BEVA's Veterinarian Essential Nutrition Course

A new BEVA course for equine veterinarians is designed to help them address nutritional needs of physical problems.
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A new BEVA course for equine veterinarians is designed to help them address nutritional needs of physical problems.

Equine veterinary professionals who are hungry to improve their knowledge of equine nutrition can now dine out on BEVA’s new CPD course "From superfoods to supplements: How to know more than the owner."

The one-day course will be held on July 7, 2021, and delivers 7 CPD hours. Some of the best-known veterinary experts in equine nutrition will be sharing their knowledge, with the speaker panel comprised of Caroline Argo, Andy Durham, Pat Harris, Nicky Jarvis and Sarah Stoneham.

“Whether it's a conversation with an owner about an overweight horse, examining a geriatric pony with weight loss or formulating nutrition for an orphan foal, tailored nutrition is the cornerstone of every equine case we see in veterinary practice,” said course organizer Nicola Jarvis, BVetMed, CertAVP(EM), CertAVP(ESST), MRCVS, senior veterinary surgeon at Redwings Horse Sanctuary.

“We regularly treat a variety of conditions such laminitis and colic, but are we always confident about the best feeding advice to give our clients?" she asked. "And how often do we walk into a tack room full of the ‘latest’ supplements and wonder if any of them actually work?”

The course will look at a range of clinical conditions to enable veterinary professionals to build evidence-based feeding advice into their treatment plans, formulate diets for any age of horse, and see which supplements are worth the internet hype. The speakers will provide practical tips for everything from the anorexic pony to the stubborn weight loss case.

The course will cover how to:

  • Confidently approach the feed room on any livery yard and give up-to-date advice on what the owner should be feeding;
  • Learn how to formulate the perfect diet for any age of horse from the orphan foal to the geriatric equine;
  • Maximize treatment of clinical diseases such as laminitis, liver failure, colic and diarrhea by feeding tailored to suit each case;
  • Develop an understanding of the evidence behind many supplements and which ones stand up to scrutiny;
  • Learn top tips for adapting diets to suit the fussy horse (or owner), a range of budgets and all types of stable and pasture management

“Following the National Equine Forum’s Great Weight Debate (Equine) last month, appropriate equine nutrition has never been more topical,” said BEVA President Dr. Lucy Grieve. “Equine obesity is a growing problem, and this debate has highlighted how teamwork, communication and trust will help to tackle it to best effect. Veterinary professionals are in a unique and privileged position to support owners on all matters of nutrition and this course will give you the knowledge you need to provide practical, constructive help.”

"From superfoods to supplements: How to know more than the owner" will be held on July 7, 2021, and costs £80 for BEVA members and £160.00 for non-members. To find out more and to register, please visit this website.  

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