Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Conference







Evolutions in Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation: From diagnosis to Top-level sports



Dear Colleagues,

What a year it has been…

Ever since 2009, VEPRA has joined all people throughout Europe interested in animal rehabilitation and physical therapy and offered the opportunity to improve their skills. With every following year, more and more people followed. Earlier this year, all of these efforts and enthusiasm resulted in the ultimate reward one can achieve: the start of a very own EBVS® recognized European college of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation!
So let me start by saying “Thank you”, especially to the VEPRA Board for their efforts, but also to all VEPRA members who kept supporting this idea.

In 2019, September 19th – 21st, the VEPRA conference will take place in Ghent and we’ll make  it a special edition… To celebrate the creation of the ECVSMR College, this year’s VEPRA conference will join hands with the college and will be the very first VEPRA/ECVSMR conference, offering lectures and workshops given by renowned international speakers on Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation in both Small Animal AND Equine medicine.

I therefor gladly invite you to come over and celebrate this special event together with us in Ghent and enjoy the practical hands-on part during the pre-congress,  the scientific novelties during our 2-day meeting and of course taste some of that good Belgian way of life…

Both speakers and sponsors are ready to make this the best Veterinary Sport Medicine, Rehab and Physiotherapeutic meeting of the year.
If you are only half as excited as I am, we’re going to have a fantastic meeting!

Warm regards and see you all in Ghent!

Dr. Yves Samoy, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ECVSMR

President of the Organizing Committee




VEPRA / ECVSMR conference


Where:                GHENT, Belgium

When:                 19 – 21 September 2019

What:   1 day pre-congress with several workshops covering Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation.

   Faculty of veterinary medicine, Ghent University Belgium

2 days conference on rehabilitation and sports medicine in Small and Large Animals with international guest speakers

   Thagaste Monastery


Keep an eye on this webpage for any updates in the coming weeks!

Registration:      Starting mid-April

Pricing: (ex TAV):                

  early bird after May 15th  After Aug 31st
ECVSMR/ACVSMR/VEPRA €380 €480 €530
Non-member €460 €560 €610
Student/Intern/SMR resident (proof required!) €150 €250 €330

Preliminary program (Titles and scheme might still change):



A SteyaertProf Dr. Adelheid Steyaert (Head of clinics Sportsmedicine, University Hospital, Ghent University)


WORKSHOPS (19/09/2019)


Morning (9h - 12h) or Afternoon (13h - 16h) sessions :


Small animals:

- Use of the pressure plate in Small Animals
   Barbara Bockstahler (AT)

- LASER or shockwave therapy... An in-depth discussion
   David Bradley (USA); Stefaan De Rycke (BE); Jeroen Declercq (BE)
(Equine and Small Animals)

- Hands on Physiotherapy for technicians
   Tine Desmet (BE); Yves Samoy (BE)

- Diagnostic ultrasound for Achilles tendon and meniscal lesions
   Elke Van der Vekens (BE); Guiseppe Spinella (IT)


- Upgrading your lameness examination with inertial sensors: practical use of the Equinosis Q with Lameness Locator software.
   Maarten Oosterlinck (BE)

- Kinesio-Taping in horses
   Cajsa Ericson (SE)

- LASER or shockwave therapy... An in-depth discussion
   David Bradley (USA); Stefaan De Rycke (BE); Jeroen Declercq (BE)
(Equine and Small Animals)


GENERAL PROGRAM (20-21/09/2019)




Sports Medicine Diagnostics:

- Guiseppe Spinella (IT): US investigation of shoulder (or meniscal or both) pathologies in dogs

- Pia Gustås (SE): evolutions in kinematics and kinetics

- Noel Fitzpatrick (UK): The Diagnosis of Lumbosacral disease

- Marion Mucha (AT): Treatment of the clinical symptoms caused by osteoarthritis using nuclear magnetic

Sports Training:

- Jose Vilar (ES): Effect of leukocyte-reduced platelet-rich plasma on osteoarthritis caused by cranial cruciate ligament rupture: A canine gait analysis model

- Dominique Grandjean (FR): nutrition in working Dogs

- Ellen Martens (BE): The agility athlete : from surgery to super dog

Physiotherapy: My approach in...

- Oliver Harms (DE): Home excersises: a new approach.

- Ellen Martens (BE): Physiotherapy: my approach in …

- Ludovica Dragone (IT): Conservative treatment of shoulder lesions

Balance and Fitness:

- Ilke Alaerts (BE): The use of prehabilitation

- Marion Mucha (AT): Physiotherapy as a possibility to increase quality of life in old dogs

- Susanne Lauer (DE): Balance and fitness




Sports Diagnostics:

- Annamaria Nagy (UK): The horse-saddle-rider interaction

- Mark Bowen (UK): Diagnosing cardiorespiratory dysfunction in sport horses

- Jean-Marie Denoix (FR): Diagnosing cervical pathology in sport horses

- Jean-Marie Denoix (FR): The what and how of imaging findings without clinical significance

- Annamaria Nagy (UK): Facts and fiction about diffusion after diagnostic analgesia

Sports Training:

- Mark Bowen (UK): Feeding equine athletes

- Willem Back (NL): Breed differences affecting function and performance

- Collin Adrian Roberts (UK): How to approach muscle soreness and performance 

- Carolien Munsters (NL): Exercise testing and monitoring training progress of Warmblood sport horses

- Collin Adrian Roberts (UK):The dilemma of medicating the equine athlete

- Jose Vilar (ES): Videographic and kinetic techniques in horses under field conditions


- Anna Bergh : Neuromuscular stimulation in the horse

- Aziz Tnibar (MA): Shockwave treatment of sacroiliac problems

- Theresia Licka (AT): Spinal biomechanics and muscle activity during equine locomotion

- Barbara Riccio (IT): Back pain: an international perspective

Injuries and rehabilitation:

- Andrea Bertuglia (IT): Injuries and rehabilitation of Standardbred trotters

- Annamaria Nagy (UK): Injuries and rehabilitation of endurance horses

- Ana Boada (ES): Injuries and rehabilitation of Warmblood sport horses

- Michael Weishaupt (CH): Biomechanical effects of treadmill training




Vétoquinol Exclusive technician training

Only to register through a Gold Sponsor ticket!



For more information, please contact for Small Animal program or for Equine program.