Equine Medicine

This 100% online CPD mini-module has been developed and aimed towards the more experienced veterinary surgeon. The module content has been developed by veterinary specialists at the forefront of current veterinary research.

The module will provide you with 25 hours of designation specific CPD. Over four weeks we will cover a different weekly topic in an area in which there may have been changes, advances or controversy in recent years.

The course is taught and tutored by Liverpool and other external veterinary specialists, following a similar format to the University of Liverpool’s CertAVP modules.  With online lectures, discussion boards and weekly MCQ tests designed to help support your learning this short Equine Internal Medicine mini-module will provide a fun and interactive way to ensure you keep up to date in your area of interest.


Course content:


Week 1: 15 March 2021

Anaemia in the horse – what do I need to know?

Speaker: Fernando Malalana DVM DipECEIM PGCertT&LHE FHEA MRCVS

Anaemia in the horse can involve a diagnostic and therapeutic challenge to the clinician. In this week we will cover revision of red cell biology, interpretation of the haemogram and advanced diagnostic techniques such as bone marrow analysis. The different types and causes of anaemia will also be discussed, including advice on investigation and treatment in each case. In addition, the approach to the acutely haemorrhaging horse will be covered, including the principles of vascular support and blood transfusion. The week will comprise of a mix of lectures and directed readings, with an interactive discussion board running throughout the week, giving you the opportunity to discuss the cases presented, or ask any questions.


Week 2: 22 March 2021

Non-routine endoscopy: Bladder, duodenum and paranasal sinuses

Speaker: Harry Carslake MA VetMB DipACVIM Dip ECEIM MRCVS, Kate Mcgovern BVetMed CertEM(Int.Med) MS DACVIM DipECEIM MRCVS and Timothy P. Barnett BSc(Hons), BVM&S, MSc, CertAVP, DipECVS, DipEVDC-Eq, MRCVS

For most equine vets, endoscopy of the upper respiratory tract and stomach are familiar techniques. A number of other regions can be accessed by endoscopy, which can be very useful diagnostically. In this week of the mini module we will provide you with tips for stress-free navigation around the bladder, duodenum and paranasal sinuses. Telling the ‘normal’ from the ‘abnormal’ will be covered using case examples. There will also be an interactive online session where you will have the opportunity to discuss cases and ask questions.


Week 3: Break week


Week 4: 5 April 2021

Equine Grass sicknesswhat do we know?

Speaker: Bruce McGorum BSc BVM&S MSc PhD CertEM (Int.Med.) DipECEIM FRCVS

Equine grass sickness (EGS) remains a fascinating enigma – we have learned so much about this disease since it was first described over 100 years ago, but the key question…’what causes EGS?’... remains unanswered. This mini module will provide an update on the latest clinical research findings covering disease aetiology, pathogenesis and risk factors. We will also cover how to optimise clinical diagnosis, including consideration of typical and atypical clinical presentations, and key differential diagnoses. We will review decision making in the treatment of chronic EGS cases. Finally, we will review management interventions that can be implemented in an attempt to reduce the occurrence of EGS on premises.


Week 5: 12 April 2021

Medical management of the pregnant and post partum mare

Speaker: Niamh Lewis BVM&S DACT DECAR PhD MRCVS

This week will focus on diagnosis and treatment of common conditions affecting the pregnant and post- partum mare. This is a period where complications are relatively common and can have catastrophic consequences therefore there will be a focus on monitoring in order to implement early intervention. Conditions such as placentitis, abortion, retained foetal membranes will be reviewed in light of the latest evidence in the literature.


Start date: 15 March 2021

Cost: £385