Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, students deepen and apply clinically their underpinning equine health knowledge, by learning how to plan and provide for the nursing care needs of equine patients, and to work as an effective team with equine professionals. Students will examine legal and ethical impacts on the equine sector to help prepare them for ethically and legally challenging decisions and for ensuring that the advice they give to owners is appropriate. Students will integrate the husbandry requirements of horses with health and nursing knowledge to plan holistic individually tailored patient care. Students will also plan how to create and implement evidence based infection control protocols, including for serious zoonotic diseases. Finally, students will learn about equine reproduction and the knowledge and skills required for veterinary nurses to play an active role in assisting with equine reproductive care and management.

SchoolLife Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorDimuthu Wijesinghe

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Students must be admitted into SBVN and have passed VET1EHS or VET2IAN or be admitted into SBATE and have passed VET1EHS


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsThis subject has one field trip to a working equine veterinary clinic and equine property. Students must complete the Abiding agreement for Field Courses form prior to partaking in this field trip.

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Learning resources

Equine Medicine, Surgery and Reproduction

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorMair, T. Love, S. Schumacher, J. Smith, R. & Frazer, G.


Edition/Volume2nd Edn



Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Equine Veterinary Nursing

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementPrescribed

AuthorCoumbe, K.


Edition/Volume2nd Edn



Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningYes

Self sourced or Uni sourcedSelf Sourced
Uni Sourced

Entire subject or partial subjectPartial subject

Total hours/days required45 hours

Location of WBL activity (region)Flexible

WBL addtional requirementsWIL Placement. Roster-dependent. 

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Critique the legal and ethical influences impacting current controversial areas within the equine sector
02. Plan and manage care plans for a range of equine life stages, health conditions and procedures
03. Develop protocols for infectious and zoonotic diseases
04. Examine the nursing care requirements of the pre, peri and post-operative surgical period of equine species
05. Research the role of equine industry professionals who care for mares and neonates

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Epping (Melbourne Polytechnic), 2021, Semester 2, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorDilhani Premaratna

Class requirements

Placement - Off SiteWeek: 30 - 42
Six 7.50 hours placement - off site per study period on any day including weekend during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via face-to-face.
WIL Placement. Roster-dependent.

Unscheduled Online ClassWeek: 30 - 42
One 1.00 hour unscheduled online class per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via online.
Delivered as reading material, quizzes, video clips.

WorkShopWeek: 30 - 42
One 5.00 hours workshop every two weeks on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

5 x 10 min pre-workshop online quizzes (850 words equivalent) 4% each Fortnightly

N/AQuizzesIndividualNo20 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5

1.5 hour written end of semester examination (1500 words equivalent)Held during examination period

N/AOther written examIndividualNo30 SILO2, SILO4, SILO5

Ethics and welfare assignment (1400 words equivalent) Critique the legal and ethical considerations of a health care related aspect of the equine sector (1400 words)

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo35 SILO1

20 min team presentation (600 words equivalent/student)Design an evidence-based protocol for the nursing care of an equine patient with an infectious or zoonotic disease Student teams are to present this in a format suitable for educating other staff members (e.g., a short video, PowerPoint presentation or pamphlet (600 words equivalent).

N/AOral presentationGroupNo15 SILO3