Hindlimb Lameness Diagnostics (incl. Objective Lameness Evaluation) & Therapies - A 2-Day Practical Course

Date: Sat 1st Jun 2019 - Sun 2nd Jun 2019
Venue: South Eastern Equine Hospital
Location: near Melbourne, Southern Australia (Melbourne Tullamarine Airport)
Accredited Hours: AVA VetEd Points to be announced
Course Language: English
Price: (net price, no tax will be added)*
Qualified Vet AUD 1090.00 -
2nd vet, same clinic AUD 1035.00 -
Student AUD 220.00 -
Early Booking Deadline: Sunday 21st April 2019
Registration Deadline: Friday 31st May 2019

* 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.


Sat 1 – Sun 2 June 2019 - A 2-Day Practical Course

The registration deadline has been extended as this course is definitely taking place!


This 2-day practical course has been developed for equine veterinarians who have experience with lameness investigations and 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), objective lameness Evaluation and on systemic and intra-articular joint therapies will round the course off.  All speakers/instructors are internationally renowned in the field of lameness diagnostics and spend a significant proportion of their clinical work investigating complex lameness cases.  

In the mornings the following highly-illustrated lectures will be covered by the specialist : 

  • Lameness Examination – Does it matter how it is done?
  • Foot, Pastern and Fetlock – Diagnostics (Imaging & Anaesthetic Techniques)
  • Foot, Pastern and Fetlock – Conditions & Therapy
  • Proximal Metatarsus & Tarsus – Diagnostics (incl. US technique)
  • Proximal Metatarsus & Tarsus – Conditions & Therapy
  • Objective Lameness Evaluation – Principles & Clinical Applications
  • Stifle Joint – Diagnostics
  • Stifle Joint – Conditions & Therapy          
  • Hip Joint, Pelvis & Sacroiliac Region – Diagnostics
  • Hip Joint, Pelvis & Sacroiliac Region – Conditions & Therapy     
  • Conventional systemic & intra-articular Joint Therapies             
  • Systemic & intra-articular Regenerative Therapies        

In the afternoons, 7 hours of practical and case-based sessions will give attendees plenty of opportunity to put theory into practice on live horses and limb specimens in small groups (2 – 4 attendees per ultrasound machine) and to discuss all aspects of Hindlimb Lameness diagnostics and therapeutics with the specialists.   Each attendee will be rotating through the following practical and case-based stations:

  • Subjective Lameness Examination         
  • Objective Lameness Evaluation                 
  • Nerve & Joint Blocks (incl. ultrasound-guidance) 
  • Ultrasound of the Metatarsus, Tarsus or Stifle Joint – Region chosen by each group individually
  • 2 hours of clinical cases evaluated via subjective and objective Lameness Evaluation                         

The course fee includes coffee/tea breaks, lunches, a wine & cheese reception, extensive course notes and a certificate of attendance. Attendees can choose to only attend the lectures (= Lectures Only) on this course or can register for the entire course (= Lectures & Practical Sessions).  Early course registration is recommended as there are only a limited number of places available.

Notice about Bank Transactions:

For credit card transactions, the registration fees will be taken in $AUD or $NZD or $SGD  (as relevant to the chosen course) through Wirecard, which is based in Germany.  Bank transfers will be made to a UK-based account.  Your bank or credit card company may charge you ‘International Transfer Fees’ or ‘Foreign Transaction Fees’ – please check with your bank or credit card company prior to making a payment to VetPD on what fees will be added to your payment.  VetPD does not receive, and is not responsible for, bank or credit card fees.  VetPD will therefore not refund any bank or credit card fees that your bank or credit card company may add to international transactions.

  • VetPD

    Roger Smith
    MA, VetMB, PhD, FHEA, DEO, Dipl.ECVS, ECVDI Assoc., MRCVS

    United Kingdom

    RCVS and European Specialist in Equine Surgery (Orthopaedics)
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    Roger is currently Professor of Equine Orthopaedics at the Royal Veterinary College, London, England. He qualified as a veterinary surgeon from Cambridge University  in 1987 and, after 2 years in practice, returned to academia to undertake further clinical training as a Resident in Equine Studies at the Royal Veterinary College. Following his residency, Roger undertook a 3-year research project culminating in the award of a PhD for his studies on the extracellular matrix of equine tendon.  Roger remained at the Royal Veterinary College, first as a Lecturer in Equine Surgery, then as Senior Lecturer in Equine Surgery before his appointment to Professor in Equine Orthopaedics in December 2003. He holds the Diploma of Equine Orthopaedics from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, and is both a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons and a Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Specialist in Equine Surgery. Roger currently divides his time equally between running a specialist orthopaedic service within the Royal Veterinary College and continuing to direct research into equine tendon disease. His principal research interests are understanding the pathogenesis of tendon disease, the development of a serological assay for tendonitis, and stem cell therapy for tendons in conjunction with a commercial company, VetCell, which he helped set up.

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    Kevin Keegan
    DVM, MS, Dipl.ACVS

    United States

    American Specialist in Equine Surgery
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    Dr. Keegan was born and raised in Missouri . He graduated from the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine in 1983 and spent his first 3 postgraduate years in private equine practice in Maryland and Delaware . In 1989 he completed a 3-year equine surgery residency and Master of Science degree at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign , Illinois . While completing the Master of Science degree Dr. Keegan received training in statics and dynamics, experimental stress analysis, biomedical instrumentation and signal processing. After completing this surgery residency Dr. Keegan returned to private practice outside Detroit , Michigan , specializing in equine surgery and lameness. He returned to the University of Missouri in 1990 as a clinical instructor, was promoted to Assistant Professor in 1991 and to Associate Professor in 1998. Dr. Keegan is board certified in the American College of Veterinary Surgery. His primary research interest is using computer-assisted gait analysis to diagnose lameness in horses. He is a member of the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association, The American Association of Equine Practitioners and the American Veterinary Medical Association.

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    Chris O'Sullivan


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    Chris graduated from the University of Sydney and stayed on completing an internship at Camden. He joined the Randwick Equine Centre in 1997 and in mid 2000 left to further his training in surgery undertaking a residency at The Ohio State University in the USA. Chris obtained specialist status in the USA returning to Randwick Equine Centre in 2003, becoming a partner in 2008. 

    Chris has multiple first author publications and a text book chapter. Chris services Sydney racetracks and is predominately based in the hospital at Randwick. He also travels as a consultant to NSW Southern Highlands and South Coast.

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Course Program

South Eastern Equine Hospital


South Eastern Equine Hospital
359 Hallam-Belgrave Road
Narre Warren North
Victoria, 3804


The options for public transport in this area are very limited – suggest car or car pooling. Attendees arriving from interstate or overseas via Melbourne (Tullamarine) Airport are advised to hire a car from the airport.

If arriving via Melbourne Airport (Tullamarine) you can travel by car via the M1 (52 minutes with no traffic – 65.1 km) or via the M3 (1 hour with no traffic – 71.9 km).  Note that all direct routes have TOLL ROADS in part.  To avoid tolls, please use a SatNav device.

To go via M1:  From Melbourne Airport, get on Calder Freeway / M79.    Take M2 and M1 to Heatherton Road / State Route 14.   Take exit 18 from M1.  Follow Heatherton Road / State Route 14 to Narre Warren North.

To go via M3:   From Melbourne Airport, get on Calder Freeway / M79.  Take M2 to Flemington Road in Parkville and take the exit for Flemington Road.  Get on Eastern Freeway /M3 in Clifton Hill from State Route 83.  Continue on M3 to Endeavour Hills.  Take exit 18 from Monash Freeway / M1.  Follow Heatherton Road / State Route 14 to Narre Warren North.

When booking accommodation, please do not book in Melbourne City as travel distances and traffic will become problematic – book Narre Warren / Dandenon / Cranbourne / Berwick area. See Hotels Near Narre Warren Guide, or consult Booking.com or similar websites.


Hotels near Narre Warren North, Melbourne

Casey on Princes Motel               6  km from clinic        Rooms from AUD  $120/night

218 Princes Highway                             

Hallam 3803, VIC

Phone: (+61) 3  9703 1255                

email:     info@caseyonprincesmotel.com.au            

Website:         www.caseyonprincesmotel.com.au


Drive from hotel to clinic in 10 minutes (6 km) via  Belgrave-Hallam Rd


Burbank                                 8.8 km from clinic                Rooms from AUD  $125/night

70-72 Beaumont Road                          

Berwick 3806, VIC

Phone: (+61) 3 9769 9127                             


Drive from hotel to clinic in 11 minutes (8.8  km) via Heatherton Rd, Harkaway Rd, Gardiner St


Punthill Dandenong                     10.8   km from clinic               Rooms from AUD  $160/night

Cnr Lonsdale St & Foster St                  

Dandenong 3175, VIC

Phone: (+61) 3 8762 4188      

email:    info@punthill.com.au         

Website:  www.punthill.com.au       


Drive from hotel to clinic in 17 minutes (11.7  km) via National Highway Alt 1 (Narre Warren Rd)


Quest Narre Warren                    6.2  km from clinic                             Rooms from AUD  $199/night

Cnr Princes Highway & Verdun Drive    

Narre Warren 3805, VIC

Phone:   (+61) 3  9796 6944                          

Website:   www.questnarrewarren.com.au 


Drive from hotel to clinic in 11 minutes (6.2 km) via National Highway Alt 1 and Don Bosco Drive


Comfort Inn Dandenong                        10.4  km from clinic                Rooms from AUD  $115/night

124-126 Princes Highway                      

Dandenong 3175, VIC

Phone: (+61) 3 9706 8611                 

email:              info@comfortdandenong.com.au

Website:         http://www.comfortdandenong.com.au/


Drive from hotel to clinic in 15 minutes (10.4 km) via Heatherton Road/State Route 14.


Beaconsfield Lodge Motel                      11 km from clinic         Rooms from AUD $155

3 – 7 Souter St

Beaconsfield 3807 VIC

Phone:  (61) 3 9707 1454

email:   info@beaconsfieldlodgemotel.com.au

Website:   http://www.beaconsfieldlodgemotel.com.au/


The drive takes 14 minutes (11 km) via Harkaway Road (State Route 61), State Route 14


Ramada Encore Dandenong                10.2  km from clinic              Rooms from AUD $220

50 – 52 McCrae St

Dandenong 3175 VIC

Phone:  (61) 3 9793 0088

email:     res.dandenong@ramadaencore.com.au

Website:   http://www.ramadaencore.com.au/


Drive 14 min (10.2 km) via Heatherton Road, State Route 14


Ibis Budget Dandenong                         12.5 km from clinic     Rooms from AUD $170

185 – 193 Princes Highway

(Cnr Edgewood Rd)

Dandenong 3175 VIC

Phone:    (61) 3 9708 5121

email:   h3584@accor.com

Website:      http://accorhotels.com.au/accommodation/dandenong-vic/ibis-budget-dandenong


Drive 17 minutes (12.5) via Heatherton Road, State Route 14


**For more options visit www.booking.com or similar websites.

Good mix of theory and practice, enthusiastic lecturers, good teamwork, nice small groups and a lot of hands on practice

Jette Watson Kjaer, Alsia Dyrehospital, Augustenborg, Denmark. 

Equine Hindlimb Lameness Diagnostics & Therapy course 2016


Specific, intensive, practical, interactive and useful!

Francis van der Poll, Antwerp, Belgium

Hindlimb Lameness course 2015