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: 15 March 2021

Sinusitis: What’s that smell?  Is it a sinus?  Now how do I treat it?

Speaker: Cajsa Isgren BVetMed MSc CertAVP (ESO, ESST, ED) Dip ECVS MRCVS with Neil Townsend MSc BVSc Cert ES (Soft Tissue) DipECVS DipEVDC (Equine) MRCVS and Justine Kane-Smyth BVM&S MScR Dip.ECVS MRCVS

The horse’s sinuses are an area of complex anatomy which is very prone to infection.  How do you determine when seven  days oral antibiotics are not going to cut it and you need to do further investigations?   Or perhaps the nasal discharged initially improved but has some come back with a vengeance?  Is there a fractured tooth and you are concerned it might be infected?  Or is there a supernumerary tooth or a deep diastema on the same as the nasal discharge?  This week will cover investigation and treatment of both dental related and primary sinusitis in horses and how to distinguish between the two?  What about when you have removed a tooth already, but the horse still has recurrent nasal discharge?  This week will also cover some of the possible complications following sinus surgery such as suturitis, surgical site infections and non-healing sockets following tooth removal.  


Week 2: 22 March 2021

Dermatology- Got an itch to scratch?  Advancing the treatment of pruritic ponies and horses

Speaker: Ben Curnow BVSc Cert AVP(EP) MRCVS with Professor Emeritus Derek C Knottenbelt OBE, BVM&S, DVM&S, DipECEIM, DACVIM,  MRCVS

Itchy horses are a very common occurrence in practice, and finding out what is causing a horse to scratch can be formulated from a concise differential list and thorough sampling.  But how can we treat these cases? With so many lotions, potions and skin products on the market where is the evidence for these products? Are we working well within the cascade? Are there adverse consequences to any of these treatments?

This week, we will attempt to categorise the treatments available to us for pruritic horses, starting with those used for ectoparaistes, followed by those used for allergic horses. This will be followed by some novel cases discussions, where you can suggest your preferred treatment methods and the evidence you have obtained to justify your choices.  We are absolutely thrilled to have Prof Derek Knottenbelt MRCVS joining us as a guest speaker for this week. 


Week 3: Break week


Week 4: 5 April 2021

Troublesome foot abscesses... what else could it be?

Speaker: Cajsa Isgren BVetMed MSc CertAVP (ESO, ESST, ED) Dip ECVS MRCVS

“No hoof, no horse” still holds true today!  The horse’s foot is an area hugely prone to traumatic injury and with complex anatomy this area is further complicated by limitations of traditional diagnostic imaging due to presence of the hoof capsule.  Have you ever treated a foot abscess which proved to be more than ‘just’ a foot abscess?  The lectures this week will focus on what else could be going on when you have a persistently or severely lame horse which blocks to the foot with or without finding a nice big convincing pocket of pus. When is it time to radiograph and/or look to undertake advanced imaging?   Could there in fact be a foot penetration or a pedal bone fracture which has not yet been identified? Or has the abscess actually developed into pedal osteitis and needs to be derided further or is there an underlying keratoma which is causing these recurrent abscesses?


Week 5: 12 April 2021

Opthalmology- Uveitis- Recent updates and novel treatment development

Speaker: Fernando Malalana DVM DipECEIM PGCertT&LHE FHEA MRCVS

The final week deals with the frustrating and usually recurring ophthalmic issue that is uveitis.  This   condition can be infuriating and incredibly painful for the horse, the owner and the treating veterinarian.  But this week we delve deep into the most up to date research on potential causes for this disease.   And following on from this we are brought right up to speed on what progress has been made to try and definitively treat it.  In conjunction with several case studies presented by our world leading expert on the condition and some MCQs we are confident that you will be in a much stronger position to tackle this painful condition head on in the field.


Start date: 15 March 2021

Cost: £385