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


Date: Sun 3rd Nov 2019 - Sat 9th Nov 2019
Venue: Mongena & surrounding Game Lodges
Location: Hammanskraal, Gauteng (Johannesburg Airport)
Accredited Hours: TBC
Course Language: English
Price: (net price, no tax will be added)*
ATTENDEE TYPE LECTURES ONLY LECTURES & PRACTICAL SESSIONS
1 Vet - all inclusive -
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GBP 2390.00
GBP 2630.00
1 Vet & 1 non-Vet Guest (no CE) -
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GBP 2990.00
GBP 3290.00
2 Vets - shared room, all inclusive -
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GBP 4190.00
GBP 4610.00
South African Vet - Lectures & Wetlabs only -
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Early Booking Deadline: Saturday 24th August 2019
Registration Deadline: Sunday 1st September 2019
Sponsors:

* 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.

 
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Sun 3. - Sat 9. November, 2019 - 6 Days of Lectures, Practical Sessions & Amazing Wildlife

 

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COURSE DESCRIPTION

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. Luis Lamas  (University of Lisbon, Portugal).

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:

LECTURES

  • Orthopaedic Ultrasound
  • Back Problems
  • Neonatology - Surgery & Orthopaedics
  • Neonatology - Medical & Intensive Care
  • Objective Lameness Evaluation
  • Oncology
  • Emergency & Critical Care Medicine
  • Headshaking
  • Dermatology

WETLABS / PRACTICAL SESSIONS

  • Objective Lameness Evaluation
  • Musculoskeletal Ultrasound – Common & Less Common Regions
  • Abdominal, Thoracic & Soft Tissue Ultrasound
  • Ophthalmology – Examination, Surgical & Non-surgical Procedures
  • Respiratory Endoscopy incl. BAL/Trach Wash & Guttural Pouch Lavage
  • Urogenital Endoscopy
  • Gastroscopy
  • Skin Conditions - Diagnostic Techniques
  • Orthopaedic Radiography

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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    Luis Pardon Lamas
    DVM, CertES(Orth), PhD, Dipl.ECVS, MRCVS

    Portugal

    European Specialist in Equine Surgery
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    Luis qualified from the Faculdade de Medicina Veterinária in Lisbon, Portugal in 2001. Following an externship at the University of California Davis he spent two years in private practice in Évora, Portugal. In 2003 he completed an internship in Equine Studies at the University of Cambridge, followed by a residency in Large Animal Surgery at the same institution.  Following completion of his surgical training, Luis has worked in an equine referral practice in York and as a surgeon at the University of Cambridge. He is a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons and has been awarded the Certificate in Equine Orthopaedic Surgery by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS). He has published several clinical articles in peer-review journals and is the author of three book chapters in equine diagnostics and surgery reference books. Luis recently completed a PhD in modelling of musculoskeletal ontogenic development at the Royal Veterinary College and Imperial College in London. He is a regular speaker at courses run by the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) on topics pertaining to lameness diagnostics and treatment. Luis has recently returned to the Faculdade de Medicina Veterinária in Lisbon, Portugal, where he now lectures in Equine Medicine & Surgery.

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    Derek Knottenbelt
    OBE, BVM&S, DVM&S, DipECEIM, DipACVIM, MRCVS

    United Kingdom

    RCVS & European Specialist in Equine Internal Medicine
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    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.

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

    United States

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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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    Jessica Kidd
    BA, DVM, CertES(Orth), Dipl.ECVS, MRCVS

    United Kingdom

    European & RCVS Specialist in Equine Surgery
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    Dr. Jessica Kidd 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 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 £650,000 for charities to provide ongoing funding for both working equids and disabled children.

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    Wade Tenney
    BS, DVM

    United States

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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.

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    Jon Vedding Nielsen
    DCM, MRCVS

    Denmark

    Equine, orthopedics, surgery, diagnostic imaging, standing MRI
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Mongena & surrounding Game Lodges

Venue

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

 

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

Michael Saxer

 

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

Mailys Giradoux

 
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