University of Cambridge. He was President of the BEVA in 2000, and is an honorary member of the association; President of the BVA in 2003/4; and President of the WEVA between 2009 and 2011. Tim is a Diplomate of the ECVS and a member of its board of regents and the EBVS. He is a trustee and Vice-Chairman of SPANA. Tim is also an honorary member of the BVNA and the BAEDT.

    Tim’s interests outside of work include playing the guitar and golf.

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Mongena & surrounding Game Lodges


Mongena Game Lodge
Rust De Winter Road
D48 Dinokeng Game Reserve
Hammanskraal, Gauteng

A once-in-a-lifetime experience combining continuing education with adventure - very professional and flexible organisers.

Tore Malmei, Veterinærene Nyland & Malmei, Norway


Very-well organized event with superb wetlabs supervised by highly-dedicated speakers. Great spouse program!

Päivi Nussbaumer, Clinique du Vieux Château, Swizterland


Well organised, small initmate course with great academic content.

Angela Rogers, Blue Hills Veterinary Hospital, South Africa