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In cooperation with Tierklinik Lüsche

This three-day course focusing on head disorders of the horse will provide up to twelve participants with an in-depth overview of surgical approaches, techniques and outcomes for the most usual developmental and traumatic injuries. The course is designed around practical wet-labs covering the techniques thought during the theoretical sessions. The German Academy for Continuous Veterinary Education (ATF) credits this course with 20 hours.

Expected outcomes

At the end of the course participants are expected to be able to

  • recognize, workup and establish a plan for traumatic and congenital head disorders.
  • Perform surgical approaches to the sinus
  • Fixate rostral and mandibular ramus fractures
  • Deal with sinocutaneous tracts
  • Diagnose and treat temporohyoid disease


  • Knowledge and understanding of equine head anatomy
  • Knowledge of basic surgical principles
  • Familiar with equine imaging techniques of the head

The arthroscopy working stations are gently provided by Storz and the equipment for the arthrocentesis by Veterinary Instrumentation


Day 1: Morning in Gasthof Evers, lectures; afternoon in Tierklinik Lüsche, wet-labs 

  • 10:00 – The equine sinus system: anatomy, approaches, diagnostic imaging and therapy. Part I. Timo Zwick
  • 11:00 – Coffee break
  • 11:15 – Continue part II. Timo Zwick
  • 12:30 – Management of fistulas. Timo Zwick
  • 13:30 – Lunch
  • 14:30 – Wet-lab sinoscopy incl. septum maxillaris bulla fenestration 
  • 16:00 – Coffee break
  • 16:30 – Wet-lab maxillary and frontal bone flaps 
  • 18:00 – End and barbecue

 Day 2: Tierklinik Lüsche, lectures and wet-labs

  • 09:00 – Sedation & Local anesthetic techniques at the head. Denis Verwilghen
  • 09:30 – Surgical repair of eyelid lacerations and enucleation techniques. Jan Kümmerle
  • 10:00 – Coffee break
  • 10:15 – Wet-lab local anesthesia at the head, eyelid laceration repair and enucleation
  • 12.00 – Lunch
  • 13.15 – Fixation of mandibular/maxillary/frontal fractures and impression fractions. Jan Kümmerle
  • 14:10 – Overview of congenital maxillofacial abnormalities in foals with focus on treatment of overjet and overbite. Denis Verwilghen
  • 15:10 – Coffee break
  • 15.30 – Wet-lab cerclage fixation of mandibular/maxillary fractures 
  • 17.30 – Soft tissue injuries of the head: tongue/lip lacerations, alar fold, ear injuries etc. Denis Verwilghen
  • 18.30 – End

Day 3: Tierklinik Lüsche, lectures and wet-labs

  • 08:30 – Wet-lab plate fixation of mandibular fractures
  • 10:45 – Coffee break
  • 11:15 – Temporohyoid osteoarthropathy: Diagnosis and surgical treatment. Jan Kümmerle
  • 12:00 – Lunch
  • 13:00 – Wet-lab ceratohyoidectomy and soft tissue injuries
  • 14:30 – Coffee break
  • 14:45 – Discussion of plate fixation constructs created by the participants
  • 15:30 – Final discussion round on all matters
  • 16:30 – End
The instructors
What you need to know...
The instructors

Jan Kümmerle
Graduated in 2002 from the Veterinary Medicine University of Hanover, Germany. He then completed a Doctoral thesis in the field of craniomaxillofacial surgery at the Musculoskeletal Research Unit in Zurich. Afterwards, he spent two years at the Veterinary Medicine University of Vienna, Austria, to complete a rotating equine internship and work in the department of equine orthopedics before he returned to Zurich for an ECVS residency. He became Fachtierarzt für Pferde in 2009 and a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2010. Since then he is working as a senior surgeon at the Equine Hospital of the University of Zurich. In 2017, he successfully defended a PhD thesis entitled “Identification of novel tendon specific molecular markers in the horse”. His special interest is on orthopedic surgery and his research focuses on fractures, arthroscopy and tendon diseases of horses.


Denis Verwilghen
Graduated from the University of Ghent, Belgium in 2003. He started his career as an equine veterinarian in private practice in Ireland and the Netherlands and returned to academia at the end of 2004 to become a resident in equine surgery at the University of Liege, Belgium. In 2009 he obtained a specialist diploma (DES) in Large Animal Surgery from the University of Liege and in 2010 Denis successfully passed the exam of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons. Denis then defended his PhD in Liege about the clinical impact of developmental orthopedic diseases in horses. After spending some time in Sweden as Head of the Equine Surgery Department in Uppsala University, Denis started with his wife Gaby (Dipl ECEIM – Dipl ECVECC) a consultancy based equine medicine and surgery service. In 2013, both took up a position of Associate Professor at the Equine Hospital of the Copenhagen University. In 2017 Denis ran his own private consultancy business, Equine-Specialists, performing peripatetic surgical and dentistry services around the globe. In February 2018, Denis joined the Camden Equine Centre veterinary team as the services Head and a Senior Specialist Surgeon. His interests and expertise lay in general soft tissue and orthopedic surgery. He has a special clinical interest in surgical head disorders including advanced dentistry procedures. As a scientist and teacher, he is particularly focused on basic fundamental aspects of clinical practice and biosecurity in veterinary medicine with an emphasis on surgical principles and hand hygiene.


Timo Zwick
Graduated from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, Germany, where he obtained his Doctor vet. med. degree in 1996. He was an assistant in several equine practices and clinics until becoming a partner in the Tierärztliche Klinik Gessertshausen, Germany, in 2001. There he founded the Equine Dental Station in 2004. In 2005 he became accredited as an Equine Dental Practitioner by the IGFP –Internationale Gesellschaft zur Funktionsverbesserung der Pferdezähne. In 2009 he introduced the use of computer tomography to scan the head of standing horses. His routine work involves ambulatory as well as stationary work on horses with dental and sinus diseases. His special field is head surgery, planned with CT images.

What you need to know...

Date & Location


Day 1, in the morning lectures in Gasthof Evers, in the afternoon wet-lab in Tierklinik Lüsche.

Day 2 & 3, lectures and wet-labs in Tierklinik Lüsche

Tierklinik Lüsche, Essener Str. 39 a, 49456 Lüsche, Germany
Phone +49 (0) 5438-95850; Ute Pansegrau;


Gasthof Evers: Dorfstraße 9, 49456 Lüsche, Germany
Phone +49 (0) 54 38 / 6 30;




Near the clinic in Lüsche


Park Hotel Cloppenburg
Burgstraße 8, 49661 Cloppenburg
Phone: +49 (0) 4471-6614; Fax: -6617;;



Bahnhofstraße 30, 49661 Cloppenburg
Phone: +49 (0) 4471-7020–70; Fax: –77;;


Further information


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

  • Nearest airports: Bremen (BRE); Hamburg (HAM); Hannover (HAJ)
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Early registration date is 15.03.2021! All prices are reduced by 5 % for FFP members and for a second person of the same clinic / practice. For groups of 3 or more persons the price is reduced by 5 % for all registrants. Residents 15% off.

* Includes coffee breaks, lunches and beverages
** Includes barbecue and beverages

You will receive a confirmation of your registration within 24 hours, otherwise please send an email to arnolindner(at) to be attended properly.