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Postgraduate Certificate (PgC) in

Equine Medicine

Two year clinical programme

Equine Emergency & Critical Care

  • Show the ability to prioritise appropriately in the diagnosis and treatment of horses with acute trauma
  • Describe the therapeutic treatment possibilities concerning acute muscle trauma, wound treatment, techniques for the immobilisation of fractures and soft tissue injuries
  • The ability to perform basic interpretation of acid-base, blood gas and serum electrolyte analyses
  • Blood and plasma transfusions
21 Nov 2017 Swindon - Alexandra House Jo Suthers ( BVM&S MPhil CertES (Soft Tissue) DipECVS MRCVS ) & Imogen Johns (BVSc (Hons) DipACVIM FHEA MRCVS)

Equine Applied Nutrition

Applied Nutrition – basics of nutrition related to life stage and activity level

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the nutritional requirements of horses depending on their life stage, physiological stage and activity level
  • Perform basic calculations of nutritional requirements
  • Be familiar with aspects of clinical nutrition for the management of diseases such as exertional rhabdomyolysis and insulin dysregulation

Self-study prior to this module is essential to ensure adequate knowledge of equine digestion.

22 Nov 2017 Swindon - Alexandra House Alice Thomas (BVetMed MRCVS)

Equine Cytology

  • Describe and understand the principles and practical aspects of cytologic sample collection, storage and preparation
  • The principles of routine cytologic sample examination
  • The different cytological characteristics of effusions, aspirates and lavage sample
  • Pathologic principles used to formulate a cytologic diagnosis

Includes a microscopy session.

24 Jul 2018 Swindon - Alexandra House Kathleen Freeman (BS Agriculture, DVM, MS, PhD, DipECVCP MRCVS)

Equine Laboratory Diagnostics and Clinical Pathology


  • Describe the collection, handling and storage of diagnostic samples and identify factors which may affect the results
  • Different sampling requirements for the diagnosis of common equine illnesses
  • Be able to interpret the common haematological and biochemical changes seen in equine blood samples
  • Investigative approach to anaemia, and to abnormal haemostasis
TBC Swindon - Alexandra House Alistair Foote (MA VetMB FRCPath PhD MRCVS)

Equine Sedation, Analgesia, Intra-Venous Access

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the different pain management possibilities in horses and their advantages and disadvantages including NSAIDS and opiates
  • Describe protocols and techniques for sedation at the practice and in the field
  • Make appropriate choices of site and type of intra-venous catheter
  • Show ability to appropriately prevent, identify and manage cases of thrombophlebitis
23 Jan 2018 Swindon - Alexandra House David Bardell (BVSc CertVA DipECVAA MRCVS)

Equine Infectious Diseases and Preventative Healthcare

  • Show understanding of the clinical pathology of the major bacterial and viral diseases affecting horses in the UK and identify those that are “Notifiable” and have zoonotic potential
  • How vaccinations work and how to choose vaccination type
  • Be able to determine a vaccination protocol for horses at different stages of their life and those in competition
  • Demonstrate understanding of the lifecycles of equine gastrointestinal parasites, how the different classes of anthelmintic work, how resistance develops and can be identified
  • Be able to formulate a targeted parasite control programme for individuals and groups in different circumstances
24 Jan 2018 Swindon - Alexandra House Philip Ivens (MA VetMB CertEM(Int Med) DipECEIM MRCVS)

Equine Abdomen I

The examination, diagnostic techniques and treatment options relating to the acute abdomen

  • Describe the clinical examination of a horse presenting with an acute abdomen including relevant diagnostic procedures such as paracentesis, laboratory evaluation and rectal palpation and be able to interpret findings
  • Understanding of the pathophysiological basis of the acute abdomen
  • Describe the medical treatment of appropriate cases of acute abdomen and the decision-making process for surgical intervention
  • Discuss additional diagnostic techniques which may be required, including a basic knowledge of abdominal ultrasonography

This module includes a hands-on ultrasonography session.

21 Mar 2018 Swindon - Alexandra House Andy Durham (BSc BVSc CertEP DEIM DipECEIM MRCVS)

Equine Abdomen II

Weight loss, EGUS and diarrhoea

  • Formulate an appropriate plan for  investigation of a case of weight loss
  • Show understanding of EGUS, how to identify cases, treatment and management options and interpretation of findings
  • Be able to formulate an appropriate plan to investigate, treat, manage and where possible prevent, cases of acute and chronic diarrhoea
22 Mar 2018 Swindon - Alexandra House Sarah Boys Smith (MA VetMB CertES(Orth) DipECVS MRCVS)

Equine Abdomen III

Hepatic and renal diseases and poisoning

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the causes, diagnosis and treatment of common hepatic disease
  • Understanding of the causes, diagnosis and management of common diseases of the kidney and bladder
  • Be familiar with the clinical signs and treatment of common poisonings in the UK, with a focus on atypical myopathy
22 May 2018 Swindon - Alexandra House Andy Durham (BSc.BVSc.CertEP.DEIM.DipECEIM.MRCVS)

Equine Endocrine and Metabolic Disorders

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the main endocrine (pituitary, thyroid, reproductive) diseases affecting horses and their diagnostic protocols and treatment, with a focus on Pituitary Pars Intermedia Dysfunction
  • Show a basic understanding of calcium metabolism and the impact of general illnesses (such as sepsis and ileus) including the debates over calcium supplementation
  • Show understanding of the known aetiopathogenesis of Equine Metabolic Syndrome and insulin dysregulation, the process of diagnosis and management and the treatment options (for dietary management, see Nutrition module)
  • Be able to identify cases at risk of developing hyperlipaemia, diagnose the condition where already present, and provide appropriate treatment
23 May 2018 Swindon - Alexandra House David Rendle (BVSc MVM CertEM(IntMed) DipECEIM MRCVS)

Equine Respiratory System

  • Show familiarity with the clinical presentation, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of diseases of the lower and upper respiratory tract
  • Demonstrate an understanding of equine respiratory viruses, sinus disease, GP disease, pharyngeal and laryngeal diseases, equine asthma (RAO and IAD), pneumonia and pleural effusion
  • Understanding of how and when to perform bronchoalveolar lavage, transendoscopic and transtracheal wash and thoracic radiography
  • Be able to apply a problem-orientated approach to horses presenting with nasal discharge, epistaxis, coughing and respiratory distress
25 Sep 2018 Swindon - Alexandra House Adele Williams (BVSc DipECEIM PhD MRCVS)

Equine Cardiovascular System

  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of the anatomical, physiological, immunological and pathological processes involved in cardiovascular disease
  • Be able to perform a clinical examination and auscultation correctly
  • Show understanding of the basics of the application and interpretation of ECGs and echocardiography
  • Apply a problem orientated approach in horses presenting with cardiac murmurs, arrhythmias, collapse, haemorrhage and peripheral oedema and understand the management and treatment options available
26 Sep 2018 Swindon - Alexandra House Lesley Young (BVSc DVA DVC DipECEIM PhD MRCVS)

Equine Sports Medicine

  • Identify the most common causes of poor performance in the horse
  • Be able to apply a problem-orientated approach to horses presenting with poor performance and/or respiratory noise
  • Demonstrate understanding of the roles of resting and exercising endoscopy
  • When to perform exercising electrocardiography (ECG)
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the role of cardiac disease in poor performance
  • The ability to identify and advise on cases of exercise-induced pulmonary haemorrhage ( also see respiratory module )
  • Be able to identify, treat and advise on cases of exertional rhabdomyolysis (nutritional management covered in nutrition module)
TBC Swindon - Alexandra House Kate Allen (BVSc PhD Cert EM(IntMed) DipACVSMR HEA MRCVS)

Equine Neurology

  • Understanding of the neurological examination and lesion localisation
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the clinical presentation, diagnosis and treatment of common focal, multifocal and diffuse diseases affecting the central and peripheral nervous system
  • Apply a problem-orientated approach to horses presenting with ataxia, seizures, sleep disorders and collapse
  • The clinical signs, treatment and prevention of tetanus and botulism
  • Be able to approach a case of trigeminal –mediated headshaking
  • Demonstrate understanding of when to apply diagnostic aids such as radiology, myelography, MRI/CT
  • Knowledge of neuromuscular and primary muscle disorders including diagnosis and management

Equine Ophthalmology

  • Demonstrate knowledge of practical ophthalmological examination techniques
  • Show understanding of the clinical presentation, diagnosis and medical treatment of common diseases of the equine eye including uveitis, glaucoma,cataract and corneal disorders and wounds
  • Formulate a suitable approach to common presentations such as ocular discharge, ocular pain, conjunctivitis, blindness and periocular swelling
  • Show basic familiarity with advanced ophthalmological examination techniques– slit lamp, biomicroscopy, tonometry, indirect ophthalmoscopy and ophthalmic ultrasound

Self- study prior to this module is essential to ensure adequate knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the equine eye.


Equine Dermatology

Demonstrate familiarity with the clinical presentations and therapeutic options of the following common skin presentations affecting horses:

  • Pruritus, alopecia, pigmentary disorders, crusting and scaling, erosive and ulcerative diseases, cutaneous swelling, nodules and tumours including equine sarcoid, melanoma and squamous cell carcinoma, pastern dermatitis, management of dermatophytosis in a yard, systemic skin disease

This module includes a microscopy session.


Equine Reproduction

  • Diagnose, treat and manage common clinical conditions affecting the structure and function of genital organs and fertility
  • Describe the different methods of pregnancy diagnosis and when to use each method
  • Show understanding of the basics of the physiology of normal pregnancy and the causes of pregnancy loss and abortion
  • Be able to identify high-risk pregnancies and manage the most common causes eg placentitis

Self- study prior to this module is essential to ensure adequate knowledge of the normal structure and function of the genital tract during the oestrus cycle.


Equine Neonatal Disorders

  • Describe the physiological changes required in the transition made from life in utero to ex utero
  • Show understanding of the neonatal foal’s immune system and passive transfer of maternal immunity and the common reasons for failure
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the most common neonatal illnesses and their laboratory investigation
  • Formulate an approach to the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of the most common neonatal illnesses including cardiovascular and respiratory disorders, abnormalities of the gastrointestinal and urinary tracts, neonatal maladjustment syndrome and failure of passive immunity
  • Evaluate infant viability and identify neonates at risk
TBC Swindon - Alexandra House Emily Haggett (BVSc DACVIM MRCVS)
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