Higher Education Short Course 15 – Equine Veterinary Nursing

    This course is designed to develop your understanding of the principles of equine veterinary nursing, starting with the importance of effective liaison with the veterinary surgeon.  You will investigate the range of diagnostic techniques used by the vet and relate their use to ‘real life’ equine situations.  The knowledge gained will allow you to cope with equine medical problems that arise on your own stable yard, helping you to understand the techniques used by the veterinary surgeon.  This course introduces you to the principles that underpin the study of radiography and equine anaesthesia, providing an overview of methodology and equipment.

    It examines the management of serious wounds including fractures; you will investigate the way in which wounds heal and factors which affect wound healing.

    Course Accreditation

    Academic Level:

    Higher Education Level 4

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    Study Hours per Unit:


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    Course Duration: 

    Maximum 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.

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    Module/Unit Details

    • Module 1

      Discuss diagnostic techniques used by the veterinary surgeon
      – Diagnostic techniques: veterinary terminology, restraining horses – physical and chemical, handler safety, radiography, ultrasonography, nuclear scintigraphy, thermography, endoscopy, arthroscopy, haematological and biochemical laboratory tests, joint fluid collection, tissue biopsy, faecal samples, urinalysis and abdominal paracentesis.

      Describe the elementary principles of radiography
      -Radiography: what are x-rays, formation of x-ray image, effects of radiation, radiation protection, protective clothing and restraint of the horse for x-ray.

      Discuss the management of serious wounds and injuries
      – Serious wounds and injuries: puncture wounds, punctured sole, puncture wounds of the skin, penetration wounds, contused wounds, bone fracture, remodelling of bone, prognosis of fracture patients, types of fracture, initial fracture management and fracture healing.

      Outline the elementary principles of equine anaesthesia
      – Anaesthesia: the principles of equine anaesthesia, general anaesthesia, effects of recumbency, recovery from anaesthesia, local anaesthesia/analgesia and equine fluid therapy.


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    • 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

    • Initial fee: £50 Access to material and first assignment marked
    • Second payment: £25 Second assignment marked
    • Third payment: £25 Certificate awarded


    • Enrolment and Fees

      Enrolments are accepted for all courses anytime throughout the year

      Following enrolment you will be provided with access onto our online E-Learning Centre where you will find all of your course material, assignments and other helpful study resources.

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