First aid and resuscitation of the sick neonatal foal

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CPD Hours: 2 hours

Course Length: Two hours

Course Format: Recorded webinar with a copy of the webinar slides provided

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Please note this webinar is currently being re-recorded and will be available in due course. In the meantime please register your interest with us and we will contact you when the course is bookable.

Early recognition and management of the sick neonatal foal is critical for a successful outcome. This webinar will focus on recognizing the sick neonatal foal, resuscitation and administering effective first aid in the field prior to further management and/or referral to a dedicated neonatal intensive care unit.

The webinar has been designed to provide veterinarians from mixed or equine practice with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills to confidently administer first aid for the sick neonatal foal in first opinion practice. The webinar may also be of value to those involved with hospital‐based foal care. 

Key areas of interest that will be covered by the course include a review of normal parturition and the healthy neonatal foal, followed by recognition and initial assessment of the sick foal, resuscitation, and initial first aid and management in the field.  

This webinar was part of the Fundamentals of equine practice – emergency series that ran in 2019. The other webinars in this series are:

How to perform emergency tracheostomy, chest drain placement, ligation of the common carotid artery and manage castration complications
The non-weight bearing horse including fracture stabilisation
Decision making with a horse with colic

A convenient and flexible way to earn some CPD hours without leaving home is to select webinars to view from our extensive library of recorded webinars. Priced at £35 for a 2 hour webinar they are great value for busy practitioners seeking quality CPD at a time of their choice.  Participants will receive a handout (slides and/or notes) to support their viewing session and a certificate for 2 CPD hours. 

Participants gain access to the webinar for two weeks which allows them to view it at their leisure and convenience as well as review aspects as needed to enhance their learning.

Members of the BVA Young Vets Network receive a 50% discount on our recorded webinars (subject to availability – ten discounted places available per webinar per year).


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