'Technology won't replace vets....but vets who use technology logically and carefully will replace those who don't'
(Prof. dr. D.C. Knottebelt, 2017)
Quantitative gait analysis on the highest level.
This post-graduate course for equine veterinarians approaches all aspects related to the clinical application of quantitative gait analysis in horses.
During our program, you will learn, both in theory and in practice, all aspects around the clinical application of quantitative gait analysis. The program is lectured by academic and clinical experts from around the world, and is based on evidence-based content.
The program is composed of 5 modules of 2 days each, which you will need to attend live. All modules will take place in Europe. In between, you continue to study in your e-learning environment, in which you can find all course material, extra in-depth material, scientific papers to be studied for the examination, interesting links and an online community to ask questions and discuss cases with your colleagues.
Investment of additional time will be necessary for the preparation of the theoretical tests as well as for the final examination.
After this course, you:
- are familiar with all available validated veterinary gait analysis methods and equipment
- have had the opportunity to work extensively with all validated gait analysis equipment
- have knowledge of all necessary backgrounds concerning biomechanics and physics around quantitative gait analysis technology
- are able to collect/can delegate your technicians to collect high-quality data
- are able to do evidence-based data interpretation of your own and/or someone else's data
- have a broad network of equine orthopaedic veterinarians working with equine gait analysis in a clinical setting
- remain a member of the Equine Gait Analysis Society, enabling you to discuss cases with colleagues and receive the latest news around equine quantitative gait analysis, both scientific and clinical
The EGAS Course is happily sponsored by validated veterinary equipment:
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Module I - Utrecht University (NL) - 10-11 February 2023
History, basics of equine gait analysis, biomechanics of sound horses
Module II - Sporthorse Medical Diagnostic Centre (NL) - 14-15 April 2023
Camera,sensor, and AI technology, high-quality data collection, biomechanics of lame horses
Module III - Dierenkliniek Bosdreef (BE) - 16-17 June 2023
Multi limb lameness, diagnostic analgesia, flexion tests, spinal kinematics
Module IV - Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SE) - 6-7 October 2023
Quantiative gait analysis on the lunge, during PPE's, longitudinal monitoring and rehabilitation
Module V - Tierklinik Lüsche (DE) - 17-18 November 2023
Quantitative gait analsis under tack, integration of knowledge
All speakers are eager to share their knowledge with you!
DVM, PhD, Dipl. ECVS, Prof.
René van Weeren graduated in 1983 from the Utrecht University, The Netherlands. He became a staff member of the Department of General and Large Animal Surgery in that year and obtained his PhD degree in 1989.
From 1991-1993 he worked as a visiting professor at the Escuela de Medicina Veterinaria of the Universidad Nacional in Heredia, Costa Rica. He became a diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1994.
DVM, PhD, Prof.
Lars Roepstorff graduated as a veterinary surgeon 1985. He has practised as an equine clinician both in private practice at different clinics and at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU).
He has worked closely to equestrian sports with assignment as a national team vet and as a lecturer in continuing education of professional trainers. He has headed the department of Equine Studies at SLU.
Filipe Manuel Serra Bragança was born in 1988 in Portugal. He graduated in 2013, from the Veterinary University of Lisbon. After graduation, he performed his internship at an equine practice in the UK.
In 2014 he started his PhD at Utrecht University (the Netherlands) performing research in biomechanics and equine locomotion, focusing on objective gait analysis.
DVM, PhD, IVCA-cert. chiropractor
Aagje Hardeman (1986) graduated from Utrecht University in 2012, as Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. Afterwards, she did the BackBone Academy in Germany, to become a certified equine chiropractor. In 2014, she moved to Germany to work at Tierklinik Lüsche, one of the biggest referral clinics in Europe, where she has been part of the orthopaedic and rehabilitation team. Simultaneously, she did her PhD, supervised by Prof. Dr. Rene van Weeren (Utrecht) and Prof. Dr. Lars Roepstorff (Uppsala).
DVM, Dipl. ECVS, Spec. KNMvD (equine surgery), cert. ISELP, PhD-c
Tijn qualified in 1998 from Utrecht University and started a residency in large animal surgery at the same University. He became an EBVS European Specialist in Equine Surgery in 2003 and worked for more than 10 years in 2 large equine referral hospitals in the Netherlands. He trained and passed the exam for the International Society Equine Locomotor Pathology examination in 2013.
Dr.med.vet., PhD, Dipl. ACVSMR, Prof.
Michael Weishaupt graduated in Veterinary Medicine in 1989 at the University of Berne. Between 1990 and 1993 he worked as an assistant at the Swiss National Stud in Avenches and completed his doctoral thesis on “The relationship among local structural, biochemical and functional variables describing muscle oxidative capacity in horses and steers” at the Department of Large Animal Medicine of the University of Berne.
DVM, PhD, Assoc. Prof., Dipl. ACVSMR/ECVSMR
Marie graduated in 2003 at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and is an associate Professor in equine clinical biomechanics at the department of Anatomy, Physiology and Biochemistry, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. She finished her PhD in 2008 where she studied horse and rider interaction with focus on the effect of different head and neck positions on the kinematics of the back in riding horses. She has experience in objective motion analysis for lameness detection with techniques as high-speed cameras and inertial measure units.
Elin graduated from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in 2008. She has since then worked as an equine practitioner at the veterinary teaching hospital and with research and teaching in equine biomechanics, clinical orthopaedics and functional anatomy. She is responsible for the clinical gait laboratory at the equine hospital.
In 2014, during his master thesis at Uppsala University, Sweden, Christoffer started working with the kinematics of lameness in horses. The thesis led directly to his employment at Qualisys AB, Gothenburg, Sweden, as Product Owner and Business Development Director for Equine Solutions. There, he developed software for quantifying kinematic asymmetries in horses using marker based optical motion capture, geared towards clinical use.
Emma graduated in 2015 at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Uppsala, Sweden. She received her postgraduate education at the department of Anatomy, Physiology and Biochemistry, SLU.
In 2020 she defended her thesis entitled “Evaluation of vertical movement asymmetries in riding horses” which investigates the clinical significance and interpretation of vertical movement asymmetries in riding horses under different circumstances and the use of objective systems to improve orthopaedic diagnostics.
PhD, BHSI, BSc (Hons)
Russell MacKechnie-Guire holds a PhD in Equine Biomechanics, graduating from the Royal Veterinary College in 2019. Russell’s thesis was titled ‘The Relationship between Saddle and Rider Kinematics, Equine Locomotion, and Thoracolumbar Pressures in Sports Horses’.
Russell is based at Centaur Biomechanics, a company which he founded in 2006.
€6500 ex. VAT. This includes:
- 5 modules of 2 days, on several elite clinics and universities in Europe
- Catering during all modules
- Social program during all modules
- E-learning environment during one year
- Participation in all theoretical tests
- One-off participation in the final examination
- EGAS member during 2 years
EGAS: EGAS certification
The Netherlands (PE Veterinair): 70 CS
Germany (ATF-Anerkennung): 56 Stunden
EGAS Course Organisation:
The Equine Gait Analysis Society and its course is a shared idea of dr. Filipe Serra Braganca and dr. Aagje Hardeman.
'We both did our PhD on the clinical application of equine gait analysis and noticed the enormous gap between science and clinician in this field. Knowledge was not readable or clinically useful for orthopaedic vets, neither was it organised in a structured matter.
This project is our joined dream. We will make all scientic knowledge understandable and useful for clinicians in such way that quantitative gait analysis will bring equine orthopaedics to a higher level!'
Equine Gait Analysis Society:
The Equine Gait Analysis Society (EGAS) was established in 2022 to fill the gap between science and clinician in equine clinical gait analysis.
Our community shares the latest knowledge in equine biomechanics and clinical gait analysis, supporting evidence-based veterinary medicine for the equine clinician.