The Horse Trust is launching a new CPD programme with two one-day courses on equine behaviour modification techniques for veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses.

A recent BEVA injury survey revealed equine vets are at an increased risk of injury compared to other civilian professions, including those working in the construction industry, prison service, and fire and rescue service.

According to The Horse Trust, these results demonstrate the need for training in methods that can help veterinary staff maintain safety when working with horses.

The Horse Trust will be running two CPD courses at its Home of Rest for Horses in Buckinghamshire, on November 25 for vets and and November 26 for veterinary nurses.

The courses will develop the practitioners’ skills in handling challenging horses using the objective, evidence-based principles of equitation science.

Delegates will receive training from Gemma Pearson, senior clinical training scholar in equine practice at the University of Edinburgh Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies.

Ms Pearson has worked with behavioural cases in the veterinary hospital and has helped to develop a training programme for staff and undergraduate veterinary students, incorporating equine ethology and learning theory, and the practical application of behaviour modification techniques in veterinary practice.

“I am really excited about these CPD courses as they are the first to focus on handling skills for veterinary practitioners,” she said.

“The courses will give participants the ability to deal with horses more safely, and make dealing with challenging horses a less stressful experience for all involved.”

Each course will be limited to 14 delegates, so booking early is advised.

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