Lameness diagnosis, treatment and management – Curso Internacional de CAballos de DEporte

Chía, Colombia, May 2-4, 2019


in cooperation with Clínica Equina Chía 

with the support of Examion


Participants will see experts in the diagnosis and treatment of orthopedic diseases working up routine clinical lameness. The instructors will discuss their approaches, diagnosis and treatment options as they work up the cases. In addition, a third day will provide participants the opportunity to improve their own skills under the surveillance of the experts! Accreditation by the Academy of Veterinary Continuous Education – ATF – is being requested.

All Presentations are in English


Thursday, May 2, 2019, practical work (Clinica Equina Chia)

9:00 till 18:00 hours: Clinical lameness examination, radiographic and ultrasonographic evaluation of lameness in horses. Instructors: Antonio Cruz, Juan Carlos García de Brigard and Ellen Singer

We will work on real lameness cases. The day will be divided into three sessions of 120 minutes each. In each of the sessions a new case is presented, but the group of participants changes (so the participants get an opportunity to experience each of the instructors working); Horses will undergo routine clinical exam (including diagnostic anesthesia as necessary), radiography and ultrasound.


Friday, May 3, 2019, case presentations (Clinica Equina Chia)

9:00 to 18:00 hours: Each case worked from the day before will be presented. This will include images and history. Participants can comment on the diagnostic and treatment options will be discussed.

18:00 hours: Fiesta!


Saturday, May 4, 2019, wet labs (Clinica Equina Chia)

9:00     Further examination of selected cases seen on day 1 to refine diagnosis and implement treatment.

12:30    Lunch

13:30    Participants will work with the instructors to improve up to 2 of the skills in wet labs listed below (90 minutes / wet lab). Please select up to 3 of these wet labs: 1) Radiography shooting and reading; 2) Ultrasound imaging and reading; 3) Tendon and joint approaches for diagnostic anesthesia’s and treatments (cadaver limbs); 4); Flexion tests and evaluation of effect; 5) Rehabilitation measures. The wet labs that will be run are chosen latest when early registration ends. Then participants will be asked about their more specific anatomical regions or physiotherapeutic methods of interest to individualize instruction.

18:00    End


The instructors

Antonio Cruz
Has spent 18 years in academic practice in different capacities, having been tenured faculty at the University of Guelph for several years. He has also worked at the Universities of Saskatchewan, Minnesota and Prince Edward Island. He spent 7 years in private practice establishing a referral surgical and sports medicine service in the Pacific Northwest (Vancouver, Canada). He holds several post-graduate degrees as well as being boarded by the European and American Colleges of Veterinary Surgery and by the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation. His main clinical focus is equine orthopedics and he undertakes research in the area of gait analysis. At the moment he is Equine Hospital Director and Chief of the Equine Surgery and Sports Medicine Service at the University CEU – Cardenal Herrera in Valencia, Spain.

Juan Carlos Garcia de Brigard
earned his DVM from Universidad Nacional de Colombia and he presently runs a private Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation practice for elite sport horses, where he travels extensively for consultation throughout America. He is certified in Animal Chiropractic by the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association and is a Certified Equine Rehabilitation Practitioner. He is also certified in Equine Sports Massage and in Manual Lymphatic Drainage. He has been the team therapist and team veterinarian for multiple teams (Colombia, Venezuela, Bermuda, Honduras, Cayman Islands) at Bolivarian, Central American and Caribbean, Pan-American, Olympic and World Equestrian Games. He was also a member of the Veterinary team at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Additionally, he acted as the Head Physiotherapy Expert for the Tryon 2018 World Equestrian Games. Currently he is a FEI General Veterinarian Course Director and a FEI Official Veterinarian for seven disciplines.

Ellen Singer
graduated from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, Boston, USA, after which she spent three years in general equine practice in the Northwest USA. Following a surgical residency and Doctor of Veterinary Science Degree at the Ontario Veterinary College, Canada, Ellen spent time working at the Veterinary School in Israel. Ellen joined the faculty at the University of Liverpool where she worked from 1995 until 2018, specializing in equine orthopedics and surgery. Ellen is now developing an orthopedic and surgical consulting business, working for different equine clinics in the United Kingdom. Ellen has Diplomate status in both the European and the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. Ellen’s main passion is surgery and the equine athlete. Surgical interests are primarily orthopedic but she also loves colic surgery. Ellen’s research interests are divided into clinical projects that address common problems in her orthopedic patients (tendon injury, infected joints, surgical anatomy and lameness), as well as more basic science projects that focus on the biomechanics of horse limbs and the response of bone to exercise. Ellen loves nothing more than figuring out why horses are lame and providing a practical and hopefully, successful solution for the horse’s owners.

What you need to know...

Dates & Locations

All days in Clinica Equina Chia:
Finca La Esquina,
Vereda Fagua,
Chía, Cundinamarca, Colombía
Phone: +57 
310 3402655



Apartahotel Estudios Villa Juliana
(instructors are accommodated here; rooms reserved for persons registering for the course until February 28, 2019; Please mention that you are coming for the course on horses):
Km. 1,5 via Centro Chia a Cajica,
250001 Chía, Colombia;
Phone +57 300 3795945;;

There are many other hotels in the area. Please check the internet search machines.

Further information

Arbeitsgruppe Pferd – Task Force Horse
Arno Lindner
Heinrich-Röttgen-Str. 20, 52428 Jülich, Germany
Phone: +49 (0) 2461 340-430; Fax: -484;;


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