Poor Performance in the Standardbred Trotter - Lectures & Case-Based Discussions

Date: Sat 6th Apr 2019 - Sun 7th Apr 2019
Venue: Vermon Ravirata Oy & Hevosklinikka Equivet Oy
Location: Helsinki, Southern Finland (Helsinki Airport)
Contact Hours: 15 hours
Course Language: English (Finnish Moderation)
  • Net price, no tax will be added*
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Qualified Vet - EUR 1020.00
BEVA Member - -
2nd vet, same clinic - -
Vet & Vet Tech (L&P both) - EUR 1950.00
Intern/Resident (Requires Certification from Clinic) - -
Student - -
Early Booking Deadline: Sunday 24th February 2019
Registration Deadline: Friday 5th April 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 6 - Sun 7 April 2019 - Lectures & Case-Based Discussions

Please be aware that there are only a limited number of BEVA spaces available.

The registration deadline has been extended as this course will definitely take place.


Poor performance caused by orthopaedic and upper respiratory conditions is prevalent in the Standardbred Trotter and can be challenging to untangle. The world-renowned speakers have decades of experience with Standardbred trotters and will share invaluable tips and tricks, discuss how to best diagnose such conditions and elaborate on therapeutic strategies through the following  lectures and case-discussions in English (no translation, but with Finnish moderation):

  • Poor Performance in the Standardbred Trotter (SBT) – An Overview
  • Comprehensive Performance Evaluation of the SBT – Focus on Less Common Abnormalities
  • The Lameness Examination on and off the Track
  • Dynamic Examination of the Upper Respiratory Tract – Overground vs. Treadmill
  • Use of Advanced Imaging in Poor Performance Investigations – Scintigraphy, Robotic Imaging, MRI & CT
  • Common Orthopaedic Conditions causing Poor Performance in SBT – Pearls of Wisdom on Work-Up & Therapies
  • Common Upper Resp. Tract Conditions causing Poor Performance – Diagnostic & Therapeutic Strategies
  • Evidence-based Usage of External Laryngohyoid Support Systems & Tongue Ties
  • Maximising on Ultrasound & Radiographic Imaging – Tips & Tricks for the SBT
  • Objective Lameness Evaluation – Principles & Applications in SBT
  • Unusual & Subtle Lameness Problems
  • Less Common Upper Respiratory Tract Conditions in the SBT

On Sunday, 4 ½ hours of practical and case-based sessions will give attendees the opportunity to put theory into practice on clinical cases and to discuss all aspects of respiratory and orthopaedic poor performance with the specialists.   Each attendee will be rotating through the following practical and case-based stations:

  • Static & Dynamic Endoscopy of Clinical Cases
  • Challenging Orthopaedic Poor Performance Cases
    • Subjective Lameness Examination
    • Objective Lameness Evaluation (Equinosis Q – Lameness Locator)
  • Orthopaedic & Upper Respiratory Tract Case-Discussions

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.

This course is suitable for RCVS Modules:  B-EP.3;  C –E.2;  C-E.6;  C-E.7;  C-E.15; C–E.16 C-EP.17

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    Michael Ross
    BS, DVM, Dipl.ACVS

    United States

    American Specialist in Equine Surgery
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    Dr. Ross is a Professor of Surgery at New Bolton Center, University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine. Following graduation from Cornell University’s New York State College of Veterinary Medicine in 1981, he completed a large animal internship program. Dr. Ross became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1986 and is an active member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners. He has broad clinical interests including equine gastrointestinal, respiratory, and musculoskeletal surgery, and in recent years has concentrated efforts in the area of orthopedic surgery with an interest in arthroscopic surgical techniques.

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    Deborah Sieber
    BVetMed, MRCVS

    United Kingdom, United States

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    Dr. Deborah Sieber, a native of the United Kingdom, graduated from the Royal Veterinary College (London), after having spent 12 years training racehorses at top level. Dr. Sieber has in-depth knowledge and passion for the racing industry, but also owned her own practice in UK, with a work load made up of clients from all aspects of the horse world.‚Äč In 2015 she spent time working as a veterinarian in Singapore, with a variety of top-level Dressage, Jumping and Polo Ponies. Upon her return to the United States in 2014, Dr. Sieber opened Barnside Veterinary Services in Armonk, NY. Since 2017 Dr. Sieber has also been working as an Independent Contractor at Equinosis LLC, manufacturer of the Equinosis Q with Lameness Locator, an inertial sensor based lameness measurement system for horses, providing demonstrations and training to equine veterinarians around the world. She also supports marketing and training activities through CPD meetings, trade shows and informational webinars.

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    Eric J Parente
    DVM, Dipl.ACVS

    United States

    American Specialist in Equine Surgery
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    Dr. Parente received his veterinary degree from Cornell University, and then completed an internship at Rood and Riddle Equine and his surgical residency at New Bolton Center, where he is currently a Professor of Surgery. He received his board certification from the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1994 and has served the college in many capacities including the Board of Regents from 2012-2015. He is internationally recognized as a respiratory surgeon and is well published in both texts and journals.

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Course Program

Vermon Ravirata Oy & Hevosklinikka Equivet Oy


Hevosklinikka Equivet Oy
Vermon Ravirata
00370 Helsinki


Vermo Race Track
02600 Espoo

Enter Vermo Racetrack into your Sat Nav and this will give you the correct directions. Building 3. Look out for the VetPD sign on the door.


Hevosklinikka Equivet Oy
Vermon Ravirata
00370 Helsinki

Directions will be given at the course.


Equivet is located in Vermont Equivet racetrack, 15 km from the city center of the old and the new road between Turku. The Ring 1 is found inside.

Follow the signposts for Ring 1 and Vermo Leppävaara, past the Sello shopping center. The clinic is located in the pit area by the main stand side of the team building.



Distance from Helsinki Airport: approx. 20.6 km



GLO Hotel Sello****                          

Leppävaarankatu 1, 02600 Espoo. 

Tel.: +358 (0) 9 584 09 603. 

Email: sello@glohotels.fi



1.5 km distance



Rooms from   €165



Hellsten Espoo***                            

Porarinkatu 3, 02650 Espoo. 

Tel.: +358 (0) 9 511051.

Website: www.hellstenhotels.fi

1.5 km distance

Rooms from   €118

Scandic Hotel Espoo****                 

Nihtisillantie 1, Espoo. 

Tel.: +358 (0) 9 43520. 

Website: www.scandichotels.fi/Hotels/

2 km distance

Rooms from   €90


Excellent opportunity for practical learning and development of skills that is otherwise very hard to find. Instructors for all these courses are very personable.

Bailee Stanton, Stanton Equine Veterinary Services, AB, Canada


Extremely practical and directly applicable-will go back to notes for reference

Sarah Peters, Forward Equine Veterinary Services, LLC, WI, USA