Nursing Chronic Equine Grass Sickness Patients

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About the course

Nursing chronic grass sickness (CGS) patients is a demanding but rewarding experience presenting many challenges to the nurse, since each case is very individual.  Human contact and reassurance for the horse is vitally important, these patients do not survive without that interaction.  Knowing the right type of diet, consistency of diet and feeding regime to be employed can make enormous differences to these patients.  Enteral feeding is also possible for a short period of time in some patients but has to be monitored carefully.  Monitoring and recording accurately clinical signs presented is also essential, particularly when making decisions with regard to pain medication and continuation of nursing regimes.


Learning Outcomes

The learner will be able to:

  • Recognise clinical signs of chronic grass sickness (CGS)
  • Understand feeding practices for CGS patients
  • Understand management practices for CGS patients
  • Have an understanding of enteral feeding of CGS patients
  • Have an understanding of assessing progress (Improvement/deterioration) of CGS patients


Bryony Waggett HND BSC MSC

Peer Review:

Dr. Scott Pirie BVM&S PHD CertEP CertEM(Int Med) DipECEIM MRCVS

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