Learning opportunity from BHS for horse enthusiasts

BHS Training Day BR Farm
LOCAL: Dr Esther L Skelly-Smith will speak at the Training Day. (FW38-584NN)

THE British Horse Society (BHS) has a treat in store for anyone with an interest in horses. In association with AVSPNI (Association of Veterinary Surgeons Practising in Northern Ireland) and supported by Horse Sport Ireland, Bluegrass Horse Feeds, IMV Imaging and Lintbells, the BHS has organised for the very well known and highly respected Dr Sue Dyson MA, Vet MB, PhD, DEO, Dip ECVSMR, FRCVS and local holistic vet Dr Esther L Skelly-Smith BVMedSci (Hons) BVM BVS PCAC GPCert (WVA&CPM) MRCVS to host a Training Day entitled “Lameness problems in the horse – Let’s get down to the detail!”.

Dr Sue Dyson is a world-renowned expert in equine orthopaedics, with a particular interest in lameness and poor performance in sports horses.

EXPERT: Dr Sue Dyson is a world-renowned expert in equine orthopaedics. (FW38-583NN)

Having trained horses and competed at Advanced level eventing and Grade A show jumping, and with a passionate interest in sports horses, Sue has an in-depth knowledge and understanding of performance problems in horses from all disciplines. She is highly skilled in the diagnosis of both subtle and complex lameness cases. She is also an expert in diagnostic imaging, including radiography, ultrasonography, scintigraphy and magnetic resonance imaging.

Sue qualified from the University of Cambridge in 1980 with a first class honours degree in Applied Biology, and a degree in Veterinary Medicine, with distinction in Medicine and Surgery. Following the award of a Thouron Scholarship to the University of Pennsylvania, she completed an Internship in Large Animal Medicine and Surgery at New Bolton Centre. Sue then spent a year in private equine practice in Pennsylvania, before returning to Great Britain to take a position in clinical orthopaedics in the Centre for Equine Studies of the Animal Health Trust, Newmarket. She is currently Head of Equine Clinical Orthopaedics.

Sue has lectured internationally and published more than 250 refereed papers in scientific journals, relating to lameness and diagnostic imaging in the horse; she has also received numerous awards for her work.

Dr Esther Skelly-Smith BVMedSci (Hons) BVM BVS PCAC GPCert(WVA&CPM) MRCVS launched Shanaghan Veterinary Services in 2017, which is Northern Ireland’s first equine veterinary referral service dedicated to providing an integrated approach to the veterinary treatment and care of horses. This includes veterinary acupuncture, veterinary chiropractic, equine dentistry, chronic pain management, rehabilitation and laser therapy.

Esther graduated from the University of Nottingham Veterinary School and went on to work in the equine department of the Animal Health Trust in Newmarket, working primarily with Dr Sue Dyson.

Esther is a published author of veterinary research and since her return to Northern Ireland she has worked as an equine vet for a mixed practice and an equine dental clinic, while pursuing further professional development in veterinary acupuncture and veterinary chiropractic. She is an internationally accredited chiropractor and certificate holder in western veterinary acupuncture and chronic pain management.

The Training Day (which is a CPD opportunity) is scheduled for Saturday, October 6 from 10am until 4.45pm and will take place in The Lecture Theatre, Greenmount Campus, 45 Tirgracy Rd, Antrim BT41 4PS.

The cost for the day is £30 per person. Pre-booking is essential – you may pay by Paypal to s.irwin@bhs.org.uk.

For further information or to book, please contact: Susan Spratt at susan.spratt@bhs.org.uk or Mob: 07808 141079.

Please note that a more in-depth Training Day for vets will be held on Friday, October 5 – contact Susan for more details.


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