Sport horse medicine, orthopaedics & rehabilitation - a custom course for NZ equine practitioners


Please note: if you are wanting to register for the VetPD lectures and workshop only please choose one day NZVA registration and the workshop.

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.

The lectures will provide an overview on the most important topics in sports horse internal and orthopaedic medicine and introduce sport horse rehabilitation foundations. Practical tips and tricks will be shared with attendees in an intimate and interactive setting. Topics include:

  • A novel perspective on overground/dynamic endoscopy
  • New ways of using haematology and biochemistry in sports horses
  • Applications for objective lameness evaluation analysis in sports horses
  • Lameness examination – when things get complicated (reliability/repeatability of blocks, multi-site/limb lameness)
  • Latest developments in orthopaedic therapies (polyacrylamide, resveratrol, pro-stride, IRAP, allogeneic stem cell therapy, PrP etc.)
  • Practical equine rehabilitation – a review of available modalities
  • Rehabilitation programmes for recovery to performance level after soft tissue limb Injuries
  • 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

The workshop will provide 6-7 hours of practical sessions allowing participants to further their practical skills on live horses in small groups. The groups will rotate through the practical sessions supervised by specialists. Topics include:

  • Use of physiotherapy and massage in sport horse rehabilitation
  • Distal limb ultrasound
  • Static upper respiratory endoscopy (special reference BAL) and overground case discussions
  • Exercise testing incl. case discussions
  • Use of strengthening exercises in sport horse rehab programmes
  • Palpation and ultrasound of the back and sacroiliac



Emmanuelle van Erck DVM PhD DipECEIM European Specialist in Equine Internal Medicine (Belgium)

Kylie Huxford BVSc MANZCVSc DipACVSMR Registered Specialist Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation

Alec Jorgensen BVSc Cert Ep Dipl.ABVP Eq - (NZ) Registered Specialist in Equine Surgery

Kirsten Gollan MSc MNZSP

Date and venues

Lectures: 8am - 5.30pm, Friday 25 June, Air Force Museum, Wigram, Christchurch

Workshop: 8am - 5.30pm, Saturday 26 June, Canterbury Equine Clinic, 499 Springs Road, Prebbleton, Christchurch

  NZVA member Non-member
Earlybird (closes 16 May) $1599 $1775
Regular (from 17 May) $1775 $1975
Prices are in NZD and include 15% GST.

If you have been offered a discount through a partner clinic or workshop sponsor, please contact VetPD ( with details before completing your registration, so the discount can be applied.

Registration opens 1 March 2021