Internal medicine challenges for advanced practitioners
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Internal medicine challenges for advanced practitioners

This 2-day practical course was designed for equine practitioners with a good working knowledge in internal medicine and covers challenging conditions and new developments in the field.

7/03/2019 to 8/03/2019
When: 7 & 8 March 2019
8am - 5.45pm
Where: Veterinary Associates Equine & Farm / NZ Bloodstock Centre Sales Complex
near Auckland, Auckland 
New Zealand
Contact: Janelle McLeod
+61 488 779 704

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About this course   

Each of the following hot topics will be addressed via well-illustrated, interactive case-discussions providing a platform for the panel of speakers to share pitfalls, erroneous clinical conclusions and useful tips and tricks:

  • Abdominal ultrasound – valuable tips and tricks
  • Point of care testing – ISTAT, lactate, glucometers, iphone ECG, Xmatch, coag. Testing – how to use in the field
  • Making sense of lower airway test results and therapeutic strategies
  • Hepatic diseases – including laboratory and biopsy interpretation in diagnostics; treatment; prognosis
  • Update on gastric ulcer diseases
  • Investigation of the thin horse
  • Urinary disorders in horses and foals
  • Pleural and pericardial diseases

Between both afternoons, 7 hours of practical sessions will give attendees plenty of opportunity to put theory into practice on live horses and cadaver specimens and to ask questions in small groups (2-4 attendees / diagnostic machine), all under the supervision of experts. Each attendee will rotate through the following practical sessions:

  • Abdominal ultrasound and liver/renal biopsy techniques
  • Clinical pathology including use of point of care testing; Selection and interpretation of lab results
  • Respiratory endoscopy – focus on TTW/endoscopic TTW; BAL; guttural pouch washes
  • Endoscopy of the urinary tract
  • Advanced gastroscopic techniques
  • Thoracic (including cardiac) ultrasound

Learning outcomes and benefits

  • Add to your repertoire of techniques used in diagnostics in Equine Internal Medicine
  • Refine TW and BAL techniques and understand choosing appropriate test for the circumstances and preservation of sample integrity
  • Experience new Point of Care diagnostic aids and learn the tips and tricks of others
  • Refine your skills in abdominal and thoracic ultrasound and gain experience in basic echocardiology
  • Explore urinary endoscopy techniques and discuss its use in diagnostics with experts
  • Refine your gastroscopy technique and be sure you are examining the entire stomach.


Prof. Tom Divers DVM, DACVIM, DACVECC (Cornell University, USA)

Prof Frank Andrews BS, DVM, MS, DACVIM, LALVMA (Louisiana State University, USA)

Dr Jenny Sonis DVM, MS, DACVIM (NZ Registered Specialist Equine Medicine)

CPD Points

This course is worth 15 CVE points. NZVA members get access to the MyCPD record.


Extended price list on course website. Full price $2150. Early Bird discount until 24 January 2019 ($1950). NZEVA members discount applies.


To register for this course visit the VetPD website.