An introduction to race day and competition duty
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An introduction to race day and competition duty

Learn the important skills required for race-day duty and other equine events.

 Export to Your Calendar 27/07/2020 to 16/08/2020
When: 27 July - 16 August 2020
Where: Online
New Zealand
Contact: Danielle Stevens
04 471 0484

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About the course

A horse collapses mid race – what do I do? For many veterinarians the notion of race day or competition duty is daunting.

Be better prepared to manage these scenarios by learning the obligations, protocol and skills required for equine events. Whether you are a general practitioner who officiates at the odd local show or an equine veterinarian in a practice covering multiple race days, this course will provide you with the tools you need to be successful in this role!

The online course will cover a typical race/ competition day agenda, common injuries, medical conditions, emergency situations and media management. Become better equipped to manage equine events and apply your new skills to everyday practice.

With support from passionate tutors and an optional workshop at a racecourse, this is the perfect opportunity to expand your equine service offerings and become more comfortable managing emergency incidents at the track, events, and in the field!

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Online course

27 July - 16 August 2020

Includes recorded presentations, forums monitored by tutors and notes.

Please note: there will no longer be a practical day for this course.

Learning outcomes

  • Manage the role and responsibilities required of a competition veterinarian
  • Recognise the commonly encountered competition injuries and medical conditions and be prepared to treat them
  • Devise techniques to make effective decisions under stressful circumstances
  • Recognise potential media situations and mitigate potential outcomes

Intended impact

  • Be better prepared to manage race day/ competition duty
  • Become a more valuable practice member by expanding service offerings to include race day and competition duty (with supervision) and other emergencies in routine equine practice.
  • Improve outcomes in patient care with improved decision making and increased knowledge of the management of medical and orthopaedic conditions
  • Improve client satisfaction and strengthen client relationships with more effective treatment of patients.


  1. The role of the veterinarian at races/ equestrian events
  2. Race day considerations
  3. Commonly encountered injuries
  4. Commonly encountered medical conditions
  5. Conditions particular to other disciplines
  6. Media and public relations
  7. NZTR regulations
  8. Drug withholding times


Leigh de Clifford BVSc CertAVP MSc

After graduating from Massey University in 2008 Leigh worked at Ballarat Veterinary Practice, in Australia, before becoming the private veterinarian for Qatar Bloodstock in the United Kingdom. Since then, he joined Matamata Veterinary Services Equine Hospital, where he has been for 5 years. He has obtained the RCVS certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice and a Masters of Science from the University of Liverpool. His professional interests include sports medicine and exercise physiology. He has published several journal articles on a range of topics and is involved in several ongoing research projects.

Róisín Mc Quillan MVB BAgrSc

Róisín graduated from University College Dublin, Ireland in 2004. Following two years mixed practice in southern Ireland and a year in equine practice in Australia she settled in Matamata and has been in equine practice there since 2008. Predominantly an ambulatory veterinarian, she has a keen interest in the thoroughbred industry and regularly carries out race and trial day duty in addition to attending morning trackwork. She has also been involved in endurance and pony club event vetting and completed a course in exercise physiology and sports medicine. Róisín is looking forward to sharing her experiences and tips with you all!

Fred Pauwels DVM, CertVA, DipACVS, DipECVDI (LA), American Specialist in Equine Surgery, European Specialist in Veterinary Diagnostic imaging

Frederik is a 1994 graduate of Gent University, Belgium and has lived and worked in academia and equine private practice in The United Kingdom, Ireland, The United States, New Zealand, Belgium and Switzerland. After Internship in the UK and ACVS Equine Surgery residency specialist training in the US, Fred moved to New Zealand. There he was a Senior Lecturer in Equine Surgery at Massey University for eight years. Frederik completed a second full time residency specialist training in July 2016 as a Radiologist, Large Animal bias for the European College of Veterinary Medical Imaging (ECVDI) at Massey University, and then Ghent University, Belgium. Frederik worked thereafter as a clinical Radiologist at Bern University, Switzerland. He passed the ECVDI examination in February 2017. He has been an executive member of the New Zealand Equine Veterinary Association. He has published widely in equine orthopedics and imaging. He now provides imaging and surgery consultancy services for Universities and private practices. He is also concentrating on entry level surfing and can be found loitering on beaches at the East Cape with his family.

Michelle Logan (nee Dicken) MA VetMB CertAVP (ESST) FANZCVS (Equine Medicine)

Michelle graduated from the University of Cambridge and worked mainly in Wales in mixed practice for four years before moving to New Zealand in 2003. She has worked in both the North and South Islands before completing a Residency in Equine Medicine at Massey University from 2008-2011. She has a RCVS Certificate in Equine Soft Tissue Surgery and both Membership and Fellowship in Equine Medicine with the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists. Michelle is a Registered Specialist in Equine Medicine and lives on a beef and sheep farm in Otago where she also breeds Warmbloods on a small scale. Michelle does private referral work, is involved in research into Equine Metabolic Syndrome funded by the NZERF, has tutored Massey University MVM papers Advanced Studies in Equine Lameness and Equine Gastroenterology and writes for the NZ Horse and Pony magazine.

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

Jenny is a graduate of the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine. Upon graduation from veterinary school, she completed an internship at Chino Valley Equine Hospital in southern California and a residency in large animal internal medicine at Colorado State University (CSU). Following her residency, Jenny stayed on at CSU for a year in a clinical position. In 2012, she moved to Lexington, Kentucky to work at the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute at the McGee Medicine Center. In 2013, she relocated to Auckland, New Zealand where she joined Veterinary Associates Equine and Farm. As a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and a Registered Equine Medicine Specialist, she is interested in all aspects of equine medicine, but she is particularly passionate about critical care and neonatology.

Tony Parsons BVSc

Tony is currently in clinical practice in Taupo. He has had some 35 years involvement with equestrian sports and has been the New Zealand Team veterinarian at various levels including several World Equestrian Games and the Olympic Games.

Tony is the Veterinary Advisor to Equestrian Sports New Zealand and the FEI National Head Veterinarian. As an FEI Official Veterinarian, he has acted as the veterinary delegate at many national competitions across the disciplines, as well as internationally at several World Championships, World Equestrian Games and The Asian Games.He says “I like to think that I bring a practical approach to the rules and regulations around the running of the equestrian sports with animal welfare always being paramount.”

Tony doesn’t ride himself, but has owned a number of slower horses.


Ivan Bridge BVSc
Murray Brightwell BVSc (dist)
Greg Quinn BVSc, Cert ES, Dipl ECVS

CPD points

The online course is worth up to 7 hours of CPD.
NZVA members get access to the MyCPD record.


NZVA member: $350

Non-member: $500

Prices are quoted in NZD and include 15% GST.


This course has been generously subsidised by the New Zealand Equine Veterinary Association.