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Department of Veterinary Sciences

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

PATB 4111 - Health and Diseases of Horses


Familiarize students with the principals of equine health and management, equine diseases, disease prevention, diagnosis of disease (e.g. lameness or colic) and treatment.


To enhance student's overall knowledge of equine diseases, methods of disease prevention including management protocols to decrease disease transmission and introduction of treatment and disease therapies.


Dr. Donal O'Toole, Veterinary Pathologist
Professor, Veterinary Sciences
Office: WSVL #219
Mr.George Howard, Lecturer
Agriculture Dean's Office
Office: Ag Bldg 144


  1. The Comprehensive Guide to Equine Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Barb Crabbe
  2. Merck Veterinary Manual
  3. Online lecture sequence and PowerPoint Presentations


Grading is based on points earned on four exams
Examination #1 Multiple choice/short answer 8:00 - 8:50 AB 103 100 points
Examination #2 Multiple choice/short answer 8:00 - 8:50 AB 103 100 points
Examination #3 Multiple choice/short answer 8:00 - 8:50 AB 103 100 points
Examination #4 Oral presentation plus term paper 8:00 - 8:50 AB 103 100 points


Students will be required to complete a 5-page single spaced paper on a specific topic related to equine health and disease. This will be agreed with students before the first exam. Students can propose topics to the instructors. Students who do not have a topic will be assigned one. The paper will be in 12 pt font- Times Roman Numeral or Arial, margins: 1 inch top and bottom, and 1 1/2" left and right) in length with a list of journal references. Your reference list should follow the format of the Equine Veterinary Journal. The full-text version of Eq Veet J is available through the UW Libraries on line.

Example: Dyson, S.J. (2004) Medical management of superficial digital flexor tendonitis: a comparative study in 219 horses (1992-2000). Equine Vet. J. 36, 415-419.

The second part of the assignment is a ten minute presentation describing the topic you researched. Presentation format is up to you, but most students do it in PowerPoint. You are welcome to use overhead slides, posters, examples, etc. Use the best method to illustrate your researched topic, and to help classmates understand the material. Short videos are often helpful. The paper will account for 50% of the grade and the other 50% will come from the presentation in class.

Student should address the cause, concern, and prevention of the issue at hand and how it affects the health of the equine. The following score sheet will be used to grade this part of the course.


Paper Points Score Comments
Content 25 pts    
Mechanics such as grammar, spelling, punctuation, and format 15 pts    
Originality 10 pts    
TOTAL 50 pts    
Format 10 pts    
Content 25 pts    
Oral Skills 5 pts    
Question/Answers 10 pts    
TOTAL 50 pts    
Overall Grade 100 pts    


Class and contest attendance is important. If you are too ill or injured to attend class, contact Drs. O’Toole or McLean as soon as possible.


An acceptable excuse must be presented to the instructor prior to missing class or examinations. If you have a conflict, visit with Dr. O’Toole or McLean before the affected class period.


This is defined by as an action attempted or performed that misrepresents one's involvement in an academic endeavor in any way, or assists another student in misrepresenting his or her involvement in an academic endeavor. Examples of academic dishonesty include, but are not limited to plagiarism, cheating, fraud, violation of standards, multiple submissions, interference or obstruction, and complicity with someone else engaged in these activities. See University Regulation 6-802 for details and file on Academic Honesty at the UW A-Z Directory.


Cell phones, Blackberrys, MP3 players, Lambeg drums etc. are distraction in the classroom learning environment. Use of these devices must cease (turned off or put on vibrate/silent) upon the start of each lecture/lab or exam. If it is necessary for you to respond to a call or text message, leave the classroom quietly or wait until the lecture period is over to do so. In the event of a University emergency (i.e. activation of the UW-ALERT system), the instructor will notify the class. If a phone goes off during class, or a student uses an electronic device other than a laptop computer, you may be asked to leave the classroom for that lecture period.

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