Module code: VMS4003

Module provider

School of Veterinary Medicine

Module Leader

HARVEY A Dr (Vet Med)

Number of Credits


ECTS Credits



JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Semester 2

Overall student workload

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
School-timetabled exam/test IN CLASS ASSESSMENT 15
Practical based assessment CLINICAL SKILLS PORTFOLIO (OSCE) Pass/Fail

Alternative Assessment

Alternative Assessment: N/A

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Successful completion of all previous units of the BVMSci 

Module overview

This module places the previous knowledge gained by the student per body system into the context of the management of both the individual horse and groups of horses, examining the role of the veterinarian at the various stages of the animal’s life cycle andin the management of horses as performance animals.

The emphasis will be on promoting wellness and safeguarding equine welfare, with a focus on effective communications with owners and informed preventative health strategies.

Module aims

To apply and develop existing knowledge, and core clinical and professional skills relative to first-opinion equine practice

Outline the role of the veterinarian in the care and management of equine species, throughout the life of the animal, relative to the varied equestrian disciplines.

Develop a rational problem-solving approach to common clinical presentations in equine species at the individual and group level.

Emphasize the concept of wellness management by utilising preventative health strategies and good client communications

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Outline the life-span of the horse, relative to the common individual equestrian disciplines, discussing key aspects of equine husbandry and management that are integral to these disciplines, and the associated implications for equine well-being and welfare. KPT
Describe the role of the veterinarian in equestrianism and discuss the importance of optimising athletic function whilst maintaining good health KCP
Develop a rational, evidence-based, problem-solving approach to the investigation and management of the common presentations encountered in equine species KCT
Obtain accurate historical and factual information pertaining to a clinical scenario in equine practice, demonstrating clear and professional communication skills KCPT
Demonstrate core day one clinical skills relative to the field of equine first-opinion practice, including but not limited to communication skills, clinical examinations, diagnostic techniques and therapeutic interventions. KCP
Demonstrate the appropriate techniques for the safe and controlled acquisition of, and accurately interpret, diagnostic radiographic and ultrasonographic images. KPT
Develop therapeutic treatment plans in the management of common equine conditions, including rehabilitation from illness and injury and giving appropriate consideration to euthanasia KCPT
Devise and implement a strategic preventive health strategy appropriate for the management of individuals and groups of horses or donkeys KCPT
Describe and be able to enact the role of the veterinarian as an educator and advocate for welfare and wellness of the animals in their care especially relevant to equine species. KCPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Stud medicine and neonatology

Optimising pregnancy in the mare

The first 4 weeks of life – disease prevention, management and therapeutics

The growing animal

Holistic management of the weanling and yearling, including nutritional control and therapeutic management of developmental abnormalities

Management of common clinical scenarios encountered in weanlings and yearlings

The foal to12 months - behavioural questions, training for good behaviour

Vaccination protocols and their scientific basis – what is the rationale for best practice?

The performance animal

Optimising performance in competition animals; nutrition, training and economics

Assessing poor performance in competition animals

Cardiac disorders

Respiratory medicine

Lameness and performance

Rehabilitation following injury

Common clinical syndromes in mature horses. For example; lameness, colic, laminitis & metabolic disease, trauma & first aid, weight loss

The pre-purchase Examination

Interpreting Ophthalmic findings

Yearling sales


Preventative Medicine

Dentistry, farriery, strategic control of parasites, vaccination protocols

Geriatric Medicine

Diagnosis and control of endocrinological disease

Behavioural signs of ageing – deterioration of wellness, dental disease and more

Managing the arthritic patient – joint damage and ageing, exercise regimens

Neoplasia and ageing –cancer management and chemotherapeutics

Assessing the geriatric patient – quality of life issues and welfare

When to euthanize – age is not a disease but it may be a welfare issue


Presentations and Practicals  30 hours

Small Group Workshops

            Approach to the colic case

            Diagnostic Imaging

            Communications workshop


Clinical Examination

Dentistry Wet Lab

Farrier workshop


Bandaging/first aid


EMS Case Presentations


Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Develop, reinforce and apply clinical and professional skills in equine practice, and promote the use of evidence-based veterinary medicine

Provide context to facilitate the development and application of clinical reasoning in equine medicine and surgery, through case-based learning

Use simulation training to enhance students’ communication skills with clients and paraprofessionals in equine practice.

Gain a deeper understanding of the role of the veterinarian as an animal care advocate in in equine practice.Reinforce a holistic view of care of the equine patient including nutrition, husbandry, managementand  welfare

Encourage autonomy and independent responsibility in learning and develop skills in reflective practice.

The learning and teaching methods include:

Lectures, flipped classroom, , case based learning, Small group workshops, and practical classes

3 lectures per week (33 hours), one practical (2 hours) or case-based learning (2 hours) session per week and 3 individual 6-hour workshops during the semester

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate ;

Clinical and professional skills in equine practice
Problem solving and case-management skills
Communication in both oral and written format aimed at both the client and professional colleagues
Knowledge of equine practice and the role of the veterinarian in promoting equine health and welfare

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

Written examination – 70%

Practical presentations and reports – 30%

EMS Case Presentation (15%)
In class assessment (15%)

MUST PASS 80% of components within the clinical skills portfolio (OSCE)

Formative assessment and feedback

On-line quizzes throughout module to track knowledge progression

Formative, real-time feedback on clinical skills training during small-group workshops

Open access clinical skills training sessions

Further information on Qualifying Conditions

To pass the module, students are required to achieve a weighted aggregate mark of 50% and pass 80% of stations within the clinical skills portfolio

Reading list

Reading list for CLINICAL MODULE 3 - EQUINE :

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Veterinary Medicine and Science BVMSci (Hons) 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% and pass 80% of stations within the clinical skills portfolio is required to pass the module. The pass mark of the stations will use regression standard setting.

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.