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Equine Health & Disease Prevention

Date(s) - January 15, 2018 - April 8, 2018
This is an online course


Equine Health & Disease Prevention course photoPreventing 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.

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By the end of the course you should be able to:

  • Identify the value of effective communication as it pertains to your horse’s health
  • Demonstrate the ability to interpret and critically appraise new information on a topic of interest based on scientific research
  • Perform a daily health check and relay important data to your veterinarian when needed
  • Be able to discuss problems of the horse with your veterinarian in an informed and educated manner and assist in providing important information that will aid in the care of your horse
  • Identify individual needs of your horse regarding health management and disease prevention for your horse
  • Formulate or revise components of a year-round preventative health program for your horse
  • Analyse biosecurity risks and determine the factors needed for infectious disease prevention strategies
  • Differentiate between conditions where immediate medical aid may be required or not
  • Identify judicious first aid measures in the emergency scenarios described
  • Identify common health problems and strategies available to prevent and/or manage these problems

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.

Online Quizzes  (35%): There will be five online quizzes. Each quiz consists of a number of true or false statements, multiple-choice questions  and matching questions which cover the weekly unit material.

On-line Participation in the discussion forum. The discussion forum includes class learning questions (CLQ’s), general discussion topics and guest speakers Q&A’s  (25%): The CLQ is a specific learning question the instructor has presented for you to research and discuss.

First Aid Assignment (20%)

Research Assignment (20%): You will complete a research assignment on a health related issue.

Dr. Ev. Post grew up with horses and has enjoyed experience in many of the equine disciplines. After graduation from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1997, she moved to England. During the next 5 years, she worked in equine private practice and at the University of Liverpool Large Animal Hospital. She completed a 3-year Equine Surgical Residency with specialization in Orthopedics at that same hospital. Upon moving back to Canada in 2002, she has practiced in the Campbellville, ON area providing first and second opinions for equine cases. She strongly believes continuing education for both the horse owner as well as the veterinarian, coupled with ongoing research are paramount to the welfare of our horses.


Equine Health & Disease Prevention will be offered in the Fall 2017 semester

Classes begin Monday, September 11 and end Sunday, December 3, 2017

Register by the Early-Bird deadline of Friday, April 7, 2017 and pay $495.00 (Cdn). Regular Fees: $549.00 (Cdn.)

Registration is limited to 65 students.

Registration fees are in Canadian Dollars. There are no international student fees and we welcome students from across the world.

Ready to Register?

You will find the registration page at our new OpenEd Student Portal – register for the Equine Health & Disease Prevention course

There is no textbook required for the Equine Health & Disease Prevention course.

It is recommended students purchase a stethoscope.

Ready to Register?

You will find the registration page at our new OpenEd Student Portal – register for the Equine Health & Disease Prevention course

Equine Health & Disease Prevention is a required course in the Equine Science Certificate, Diploma in Equine Studies  and an elective in the Equine Welfare Certificate.

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