Equine Nursing (Jan 2023)

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Start:  16th January 2023

CPD:   10 hours over 4 / 6 weeks

Level:  Intermediate




Week 1
Broodmares : Dystocia, Caesarean and Post-op Care

  • Define dystocia and recognise the stages of labour
  • Maternal causes of dystocia
  • Surgical and non-surgical interventions
  • Post-operative care of the mare
  • Post op complications and preventative measures

Learning objectives
After completion of this week, participants should be able to:

  • Know the definition of dystocia and be able to recognise the stages of labour
  • Understand the causes that can be attributed to the broodmare regarding disease status and/or anatomy
  • Understand when emergency treatment is required and what forms of intervention are recommended
  • Understand what critical care treatment and monitoring is needed to assist the mare in recovery.


Week 2
Neonates :  Post Dystocia Resuscitation and Intensive Care Nursing

  • Foetal causes of dystocia
  • Emergency monitoring and treatment of the foetus in utero
  • Post dystocia neonatal resuscitation
  • Follow up intensive care nursing
  •  Emerging therapies for the post dystocia neonate

Learning objectives
After completion of this week, participants should be able to:

  • Know the foetal causes of dystocia and understand how they occur
  • Understand how foetal monitoring and treatments can help neonatal survival rates
  • Describe the resuscitation techniques used to revive foals
  • Become familiar with neonatal critical care techniques


Week 3
Colic: The Nurse’s Role in the Assessment Workup

  • Diagnostic procedures
  • Laboratory analysis
  • Differential diagnosis – surgical or medical treatment?
  • When colic is not an intestinal condition
  • Preparing the patient for an exploratory laparotomy

Learning objectives
After completion of this week, participants should be able to:

  • Recognise the signs of colic and the reasons they occur
  • Understand the techniques the nurse can perform to assist in a diagnosis
  • Understand how to perform laboratory tests for colic patients
  • Understand what tasks are carried out to prepare the patient for surgery


Week 4
Colic: Emergency Surgery and Post-op Care

  • Preparation of the patient in theatre
  • Anaesthetic risks in the seriously ill colic patient
  • Common surgical conditions of the small and large intestine
  • The immediate recovery period following colic surgery
  • Post op critical care nursing

Learning objectives
After completion of this week, participants should be able to:

  • Recognise how to prepare a colic patient in the theatre
  • List the common intestinal conditions that require surgical correction
  • Understand the steps required to safely recover a patient from colic surgery
  • Recognise how nurses provide intensive care to the post op colic patient


The course will be fully tutored by Bonny Millar and will consist of 10 hours of CPD given in various formats, including tutorials, tasks, case studies, forum discussions and quizzes.


This course is tutored for 4 weeks, followed by a two week extension of untutored ‘catch up’ time, before the course officially ends.   All delegates will then have unlimited lifetime access to the learning material for future reference.


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Bonny Millar



Bonny gained a Veterinary Technology Degree from Harcum College, Pennsylvania (USA) and advanced her career as an equine medicine charge nurse at the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center.


Bonny moved to Britain in 1991, settling in Newmarket, where she was head nurse at Rossdale and Partners in Newmarket for 12 years, then the senior clinical nurse specialising in equine critical care nursing at their hospital until 2019.  Bonny regularly taught and mentored equine veterinary nursing students while focusing on equine critical care, wound management and neonatology


Bonny was instrumental in establishing the first equine nursing qualification along with like-minded colleagues in 2000.    She was a BVNA council member for a number of years and subsequently became president in 2009 alongside her clinical role.  She also served as a Vet Tech in the 2012 London Olympics and Paralympics.


Bonny has published many articles and has lectured at veterinary conferences around Europe and North America. At present, she carries out consulting roles for EVN awarding bodies and is a lecturer for The Open College of Equine Studies.

This online course is worth 10 hours of CPD.


A certificate will be available from the ‘My Courses’ section, for you to download and print, once you have completed the course.  A permanent record of your total CPD hours will also be recorded in your account section.


Upon purchase you will be registered to attend the course, for 4 weeks from the start date.  The course will consist of various interactive tasks and lessons, including quizzes, case studies, forum discussions and further reading material.


The course is fully tutored, with new material will be provided each Monday morning, but the onus will be on the individual delegate to ensure that all tasks are fully complete.  The certificate will only be issued at the end of the course when all tasks have been accomplished.  Fewer CPD hours will be awarded at the the end of the course if there are unfinished tasks or there has been no contribution to the discussion forum, for example.


The course is fully flexible, and there are no weekly ‘deadlines’ – the lessons and tasks may be completed whenever is convenient for each delegate, and any live lessons with be recorded and made available later that same day.   Furthermore, all the course material will be available for a further 2 weeks, to allow delegates the opportunity to catch up on missed lessons and tasks, or to take the opportunity to delve further into the suggested reading texts.  Please note however, that the course will not be tutored by the speaker during these final two weeks, but the time spent will count towards your CPD hours.


After 6 weeks, the course will be complete and there will be no further opportunity to gain the certificate or CPD hours, however, you will have unlimited lifetime access to the tutorials, further reading and quizzes for future reference.  If you make any personal notes during the course using the ‘take notes’ app, these will be saved, along with your certificate and CPD record for permanent access in ‘My CPD’.


For some further information about our Online Tutored CPD courses – please read our PDF guide to Online Tutored CPD

This course has been listed as ‘Intermediate’ level


All of our courses are aimed at veterinary nurses in general practice, but everyone who works in the veterinary profession is very welcome to attend, whether you are a clinical receptionist, veterinary surgeon, student nurse or have been a qualified nurse for over 20 years!


The courses are not formally assessed for skill level, so the following CPD levels are just a rough guide to help you decide if a course may be more or less suitable:


  • Introduction – maybe most suitable for qualified nurses in general practice approaching a new topic or looking for a refresher course.
  • Intermediate – maybe most suitable for qualified nurses in general practice along with referral / specialist nurses looking for a refresher course
  • Advanced – maybe most suitable for referral / specialist nurses and highly experienced qualified nurses in general practice.

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