BEVA From Superfoods to Supplements: how to know more than the owner and feed your clinical cases to optimise recovery

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Event date

24 July 2018

Venue location

Mercure Newbury Elcot Park
RG20 8NJ


Verity Malcom, +44 (0) 1638 723555

Event type

Partner events


Caroline Argo BVSc BSc PhD MRCVS, Andy Durham BSc BVSc CertEP DEIM DipECEIM MRCVS, Pat Harris MA VetMB PhD DipECVCN MRCVS, Nicola Jarvis BVetMed CertAVP(EM) CertAVP(ESST) MRCVS, April Lawson BSc (Hons) BVSc MRCVS, Tim Mair PhD DEIM DESTS DipECEIM Assoc.ECVDI MRCVS and Sarah Stoneham BVSc Cert ESM MRCVS


BEVA members: £280

Non-BEVA members: £560

Event Description

New for 2018 and by request, BEVA have developed this one day course which is suitable for all veterinary surgeons whether in ambulatory practice or a hospital setting. Getting the feeding right is the cornerstone of almost every case we see in veterinary practice whether it’s a conversation with an owner about their overweight horse, examining a geriatric horse with weight loss or formulating parenteral nutrition for an intensive care case. In many instances owners seek their advice from fellow horse owners and the internet and this can lead to inappropriate feeding and a tack room crammed full of a plethora of supplements.

This course will put you ahead by knowing more than the owner and helping them choose wisely to maximise their horse’s health. In the human hospital environment, malnutrition has been shown to impact on the incidence of clinical complications, frequency of readmission, quality of wound healing, length of hospital stay and mortality. Many of these factors are applicable to an equine hospital setting and the care of both medical and surgical cases. We will show you how to approach the refluxing post-surgical colic, the hyperlipaemic pony with anorexia and the dysphagic horse including enteral and parenteral nutrition, tube feeding and ideas to stimulate appetite. The course concludes with discussion groups involving all of the speakers focusing on complex cases such as the orphan foal, liver failure and refeeding the emaciated horse, the perfect opportunity to get involved and ask the experts.

Key Learning Objectives: 

  • Confidently approach the feed room on any livery yard and give up to date advice on what the owner should really keep in stock 
  • Enhance your intensive care skills with a wide range of cases from hyperlipaemia to the liver failure and make a difference to the clinical outcome
  • Learn how to formulate the perfect diet for any age of horse from the orphan foal to the geriatric equine
  • Find out how to feed your medical and post-operative colic cases to decrease the risk of complications 
  • Develop an understanding of the evidence behind many supplements and which ones stand up to scrutiny 

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