Full Title:Equine Nursing
Module Code:VETS S7008
Credits: 5
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2015/16 ( September 2015 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Description:This module will cover the provision of nursing care to equine medical, surgical, neonatal and critical care patients. Equine preventative healthcare will also be covered.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Apply nursing care principles to equine medical and surgical patients and synthesise patient care plans.
  2. Develop equine preventative healthcare plans.
  3. Prepare for and assist with equine diagnostic techniques.
  4. Critically reflect on their practice

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Restraint and clinical examination of the horse and foal
Identification of nervous or aggressive horses; safe handling.
Equine first aid & emergencies
Admission of equine patients & preparation for surgery
Consent for equine surgery, excluding horses from the food chain, regulations concerning the use of certain drugs (e.g. bute) in horses.
Nursing the equine surgical patient, including recognition and appropriate management of post-operative complications
Pain assessment and control methods
Nursing the equine medical patient
Equine infectious diseases and control measures
Equine documentation & routine equine practice procedures – prepurchase exam, lameness exam, lunging and wind assessment, neurological exam
Nursing care of the equine neonate, including critical care
Nursing care of the equine colic patient, including post-operative critical care
Safe & effective assistance with equine euthanasia
Equine preventative healthcare strategies
Drugs and the competition horse
Skills development using model limbs - applying bandages and dressings.
Equine CPR.
Visit to equine hospital.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work50.00%
End of Module Formal Examination50.00%

Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Reflective Journal Each student will develop a reflective portfolio on an aspect of equine nursing care of their choosing. This assignment will run over the entire semester with deadlines for formative feedback on draft work. 1,4 40.00 0 0 Sem 2 End 0
Practical/Skills Evaluation A direct observed procedural skills (DOPS) exam. The students will be asked to perform equine nursing care tasks and explain their rationale for their selected approach. 1,3 10.00 0 0 n/a 0
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2,3 50.00 0 0 End-of-Semester 0
Reassessment Requirement
A repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload & Resources

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture No Description 5.00 Every Week 5.00
Directed Reading No Description 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Independent Study No Description 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 9.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 5.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • Corley & Stephens 2008, The Equine Hospital Manual (ebook) [ISBN: 9781405130165]
  • Bassert & Thomas 2013, McCurnin's Clinical Textbook for Veterinary Technicians, 8th ed. Ed. [ISBN: 1437726801]
  • Kristin Holtgrew-Bohling 2015, Large Animal Clinical Procedures for Veterinary Technicians, 3rd Ed., Elsevier Mosby [ISBN: 0323341136]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Holtgrew-Bohling 2010, Large Animal Clinical Procedures for Veterinary Technicians, 2nd ed. Ed., Elsevier [ISBN: 0323077323]
  • Auer, J.A., and Stick, J.A. 2006, Equine Surgery, 3rd ed. Ed., Saunders [ISBN: 1416001239]
  • Reeder, D. 2009, AAEVT's Equine Manual for Veterinary Technicians, Wiley Blackwell [ISBN: 0813829712]
  • Baxter, Gary 2011, Manual of Equine Lameness, Wiley-Blackwell [ISBN: 0813815460]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
Dk_SVETN_7 Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Nursing 6 Mandatory