Equine Practice

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 Practice 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: Evidence based considerations for control of equine endoparasites



Martin K Nielsen DVM, PhD, DipEVPC, DipACVM

Is test and treat dead?  FECs and parasite burden don’t correlate; so where does that leave us? Recent advances in our understanding of anthelmintic resistance and individual animal susceptibility to endoparasite infection should be reflected in the control strategies veterinarians and horse owners employ. Recent advances in this area of equine medicine need to challenge our fundamental understanding and interpretation of faecal worm egg counts in individual animals and this week focusses on the current evidence based guidelines that every vet needs to know! With the development of anthelmintic resistance ever increasing this week’s message is crucial to the health of our equine patients.


Week 2: Wound management – Suture, staple or bandage and pray?


Professor Debra Archer BVMS PhD CertES(Soft Tissue) DipECVS FRCVS FHEA

Do you dread being called to those hind limb fetlock or hock wounds? Struggling with wound break downs? Or granulation tissue gone mad? This week we have a common sense and practical approach to exploring and treating wounds in the field.  From protocols for wound flushing, tips for suturing techniques to minimise wound break down through to simple skin grafting, dressing selection, bandaging techniques and choosing the right antimicrobials; this week will help develop your confidence in dealing with any wound situation served up to you in practice


Week 3: Break week


Week 4: Medical ultrasonography in practice – how can it help? 


Harry Carslake MA VetMB DipACVIM MRCVS

Fernando Malalana DVM GPCert(EqP) DipECEIM MRCVS

This week we go beyond the more familiar territory of musculoskeletal ultrasound, and look at examples of how ultrasonography can be used in medical cases. The availability of high quality, portable ultrasound equipment in equine practice has increased significantly in recent years and this week we will show you, using case based examples, how ultrasonography can help with your diagnostic approach in equine abdominal, thoracic and ophthalmic disease. 


Week 5: Equine dentistry: An evidence based approach to current therapies


Neil Townsend MSc, BVSc, CertES(Soft Tissue), DipECVS ,DipEVDC(Equine), MRCVS

Whether equine dentistry is your passion or whether you would rather refer more complex equine dental cases, there is no doubt that equine dentistry is an area of our industry where there has been massive progress. Under the guidance of RCVS Specialist in Equine Dentistry Neil Townsend, this week will ensure you are up right up to date with current knowledge and understanding. Focussing on an evidence based approach to restorative dentistry, this week’s topics will include an introduction to infundibular restorations, endodontic therapy and treatment options for diastema and periodontal disease. Concentrating on case selection and expected outcomes, this week will give you renewed confidence and ensure that evidence based medicine underpins your clinical decision making in cases of equine dental disease.


Start date: 23 March 2020

Cost: £385