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Monday 6 April

Managing foal cases in hospital requires staff, equipment and potential facility modification. While this can seem intimidating and expensive for a practice, with careful planning, it can be feasible for any practice to offer quality foal care. We will discuss different options for practices.

Managing the recumbent foal is intense and requires additional equipment, staff and time. We will discuss the different types of recumbent foals, necessary equipment for their management, educating staff and how to manage the intense time requirements.

Dystocias are intense cases and the follow-up care on the foal can be challenging. Following the dystocia from presentation, we will focus on the foal during the dystocia, immediate care following birth and post-dystocia care.

It is possible for any practice to bank colostrum, utilize freshly frozen plasma and provide whole blood transfusions. The equipment and staff training required to collect and process whole blood, to collect and process colostrum and deliver of frozen plasma will be covered.

Equine colic- a condition that we the equine nurses deal with in a varying capacity on almost a daily basis. You the nurse are often a key component to a smooth and rapid work up of the case which makes you a central player of a successful outcome for a critical colic patient. In this talk we will discuss how to prepare for the arrival of a colic to the clinic.


Tuesday 7 April

Making sense of all of those numbers, this presentation will be a discussion around the tests that make up a common blood profile and how to interpret them individually and as part of the bigger picture.

Champion teams comprise people who utilise a high degree of trust to tackle issues in such a way that leaves every team member committed and accountable towards achieving the collective result – even if as individuals, they don’t agree every time on the direction the team is taking. You’ll leave the workshop understanding how to build a culture of high performance in any team. This does not mean that every team has what it takes to be high performing - but you’ll know what you need to address that.

Equine athletes are frequently affected by lower respiratory disease and it is a major cause of poor performance. This presentation will be a discussion of infectious and non-infectious lower respiratory diseases that are commonly seen in equine practice.

Foal anesthesia is challenging and requires anesthesia staff to view them different than adult horses. From induction, including mare management, monitoring and troubleshooting during the anesthetic period, through recovery and reuniting with the mare, all aspects will be discussed.

An overview of common diseases and disorders related to clinical findings during an oral examination, which can be grouped into developmental, acquired, periodontal, endodontic, infundibular or other miscellaneous pathologies.

Foal radiology, whether in the field or at the clinic, can present different challenges than an adult horse. Tips and tricks to managing the mare, sedation protocols, equipment needs, staffing requirements and overall best practice will be discussed.

Have you ever wondered how you can enhance the smooth running of a day in the ever-changing schedules of a veterinary practice? The purpose of this interactive session will be to develop techniques to increase nursing efficiency in your practice be it a single vet practice or a busy referral hospital. We will discuss what techniques you already have in place and identify methods that you could incorporate into your work place.

Horses and wounds go hand in hand due to their fight or flight instinct and their inquisitive nature. This presentation will provide you, the veterinary nurse with some key steps in preparing for varying complexities of wounds sustained by equine patients that may present to your veterinary practice.