The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, at the University of Edinburgh, is relaunching a free online equine course in the new year on the back of its huge success in 2013.

The degree-level, five-week equine nutrition course first ran online in January 2013, attracting more than 24,000 learners from around the world.

Topics covered include anatomy and physiology of the equine digestive tract and equine nutrient sources, as well as dietary management for different kinds of horses and ponies, particularly those with nutrition-related disorders.

Each week, participants are asked to work through lecture videos and quizzes, with a final multiple-choice assessment at the end of the course.

Equine course organiser Jo-Anne Murray said: “We were delighted with the response to the first course and hope that many more people will sign up this time round. If anyone wants to take part, all they need is internet access and a keen interest in equine nutrition.”

For more information about the January 2014 course, visit

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