Managing equine wounds in practice

Ag Research, Ruakura Research Centre, 10 Bisley Road, Hamilton 3214

Horses are masters of wounding themselves in every conceivable anatomical location. They also have their own set of challenges to overcome when managing wounds. In order to minimise complications and maximise outcomes when treating equine wounds, you need to be up to date with ‘current best practice’ and familiar with the latest information and procedures in wound management. Practitioners using the correct techniques and materials with confidence in everyday situations can significantly improve wound healing outcomes. There is a wide range of new types of wound dressings suited to different stages of wound healing.


This course features online pre-recorded lectures and materials, followed by a one-day workshop.

Online: From 28 June | Workshop: 29 July

Location: AgResearch, Ruakura Research Centre, 10 Bisley Road, Hamilton

Online topics

  • Pathophysiology of wound healing: differences between horses and ponies
  • Practical management: Wound assessment, joint / sheath involvement, patient restraint and wound preparation for repair/debridement/ lavage
  • Preventing, recognising, and treating wound infection: systemic, regional, and topical antimicrobial use
  • Surgical techniques to optimise wound healing: suture considerations, tension relief, primary / secondary closure, use of drains
  • Choice of dressings and topical wound management: use of splints and casts
  • Degloving injuries, involvement of bone and exposed tendons
  • Causes of, and management of exuberant granulation tissue
  • Special considerations: wounds to the eyelids, lips, nostril, and tongue
  • Special considerations: wound to the heel bulbs hoof, frog, and coronary band
  • Recognising and dealing with complications: hard to heal wounds, wound to axillary region
  • Use of skin grafts

Workshop topics

  • Use of casting material to help with wound healing
  • Wound preparation and suture techniques - use of drains
  • Nerve blocking techniques, joints and sheathes of the distal limb, navicular bursa demo? 
  • Practical based case discussions - wounds of the distal limb - use of casts, skin grafts etc.
  • Wounds to the eyelids
  • Lip, nostril, and tongue laceration repair  
  • Practical based case discussions - hard to heal wounds

Learning outcomes

  • Gain confidence in practical wound management and simple surgical techniques to improve healing
  • Increase your understanding of different dressings and topical wound care as well as the use of splits and casts
  • Feel more confident recognising and dealing with complications and hard to heal wounds


Greg Quinn BVSc Cert ES Dip ECVS Registered Specialist in Equine Surgery: A registered Specialist and European Boarded Diplomate in Equine Surgery; Greg joined Waikato Equine Veterinary Centre in 2011. His caseload is principally composed of surgical and non-surgical orthopaedic and upper airway issues of the performance horse. Greg developed a strong interest in wound healing of horses around 15 years ago after completing his specialist exams in surgery. He has since run training courses for veterinarians in the UK and New Zealand, as well as presenting talks on wound healing at BEVA (UK) and other international meetings.

Lacy Kamm DVM MS Diplomate ACVS Registered Specialist in Equine Surgery: Lacy grew up around horses on a farm in the eastern United States. Her whole family rode competitively in dressage, show jumping and eventing. She went to vet school at Colorado State University and then did an internship at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Kentucky amidst racehorses and breeding farms. Lacy completed post-graduate work at Cornell University in New York where she researched stem cells as a treatment for orthopaedic diseases. Then she returned to Colorado to complete a residency in equine surgery and later became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. Lacy now works at Veterinary Associates in Karaka performing surgery and lameness evaluation and enjoys working on the mix of Thoroughbred and Standardbred racehorses, performance horses, and hunters. She is performing post-graduate research at Massey University under the guidance of Chris Riley.

Alanna Zantingh DVM DACVS Registered Specialist in Equine Surgery: Alanna is an equine specialist surgeon and partner and Cambridge Equine Hospital in the Waikato. After graduating from the University of Guelph, Canada in 2008, Alanna went on to complete an internship at the Littleton Equine Medical Centre a large referral practice in Colorado. She then undertook a Large Animal Surgical Residency at the prestigious Cornell University in New York, becoming a Board Certified Surgeon in 2014. During her residency, Alanna took part in research involving regional limb perfusions. Alanna joined Cambridge Equine Hospital in 2015 after 3 years working at Murdoch University in Perth, WA. As well as performing all of the surgery at Cambridge Equine Hospital, Alanna has a special interest in poor performance and lameness investigations.

Barbara Hunter DVM MS MANZCVS DACVS-LA Registered Specialist in Equine Surgery: Barbara finished her DVM at the University of Saskatchewan in 2007. Following an internship in equine referral practice at Mid-Atlantic Equine Medical Center in New Jersey, Barbara spent two years as a general ambulatory equine practitioner in Alberta, Canada. During that time she developed a special interest in equine sports medicine, imaging and surgery. In 2010 she moved to the USA to complete a one year clinical fellowship in large animal medicine and surgery followed by a three year residency in large animal surgery at Oregon State University. She also completed a Master’s in veterinary science that focused on bisphosphonate use in horses for treatment of navicular disease and was awarded first place for presentation of that research in the 2014 American College of Veterinary Surgeon’s Residents Forum. She is now one of two American board certified surgeons at Matamata Vet Services and has special interests in race horse and sport horse lameness, minimally invasive surgery, and dental surgery.


Full course: NZVA members - $1100 | Non-members - $2200

Online only: NZVA members - $500 | Non-members - $1000


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Sessions for this event

Managing equine wounds in practice - Online only
Jun 28, 2021

Managing equine wounds in practice - Full course
Jul 29, 2021