One or Two Year Programme

Equine Medicine

Postgraduate Certificate (PgC)

Ready to clear the next jump in your equine career?

This comprehensive and stimulating modular programme has been designed, in conjunction with Dr Veronica Roberts European and RCVS Specialist in Equine Internal Medicine, to provide the equine practitioner with a thorough update of current thinking in equine medicine. This programme will help you consolidate your knowledge of equine medicine and enable you to develop an informed clinical approach to the equine patient.

The emphasis of this programme is very much on the approach to different conditions – practical examination techniques, application of appropriate diagnostic procedures and an understanding of the potential complications associated with different body systems, rather than an exhaustive list of potential disorders.

Your learning options:

  • Extend your knowledge and skills in a specific area, by choosing a single or paired module of your interest
  • Complete the one-year programme (all modules) and achieve the General Practitioner Certificate (GPCert) and attain 40 academic credits at Masters Level 7
  • Continue on to a Postgraduate Certificate (PgC) that combines the GPCert clinical studies with reflective practice (the Advanced Practitioner Module is 20 academic credits at Masters Level 7.) The PgC is 60 academic credits.

 

All delegates will receive a subscription to Harper Adam’s online e-library providing access to 1,000s of scientific articles and abstracts.

Our online learning management system: Moodle – Provides access to course notes, discussion forums and other study resources, including surgical videos and webinars.

A dedicated Programme Tutor will support every individual during their programme to ensure a rewarding and successful learning journey.

Equine – Emergency and Critical Care

Module Information
  • Show the ability to prioritise appropriately in the diagnosis and treatment of horses with acute trauma
  • Describe the therapeutic treatment possibilities concerning acute muscle trauma, wound treatment, techniques for the immobilisation of fractures and soft tissue injuries
  • Show the ability to perform basic interpretation of acid-base, blood gas and serum electrolyte analyses
  • Blood and plasma transfusions

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Equine – Applied Nutrition

Module Information
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the nutritional requirements of horses depending on their life stage, physiological stage and activity level
  • Be able to perform basic calculations of nutritional requirements
  • Be familiar with aspects of clinical nutrition for the management of diseases such as exertional rhabdomyolysis and insulin dysregulation

Self study prior to this module is essential to ensure adequate knowledge of equine digestion.

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Equine Sedation, Analgesia, Intra-Venous Access

Module Information
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the different pain management possibilities in horses and their advantages and disadvantages including NSAIDS and opiates
  • Describe protocols and techniques for sedation at the practice and in the field
  • Make appropriate choices of site and type of intra-venous catheter
  • Ability to appropriately prevent, identify and manage cases of thrombophlebitis

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Equine Infectious Diseases and Preventative Healthcare

Module Information
  • Show understanding of the clinical pathology of the major bacterial and viral diseases affecting horses in the UK and identify those that are Notifiable and have zoonotic potential
  • Show understanding of how vaccinations work and how to choose vaccination type
  • Be able to determine a vaccination protocol for horses at different stages of their life and those in competition
  • Demonstrate understanding of the life-cycles of equine gastrointestinal parasites, how the different classes of anthelmintic work, how resistance develops and can be identified
  • Be able to formulate a targeted parasite control programme for individuals and groups in different circumstances

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Equine Abdomen I

Module Information
  • Describe the clinical examination of a horse presenting with an acute abdomen including relevant diagnostic procedures such as paracentesis, laboratory evaluation and rectal palpation and be able to interpret findings
  • Show an understanding of the pathophysiological basis of the acute abdomen
  • Describe the medical treatment of appropriate cases of acute abdomen and the decision making process for surgical intervention
  • Discuss additional diagnostic techniques which may be required, including a basic knowledge of abdominal ultrasonography

This module includes a hands-on ultrasonography session.

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Equine Abdomen II

Module Information
  • Formulate an appropriate plan for investigation of a case of weight loss
  • Show understanding of EGUS, how to identify cases, treatment and management options and interpretation of findings
  • Be able to formulate an appropriate plan to investigate, treat, manage and where possible prevent, cases of acute and chronic diarrhoea

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Equine Abdomen III

Module Information
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the causes, diagnosis and treatment of common hepatic disease
  • Demonstrate understanding of the causes, diagnosis and management of common diseases of the kidney and bladder
  • Be familiar with the clinical signs and treatment of common poisonings in the UK, with a focus on atypical myopathy

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Equine Endocrine and Metabolic Disorders

Module Information
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the main endocrine (pituitary, thyroid, reproductive) diseases affecting horses and their diagnostic protocols and treatment, with a focus on Pituitary Pars Intermedia Dysfunction
  • Show a basic understanding of calcium metabolism and the impact of general illnesses (such as sepsis and ileus) including the debate over calcium supplementation
  • Show understanding of the known aetiopathogenesis of Equine Metabolic Syndrome and insulin dysregulation, the process of diagnosis and management and the treatment options (for dietary management, see Nutrition module)
  • Be able to identify cases at risk of developing hyperlipaemia, diagnose the condition where already present, and provide appropriate treatment

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Equine Laboratory Diagnostics and Clinical Pathology

Module Information
  • Describe the collection, handling and storage of diagnostic samples and identify factors which may affect the results
  • Describe the different sampling requirements for the diagnosis of common equine illnesses
  • Be able to interpret the common haematological and biochemical changes seen in equine blood samples
  • Describe the investigative approach to anaemia, and to abnormal haemostasis

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Equine Cytology

Module Information
  • Describe and understand the principles and practical aspects of cytologic sample collection, storage and preparation
  • The principles of routine cytologic sample examination
  • The different cytological characteristics of effusions, aspirates and lavage samples
  • Pathologic principles used to formulate a cytologic diagnosis

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Equine Respiratory System

Module Information
  • Show familiarity with the clinical presentation, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of diseases of the lower and upper respiratory tract
  • Demonstrate an understanding of equine respiratory viruses, sinus disease, GP disease, pharyngeal and laryngeal diseases, equine asthma (RAO and IAD), pneumonia and pleural effusion
  • Show understanding of how and when to perform bronchoalveolar lavage, transendoscopic and transtracheal wash and thoracic radiography
  • Be able to apply a problem orientated approach to horses presenting with nasal discharge, epistaxis, coughing and respiratory distress

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Equine Cardiovascular System

Module Information
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of the anatomical, physiological, immunological and pathological processes involved in cardiovascular disease
  • Be able to perform a clinical examination and auscultation correctly
  • Show understanding of the basics of the application and interpretation of ECGs and echocardiography
  • Apply a problem orientated approach in horses presenting with cardiac murmurs, arrhythmias, collapse, haemorrhage and peripheral oedema and understand the management and treatment options available

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Equine – Sports Medicine

Module Information
  • Identify the most common causes of poor performance in the horse
  • Be able to apply a problem orientated approach to horses presenting with poor performance and/or respiratory noise
  • Demonstrate understanding of the roles of resting and exercising endoscopy
  • Identify when to perform exercising electrocardiography (ECG)
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the role of cardiac disease in poor performance
  • Demonstrate the ability to identify and advise on cases of exercise induced pulmonary haemorrhage (also see respiratory module)
  • Be able to identify, treat and advise on cases of exertional rhabdomyolysis (nutritional management covered in nutrition module)

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Equine Neurology

Module Information
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the neurological examination and lesion localisation
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the clinical presentation, diagnosis and treatment of common focal, multi-focal and diffuse diseases affecting the central and peripheral nervous system
  • Apply a problem orientated approach to horses presenting with ataxia, seizures, sleep disorders and collapse
  • Show understanding of the clinical signs, treatment and prevention of tetanus and botulism
  • Be able to approach a case of trigeminal – mediated head shaking
  • Demonstrate understanding of when to apply diagnostic aids such as radiology, myelography, MRI/CT
  • Demonstrate knowledge of neuromuscular and primary muscle disorders including diagnosis and management

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Equine Ophthalmology

Module Information
  • Demonstrate knowledge of practical ophthalmological examination techniques
  • Show understanding of the clinical presentation, diagnosis and medical treatment of common diseases of the equine eye including uveitis, glaucoma,cataract and corneal disorders and wounds
  • Formulate a suitable approach to common presentations such as ocular discharge, ocular pain, conjunctivitis, blindness and periocular swelling
  • Show basic familiarity with advanced ophthalmological examination techniques– slit lamp, bio-microscopy, tonometry, indirect ophthalmoscopy and ophthalmic ultrasound

This module will include a practical ophthalmological component.

Self- study prior to this module is essential to ensure adequate knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the equine eye.

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Equine – Dermatology

Module Information
  • Demonstrate familiarity with the clinical presentations and therapeutic options of the following common skin presentations affecting horses:
  • Pruritus
  • Alopecia
  • Pigmentary disorders
  • Crusting and scaling
  • Erosive and ulcerative diseases
  • Cutaneous swelling
  • Nodules and tumours including equine sarcoid
  • Melanoma and squamous cell carcinoma
  • Pastern dermatitis
  • Management of dermatophytosis in a yard
  • Systemic skin disease

This module includes a hands-on microscopy session.

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Equine – Reproduction

Module Information
  • Diagnose, treat and manage common clinical conditions affecting the structure and function of genital organs and fertility
  • Describe the different methods of pregnancy diagnosis and when to use each method
  • Show understanding of the basics of the physiology of normal pregnancy and the causes of pregnancy loss and abortion
  • Be able to identify high risk pregnancies and manage the most common causes eg placentitis
  • Self- study prior to this module is essential to ensure adequate knowledge of the normal structure and function of the genital tract during the oestrus cycle.

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Equine – Neonatal Disorders

Module Information
  • Describe the physiological changes required in the transition made from life in utero to ex utero
  • Show understanding of the neonatal foal’s immune system and passive transfer of maternal immunity and the common reasons for failure
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the most common neonatal illnesses and their laboratory investigation
  • Formulate an approach to the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of the most common neonatal illnesses including cardiovascular and respiratory disorders, abnormalities of the gastrointestinal and urinary tracts, neonatal maladjustment syndrome and failure of passive immunity
  • Evaluate infant viability and identify neonates at risk

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  1. A non-refundable initial payment of £924.00 is due on registration in order to secure the booking. This can be paid by credit card or bank transfer.
  2. Initial payment to be made within 30 days of the commencement of the first module in order to be eligible for the discounted rate.
  3. Direct debit plans are administered and collected on our behalf by Animal Healthcare Limited.
  4. Individual and paired module pricing does not include the exam fees payable to ESVPS and Harper Adams University.
  5. Please contact us for pricing relating to corporate veterinary groups and multiple booking discounts.

Registration Information

  1. Applications are accepted on a first-come, first served basis.
  2. Where all available places are full, applicants will be offered first refusal for the next available date.
  3. Improve International reserves the right to close the intake early if the number of applications received exceeds the number of available places.
  4. In order to secure a place you must pay an initial payment – details of which can be found above.
  5. Confirmation and enrolment details will then be sent to applicants once we have received a completed application form.
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