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FULLY BOOKED: Fundamentals of Sedation, Field Anaesthesia and Castration

18 Apr 2024 08:30 - 16:00

The Mare and Foal Sanctuary,
Newton Abbot,
TQ12 4SA

This course is now fully booked, to be added to the waiting list and contacted if a space becomes available please complete our short form below.

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course type
Online & practical
CPD hours
7+ CPD hours
course level
Introductory level

About the course

Our Fundamentals of Sedation, Field Anaesthesia & Castration course combines online learning and a practical day to give you the confidence to carry out these essential procedures in equine practice.

Before attending the practical day, you will have access to seven online lectures which cover all the theory. Lectures include case selection, methods of restraint, local anaesthetic procedures, field anaesthesia protocols, open castration techniques, discussing potential complications, and working with the emergency services.

The practical day involves practicing regional anaesthesia techniques on cadavers (eg for placement of subpalpebral lavage systems and suturing wounds) and castration of live colts. The online learning will be available to access at least 3 weeks before the practical and available for up to 12 months after the practical.

As you will be undertaking hands-on learning on live colts it is a requirement that you have completed all the online lectures before attending the practical day.

What will I learn?

By the end of the course you will...
1. Understand when and in which cases field anaesthesia is an appropriate choice
2. Refresh/update your knowledge on different sedative drug regimens and doses
3. Demonstrate practical skills in field anaesthesia
4. Formulate a plan to perform an open colt castration
5. Understand complications of castration, ways to minimise their risk, and how to treat them
6. Review/learn other common local anaesthetic techniques

Excellent for building confidence in anaesthesia as well as a safe space to perform first castrations

- previous Fundamentals of Sedation, Field Anaesthesia & Castration delegate

Course leaders

Course Organiser: Syra Bowden BHSHM QQI L6 Festina Lente EAL Facilitation

Course Organiser: Richard Frost BSc BVetMed MRCVS

Dr Alison Bennell BVMS CertAVP(EM) MRCVS

Jamie Gibbs MVB MRCVS

Andrew Harrison BVSc CertEP CertVA MRCVS (online only)

Ellen Heddle MA VetMB CertAVP (Lameness Diagnostics and theraputics) MRCVS


Prof Mark Senior BVSc PhD SFHEA CertVA DipECVAA MRCVS (online only)

Course prices

Vet member: £330

Non member: £660

Terms and conditions

  • If you book a place on a BEVA CPD course and are unable to attend due to any Covid-19 related issue you will receive a credit for the amount you paid. This credit can be used for any BEVA CPD and will be valid for a year from the date of issue. Please contact us as soon as possible if you are unable to attend a course.
  • If BEVA are required to cancel or postpone a course for any reason, you can opt to receive a full refund or receive a credit for a future BEVA CPD course (valid for a year from the date of issue).
  • A full refund will be made, less a 10% administration charge, if cancellation is more than 6 weeks before the start of the course
  • A refund cannot be guaranteed if cancellation is less than 6 weeks before the start of the course. A refund will be made if BEVA can resell the place, less a 20% administration charge. 
  • Booked places can be transferred to another person free of charge. If the transferee is not a BEVA member they will be liable for the difference between the member and non-member rate.
  • All delegates must have appropriate liability and professional indemnity insurance. 
  • Delegates must bring appropriate safety wear (coveralls, hard hats, boots etc) to courses involving practical sessions.
  • BEVA may pass contact details of delegates to the organisers or sponsors of the course unless the delegate has specified otherwise.
  • All delegates self-certify that they are a qualified veterinary surgeon or veterinary nurse and qualified to undertake the procedures being taught. Where the delegate is in training for such a qualification BEVA must be made aware of their training status at the time of booking.

By registering for this event, you accept the above terms and conditions.