Practical Techniques in Medicine and Surgery

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This two-day practical techniques course has been developed to equip equine practitioners with the confidence to perform core practical skills beyond that of the new graduate. The first day will focus on diagnostic and therapeutic techniques for equine medical cases whilst day two will be dedicated to equine surgical cases.

Each day can be taken individually or both days can be booked together and for this first run we will concentrate on veterinary techniques of the equine eye and respiratory system and basic surgery of the head and neck.

Lunch and refreshments included.

Course Description


Day One will begin with a series of short introductory lectures which will outline the clinical indication for a variety of techniques as well as including comprehensive “how to” guides. The afternoon will then be spent getting hands-on experience using a variety of live horses and cadaver material closely supervised by equine veterinary specialists. Numbers are limited to ensure a low delegate: clinical instructor ratio.

Delegates will receive tuition on the following techniques:


Respiratory system

  • Endoscopy and examination
  • of the guttural pouches
  • Collection of samples from the lower airways
  • including trans tracheal aspiration and BAL
  • Thoracic ultrasound
  • Thoracentesis/chest drains.



  • Placement of an ocular lavage system
  • Sample collection for corneal cytology
  • Nasolacrimal duct cannulation
  • Ocular ultrasonography.



Fernando Malalana DVM DipECEIM GPCert (EqP) FHEA MRCVS,

Harry Carslake MA VetMB DipACVIM MRCVS

Professor Cathy McGowan BVSc DipVetClinStud MACVSc PhD DEIM DipECEIM FHEA MRCVS


Day Two of this course (which can be taken alone) has been developed to equip equine practitioners with the confidence to perform surgical practical skills beyond that of the new graduate. Focusing on the equine head and neck, introductory lectures will outline the clinical indications for a range of surgical techniques as well as step by step guides. Lectures will be followed by practical teaching in our wet lab using cadaver material.


Students will get hands-on experience with close supervision by experienced equine veterinary specialists. Numbers are limited to ensure low delegate: clinical instructor ratios.


The course will cover basic surgical conditions of the equine head including:

  • Sinus trephination
  • Repair of pre maxilla and mandibular fractures
  • Injuries to the eyelids
  • Enucleation in the standing horse
  • Local anaesthesia for surgery
  • of the equine head
  • Tracheostomy.



Prof. Debra Archer BVMS PhD CertES (Soft Tissue) DipECVS FRCVS

Cajsa Isgren BVetMEd MSc CertAVP (ESO) (ESST) (ED) DipECVS MRCVS

Justine Kane-Smyth BVM&S MScR DipECVS MRCVS



This exciting new addition to our CPD programme is structured to be suitable for delegates working towards an RCVS CertAVP in equine practice but is also equally useful for those wishing to advance their knowledge and skills in general equine practice at an advanced practitioner level.


Start date Location / delivery
26 Nov 2019 Leahurst Campus Book now

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