B-EP.3 Equine Practice

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About the course


Candidates should have a sound grounding in the areas listed below.  They also need to develop the skills needed to write case reports that demonstrate the following competencies:

General objectives

  • To acquire and develop written communication skills required to present case reports.
  • To demonstrate an ability to communicate competence in decision making and clinical reasoning.
  • To demonstrate reflective skills that enable understanding of the issues raised in clinical practice and the candidate’s learning as a result of completing the module.

Learning Outcomes

  • Deal competently with a range of commonly presented conditions or situations from equine practice. In the presentation of these cases the following learning objectives should be achieved.
  • Demonstrate a sound and logical approach to clinical cases and an understanding of the pathophysiological principles of the disorders diagnosed and treated.
  • Clearly articulate the clinical reasoning and the decision making process in assessing clinical cases including discussion of diagnostic procedures and assessment of relevant laboratory data. This should include demonstration of a problem-orientated approach to clinical cases and development of appropriately prioritised differential diagnosis lists.
  • Demonstrate an appreciation of the principles of clinical pharmacology related to drugs used in equine practice.
  • Demonstrate understanding of principles of surgical practice as they relate to pre-operative evaluation of the patient, aseptic technique, peri-operative analgesia, justification for surgical procedure chosen, client education, postoperative care.
  • Describe use of diagnostic imaging in their practice premises and (where applicable) in the field including quality control procedures in place that allow for the safe production of a diagnostic image (** New learning objective added - applicable for enrolments after 1st September 2013 **)

Demonstrate understanding of the principles of anaesthetic management including pre-anaesthetic assessment, drug pharmacology, choice of anaesthetic equipment, monitoring and supportive measures, and recovery/post op care



Josh Slater, BVM&S PhD DipECEIM MRCVS 
Professor of Equine Clinical Studies 
The Royal Veterinary College 

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