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Course Description

Two woman standing on either side of a brown horse, petting its face

Preventing disease and health problems should be the goal of every horse owner. This course will help you do just that. Many important topics and skills are covered to help you maintain optimal health and develop knowledge regarding a year-round health maintenance program.

You will be introduced to many of the common problems faced by horses, many due to management problems, and you will learn the steps to take so that you can reduce the risk for your horses and enhance your positive role in your horse’s health care team. New research will also be presented with practical applications for the horse owner.

The goal is not to be your own vet. The main goal is to help prepare you to be an effective advocate for your horse, with knowledge and skills to help your veterinarian maintain health and prevent disease in your horse. 

Designed For

Course designed for those who wish to maintain healthy horses and have knowledge in disease prevention.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the learner should be able to:

  1. Identify the value of effective communication as it pertains to your horse’s health;
  2. Identify individual needs of your horse regarding health management and disease prevention;
  3. Identify common health problems and strategies available to prevent and/or manage them;
  4. Perform a daily health check and relay important data to your veterinarian that will aid in the health and welfare of your horse;
  5. Analyze biosecurity risks and determine the factors needed for infectious disease prevention strategies;
  6. Differentiate when immediate medical aid may be required or not, and identify first aid measures in different emergency scenarios;
  7. Ask your veterinarian educated questions, and discuss problems relating to your horse's health in an informed manner so that you may assist in the formulation or revision of your preventative health program; and
  8. Find, interpret and critically appraise new information in order to update your background knowledge on a topic of interest.
Note that this course is not designed to determine diagnosis, treatment or therapy options for any student situations or contexts. To establish these you must work in partnership with a qualified veterinarian. The instructors cannot give advice on specific cases.

Course Topics

  • Advocate for your horse's health
  • Monitoring your horse's health
  • Role of  biosecurity in equine wellness
  • Effective approaches to emergencies
  • Hoof health and conditions
  • Lameness - Diagnostic process and understanding conditions
  • Dental care
  • Parasite control
  • Owner impact on colic
  • Overview of medical conditions
  • Respiratory and cardiovascular health
  • The pre-purchase examination

Additional Requirements

  • This course is intended for adult learners who are at least 18 years of age.
  • There are no prerequisites for this course.
  • You may take this as an individual course or choose to complete one of our equine certificates or the diploma.*
  • You do not need access to a horse to participate and be successful in this course.
  • You can expect to spend 6-10 hours per week to compete the course material, discussions and assignments.

*If you are a certificate or diploma program student, we recommend that you complete Management of the Equine Environment first, or very early in your course of studies. This course is offered every semester.

Assessment

Assessment Item Weight
Quizzes 40%
Class Learning Questions (CLQ) Discussions 12%
Guest Speakers Discussion 3%
Equine Virtual Farm 10%
First Aid Assignment 20%
Lameness Research Assignment 15%
Total 100%

Please note that the course assessment is subject to change.

Sponsoring Partner

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

*Course details are subject to change.

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