118.778 Advanced Studies in Equine Lameness for Veterinarians (15 credit)

Lecturers: Michelle Logan MA VetMB CertAVP(ESST) FANZCVS(Equine Medicine) MRCVS  

Joe Mayhew BVSc, PhD, DSc, Dip ACVIM [LAIM & Neurology], Dip ECVN, MANZCVS

with Guest Lecturers:

James Schumacher DVM, MS, PhD, DipACVS

Wayne McIllwraith BVSc, PhD, DSc, FRCVS, Dip ACVS, Dip ECVS, Dip ACVSMR

Chris Rogers BSc Phd

This double semester course will provide in-depth study dedicated to the investigation of equine lameness.

What will you learn?

On this course you will advance your knowledge and skills related to:

  • a systematic approach to working up a lameness case including differential diagnoses and formulation of a case management plan.

  • knowledge of the treatment options, prognosis, management factors, complications, prognosis and costs of these treatments.

  • the use of ancillary diagnostic aids in investigation of equine lameness and related conditions.

  • the role of advanced diagnostic imaging procedures (including arthroscopy, CT, MRI, scintigraphy and thermography) in the investigation of equine musculoskeletal disease.

How the course works

Equine lameness is one of the MVM courses  for postgraduate veterinarians which is taught online via distance learning and led by a recognised international experts in the field.

The course is supported by the latest research, webinars, reviews and case material to challenge veterinarians with in-depth, relevant continuing education. Course materials include a printed guide to your reading and assessment which integrates online learning activities such as discussions, quizzes, lessons, library searches, critical evaluation and exercises for self-assessment with reading materials and personal study tasks.

Highlights of the equine lameness course include: clinically orientated learning activities and lecturer facilitated discussions, webinars with question and answer sessions by world experts and hands-on sessions at the contact course.

Your lecturers

Michelle Logan

Following graduation from the University of Cambridge, UK in 1999, Michelle worked in mixed practice in Wales. In 2003 she moved to New Zealand and has worked in both the North and South Islands. She obtained her Membership in Medicine of Horses in 2008 and commenced a Residency at Massey University Veterinary Teaching Hospital under the Supervision of Professor Joe Mayhew. Michelle was involved in the evaluation and treatment of a variety of surgical, medical and lameness referral cases during her Residency giving her experience in diagnostic and imaging techniques together with the various treatment options. Michelle obtained the RCVS Certificate in Equine Soft Tissue Surgery in 2010. Michelle gained her ANZCVS Fellowship in Equine Medicine in 2014 and is now based in Southland, New Zealand where she works in first opinion practice, provides a referral consultancy service and is undertaking research into Equine Metabolic Syndrome funded by the NZERF.

The module on Neurological conditions associated with Lameness will be taught by Professor Joe Mayhew  - author of the textbook Large Animal Neurology. 

Joe Mayhew

I.G. Joe Mayhew was a founding graduate of Massey Vet School and went straight into practice with Jack Stewart in Wanganui for 3 years. After a year practicing in Australia he undertook graduate clinical training and research in large animal medicine and neurology in North America and taught at Vet Schools in the USA and UK. Joe is Diplomat of both the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Large Animal Internal Medicine and Neurology) and the European College of Veterinary Neurology. During his distinguished career he has also held positions at University of California, Davis, Cornell University, University of Florida, Animal Health Trust, University of Cambridge, and University of Edinburgh. Joe has an interest in equine medicine and comparative neurology and has spoken on these subjects in a variety of countries. Joe is the author of the textbook Large Animal Neurology. Joe returned to Massey in 2006 and recently retired. Joe continues to study interesting neurologic disorders in New Zealand and is editor of the Equine Veterinary Practitioner.


Professor James (Jim) Schumacher will have a webinar and question and answer session on nerve blocks

Dr. Schumacher holds a B.S.(Kansas State University), DVM (Kansas State University), MS (Texas A&M University) and PhD (Texas A&M University). Dr. Schumacher is also a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (MRCVS). He has special interests in respiratory surgery, reproductive surgery, lameness, and minimally invasive surgery of horses. His clinical focus is soft-tissue surgery and his research interests include lameness, wound therapy, and stem cell therapy. Dr. Schumacher’s teaching focus include orthopaedics, respiratory disease, and dentistry. Dr. Schumacher provides CE seminars on interest topics including reproductive surgery, regional and joint analgesia, reproductive surgery (male and female), respiratory surgery, and surgery of the head (sinuses, dentistry, guttural pouch). Dr Schumacher has published extensively on regional and joint analgesia and will be involved in a webinar on this subject at the end of module one.

Professor Wayne McIllwraith – will have a webinar and question and answer session in module on Chronic Lameness of Adult horses

Dr. Wayne McIlwraith's research interests include equine orthopaedic surgery, joint disease research as well as osteoarthritis therapy (including gene therapy and stem cell therapies), articular cartilage repair, early diagnosis in osteoarthritis, and pre-fracture disease using imaging and fluid biomarkers.

Dr. McIlwraith is Director of the Orthopaedic Research Center at Colorado State University and a  University Distinguished Professor. Dr McIllwraith has made significant strides in advancing the Orthopaedic Research Center's reputation through publications, scientific presentations, and fundraising. He is a past-president of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and the American Association of Equine Practitioners, and a recognized leader in the field of equine orthopaedic research and surgery. He consults worldwide as a specialist equine surgeon and has received media attention for his contributions to joint research. Dr. McIlwraith is the co-author of five textbooks, over 400 textbook chapters and refereed publications, and has given 600 presentations and workshops


Chris Rogers – will provide a webinar and question and answer session in the module on Foal lameness

Associate Professor Chris Rogers is at Massey University teaching and conducting research across disciplines into Veterinary science, Equine science, Agriculture production systems and Sport Science. Chris obtained his PhD from Massey University in Equine Biomechanics and then was a Huygens Post-Doctoral fellow at Utrecht University, the Netherlands.  After completion of the Post-Doctoral appointment Chris returned to Massey University.

Chris’ current research interests have common theme on the effect of environmental and training stimuli on tissue development and career length in both racing and sport horses. 

Course features

In-depth part-time study 24 teaching weeks spread over a 7-8 month period

Learning materials and facilities

  • Study guide
  • 3 day workshop: face to face as well as streamed online
  • Electronic library access

Learning community

  • Online case discussion
  • Lecturer facilitation of case discussions


  • Two assignments
  • Final examination delivered online

Course requirements

  • Internet access: you need regular access to a computer and the internet so you can participate in class discussions and assessments online. A high speed internet connection is desirable but not essential.
  • Textbook: Either of the following two textbooks are highly recommended (but not compulsory). You should have access to one of them for your study:
    Ross MW and Dyson SJ (2011). Diagnosis and Management of Lameness in the Horse. Second edition.  Elsevier/Saunders,   St. Louis, Mo. ISBN:  9781416060697, 1416060693
    Baxter GM (Ed) (2011). Adams and Stashak's Lameness in Horses. Sixth edition.  Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN: 978-0-8138-1549-7

    Other recommended texts for the course include:
    Butler et al (2008) Clinical Radiology of the Horse. Third Ed. Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford; UK, ISBN 9781405171083

    These texts are available electronically through Massey University library while you are enrolled.

    Reef (1998) Equine Diagnostic Ultrasound. WB Saunders, Philadelphia. ISBN  0721650236

Cost for international students

The fees for each 15-credit course in 2018 are NZ$6550. Hover over the fee to view it in your currency. Note: fees are revised annually.

*Please note, all prices are approximate based on recent exchange rates and are quoted excluding Goods and Services Tax. Additional non-tuition fees also apply which vary from approx NZ$195-400.

DOMESTIC students:

Fees for domestic students are subsidised by the NZ government. See fees information for domestic students.

contact WORKSHOP (contact course)

The contact workshop is an opportunity for face-to-face time with your class and lecturer. Together you can build on the knowledge you’ve gained on the course through small group teaching, practical sessions and discussions of experiences in your own practice. The new format also provides a great opportunity for you to meet students and staff from other courses within the MVM programme by combining with them for some sessions.

For the best contact workshop experience we recommend that you attend in person. While attendance is highly-recommended it is not compulsory in order to pass the course. If you can’t make it in person you will be able to join some (non-practical) sessions live via the internet (we endeavour to record  these sessions for review, but are unable to guarantee the quality of the recording).

dates and timings*

Enrolments open 1 October 2016
Course start 17 July 2017
Exam period 13 - 18 February 2018
Course end 18 February 2018

*Please note: You can still apply for enrolment after the due dates above.
Places cannot be assured after these due dates; but late applications will be considered as long as remaining places are available.
If you have any questions please check with the MVM office to see if you can still enrol.

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