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It’s a wrap: BEVA launches new wound management resources

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20 Jul 2020 British Equine Veterinary Association

BEVA has wound management all wrapped up with the launch of a range of resources to support primary care veterinary professionals in equine practice.

The new resources include the Equine Veterinary Journal’s (EVJ) publication of BEVA’s Primary Clinical Care Guidelines on wound management in horses together with the launch of BEVA’s first ever digital CPD course: How to Heal Wounds – a masterclass for vets and vet nurses.

Wounds are the second most common emergency in horses but until now evidence-based resources on options for their management and treatment have been limited. The new Guidelines cover three key areas: wound lavage and topical treatments; wound debridement and closure and therapeutics for wound healing.

“These guidelines are aimed at the vast majority of our membership who are primary care practitioners,” said Sarah Freeman, who led the project. “Topics covered are voted for by BEVA’s panel of specialists and represent a benchmark in time against the strength and weakness of evidence that support it.”

Clinical guidelines are standard practice in human medicine and have been shown to influence clinical decision making in clinical settings. The wound management guidelines follow BEVA’s recommendations on the safe use of analgesia in horses, which were published earlier this year.

BEVA’s new online course: How to Heal Wounds is aimed at mixed and equine practitioners and veterinary nurses who encounter wounds in horses. Led by Dr Patrick Pollock BVMS, PhD, CertES(Soft Tissue), DipECVS, FHEA, FRCVS along with teaching from leading names including Professor Derek Knottenbelt OBE, BVM&S, DVM&S, DipECEIM, MRCVS, Dr Dylan Gorvy BSc, BVSc, PhD, CertES(Soft Tissue), DipECVS, and Ms Georgie Hollis BSc it will provide key concepts of wound physiology and introduce new treatment ideas and modalities designed to optimise wound healing.

“This course is an absolute masterclass for vets and vet nurses,” said Tim Mair Chair of BEVA’s Education Committee. “It contains 12 on-demand recorded lectures, together with the opportunity to attend up to three live discussions with the speakers. The final live discussion will provide the opportunity for the delegates to trouble shoot with our speakers after being able to go and practice the skills and knowledge learnt on the course.”

The course will be available from August 2020 and is just £65 for BEVA members (£130 for non-members) and will give them access to all the course resources for up to a year – meaning if they can’t attend a live discussion, they will have the opportunity to watch it back.