Difficult births, sick foals and other equine emergencies: a nursing online course

Key Information

CPD Hours: 18 hours

Course Length: Six weeks

Course Format: An intensive tutor-moderated online learning experience. Resources include course notes, online lectures, videos and discussion forums with colleagues and tutors

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Course Information

Key Areas
  • Care for pregnant mares and sick neonatal foals
  • Preparation for a dystocia
  • Quick and efficient teamwork to deliver the foal during a dystocia
  • Foal resuscitation
  • First aid for wounds and fractures
  • Pain assessment and management in hospitalised patients
About this course

Equine emergencies can be stressful and often require a coordinated team approach to ensure the best outcome.  This is particularly true for foaling emergencies where the life of mare and foal are at risk and time is of upmost importance. Nurses play a key role in assessing and treating a wide variety of injuries, accidents and diseases and their expertise and patient care is indispensable when dealing with new-born foals.  This course will refresh and expand your knowledge on key principles of foaling complications, foal care and other common equine emergencies.  A key component of the course will focus on working effectively together as a team of veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses.  

Why do this course?

This course is aimed at veterinary nurses working in equine general practice or a hospital setting.  It will discuss how nurses and vets can work as a team to achieve the best outcome. The course focusses on practical aspects, highlighting tips and tricks how to deal with these challenging situations most effectively.

Tutors

David Bolt, Dr.med.vet MS DipACVS DipECVS ECVDI LAIA FHEA MRCVS
Senior Lecturer in Equine Surgery
The Royal Veterinary College

Bettina Dunkel, DVM PhD DipACVIM DipACVECC DipECEIM FHEA MRCVS
Associate Professor in Equine Medicine
The Royal Veterinary College

Andy Fiske-Jackson, BVSc MVetMed DipECVS FHEA MRCVS
Senior Lecturer in Equine Surgery
The Royal Veterinary College

Mike Hewetson, BSc BVSc CertEM DipECEIM MRCVS
Senior Lecturer in Equine Medicine (Clinical Educator Track)
The Royal Veterinary College

Melanie Perrier, Dr.med.vet DipDACVS DipDECVS CERP MRCVS
Lecturer in Equine Surgery
The Royal Veterinary College

Kata Veres-Nyeki, Dr.med.Vet, DipECVAA, PhD, FHEA, MRCVS
Lecturer in Anaesthesia and Analgesia
The Royal Veterinary College