ASC208 Equine Disease, Injury and Rehabilitation (8)

This subject allows students to develop and apply their knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the healthy horse. Students' knowledge and competence in providing first aid and rehabilitation for sick horses will be developed.   On successful completion of this subject students will be equipped with the skills to recognise common equine diseases and injuries and be able to identify and administer appropriate equine first aid and equine rehabilitation methods. 

Subject availability
* Offering has a residential school. Please view following information for further details.
Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Online *
Wagga Wagga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.
Subject Information
Grading System
One session
School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences
Enrolment restrictions

This subject is primarily for students in the Bachelor of Equine Science and Bachelor of Science (Business Management) course.  Students studying other animal based courses may be admitted with the permission of the Subject Coordinator and appropriate Course Director.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to recognise typical clinical and behavioural signs of a sick horse;
  • be able to categorise horse disease problems by severity to assist with prioritising first aid;
  • be able to explain the basic wound healing process, and outline appropriate first aid measures for a typical traumatic equine lower limb injury;
  • be able to understand and describe important equine disease states and apply this knowledge to outline the specific considerations for first aid and rehabilitation of common equine emergencies;
  • be able to outline the principles of evidence-based rehabilitation of horses with common injuries; and
  • be able to identify available horse health professionals and review their legal limits and expertise in the context of relevant legislation.
The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Equine healthy behaviour and vital signs
  • Behavioural signs of disease and pain indicators in the horse
  • Case-based disease processes of common infectious and non-infectious diseases/disease states (including viral, bacterial and fungal diseases of the skin and respiratory tract) and colic in the horse
  • Basic cellular wound healing process in the horse
  • Evidence based first aid and triage for selected equine emergencies (colic, laminitis, haemorhage and shock, recumbency, catastrophic musculoskeletal injury, lower limb injuries and ocular emergencies)
  • Rehabilitation principles for the equine
  • Equine rehabilitation practitioners
  • Allied health treatment frameworks for the equine
Residential School
This subject contains a 3 day Compulsory Residential School.

The 3 day Residential School will allow online students to appropriately cover practical aspects of the subject such as equine health assessment, managing wounds, bandaging different limb areas and different bandaging techniques, including a practical assessment, and principles of physiotherapy (eg laser, Tecar, hydrotherapy, T-touch, etc) undertaken by their internal counterparts. 

Special Resources

Online students are required to attend a residential school which may involve travel and accommodation expenses.

Closed-in stout leather shoes or boots must be worn when working with horses.

Clean overalls with long sleeves are compulsory for this subject.

When working with horses it is a requirement that all students wear an Australian Standards approved hard hat AS 3838. You may also use helmets considered acceptable by Equestrian Australia – these include NZ 3838, ARB HS 2012, ASTM F1163, PAS 015 and VG01.040.

Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure you will need to contact your Course Director. You can find the name and contact details for your Course Director in your offer letter or contact your School office.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 334 733 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2017 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: June 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.