Online equine functional anatomy course offered


guelphA 12-week online course on equine functional anatomy is being offered by Equine Guelph, part of the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada.

The course, starting in January, will also cover feeding, movement and health of a horse as they relate to its anatomy. Additionally, course terminology and concepts will assist in discussing injuries and diseases with a veterinarian.

“One must have some idea of how horses’ body systems work to be able to care for our four legged friends appropriately,” says course instructor Dr Wendy Brett.

A veterinarian and long-time horse enthusiast, Brett grew up riding hunters and jumpers, and then moved to eventing 10 years ago.

With a background as an equine veterinarian who completed a Residency in Equine Surgery, Brett also operated an equine mobile and surgical practice. She is currently involved in research projects at the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph, and also teaches foreign veterinarians.

Through the use of many visual resources, students will gain a better understanding of the horse’s anatomical structures and functions, as well as how one’s decisions can impact the health and well-being of the horse.

“Almost everyone in the horse industry would benefit from this course, whether one is new to horses or has been around them for many years,” says Brett.

“We cover a broad range of topics, such as the gastrointestinal system, respiratory system, cardiovascular and musculo-skeletal system and hoof care. Each topic involves viewing of the CD section, articles within the course reader, and plenty of interaction between students and facilitators by means of group discussions and class learning questions.

“Several guest speakers will also be available in order to answer students’ questions on their particular area of expertise.”

Brett adds that students would also get the chance to investigate thoroughly a topic of their own choosing for the final assignment.

Other courses offered in Equine Guelph’s Winter 2013 lineup include The Equine Industry, Equine Behaviour, Management of the Equine Environment, Equine Nutrition, and Marketing and Communications in the Equine Industry.

Registration is now open, with courses running from January 7 to March 31, 2013.


More information: Contact the Centre for Open Learning and Educational Support at, call 519-767-5000 or visit

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