VET40270 Equine Clinical Studies
Academic Year 2021/2022
In this module, students will attend the University College Dublin Veterinary Hospital, Lyons Farm and local equine premises on the UCD Equine Field Service. First-opinion equine cases will be seen on ambulatory visits; referral equine medicine and fertility cases will be seen in the hospital. Exposure to basic and referral cases and subsequent group discussions will develop basic problem-solving and decision making skills. Farm based practical classes and Clinical Skills Laboratory work will form a key part of the rotation and are aimed at training students in basic clinical skills related to equine general practice to foster competence in ‘Day One Skills’. Participation in the rotation and the practical components of the module is compulsory. Self directed learning in the form of online tutorials and additional reading will form an important part of the learning experience in this module.
On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
Perform a clinical examination of a horse;
Perform a neurological examination of a horse;
Perform basic techniques of equine practice such as intravenous/intramuscular injection; passing a stomach tube; passing a urinary catheter in a mare; taking horse markings; performing an oral/dental exam
Perform basic techniques of equine reproductive practice such as speculum examination of the cervix; obtaining a cervical/clittoral swab and interpreting the cytological and culture findings;
Discuss basic health management in the horse, including nutrition, vaccination, deworming, farriery and dental care;
Discuss the investigation and management of medical and reproductive conditions in the horse;
Discuss the use of isolation facilities and biosecurity principles in the management of contagious disease in the horse, and procedures for reporting notifiable diseases;
Discuss procedures involving equine welfare infringements;
Discuss the responsible/legal disposal of horses;
Discuss the responsible/legal use of medicines in horses in Europe;
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