Equi-Librium Institute is a RACE Approved course provider. If you are a veterinary technician seeking approved online continuing education, you have come to the right place! Are you seeking employment as a large animal assistant or technician in a veterinary hospital? Are time and money limited for traditional veterinary technician training programs? Have you graduated from an accredited Veterinary Technology institution but desire further training in equine specific care giving? Are you already employed in the veterinary profession but want to expand your equine skills or need approved continuing education credits in equine related veterinary care?
Equi-Librium Institute can help!
Being an equine veterinary technician is and exciting rewarding field requiring compassion, knowledge, attention to detail and courage. While not every state requires a veterinary assistant or technician to be licensed, they must be competent in order to be an asset to the team.
While VT degree programs turn out qualified technicians, graduates are often lacking basic horse handling experience and other skills specifically valuable to equine veterinarians. The condensed large animal courses do not provide the breath and depth of knowledge necessary for a graduate to “hit the ground running” in an equine practice. Cutting edge equine veterinary practices want highly trained technicians but often do not have the time to dedicate to on-the-job training. Equine practitioner are, therefore, often hesitant to hire licensed technicians that do not already have on the job experience or advanced training in equine specific fields.
A certificate from Equi-Librium Institute can provide you with the education you need and help you stand out from other candidates. Equi-Librium Institute is committed to helping you become skilled, confident and marketable.
Even if you are already employed, Equi-librium Institute’s equine-focused, affordable coursework is an excellent way to hone your skills, advance your education and fulfill your continuing education requirements.
Equi-Librium Institute’s course work was designed by an equine veterinary practitioner with over two decades of experience. The course material is relevant, up to date, and practical for anyone working within the equine field. Our affordable online horse courses make learning to care for equine patients convenient. We offer hands-on horse courses around the country.
A sample of our approved Veterinary Technology Courses include:
Equine Breeds, Colors and Disciplines
Every equestrian should be able to recognize particular breeds on sight. Knowledge of each discipline and its appropriate tack will allow you to understand the expectations of the horse and potential medical issues common to that breed and discipline.
Equine Anatomy, Physical Exam and Restraint
Veterinary clinics seek to employ staff members who are knowledgeable about equine behavior, husbandry and diseases as these people are valuable team members. A veterinary technician or assistant is often the first person to evaluate a hospitalized horse in the morning and may be the only attendant on site while the veterinarian is out on farm calls. It is critical that this person knows how to safely perform a thorough physical exam as subtle changes in a patient’s status can indicate imminent health consequences.
Knowing how to properly restrain and handle a horse is imperative for an equine technician. Horses in pain or emotional distress can behave unpredictably or out of character. A veterinary technician should always observe caution when approaching or handling a horse as startled, fearful or painful horses can severely injure the handler or examiner.
A veterinary assistance or technicians should have a thorough understanding of equine dental care so they are better able to assist the practitioner during a dental exam and correction. Completion of this course will provide the student with an understanding of equine dental anatomy and tooth eruption schedules, common dental abnormalities, the legalities of veterinary dental care and provide a familiarity with dental equipment and basic corrective procedures.
The Equine Hoof
This course covers the detailed internal and external anatomy and appropriate structure of the equine hoof, and an overview of the most common theories in shoeing and barefoot horses. This course was designed to help you have a deeper understanding of the biomechanics of the equine hoof and the fundamentals of trimming and shoeing. With this knowledge you can work with your farrier and trainer to develop a hoof care regime that in the best interest of your horse and helps you achieve your goals on horseback. This course does not advocate any particular method for all horses but strives to help horse owners realize the horse’s physiology, environment and discipline are all factors in determining whether a horse should be barefoot or shod.
Principles of Equine Patient Care
Veterinarians rely on their technicians for assistance with patient care. This course provides the foundation a technician needs to be responsible for the day to day care of hospitalized horses. After completion of this course, the student should have a solid understanding of patient confidentiality, biosecurity, common equine pharmaceuticals and methods of medication administration. The student should have knowledge of how to set up and place an intravenous catheter and monitor intravenous fluid administration. The tech should also know how to perform various in-house diagnostic tests as well as the procedure for submitting samples to outside laboratories. The tech should have an understanding of aseptic technique, be able to prep a patient for surgery and assist with induction and recovery.
The Equine Lameness Exam & Diagnostic Imaging
This course covers concepts of basic conformation and anatomy relevant to lameness evaluation and diagnosis, radiography, and practical techniques used in lameness diagnostics. This course also covers the roles of both the veterinarian and the technician in lameness evaluations.
Upon successful course completion, the student will have knowledge about the appropriate roles of both vet and technician during a lameness exam, how to best assist a veterinarian during a lameness exam, proper radiographic techniques, and common nomenclature and equipment used for lameness diagnostics.