Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 1 (Taught over 2 semesters)

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 1 x 1 hour lecture per week in Semester 1
Lecture 1 x 2 hour lecture per week in Semester 2
Practical 4 x 3 hour practicals per semester


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Exam 1.5 Hours   Behaviour exam, Semester 1  Outcomes assessed: 5  15%
Semester Exam 1.5 Hours   Health examination, Semester 2  Outcomes assessed: 1, 2, 3, 4  15%
Semester Assessment Assignment  Outcomes assessed: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5  70%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   Supplementary examination, to cover all outcomes  100%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:

Outcome 1
Examine the importance of parasites and apply this information to the animal's advantage.

Outcome 2
Identify common equine disorders and their causes.

Outcome 3
Identification of the requirement for veterinary assistance.

Outcome 4
Investigation of equine musculo-skeletal disorders.

Outcome 5
Comprehend equine behaviour


This module aims to provide a sound understanding of the health and common diseases of horses as well as being capable of deciding when immediate veterinary attention is required. Students will also be conversant with normal horse behaviour and how this is utilised in training techniques and treating behavioural problems. Specific attention will be paid to care of foals.

Reading List

Alcock J (2001) Animal behaviour 7th Primo search Boden (1991) Equine practice series Primo search Devereux and Morrison (1992) The veterinary care of the horse Primo search Gray (1994) Lameness Primo search Gray (1994) Parasites and skin diseases Primo search Gray (1994) Respiratory disease Primo search Riegel and Hakola (1996) Illustrated atlas of clinical equine anatomy and common disorders of the horse Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 5