Equine Veterinary Nursing

Our new Nursing Online CPD mini-modules have been developed for and aimed towards veterinary nurses. These 100% online modules will run over four weeks, with a different topic being covered each week, and will provide you with 25 hours of CPD

The course will be taught and tutored by veterinary nurses from the University of Liverpool referral hospital teams, with input from veterinary specialists. The module will provide four weeks of teaching, with a break week in the middle to allow time to catch up.

The online teaching material will be in the form of online lectures, readings, interactive discussion boards, live Zoom sessions with course tutors and speakers and weekly MCQ tests designed to help support your learning. You also have access to the university of Liverpool online library and access to tutors and peers, making learning fun and interactive.


Course content:


Week 1: 19 February 2024

Nutrition and weight management of the hospitalised patient

Speaker: Veronica Brandel RVN

  • The challengs of anorexia/inappetence and how to address them
  • Abrupt management changes in the emergency admission
  • The horse on complete box rest
  • The effects of long term hospitalisation and how to prevent them
  • Practical techniques in feeding the hospitalised patient


Week 2: 26 February 2024

Nursing care of the post-surgical colic patient

Speaker: Vicky Gregory RVN

  • Immediate intensive care nursing requirements
  • Post-surgical complications and nursing interventions
  • Patient discharge and home care plans


Week 3: Break week


Week 4: 11 March 2024

Orthopaedic theatre nursing

Speaker: Louise Breen MRCVS and Bonny Millar RVN

  • Understanding the arthroscopic approach to a joint (carpus, fetlocks, hocks, stifles)
  • Understanding internal fixation of fractures
  • Correct distal limb bandaging and immobilisation for induction and recovery
  • General positioning for arthroscopic evaluation


Week 5: 18 March 2024

Practical foal resus and dystocia in the mare

Speaker: Bonny Millar RVN

  • Causes of dystocia
  • Controlled delivery and caesarean section
  • Resuscitation of the neonatalfoal following dystocia
  • Intensive care of the foal following dystocia


Start date: 19 February 2024

Cost: £420