VetPD Applied Nutrition for Equine Practitioners - A 2-Day Practical Course

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About the course

Over the past 20 years equine over-conditioning and obesity have emerged as a major problem with weight loss on the other hand remaining a clinical manifestation of various clinical conditions that veterinarians are regularly confronted with. 

This course was developed for general practitioners who want to update their theoretical knowledge and especially their practical know how on how to analyse and modify a horse’s diet from a composition, rationing, quality and caloric point of view.   The topic is approached from a practitioner’s perspective in a very practical way through lectures including useful tips and tricks, interactive case discussions and practical hands-on sessions on live horses.

The following topics will be covered through well-illustrated lectures and case presentations by the specialists (in English, no translation)

  • Digestive Physiology – Role of the Mouth & Stomach
  • Update on the Aetiology of Gastric Ulcers
  • Current Thinking on Diagnosis & Therapy of Gastric Ulcers
  • Digestive Physiology – The Small Intestines
  • Update on Diagnostic & Therapeutic Techniques for Small Intestinal Colic
  • Digestive Physiology – The Hindgut
  • Hindgut Dysbiosis – Causing Colic, Laminitis, Diarrhoea, etc.
  • Update on Nutritional Management of the Asthmatic Horse
  • Rationing – How to go about it in the field?
  • Indications and Roles of Forages, Feeds & Supplements    
  • Extraction of Nutritional Information from Haematology & Biochemistry
  • Feeding the Healthy Performance Horse 
  • Nutritional Management of Horses with Myopathy
  • Feeding the Senior Horse

Open and frank discussions are encouraged during the dedicated question times and the speakers will share their personal experiences (successes and failures) and useful tips and tricks with attendees. 
Over the two days 6 hours of practical/case-based sessions will give attendees the opportunity to put theory into practice on live horses and to ask questions in small groups (3 – 5 attendees / endoscope), all under the supervision of specialists. Each attendee will be rotating through the following practical stations: 

  • Gastroscopy (live horses)
  • Assessment of Hindgut Ecosystem Health (live horses)
  • Assessment of Body Condition & Correlation with Weight (live horses)
  • Assessment of Forage/Feed Intake
  • Forage/Feed Composition Analysis
  • Clinical Case Discussions – Ration Evaluation, Calculations, Corrections & General Feeding Challenges    

The course fee includes lunches at a restaurant, coffee/tea breaks, wine & cheese reception, extensive electronic course notes and a certificate of attendance. Attendees can choose to only attend the lectures (= Lectures Only) on this course or can register for the entire course (= Lectures & Practical Sessions).  Early course registration is recommended as there are only a limited number of places available.

This course is suitable for RCVS Modules:  B-EP.3;  C-E.1; C-E.3;  C-E.15; C-E.16


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