Module: Equine Health

Module details

  • Module code

  • Module leader

    Dr Charlotte Sinclair
  • Module Level

  • Module credits

  • Prerequisites

  • Min study time

    150 hours
  • Contact hrs

    40 hours

Module content

  • Advanced equine diseases including notifiable and exotic diseases
  • Developments in equine immunology and vaccinations
  • Lamenesses
  • Musculoskeletal injuries and treatment options
  • Equine respiratory diseases
  • Myopathies
  • Pharmacology
  • Veterinary diagnostic techniques, conventional and alternative treatments, owner responsibilities and legal limitations
  • Other equine diseases of topical relevance

Module outcomes

To achieve credit for this module, students must be able to:

  1. Select appropriate strategies to manage equine health and disease;

  2. Critically appraise management strategies for prehabilitation or rehabilitation of equine diseases and disorders;

  3. Evaluate the risk of injury and disease in the performance horse;

  4. Analyse veterinary procedures applied to the horse in terms of legal, ethical and welfare considerations.


Assessment Description Weighting
Examination Seen exam (3 hours) 100%

Assessments may differ in 2020/21 due to adjustments for Covid-19. Please check Gateway for the latest regulations.

Key texts

This module relies heavily on current scientific journal articles but there are a couple of useful ‘text books’ that are comprehensive so students should be familiar with the content of at least one of the following:

  • Higgins, A.J. and Synder, J.R. (2006) The Equine Manual (2nd edition). Elsevier.
  • Merck (2012). Veterinary Manual available at:
  • Radostits O.M. (2007) Veterinary Medicine: A Textbook of the Diseases of Cattle, Horse (10th edition) Elsevier.
  • Tizzard, I. (1992) Veterinary Immunology. 4th Edition, W.B. Saunders Company


Key Journals:

  • Equine Veterinary Education.
  • Equine Veterinary Journal.
  • The Veterinary Journal
  • Veterinary Clinics of North America: Equine Practice.
  • Veterinary Record


Other supporting information: