Improving knowledge, skills and techniques for equine nurses
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This year the NZVA Conference includes a number of workshops running on Friday 22 June. This workshop is open to all veterinary nurses with an interest in the health and welfare of equine species, whether or not you are attending the conference. If you are attending the conference we recommend you register for the workshop during your conference registration.

22/06/2018 to 30/06/2018
When: Friday, June 22, 2018
8:30 AM
Where: Claudelands Event Centre
Brooklyn Road
Hamilton, Waikato 
New Zealand
Contact: Shannon Leader
04 495 1145

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This course is a unique opportunity for equine nurses to expand their knowledge within the field of equine veterinary nursing care. With a strict focus on the equine patient, this course offers multiple speakers, including specialists, covering a variety of topics and an afternoon practical session.

Who should do this course?

This course is geared towards equine nurses. However, this course would be valuable to any veterinary nurse or veterinary nursing assistant with an interest in equine veterinary care.

Learning outcomes

Attendees will learn:

  • how to assess the cardiovascular status of your equine patients
  • equine IV fluid therapy, including which fluids to select for various clinical conditions and why
  • anesthesia for the equine patient
  • colic, how to assess the critical patient and initiate emergency care
  • the science behind deworming strategies and faecal egg counts
  • how to perform a faecal egg count
  • how to prepare and assess a good-quality blood smear
  • correct placement of IV catheters, including over-the-wire catheters
  • review of distal limb bandaging techniques


  • Through further understanding of the science behind the veterinary work, equine nurses will be better equipped to monitor and treat their patients and to expand their role in the veterinary team's approach to patient care.
  • Gain skills that can be taken directly from the practical sessions to the clinic.
  • In addition, this course provides an opportunity for networking with fellow vet nurses, veterinarians, suppliers, and other equine professionals.


  • Louise Carter
  • Kate Dingemans
  • Carl Eden
  • Jenny Sonis
  • Louise Southwood
  • Lisa Humle-Mooir
  • Jodie Wilson


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