Module Identifier RS20320  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Mr Sebastian D McBride  
Semester Intended for use in future years  
Next year offered 2005  
Next semester offered N/A  
Course delivery Lecture   33 Hours 33 x 1 hour lectures  
  Practical   12 Hours 4 x 3 hour practicals  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam2 Hours  60%
Semester Assessment Assignment (2000 words write-up of practical classes)  40%
Supplementary Exam2 Hours  60%
Supplementary Assessment Assignment (write-up of practical classes)  40%

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Discuss the importance of parasites from a practical perspective;

2. Identify and describe common equine disorders and their causes;

3. Identify situations where veterinary assistance is required;

4. Identify and describe the clinical symptoms of equine musculo-skeletal disorders;

5. Discuss equine behaviour from a clinical perspective.


This module will present information on issues relating to the health of the horses in particular symptoms and aetiology of common equine ailments. Guidelines will be given as to when and how common conditions can be treated by the horse-owner, and in other instances where professional veterinary treatment should be sought. In addition, and from a clinical perspective, abnormal behaviour of the horse will be discussed, how it affects the health of the horse and what treatments may be attempted to rectify these conditions.

The following topics will be covered within this module:

? Normal equine behaviour
? Temperament assessment of the horse
? Abnormal equine behaviour
? Treatment of clinical abnormal equine behaviour
? Perinatal and postnatal care of the foal. Management and disease prevention
? Ventilation and environment in relation to equine respiratory disease
? Coughing as a medical problem
? Parasites- lifecycles and their control
? Antelmintics
? Skin diseases
? Toxic plants
? Wound management and dressings
? Tetanus
? Clinical assessment of wounds
? Effects of drugs on performance of the horse
? Colic- causes, prevention and treatment
? Lameness- clinical diagnosis and treatment

Reading Lists

GRAY (1994) Respiratory disease
Gray (1994) Lameness
Gray (1994) Parasites and skin diseases
Boden (1991) Equine practice series
Devereux and Morrison (1992) The veterinary care of the horse
Riegel and Hakola (1996) Illustrated atlas of clinical equine anatomy and common disorders of the horse
Mills and Nankervis (1999) Equine behaviour: principles and practice


This module is at CQFW Level 5