Through a combination of lectures, clinical presentations and laboratories this course prepares the student for general equine practice by providing the foundational knowledge and clinical skills needed for diagnosing and treating the most common equine medical diseases based upon current evidence. This course is not intended to be a comprehensive review for the clinical proficiency exam but rather to provide an overview of techniques and medical conditions relevant to private practice.
The Equine Medicine course is designed to provide you with a working knowledge of the diagnosis, treatment and management of equine patients for a variety of common medical issues. At the end of the course, a student should be able to:
1. Recognize common medical conditions of the horse including infectious diseases.
2. Recognize common medical and surgical conditions and indications for referral.
3. Recognize the issues and controversy surrounding diagnostic and treatment methods in the equine field and work to find the evidence basis for their choices.
4. Integrate knowledge of basic sciences and pathophysiological mechanisms to formulate rational diagnostic, treatment and management plans for common medical conditions.
5. Perform and interpret basic diagnostic and clinical procedures for common medical and lameness conditions of the horse.
6. Know how and where to access information needed to continue the advancement of their knowledge in the field of equine medicine.
7. Formulate an appropriate deworming and vaccination plan for a horse or herd.
Students must have already passed the North American Veterinary Licensing Exam (NAVLE) or the Basic Clinical Skills Exam (BCSE). Depending on space availability exceptions may be made to those students sitting the exam in April 2016.
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