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Health and Disease Management

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Course Descriptions

Equine Health and Disease Management is an informative course that is an extremely helpful course for anyone wishing to learn more about disease processes and health management of their own horses. 

It is a 12-lesson course that introduces the student to diseases and lameness associated with the musculoskeletal system, as well as diseases of the respiratory, digestive, neurological, reproductive, and other major organ systems of the horse. After successful completion of this course the student will find themselves to be much more knowledgeable and proficient at recognizing and managing some of the major health problems associated with the horse. The emphasis of this course will be on preventive maintenance and necessary managerial practices needed to keep the equine athlete, broodmare or family horse in good health.

Course Outline

              I.  Common Lameness and Disease Conditions of the Front Limb
                    A. Shoulder Lameness 
                    B. Forearm Lameness 
                    C. Knee Lameness 
                    E. Cannon and Splint Bone Problems 
                    F. Fetlock and Pastern Problems 

               II. Therapies and Treatment Modalities for Lameness
                     A. Cold and Heat Therapy 
                     B. Topical Anti-inflammatory Medications and Their Use. 
                     C. Various Technological Anti-inflammatory Modes of Treatment 
                     D. Prescription Anti-inflammatory Medications 
                     E. Nutraceuticals – Natural Healing Products. 

             III. Common Hoof Disorders
                    A. Sole bruising and Abscesses 
                    B. Corns 
                    C. Sand Cracks 
                    D. Navicular Syndrome 
                    E. Laminitis (Founder) 

              IV. Common Lameness and Disease Conditions of the Hind Limb
                     A. Upper Hind Limb Disorders 
                     B. Disorders of the Stifle 
                     C. Spavin and Other Disorders of the Hock 
                     D. Lower Hind Limb Problems

               V. Detecting Illness and Emergency Conditions of the Horse
                     A. Recognizing an Emergency 
                     B. Vital Signs of the Horse 
                     C. When to Call the Veterinarian 
                     D. Administering Intravenous and Intramuscular Injections 
                     E. Barn First Aid Kit 

               VI. Important Contagious Diseases; Description, Treatment, and Prevention
                     A. Common Upper Respiratory Disease; Their Prevention and Treatment 
                     B. Other Diseases Commonly Vaccinated For in the Horse 
                     C. Equine Vaccines and Vaccination Schedules 

              VII. The Equine Digestive System and Colic
                      A. Choke 
                      B. The Extensive Subject of Colic in the Horse 
                      C. Internal Parasites; Their Prevention and Treatment 

             VIII. Diseases of the Reproductive System of the Stallion and Mare 
                      A. Mare Infertility 
                      B. Broodmare Management 
                      C. Stallion Infertility 
                      D. Stallion Management 
                      E. Artificial Insemination 
                      F. Embryo Transfer 
                      G. Normal Breeding Behavioral Parameters 

               IX. Foal Diseases and Health Management
                      A. Neonatal Management 
                      B. Common Neonatal Diseases 
                      C. Problems Associated with the Immediate Post-Natal Period 
                      D. Care of the Orphan Foal 
                      E. The First Six Months 
                      F. Weaning 

                X. Miscellaneous Conditions of the Eye and Other Special Anatomical Areas
                       A. Common Eye Disorders 
                       B. Physical Problems of the Spine and Back 
                       C. Conditions Involving the Muscles of the Horse 

               XI. Common Skin Disorders of the Horse
                       A. External Parasites 
                       B. Skin Diseases 
                       C. Skin Tumors and Proud Flesh 
                       D. Equine Wound Healing Products 

              XII. Administration of Medication to the Horse
                       A. Oral Medication
                             1. Stomach Tube
                             2. Balling Gun
                             3. Feed Additives
                             4. Pastes and Gel
                      B. Parenteral Administration
                             1. Intramuscular
                             2. Intravenous
                             3. Intravenous Catheters
                             4. Intra-articular