The course will assist students in acquiring sufficient up-to-date knowledge of the most common and important internal and surgical diseases of horses. This will be done via the use of didactic lectures and small group practical sessions. The breadth of information in equine medicine and surgery is vast, therefore students are also expected to do additional self-directed reading around the topics presented. The course also stimulates students to apply the knowledge learned, to problem-solving situations that will likely be encountered during practical classes, one-week clinical practicals, 11th semester rotations and later in equine practice. During the current semester, medical and surgical diseases of the equine locomotory, respiratory, alimentary and urinary systems will be discussed. Students will be presented with various equine diseases/medical concepts and are expected to have a good knowledge of the associated aetiology, pathogenesis and/or pathophysiology, clinical signs, epidemiology (where applicable), methods of diagnosis, treatment options, prevention/control and prognosis. Students should be able to formulate a list of differential diagnoses for each disease presented. Students will be expected to know the indications, forms, routes and potential adverse reactions for selected drugs commonly used in the therapy of equine diseases.
The practical grade is the average of two midterm exam results.