118.780 Equine Gastroenterology (15 credit)

Lecturer: Michelle Logan MA VetMB CertAVP(ESST) FANZCVS(Equine Medicine) MRCVS

This double semester course will provide in-depth study dedicated to equine gastroenterology

What will you learn?

On this course you will advance your knowledge and skills related to:

  • the collection of appropriate history and management information for cases with acute and chronic gastro-intestinal diseases.
  • the use of ancillary diagnostic tests to aid in decision making in gastro-intestinal cases.
  • the use of imaging techniques in the investigation of colic.
  • the common medical and surgical causes of acute colic in adult horses and foals.
  • the causes of acute and chronic diarrhoea.
  • parasites as a cause of gastro-intestinal disease, resistance and control methods.

How the course works

This course is taught via distance learning (you may know it as continuing education, distance education or continuing professional development) by a recognised international expert in the field.

The text book is supported by a study guide that integrates personal study and reading with online activities including class discussion, library research and case-based exercises.

your lecturer

Following graduation from the University of Cambridge, UK in 1999, Michelle worked in mixed practice in Wales. In 2003 she moved to New Zealand and has worked in both the North and South Islands. She obtained her Membership in Medicine of Horses in 2008 and commenced a Residency at Massey University Veterinary Teaching Hospital under the Supervision of Professor Joe Mayhew. Michelle was involved in the evaluation and treatment of a variety of surgical, medical and lameness referral cases during her Residency giving her experience in diagnostic and imaging techniques together with the various treatment options. Michelle obtained the RCVS Certificate in Equine Soft Tissue Surgery in 2010. Michelle gained her ANZCVS Fellowship in Equine Medicine in 2014 and is now based in Southland, New Zealand where she works in first opinion practice, provides a referral consultancy service and is undertaking research into Equine Metabolic Syndrome funded by the NZERF.

Course features

In-depth part-time study 24 teaching weeks spread over a 7-8 month period

Learning materials and facilities

  • Study guide
  • 3 day workshop: face to face as well as streamed online
  • Electronic library access

Learning community

  • Online case discussion
  • Lecturer facilitation of case discussions


  • Online test
  • Portfolio of coursework
  • Final paper-based examination at a centre near you

Course requirements

  • Internet access: you need regular access to a computer and the internet so you can participate in class discussions and assessments online. A high speed internet connection is desirable but not essential.
  • Textbook: Mair, Divers and Ducharme (2000) Manual of Equine Gastroenterology.  W.B. Saunders, London UK. ISBN: 0702024864
    This text is available as an E-book (ISBN: 978-0-7020-2486-3 Elsevier Science Ltd.) via the Massey University Library for enrolled students.

    Other highly recommended texts and resources for the course include:
    The Glass Horse (www.3dglasshorse.com) is a great audiovisual tool for understanding the anatomy and appearance of the gastrointestinal tract and how it behaves in cases of colic.

    Reef (1998) Equine Diagnostic Ultrasound. WB Saunders, Philadelphia. ISBN: 0721650236
    This text is on the recommended list for both the Equine Lameness and Gastroenterology courses in the MVM programme.

Cost for international students

The fees for each 15-credit course in 2018 are NZ$6550. Hover over the fee to view it in your currency. Note: fees are revised annually.

*Please note, all prices are approximate based on recent exchange rates and are quoted excluding Goods and Services Tax. Additional non-tuition fees also apply which vary from approx NZ$195-400.

DOMESTIC students:

Fees for domestic students are subsidised by the NZ government. See fees information for domestic students.

contact WORKSHOP (contact course)

The contact workshop is an opportunity for face-to-face time with your class and lecturer. Together you can build on the knowledge you’ve gained on the course through small group teaching, practical sessions and discussions of experiences in your own practice. The new format also provides a great opportunity for you to meet students and staff from other courses within the MVM programme by combining with them for some sessions.

For the best contact workshop experience we recommend that you attend in person. While attendance is highly-recommended it is not compulsory in order to pass the course. If you can’t make it in person you will be able to join some (non-practical) sessions live via the internet (we endeavour to record  these sessions for review, but are unable to guarantee the quality of the recording).

dates and timings*

Enrolments open 1 October 2017
Course start July 2018
Exam period February 2019
Course end February 2019

 *Please note: You can still apply for enrolment after the due dates above.
Places cannot be assured after these due dates; but late applications will be considered as long as remaining places are available.
If you have any questions please check with the MVM office to see if you can still enrol.

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