Equine Emergencies: Management of disorders of the female and male reproductive tract

Speaker: Debbie Archer

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Equine Emergencies: Management of disorders of the female and male reproductive tract


In this lecture, an overview of the assessment and management of emergencies related to the male and female urogenital tracts will be given. This will include management of mares that develop dystocia and the options for resolution, together with identification and management of life-threatening disorders that may develop in the mare following parturition. Life threatening complications that can develop following castration will then be covered, including horses that are at increased risk of these. The identification and management of these complications will also be covered. Finally, management of acute conditions of the scrotum, prepuce and penis will be covered.

By the end of this lecture, delegates should be able to:

  • Perform rapid assessment of a mare with dystocia and formulate a plan for management
  • Identify and manage life-threatening complications that may occur in the mare after foaling
  • List factors that place horses at increased risk of complications following castration
  • Assess and manage horses that develop life threatening complications following castration
  • Assess and formulate a plan for management of  stallions / colts that develop acute scrotal or preputial swelling, persistent penile protrusion or sustain severe trauma to these regions