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

Date: Fri 6th Sep 2019 - Sat 7th Sep 2019
Venue: Pilchuck Veterinary Hospital
Location: Snohomish, near Seattle, WA (Seattle-Tacoma Intl Airport)
Contact Hours: 15 Hours - RACE Approved
Course Language: English
  • Net price, no tax will be added*
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Qualified Vet USD 660.00 USD 1090.00
2nd vet, same clinic USD 630.00 USD 1035.00
Veterinary Student USD 135.00 -
Intern/Resident (Requires Certification from Clinic) USD 330.00 USD 550.00
Vet & Vet Tech (L&P both) - USD 1970.00
Vet L&P / Tech L-only USD 1680.00 -
NEPA member USD 590.00 USD 990.00
Early Booking Deadline: Sunday 28th July 2019
Registration Deadline: Thursday 5th September 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.


Fri 6 – Sat 7 September 2019 - A 2-Day Practical Course

The registration deadline has been extended as the course is definitely taking place.



New Course Program – Now with Ultrasound & X-ray Wetlabs


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 orthopedics 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 Orthopedic Therapies – Polyacrylamide, Pro-stride, Resveratrol, Stem Cell Therapy, PrP, IRAP etc.
  • A Novel Perspective on Overground Endoscopy
  • Applications for Objective Lameness Evaluation Analysis in Sports Horses
  • New Ways of using Hematology & 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
  • Practical Equine Rehabilitation – A review of Available Modalities
  • Exercise Testing – Identifying Subclinical Problems in Sports Horses
  • Contentious Issues in Sports Horse Pre-Purchase Examination
  • Feeding the Competitive Athlete

In the afternoons, 7 hours of practical sessions will allow attendees to further their practical skills on live horses in small groups (2-4 vets per ultrasound).   Each attendee will rotate through the following practical sessions supervised by the specialists:

  • Distal Limb Ultrasound – Attendees to choose area to examine
    • Flexor Tendons & Suspensory Ligament or
    • Digital Flexor Tendon Sheath & Fetlockor
    • Pastern
  • Objective Lameness Evaluation (Equinosis Q – Lameness Locator) as part of the Lameness Examination
  • Upper Respiratory Endoscopy & Overground Case Discussions
  • Ultrasound of the Stifle Region or Palpation & Radiographic Techniques – Neck, Back & Pelvis
  • Objective Lameness Evaluation as part of the Pre-Purchase Exam
  • Exercise Testing – ECG, Lactate Measurements etc.

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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    Andris J. Kaneps
    DVM, PhD, Dipl.ACVS, Dipl.ACVSMR

    United States

    American Specialist in Equine Surgery & in Equine Sports Medicine/Rehabilitation
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    Andy completed veterinary school at the University of Minnesota in 1978 and continued advanced studies with an internship at Colorado State University and an equine surgery residency at the Ohio State University. He completed his doctoral program in the J.D. Wheat Veterinary Orthopedic Laboratory at the University of California-Davis in 1994.  Dr. Kaneps is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and a charter Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation.  Dr. Kaneps is the co-editor and author of Equine Sports Medicine and Surgery 2nd edition (Saunders 2013), Equine Exercise Physiology (Saunders 2007) and Clinical Advisor: The Horse (Elsevier 2011). With Dr. Steve Adair at the University of Tennessee he developed the curriculum for, and teaches in, the certification program for equine physical therapy that results in the designation Certified Equine Rehabilitation Practitioner (CERP).?His sports medicine practice is based in New England where he specializes in equine lameness diagnosis and treatment, sport horse performance, orthopedic and soft tissue surgery and equine physical treatment.  

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    Emmanuelle Van Erck
    DVM, PhD, Dipl.ECEIM


    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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    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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Course Program

Pilchuck Veterinary Hospital


Pilchuck Veterinary Hospital
11308 92nd St SE
Snohomish, WA 98290

VetPD has a block of hotel rooms available at a discounted rate at Delta Hotels by Marriott Seattle Everett (3105 Pine Street, Everett, WA 98207).  Please call the hotel directly (425-339-2000) or use the link below to book before August 16, 2019.  
Book your group rate for VetPD Seattle - September 2019

Phone: 360-568-3111




Equine emergency is on the south side of the hospital. The equine entrance is actually one long block beyond the main entrance. Take a right. Follow the white fence another long block, make a right, follow the fence again and you will be on the south side of the hospital.

From I-405 Northbound: Take Exit 23, Hwy 522 East, toward Monroe. Go 3 miles, exit to Hwy 9 toward Snohomish/Arlington. Go north on Hwy 9 approximately 10 miles. Take the Snohomish exit immediately after the Snohomish River bridge. Turn right at the end of the exit onto 2nd Street. Continue straight through 4 lights. Go past the clinic and turn right onto 115th Avenue SE and take the first driveway on the right.

From I-5 at Everett: Take Exit 194, Hwy 2 East, toward Snohomish. Go approximately 8 miles. Take the 88th Street SE exit. At the end of the exit ramp, turn right, go 0.3 miles downhill and then left onto 115th Avenue SE where the road curves. Take the first driveway on the right.

From Hwy 2/Monroe: Take the 88th St. SE exit. At the end of the exit ramp, turn left, go 0.3 miles downhill and then left onto 115th Avenue SE where the road curves. Take the first driveway on the right.



International airports

38 miles: Seattle-Tacoma International Airport - Seattle, WA

39 miles: King County International Airport - Seattle, WA

73 miles: Bellingham International Airport - Bellingham, WA


Domestic airports

30 miles: Kenmore Air Harbor Seaplane Base - Seattle, WA

82 miles: Westsound/WSX Seaplane Base - Orcas, WA

84 miles: Friday Harbor Seaplane Base - San Juan Island, WA

94 miles: Roche Harbor Seaplane Base - Roche Harbor, WA



Snohomish Inn 

323 2nd St 

Snohomish, WA 98290 

Tel: +1 360-568-2208 



0.5 miles


Best Western Cascadia Inn

2800 Pacific Ave

Everett, WA 98201

Tel: +1 425-258-4141



6.6 miles


Guest House Inn & Suites Monroe 

19103 State Route 2

Monroe, WA 98272. 

Tel: +1 360-863-1900 



6.7 miles


Quality Inn & Suites Everett 

101 128th St SE 

Everett, WA 98208 

Tel: +1 425-609-4550 



 9.3 miles


Delta Hotels by Marriott

3105 Pine Street 

Everett, WA 98201 

Tel: +1 425-339-2000 



9.4 miles


Holiday Inn Express & Suites Everett 

131 128th Street Southwest, 

Everett, WA 98204 

Tel: +1 425-339-2000 



9.6 miles


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

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

“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