Sports Horse Medicine & Orthopaedics - A 2-Day Practical Course

Date: Sat 23rd Nov 2019 - Sun 24th Nov 2019
Venue: Racehorse Hospital, Ritto Training Center
Location: Shiga Prefecture, Japan (Osaka-Kansai International Airport)
Total Available Places: 30
Course Language: English with Japanese Translation
Price: (net price, no tax will be added)*
Qualified Vet - -
Student JPY 18000.00 -
Early Booking Deadline: Sunday 13th October 2019
Registration Deadline: Friday 25th 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.


Sat 23 – Sun 24 November 2019 - A 2-Day Practical Course



Equine practitioners working with sports horses are under considerable pressure to keep the horses under their care competing at the highest level at all times.  Furthermore, evaluating poorly performing competition horses can be a daunting task because the clinical signs caused by different conditions may be very similar, leaving vets wondering where to start their investigation.

The world-renowned speakers will provide a broad overview on the most important topics in sports horse medicine and orthopaedics and will cover the following subjects through highly-illustrated and interactive presentations and by sharing many practical tips and tricks with the attendees:

  • Latest Developments in Orthopaedic Therapies – Polyacrylamide, Pro-stride, Resveratrol, MsC, PrP, IRAP etc.)
  • A Novel Perspective on Overground Endoscopy
  • Applications for Objective Lameness Measurement in Sports Horses
  • New Ways of using Haematology & Biochemistry in Sports Horses
  • Lameness Examination – When things get complicated; Reliability/Repeatability of Blocks, Multiple Site/Limb Lameness 
  • Which Heart Murmurs are relevant in Sports Horses
  • Exercise Testing – Identifying Subclinical Problems in Sports Horses
  • Contentious Issues in Sports Horse Pre-Purchase Examination
  • Feeding the Competitive Athlete
  • Practical Equine Rehabilitation – A review of Available Modalities

In the afternoons, 7 hours of practical sessions will allow attendees to further their practical skills on live horses in small groups (3-5 attendees per endoscope).   Each attendee will rotate through the following practical sessions supervised by the specialists:

  • Objective Lameness Measurement (Equinosis Q – Lameness Locator) as part of the Lameness Examination
  • Static Upper Respiratory Endoscopy
  • Overground Endoscopy
  • Objective Lameness Measurement as part of the Pre-Purchase Exam
  • Exercise Testing – ECG, Lactate Measurements etc.
  • Orthopaedic PowerPoint Case Discussions

The course fee includes lunches, coffee/tea breaks, a wine & cheese reception, extensive electronic course notes and a certificate of attendance.   Attendees can choose to only attend the lectures (= Lectures Only) on this course or can register for the entire course (= Lectures & 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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    Florent David

    France, Qatar

    European & American Specialist in Equine Surgery; European Specialist in Diagnostic Imaging and American Specialist in Equine Sports Medicine/Rehabilitation
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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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    Kevin Keegan
    DVM, MS, Dipl.ACVS

    United States

    American Specialist in Equine Surgery
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    Dr. Keegan was born and raised in Missouri . He graduated from the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine in 1983 and spent his first 3 postgraduate years in private equine practice in Maryland and Delaware . In 1989 he completed a 3-year equine surgery residency and Master of Science degree at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign , Illinois . While completing the Master of Science degree Dr. Keegan received training in statics and dynamics, experimental stress analysis, biomedical instrumentation and signal processing. After completing this surgery residency Dr. Keegan returned to private practice outside Detroit , Michigan , specializing in equine surgery and lameness. He returned to the University of Missouri in 1990 as a clinical instructor, was promoted to Assistant Professor in 1991 and to Associate Professor in 1998. Dr. Keegan is board certified in the American College of Veterinary Surgery. His primary research interest is using computer-assisted gait analysis to diagnose lameness in horses. He is a member of the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association, The American Association of Equine Practitioners and the American Veterinary Medical Association.

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    Emmanuelle Van Erck
    DVM, PhD, DipECEIM


    European Specialist in Equine Internal Medicine
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    Emmanuelle van Erck graduated in 1996 from the French Veterinary School of Maisons-Alfort. She trained in sports medicine at the University of Liège (Belgium) where she obtained her PhD on respiratory function testing in horses. She developped the equine sports medicine unit and consulted as senior clinician in the CIRALE in Normandy (France). In January 2010, she started her own ambulatory referral practice, the ‘Equine Sports Medicine Practice’, based in Belgium. Her practice offers specialized service in equine internal and sports medicine throughout Europe, following national teams and international riders.
    Emmanuelle van Erck authored over 50 peer-reviewed scientific articles and regularly lectures at international conferences. She is a member of the FEI expert committee on prohibited substances and doping.

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Course Program

Racehorse Hospital, Ritto Training Center


JRA Ritto Training Center
1015 Misono
Shiga Prefecture 520-3005

ADDRESS (For Lectures and practical sessions)

1015 Misono 
Shiga Prefecture 520-3005
Telephone:      (81) 77 558 0801

The clinic is located at the JRA Ritto Training Center, in Ritto (near Kyoto) Japan



It is possible to get public transport (train, bus) from accommodations in Kusatsu and Otsu to a drop off point next to the Ritto Training Center, and from there it is a short walk (approx. 450m) to the clinic.  The Training Center also has a car park (walk to the Training Center from there is approx. 2.5 km).  

Train and/or bus from Kusatsu takes approximately 45 min to 1 hr 30 min (traffic dependent) , with trains leaving every 30 min.  Fastest route: take the Tokaido-Sanyo line to Kusatsu Station; walk approx. 1 minute to Kusatsu Station East Gate and change to bus;   take bus to Kanekatsushogakkozen Bus Stop (25 stops, approx. 26 min); walk to JRA Ritto Training Center (300 m).    For detailed directions from your chosen accommodation see Google Maps.

If driving, JRA Ritto Training Center is approximately 10 km from Kusatsu accommodations, and the drive takes approximately 25 min (traffic dependent).   There is a short walk from the JRA Ritto Training Center Car Park to the Center. For best route from your chosen accommodation see Google Maps.



Kusatsu to JRA Ritto



Kanekatsushogakkozen Bus Stop to JRA Ritto


International arrivals are at Osaka-Kansai International Airport (KIX).  If driving to the Ritto/Kusatsu area, the fastest route (has tolls) is approximately 122 km and takes 1 hr 50 min.  The alternative route (no tolls) is approximately 135 km and takes 2 hours.  Traffic in city areas near Osaka and Kyoto can be heavy.

High speed trains (Haruka 38) leave from Kansai Airport Station and travel to  Kyoto (1 hr 5 min).  At Takatsuki Station in Kyoto, change to the JR Tokaido-Sanyo line and from there it is approximately 35 min to stations in the Kusatsu accommodation area.   To continue to the JRA Ritto Training Centre, depart the train at Kusatsu Station and walk to the Kusatsu Station East Gate (approx. 1 minute) and take a bus to the Kanekatsushogakkozen Bus Stop.   From there it is a short walk to JRA Ritto Training Center.



Osaka Kansai airport to JRA Ritto


Hotels in Ritto, JAPAN

Urban Hotel Minami Kusatsu                10 km from clinic       Rooms from JPY 10080

525-0050 Shiga                                               150 m from JR Minami-Kusatsu station west exit      


Minami Kusatsu 1-1-5

Japan                                                                             free Wifi

Phone (+81) 77 561 0606                                 on-site parking available from JPY 1080 / day



Vessel Inn Shiga Moriyama Ekimae                 10 km from clinic        Rooms from JPY 1170

524-0041 Shiga                                                             next to Moriyama train station


Katsube 1-1-17                                                          free Wifi

Japan                                                                                on-site parking available from JPY 600 / day

Phone:(+81) 77 514 0011      



APA Hotel Biwako Seta-Ekimae             Rooms from JPY 11330

520-2144 Shiga                                                 500 m from Seta train station


Ogaya 1-16-1                                                  free Wifi

Japan                                                                    nearby parking available  from JPY 980 / day


Biwako Hotel                                                    Rooms from JPY 25870

520-0041 Shiga                                               1.1 km from  Otsu train Station


Hamamachi 2-40                                            free Wifi

Japan                                                                     on-site parking available (free)

Phone:(+81) 77 524 7111



Calendar Hotel  (capsule hotel)            Bunk from JPY 5100

520-055 Shiga                                                  next to Otsu train station


Kasuga cho 1-3-2F                                         free Wifi

Japan                                                                      no parking


“Great overview of sports medicine, good update on the new diagnostic techniques.”

Camille de Pasquale, Sports Horse Medicine & Orthopaedics course, Finland

“The course was an intense overview from three perspectives on material that overlapped beautifully. The skills will help me in daily practice as well as lead me to new information.”

Erin Trawick, Salem Valley Veterinary Clinic, Connecticut, USA - Orthopedic and Respiratory Poor Performance & Rehabilitation of the Sports Horse course

“Good practical, real-world information that could not be obtained in other ways.”

Charmian Wright Mountain Horse Medical Services, Utah, USA - Advances in Equine Orthopedic Therapies course