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FULLY BOOKED: PPE for the Sports Horse - What's OK and What's Not? - Both Days

27 Nov 2023
09:00 - 16:30

DoubleTree by Hilton (Bristol),

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course type
CPD hours
8 CPD hours
course level
Advanced level

About the course

In this two-day course, we will aim to dig into the myth, conflict and art of more advanced-level PPE. We expect that delegates will be confident in carrying out PPEs and regularly doing so. This course looks at the next level- image interpretation and it’s importance and value in interpretation in light of the purchase requirements and clinical findings.

This course will not give you a yes/no tick list as each vetting, potential purchaser, horse and purchase use is different and unique, but we do aim to open up the discussion and provide those on the ground making the decisions with a clearer framework and understanding to build confidence in making those decisions.

In the first day, we will focus on image interpretation of the foot, pastern metacarpus and metatarsus and tarsus, and linking that image interpretation to the potential workload of a pleasure horse or low to advanced-level sports horses. We will also aim to cover the navicular bone, proximal suspensory area and distal tarsal joints.

During the second day, we will continue to dig into the myths and conflicts, but we will be focusing higher up with the neck back and stifle; especially the Dorsal Spinous Processes and linking that image interpretation to the potential workload of a pleasure horse or low to advanced-level sports horse.

Necks are becoming more and more viewed as a source of lameness or poor performance and awareness is growing about this in the client base - so how confident is everyone about what is OK and what is not? With the aim of covering potentially cystic stifles and kissing spines, neck and back movement this promises to be a lively and highly applicable discussion to all those in sports horse practice. Impinging DSPs are also a common problem - but how good are we at imaging them at PPEs? Should we be doing so and how significant are the findings?

Finalising each day will be a discussion about what could potentially be classed as ‘suitable for purchase’ and what is less likely to be ‘suitable for purchase’, and tips on how to make your decision on the ground.

There will also be the opportunity for you to attend an optional evening meal on the first evening – a great opportunity to catch up with colleagues and enjoy some downtime, making this a social as well as discussion-based CPD. Prices for the evening meal will be confirmed shortly.

What will I learn?

By the end of the course you will...
1. Be able to identify non-diagnostic images and correct common errors to produce diagnostic images.
2. Be able to identify common pathology and feel confident in assessing the significance of the pathology given the required use.
3. Feel confident deciding whether a horse is ‘fit for purpose’.
4. Be able to discuss your reasoning behind this decision with your client based on current science and expert opinion.

Course leaders

Course Organiser: Phil Cramp BSc BVM&S MS Dip ACVS& ECVS

Andre Buthe Dr Med Vet MRCVS Cert Acupuncture(IVAS) & Chiropractic(AVCA)

Eugenio Cillán-García LV MSc FHEA DipECVS MRCVS RCVS and European Specialist in Equine Surgery

Fran James MA, VetMB, Dipl.ACVS Dipl.ACVSMR Dipl.ECVS MRCVS (day one only)

Richard Hepburn BVSc MS(Hons) CertEM(IntMed) DipACVIM FRCVS (day two only)

Peter 'Spike' Milligan BVetMed MRCVS

Vanessa Peter MedVet DipECVDI MRCVS

Tim Phillips BVet Med CertEP CertEO DESTS DECVS MRCVS

Course prices

Vet member: £630

Non member: £1260

There will also be the opportunity for you to attend an optional evening meal on 27 November. Please note that the prices above do not include the cost of the evening meal and you will be required to pay for your meal on the night. The evening meal is £25 for two courses.


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