|Date:||Sun 3rd Nov 2019 - Sat 9th Nov 2019|
|Venue:||Mongena & surrounding Game Lodges|
|Location:||Dinokeng Game Reserve (Johannesburg O.R. Tambo International Airport)|
|Price: (net price, no tax will be added)*||
|Early Booking Deadline:||Monday 26th August 2019|
|Registration Deadline:||Thursday 31st October 2019|
* 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.
VetPD has combined an exhilarating week-long safari experience in the Dinokeng Game Reserve, near Johannesburg, South Africa, with a total of 25 hours of safaris, 24 hours of cutting-edge lectures / case discussions and 38 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: Dr. Pam Wilkins (University of Illinois, USA), Prof. Derek Knottenbelt (Equine Medical Solutions, Scotland), Dr. Wade Tenney (Tufts University, USA), Dr. Jessica Kidd (Lambourn, UK), and Dr. Suzanne Brenner (Pioneer Equine Hospital, USA ).
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 – 3.30pm. 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.
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 38 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.
Overview of topics:
WETLABS / PRACTICAL SESSIONS
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:
RCVS & European Specialist in Equine Internal Medicine
Derek qualified from Edinburgh University in 1970 and after a period in research, spent 12 years in private practice. During this time he developed a keen interest in equine medicine and in 1985 he joined the academic world. Derek moved to Liverpool in 1989 and has since become Professor in Equine Internal Medicine. He has published widely in the scientific and lay press and is the author of 10 recognised text books. Derek has received international awards for his welfare work, his science and in 2005 he was honoured with an OBE by the Queen for his services to the horse. He is involved with national and international equine welfare and other charities. Derek's main professional interests are in oncology, dermatology, ophthalmology and wound management.Full details
American Specialist in Equine Internal Medicine & Emergency/Critical Care
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.Full details
European & RCVS Specialist in Equine Surgery
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.
Her spare time is spent running around after small twin boys and trying to keep the garden from over running the house.
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Dr. Suzanne Brenner graduated from the veterinary school of University of California at Davis in 2003. Following 3 years of general equine practice, she returned to UC Davis as the 2006-2007 Large Animal Ultrasound Fellow. In late 2007, Dr. Brenner established an exclusively equine ultrasound consultation practice in Northern California providing examinations in both ambulatory and hospital settings including Pioneer Equine Hospital. Additionally, in 2008 she became an adjunct professor for the Modesto Junior College within the veterinary technician program. Dr. Brenner has instructed in several ultrasound-focused CE courses such as AAEP 360 ultrasound course held in 2012 and 2013. Similar to her professional life, her non-profession interests lie in all things horse related, including attempts at returning to horse trial competitions on any one of her rescued horses.Full details
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Dr. Wade Tenney completed his veterinary studies at Colorado State University. He then went on to do an equine private practice internship at Littleton Equine Medical Center where he stayed on for an additional two years as an associate veterinarian. He then joined B.W. Furlong and Associates in Oldwick, New Jersey where he practiced as an ambulatory/clinic veterinarian with a strong focus on reproduction and nuclear scintigraphy. In 2005, Dr. Tenney completed a 1 year fellowship in Large Animal Ultrasound with Dr. Mary Beth Whitcomb and Dr. Betsy Vaughan at the University of California, Davis. Following his fellowship, Dr. Tenney joined Steinbeck Country Equine Clinic on California’s beautiful central coast. During this time he worked as a general practitioner with a strong focus on sports medicine and ultrasound. He also provided care to clients at the HITS Thermal Horse Show during the winter months. In April of 2013, Dr. Tenney joined the Large Animal Ultrasound Department at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. At the Hospital for Large Animals, Dr. Tenney works closely with the Sports Medicine, Internal Medicine and General Surgery services, providing diagnostic ultrasound services to horses throughout the Northeast. Dr. Tenney also spends the winter months at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida providing ultrasound consultations for performance horses in south Florida.Full details
Jon qualified from the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University, Denmark in 2002 and went on to perform an Internship at Willesley Equine Clinic, UK. He received his certificate in equine diseases in 2008. Following his internship, Jon worked as an equine surgeon in Ansager Equine Hospital in Denmark and became a partner of the hospital in 2006. He is head of the MRI at Ansager Equine Hospital and his main caseload is orthopaedic diagnostics/therapeutics and surgery with the majority being referral cases. Jon is working as a consultant for breeding associations, law cases and an insurance company in Denmark. He has published several clinical articles in peer-reviewed veterinary journals.Full details
Travel to Dinokeng Game Reserve, South Africa
The CDC and WHO recommend the following vaccinations for South Africa: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, cholera, yellow fever, rabies, meningitis, polio, measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), chickenpox, shingles, pneumonia and influenza. Shot lasts 2 years.
Money and tipping
The local currency is South African Rand (ZAR) (100R is approximately $7.40 / £5.60 / €6.50)
It is advisable to exchange money into local currency – either at the airport or in your country ahead of the event. However, there is a shop nearby, where the rangers or VetPD can take you to, which has an ATM.
There is no expectation of tipping at Mongena Game Lodge. The guideline is voluntary tipping of 10% on service fee/food/beverages
Plugs are different and special adpaters need to be brought. Same applies to Voltage for vets traveling from the from US https://en-us.wikiconnections.org/power-supplies/continents/africa/what-can-i-connect-to-a-south-african-power-supply
The entire event is very casual. For wetlabs, shorts and t-shirt are perfectly fine. We recommend closed toes shoes when choosing wetlabs with live horses.
For dinner, the dress code is also very casual.
During the early morning and evening safaris a warm jumper, cardigan or coat is useful to have as it can get quite cold on the open plan jeeps.
Don’t forget to pack: Top tips
While the game drives at Mongena lodge are part of the attraction, you can also choose to visit some attractions outside Dinokeng Game Reserve.
The area offers lots of interesting places, activities and exciting things to do! Within just one to two hour drives you´ll get to some spectacular destinations. Take a look below!
If you need any further information or like to pre-book, please get in touch. For many of these events prebooking is essential and spaces are limited!
If you would prefer to book 'Lectures & Practical sessions only' alternative lodgings are available and can be booked:
Please get in touch with regards to special prices for Lectures & Practical sessions only.
“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
“Super meeting with vets all over the world, real holiday atmosphere, a congress I would book again anytime, Super staff and service of your team and Mongena, we really enjoyed it and still do.”
“Very good quality conference with amazing outside activities, great accommodation & food which made it a very enjoyable week. It is easy to very nice to meet the other attendees.”