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TECH123-0605: Equine Essentials for the Mixed Practice

Michelle Earltinez, CVT, AS & Chris Upchurch, AS, OM

June 2 - July 8, 2005
Real Time Sessions: Tuesday Evenings; June 7, 14, 21, and 28 from 9:00pm - 10:30pm ET (USA)


Many veterinary clinics treat both small and large animals, making it important that the support staff have a basic knowledge of "horse-keeping". This is an introductory course offering an overview on such topics as: breeds, coloring and markings, terminology, nutrition, vaccination protocols, parasitology and common disorders and diseases.

This course will consist of four (4) ninety minute real time sessions; library materials supplementing the chapters in the required text; multiple choice quizzes (after each real time session) designed to enhance course effectiveness and material retention; a cumulative final online; and interactive message board discussions.

This course is designed for all veterinary staff and veterinary technician students wishing to have a better overall understanding of the basics of equine care, identification, and nutrition.

Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to:


Week 1

This session will cover the basic breeds, colors and markings of a horse and some basic anatomical terminology. This knowledge is critical to properly filling out Coggins and health certificates and to communicate effectively with veterinarians, clients and farriers .

Week 2
Wellness and Husbandry
This session will discuss the "stable" environment for the equine, with emphasis on safety and sanitation including hoof care. This segment will also discuss vaccine and anthelmintic protocols for a healthy horse

Week 3
This session addresses the management of the horse's dietary needs, including the frequency of feeding, the need for forage and water, and the various feeds, hays, grains, and supplements currently available.

Week 4
Common ailments, their clinical signs and first aid treatment will be discussed to better facilitate communication between clients and the veterinarian.

Recommended text: A Complete Medical Reference Guide for Horses and Foals. Ed. Mordecai Siegal. UCDavis School of Veterinary Medicine:

CE HOURS: 6 (RACE applied for)

Library materials will be made available prior to the topic week so participants will have plenty of time to prepare for the real time sessions and discussion.

Message board discussions regarding the topic presented will begin on the day the course opens and continue for one week following the last real time session. These discussions will be held in the VSPN CE course area.

$102 ($92 early bird special if registered before May 19, 2005)
Students currently enrolled in and taking at least 2 classes or 5 units at an AVMA accredited or CAAHT approved Veterinary Technician Program may be eligible to receive a 50% discount off the regular rate for this course (upon verification of student status) *VT students: You must include the following information in the comments section of the CE enrollment form in order to be eligible for this discount: your program directors name and contact information (email/phone) and school name.

** NOTE: Registration will be closed when the maximum number of participants is reached or at 5pm ET the day of the first real time session.


  1. Each person must individually be a registered member of VSPN ( Membership in VSPN is free.
  2. Each person must be able to receive emails from and addresses. This is our major form of communication with participants. It is highly recommended that course participants use their own, personal emails rather than clinic/hospital email addresses.
  3. VIN Member veterinarians SHOULD NOT register for their staff. Please have the staff member register through VSPN. Please email if you have questions.
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Note: "This course has been submitted for approval for 9 hours of continuing education credits in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB's RACE approval; however participants should be aware that some boards have limitations on the number of hours accepted in certain categories and/or restrictions on certain methods of delivery of continuing education. Call VIN/VSPN for further information." (Attendees are encouraged to check with their licensing jurisdiction(s) for information regarding recognition by their board.)

COURSE WITHDRAWAL AND REFUND POLICY: Withdrawal prior to the listed start date of a course entitles the registrant to a complete refund or a credit toward a future VIN CE course, whichever is preferred. Withdrawal within 1 week after the listed start date (i.e. including no more than one real-time session) entitles the registrant to a credit toward any future VIN CE course. (Does not apply to courses with only one real-time session.) After the first real-time session, a registrant may withdraw due to special circumstances and receive prorated credit towards a future VIN course. These requests will be handled on an individual basis. The amount of the prorated credit will be determined based on 65% of the time remaining in the course at the time of withdrawal. It is not possible to withdrawal retroactively. Note: To ensure rapid handling of your request for withdrawal, we recommend that you call the VIN office at 1-800-700-INFO.
Nanette R. Walker Smith, RVT, CVT
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