Equine hindlimb lameness diagnostics (incl. objective lameness evaluation) and therapies
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Equine hindlimb lameness diagnostics (incl. objective lameness evaluation) and therapies

This 2-day course is brought to you by VetPD and NZVA and will form part of the 2019 NZEVA Conference. The lectures will be make up the last day of conference with an additional (optional) wet lab on Saturday 25 May in Palmerston North.

24/05/2019 to 25/05/2019
When: 24 & 25 May 2019
8am - 5.30pm
Where: Lectures: TSB Arena, Wellington (Friday 24 May)
Wetlab: Massey University, Palmerston North (Saturday 25 May)
New Zealand
Contact: Shannon Leader
+64 4 495 1145

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NOTE: If you will be attending conference social functions, it is recommended you book via the conference website. If you register for the workshop from here, you do not need to register for the workshop on the conference website.

About this course

Developed for equine veterinarians who have experience with lameness investigations, this practical course provides a critical overview of possible causes of hindlimb lameness, diagnostic anaesthetic strategies and how to interpret nerve and joint block results, via a regio-anatomic approach.

Discussions on the upper hindlimb as a cause of lameness (hip joint, pelvic and sacroiliac problems) and on systemic and intra-articular joint therapies will round the course off. The 7 hours of practical and case-based sessions will give attendees plenty of opportunity to further their practical skills on live horses and limb specimens in small groups (2-4 people per ultrasound machine).

Download flyer (PDF).


Two-day mixed-format (seminar and wetlab) workshop for equine veterinarians

Topics include:

  • lameness examination
  • foot, pastern and fetlock - diagnosing, conditions and therapy
  • proximal metatarsus and tarsus - diagnosing, conditions and therapy
  • objective gait analysis - principles and clinical applications
  • stifle joint - diagnosing, conditions and therapy
  • hip joint, pelvis and sacroiliac region - diagnosing, conditions and therapy
  • conventional systemic and intra-articular joint therapies
  • systemic and intra-articlar regenerative therapies

Download programme (PDF).

Learning outcomes and benefits

You will:

  • increase your knowledge of causes of hindlimb lameness
  • improve diagnostic anaesthetic strategies
  • increase your confidence in interpreting nerve and joint block results, via a regio-anatomic approach

This will lead to:

  • the provision of quality services.
  • better clinical outcomes for your patients.
  • increased value to clients and clinic.


Roger Smith MA, VetMB, PhD, DEO, Dipl. ECVS, ECVDI Assoc., MRCVS
European & RCVS Specialist in Equine Surgery
Professor of Equine Orthopaedics, Royal Veterinary College, London, England

Chris O’Sullivan  BVSc Dip VCS MS MACVSc DACVS
Australian Specialist in Equine Surgery
Parnter and Equine Surgeon, Randwick Equine Centre, Sydney, Australia

Kevin Keegan DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVS
American Specialist in Equine Surgery
Professor of Equine Surgery, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, USAS

CPD Points

This course is worth 14 CVE points. NZVA members get access to the MyCPD record.


Registrants can chose to register for the workshop only (1 day lectures + wet lab) or register for the entire conference.

To register for conference functions, please register via the conference website.

All prices are in NZD and are GST inclusive

Contact the NZVA membership team to ask about becoming a member and receive benefits such as discounted CPD.

Accommodation and transport


Wellington accommodation details can be found on the conference website.

Palmerston North

The Copthorne Palmerston North is offering a king size room for $120 to workshop delegates.

Enter NZVA19 into the ‘Group Code when booking on the hotel website.


Selecting the bus transport during registration will give you the following:

  • Chartered bus transportation from TSB Arena, Wellington to The Copthorne, Palmerston North leaving at approx. 6pm on Friday 24 May.
  • Stop for dinner on the way to Palmerston North (delegates pay for their own meal).

  • Chartered bus transportation from The Copthorne to Massey University

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