Sports Horse Medicine, Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation

Date: Fri 25th Jun 2021 - Sat 26th Jun 2021
Venue: Air Force Museum, Christchurch (Lectures); Canterbury Equine Clinic, Christchurch (Wetlabs) (Christchurch International Airport)
Course Language: English
Early Booking Deadline: Sunday 16th May 2021
Registration Deadline: Friday 28th May 2021

* 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 25 – Sat 26 June 2021


VetPD in Partnership with the NZEVA (NZ Eq. Vet. Assoc.) present: A full-day VetPD Wetlab in conjunction with the '2021 NZVA Conference'.


For further information and to register please visit the NZVA website.


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. 

As part of the lecture stream of the NZVA Conference, the world-renowned speakers will provide a broad overview on the most important topics in sports horse medicine, orthopaedics and rehabilitation and will cover the following subjects through highly-illustrated and interactive presentations and by sharing many practical tips and tricks with the attendees:  

  • A Novel Perspective on Overground Endoscopy
  • New Ways of using Haematology & Biochemistry in Sports Horses         
  • Which Heart Murmurs are Relevant in Sports Horses 
  • Exercise Testing – Identifying Subclinical Problems in Sports Horses
  • Feeding the Competitive Athlete
  • Latest Developments in Orthopaedic Therapies – Polyacrylamide, Pro-stride, Resveratrol, Stem Cell Therapy, PrP, IRAP etc.
  • Practical Equine Rehabilitation – A review of Available Modalities
  • Lameness Examination – When things get complicated Reliability/Repeatability of Blocks, Multi-Site/Limb Lameness etc
  • Rehabilitation Programmes for Recovery to Performance Level after Soft Tissue Limb Injuries
  • Contentious Issues in Sports Horse Pre-Purchase Examination      

On the wetlab day7 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:  

  • Use of Physiotherapy & Massage in Sport Horse Rehab Programmes
  • Distal Limb Ultrasound – Attendees to choose area to examine               
    • Flexor Tendons & Suspensory Ligament or
    • Digital Flexor Tendon Sheath & Fetlock  or
    • Pastern Region
  • Upper Respiratory Endoscopy & Overground Equipment Fit Demonstration/ Case Discussions
  • Use of Strengthening Exercises in Sport Horse Rehab Programmes
  • ECG, Lactate Measurement, Echocardiology orientation (with some video / case study material)
  • Palpation & Clinical Ultrasound of the Back and Pelvis

The course fee includes lunch, coffee/tea breaks, extensive electronic course notes and a certificate of attendance. Early course registration via the NZVA website 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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    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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    Alec Jorgensen
    BVSc, CertEP, Dipl.ABVP(Eq)

    New Zealand

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    With a background of residency training in equine sports medicine and lameness in the USA, and a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners Equine Specialty; Alec joined Waikato Equine Veterinary Centre (A division of Hamilton Veterinary Services) in 2005. Since then he has had principle responsibility for Sales horses within the practice. With an emphasis on quality, consistency and integrity; few veterinarians in Australasia would annually take, review and report on, as many weanling and yearling radiographs as Alec. 

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    Kylie Huxford
    BVSc, MANZCVS, MVetStud, MVetClinStud, Dipl.ACVSMR

    New Zealand

    NZ Registered Specialist Veterinary Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation
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    After graduating from Massey University in 2008, Kylie completed a 12 month internship at Agnes Banks Equine Clinic in Sydney, followed by 4 years as a stud vet in the Hunter Valley, working at Scone Equine Hospital. During this time she passed her examinations for Membership of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (in Equine Medicine). Kylie then moved to the University of Sydney where she completed a three year residency in Equine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, and more recently also passed her American Board Exams.

    Kylie joined Cambridge Equine Hospital in 2019, where she has enjoyed sharing her broad experience.

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    Kirsten Gollan

    New Zealand

    Veterinary Physiotherapist
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    AnimalFisio is owned and operated by Kirsten Gollan. Kirsten grew up in Guernsey in the UK. A keen interest in animals and sports led her to complete a degree Veterinary Physiotherapy.

    Kirsten gained a degree in Physiotherapy before going on to specialise in Animal Physiotherapy. She completed a Masters degree in Veterinary Physiotherapy at the Royal Veterinary College, London. Since that time, she has been working as an animal physiotherapist in the UK and New Zealand.

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    Gareth Fitch
    BVetMed, MS, Dipl.ACVS

    New Zealand

    American Registered Specialist in Equine Surgery
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    Gareth has ridden horses since childhood. Before vet school he worked in Newmarket, England, breaking yearling thoroughbreds; he was an apprentice to Henry Cecil and rode as an amateur throughout vet school.

    He graduated from The Royal Veterinary College in 1995, worked for a short while in mixed practice before beginning an internship at Glasgow University Veterinary School. In 1997 he started a residency in Equine Surgery at the University of California Davis VTH, and passed the equine surgery board examination with the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2001. He then headed to Canada and worked in an equine referral clinic in Alberta for 7 years.

    After that, he returned to Europe and worked as an equine surgeon in the University in Madrid, Spain where he stayed for 5 years. During this time, he also worked as team vet to the Spanish 3-day event team. After a two-year stint in Germany he moved to New Zealand and began working at Massey University as a senior lecturer in equine surgery. Here he carried out research on the development of the upper airway in Standardbred racehorses, lectured on equine surgery and worked as a surgeon in the referral clinic until he decided to return to private practice.

    Gareth is interested in all areas of surgery and lameness/performance problems. He is a part owner of a thoroughbred racehorse and has a yearling filly which will hopefully win several group 1 races.

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Course Program



Air Force Museum
45 Harvard Avenue
8042, New Zealand

Lectures will take place on Friday 25 June 2021 at

Air Force Museum

Wigram, Christchurch

New Zealand


Closest airport:

Christchurch International Airport (8km)


Wetlabs will take place on Saturday 26 June 2021 at

Canterbury Equine Clinic 

499 Springs Road, Prebbleton, Christchurch

New Zealand


NZVA Conference            

Website for NZVA event information: or (specifically for VetPD lectures and wetlabs):


Contact at NZVA:  
Shannon Leader (Events Manager)
Phone  +64 4 495 1145


Hotels in Christchurch

Craythornes Halswell Hotel****

344 Halswell Road, 8045 Christchurch

 Tel: 64 3-322 7132


4.1 Km from Museum
5.6 Km from Clinic
Prices from NZD $110

Quality Suites Amore****

168 Riccarton Road Riccarton

Tel: 0800 555 067

4.2 Km from Museum
8.8 Km from Clinic

Prices from NZD $106

Best Western Alpine Hotel****

8 Yaldhurst Road Upper Riccarton

Tel: +64 3-281 8703


5.3 Km from Museum
7 Km from Clinic

Prices from NZD $116

Racecourse Hotel and Motor Lodge***

118 Racecourse Road 8042 Christchurch

Tel: +64 3 342 7150


6.5 Km from Museum
6.2 Km from Clinic


Prices from NZD $135

“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