Level 4 Certificate in Equine Health Management

This short course will familiarise you with the infective agents and the way in which they cause disease.  An understanding of the routes of transmission can help the equine manager prevent the occurrence of disease within the equine population in his or her care.


The principles of immunology and vaccination are discussed.  The course introduces you to equine first aid, emergency care and the principles that underpin the study of equine injury and disease. It will help you develop an understanding of the application of first aid to prevent deterioration and promote healing and recovery.  You will investigate the different types of wound sustained by horses and how to deal with such wounds.


The care of the sick or injured horse is covered, including important aspects such as feeding and the administration of medication.  Methods of quarantining and isolating horses are discussed including the importance, and processes to ensure, effective hygiene.

Course Accreditation

Academic Level:

Higher Education Level 4

Number of Modules:


Study Hours per Unit:


Total Hours: 


Course Duration: 

6 to 12 months

Study Week Requirements:

Optional Higher Education Study Week (Additional fees apply. Please see Study Week page)

Upon enrolment you are provided with access onto TOCES’ online E-Learning Centre where you will find your study guide, study planner, Course Advisor and tutor information, course material, assignments and other helpful study resources.

The HE specialist short courses consist of:

  • Detailed illustrated text in pdf format which you can print or download and save.
  • Online learning resources including in-text questions and activities.
  • Pre-recorded webinars, online lectures and videos.
  • You will study and complete *one formative assignment and *one summative assignment for each short course. Referring to the course material, you will complete the assignments at your own pace, within the maximum study period, and submit online for marking and assessment. Your work is assessed by a qualified tutor, graded and returned to you with detailed feedback.
  • Upon completion of the course you will receive a graded TOCES certificate.

Some short courses offer optional or compulsory study week attendance at TOCES’ yard in Suffolk. This consolidates the theoretical studies with a mixture of taught classroom based lessons and practical sessions.

*HE SC 1 / 2 Equine Anatomy and Physiology has two formative and two summative assignments.

For all HE Specialist Short Courses students must be:

  • at least 16 years old
  • prepared to undertake independent study and hold a
  • level 3 or equivalent qualification in a similar subject area and/or
  • three GCSEs at Grade C (4) and above.

If you do not hold a level 3 qualification you may wish to consider an Intermediate Specialist Short Course.  Satisfactory completion of this will ensure you are suitably prepared for the HE Short Course.

Course Accreditation

Module/Unit Details

  • Module 1

    Causative agents and routes of transmission for a number of common diseases
    – Prokaryotic and eukaryotic cell structure. Pathogens: bacteria, commensal and pathogenic bacteria, prokaryotic cell structure, classification of bacteria, reproduction, methods of feeding, bacteria and disease, effects of infection. Eukaryotes, viruses, fungi, mycoplasma. Immune response, immunity. The external defence mechanism, internal defence mechanism, immunology, immunity, toxin and antitoxin production.
    Carrier animals with and without clinical signs, environment, ingestion, inhalation, direct entry.

    Management of horses in terms of accident, injury and disease prevention
    – Accident prevention in the yard, field, stable and field, handler training, safe handling of injured or diseased horses, fire prevention and procedure.
    Open wounds, closed wounds, tendon injury, limb fracture, penetration wounds, contused wounds.
    Worming, signs of heavy worm infestation, ways in which parasites affect health, large strongyles, small strongyles, ascarids, tapeworm, bots, control of infestation, administering wormers, wormers, resistance. Vaccination, dental management. Daily management, environment.

    Principles of equine first aid
    – Definition of an emergency, aims of first aid in the horse, equine first aid kits, modes of first aid treatment for equines. Controlling bleeding, blood clotting, dressings, controlling inflammation, analgesia. Bandaging techniques, immobilisation, and box rest. Types and stages of wound healing.

    Management of the sick horse
    – Hygiene, box rest, bedding, stable, air quality, feeding, isolation procedure, quarantine and isolation, management of the sick horse, administering medication, storing medication, methods of administration.


Full Payment


  • Online access to all course material and assignments
  • Tutor support
  • Enrolments are accepted any time throughout the year
  • Additional fees apply for Optional Higher Education Study Week

Pay as You Learn

£50 Initial Fee

  • 2 payments of £25
  • Online access to all course material and assignments
  • Tutor support
  • Enrolments are accepted any time throughout the year
  • Additional fees apply for Optional Higher Education Study Week