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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.

SchoolSchool of Life Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorDilhani Premaratna

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsNo

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

Special conditions This 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.


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsEquine Veterinary Nursing, 2nd Edn.PrescribedCoumbe, K. (Ed) (2012)Wiley-Blackwell
ReadingsEquine Medicine, Surgery and Reproduction, 2nd EdnRecommendedMair, T. Love, S. Schumacher, J. Smith, R. & Frazer, G. (Ed) (2013)Saunders-Elsevier

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Critique the legal and ethical influences impacting current controversial areas within the equine sector

Students undertake readings via links to legislation and codes relevant to the equine sector. During the workshop, student teams work through a range of equine sector case studies, and discuss what is legally and ethically sound, and what is not. The tutor then leads a whole class discussion on these areas, ensuring that students are respectfully allowed to voice their personal opinions to their peers, but, that they also need to justify these with a sound evidence base.

02. Plan and manage care plans for a range of equine life stages, health conditions and procedures

Students undertake readings on the husbandry requirements of a range of horses, of differing sex, life stages, and uses (e.g. racing thoroughbred vs. children's pony). They also read up on a range of common equine health conditions and procedures. During the workshops, the students learn more from the tutor regarding a number of health conditions. Student teams then plan together for the nursing care of a number of equine case studies, by integrating their underpinning knowledge of the husbandry, health and procedural requirements of the horses involved.

03. Develop protocols for infectious and zoonotic diseases

Students undertake readings and watch videos on a number of infectious and zoonotic equine diseases. Individual students develop an evidence based protocol on an infectious or zoonotic disease of interest. They then develop educational materials suitable for a veterinary team, on how to implement this protocol. Students share these materials with their peers.

04. Examine the nursing care requirements of the pre, peri and post-operative surgical period of equine species

Students undertake readings on a range of common equine surgical procedures. During a workshop, the lecturer shares case studies of equine surgical patients, and the care that they required. Student teams then plan the nursing care requirements for a number of case studies, and these are then reviewed by the class as a whole, under the tutor's guidance.

05. Research the role of equine industry professionals who care for mares and neonates

Students undertake a site visit to an equine stud. They learn about all the various areas of the stud, and the role of the veterinary nurse in this context.

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