Equine Science at Edinburgh

Interested in all things horse-related? Come and chat with like-minded people studying Equine Science

Operating as usual

Timeline photos 28/11/2023

It’s at The University of Edinburgh MSc . Meet Rhaella - she came to us from World Horse Welfare . Find out about the MSc and apply now http://edin.ac/msc-equine-science The University of Edinburgh The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies Dick Vet Equine

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It's at The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies at The University of Edinburgh ! Many congratulations to all our students attending today. The programme team is incredibly proud of your achievements and look forward to celebrating with you today. Well done everyone!

A special mention to Kirstin Long, who is our Dissertation Thesis this year, for her thesis entitled: "Measurement of emotional valence in crib-biting horses using a Go/No-go judgement bias test." .


Being patted is not in a horse's ethogram. This means that they are never patted (let alone repeatedly slapped) in their natural environment.

Wither area scratching and rubbing mimics mutual grooming, and is inherently rewarding for a horse, so choose a reward that is instantly lovely for your horse.

If you watch their demeanour as you do it, you'll see them relax into it.

So good to see that the Australian Pony Club is embracing lesrning theory into their teaching.

Now everyone else needs to catch up!

One interesting point raised from a commenter is that she desensitises her horses to patting, in case a well-meaning person approached and pats them. Good point!


To raise awareness of , our Equine Practice and Hospital are participating in Antibiotic Amnesty this November.

There is still time to return unused and out-of-date antibiotics to us so we can dispose of them safely. You can bring the medicines to our reception or post them to us. We are unable to provide refunds for returned medicines

Let's keep antibiotics working!



Victoria is at London Vet Show with our marketing team. So if you are there and curious about our equine science courses do go and chat to her!


Congratulations to Miranda Dosi, our senior equine medicine resident, who is the recipient of the Luis Monreal Award at the European Congress for Equine Internal Medicine (ECEIM) this year.

The award was given in recognition of Miranda’s presentation of her research into equine metabolic syndrome (EMS), which was voted the best resident presentation at this year’s Congress.

EMS is an extremely common condition in UK, and is associated with laminitis, a crippling disease that often results in euthanasia. Miranda’s research project studied the ability of the liver to lower insulin levels in horses with EMS and provided new insights into this complex disease that could help support treatment options in the future.

We are proud to say that Miranda is the FOURTH Dick Vet Equine resident to have won this prize. Previous DVE winners were Francesca Worsman, for her work on equine cardiology, Rachel Jago, for her work on grass sickness and Claire Stratford for her work on equine worms.

Congratulations to Miranda, pictured here with her research supervisor Ruth Morgan


Come at see us at the Vet Show this week. Victoria will be there along with the rest of the vet team to chat about our Equine programme and courses!

Attending events is an important way for Vetlife to connect with the veterinary community and share the support available.💚

We're excited that on November 16th-17th, we'll be participating in the London Vet Show. We're immensely grateful for the exhibition space generously provided by the London Vet Show, giving us a platform to raise awareness about . A heartfelt thank you to The London Vet Show for the support!

Photos from Equine Grass Sickness Fund's post 08/11/2023

Fantastic news!

We are delighted that the UK Government announced a Bill to ban live exports to slaughter today, as part of its legislative agenda for the year ahead.

We now need this proposed Bill introduced to the UK Parliament as a matter of urgency, and passed into law before the next General Election.

Take our action now to ask your local MP to support this Bill and ensure its smooth passage through the House of Commons.



We will be attending London Vet Show, so do come and speak to us about our Equine Science and other online courses.

Attending events is an important way for Vetlife to connect with the veterinary community and share the support available.💚

We're excited that on November 16th-17th, we'll be participating in the London Vet Show. We're immensely grateful for the exhibition space generously provided by the London Vet Show, giving us a platform to raise awareness about . A heartfelt thank you to The London Vet Show for the support!


Our Annual Conference returns this Thursday and now is the time to sign up for those wishing to join us online.

An outstanding line up of speakers and panellists will be talking about horses and the environment.

What impact do horses have on the environment? Can a horse be both nature’s friend and a foe? Is there a link between good welfare and a healthy environment? And what is our role in striving to ensure our involvement with horses benefits the planet?

By registering to attend online you will be able to access this free event throughout the day (Thursday 9 November) and take part in live Q&As.

Access online is also available with live French and Spanish interpretation.

Find out more and sign up here https://bit.ly/3u30Tj1


A change in temperature, rainfall and management of our horses, ponies and donkeys signals the start of our Autumn Grass Sickness Awareness campaign in association with the Grass Sickness Fund and the Moredun Research Insitute.
For the next 4 weeks we'll be sharing what to look for and how to contribute to research into this disease


Halloween and Bonfire Night can be a lot of fun for humans but can be very stressful for our pets. We've put together some information to help you keep your pets happy and healthy this autumn.


Wishing you, and your pets, a safe and enjoyable Halloween and Bonfire night from everyone at the Dick Vet.


Our Colleagues at Hartpury University are undertaking this project. If you own a TB here in the UK please contribute to this survey.


BSAS Annual Conference Call For Abstracts is open until 31st Oct.

As always, equine is one of the key themes this year and we invite abstracts from those working or researching in all areas of equine science.

Photos from Dick Vet Equine's post 10/10/2023
Timeline photos 03/10/2023

It’s at The University of Edinburgh MSc . Meet Peggy, our smallest teaching horse. Find out about the MSc and apply now http://edin.ac/msc-equine-science


Many of these excellent staff teach on and supervise dissertation projects on our Equine Science online masters programme. How lucky are our students, from all corners of the world, able to benefit from this knowledge.

Great to see our clinicians share their experience and knowledge at last week. Padraig Kelly, Gemma Pearson, Claudia Hartley and Scott Pirie contributed over 10 lectures, numerous practicals and chaired multiple sessions at this year's congress.

Go team Dick Vet Equine!

BEVA - The British Equine Veterinary Association

Timeline photos 19/09/2023

It’s at The University of Edinburgh MSc . Meet Albert- he came to us from SRUC having retired from ridden work . Find out about the MSc and apply now http://edin.ac/msc-equine-science


Want to know more about our Equine Science online programme, come and speak to us at London Vet Show in November, the R(D)SVS, University of Edinburgh have a stand there, so do come and explore what our Equine programme could offer vets/vets nurses to further enhance your career.

Two months until the !
Get ready to experience the latest advances in veterinary medicine, reconnect, meet with new contacts, and take your practice to the next level.
Haven't booked yet? Don't miss out! Use code 2MONTHS to get your ticket at £379+VAT before 29th September


We are incredibly lucky to have Gemma lead 2 of our courses on our equine science programme. Equitation Science has been running 10 years and we added Equine Behavioural Medicine last year. So many students are benefitting from Gemma’s teaching and other industry, vet and research professionals we have on our programme. Gemma we are so proud of your achievements and love working with you, congratulations on being asked to deliver this lecture at BEVA Congress.

We're excited to hear Gemma Pearson deliver the John Hickman Memorial Lecture this morning.

"Equine vets sustain an unacceptably high level of injuries from the horses they are trying to treat. But we often forget that these are normal behavioural responses to an acute stressor for this species. I will discuss how we can use an understanding of equine behaviour to quickly achieve compliance from our patients. Furthermore, equine behavioural medicine is an exciting and rapidly evolving discipline and I will explore where the future may take us" Gemma Pearson


Welcoming all our new and returning online students back to Equine Science studies this week. Be great to see you at welcome live lectures this week. Enjoy your learning journey, we are excited to be part of it.

A very warm welcome to all the new students who join us today.

If you are new student joining us in person, there are lots of events this week to help you settle in and find your way around our beautiful city. Check out the University New Student pages for essential tasks, Welcome Week programme of events and information to help you during your first few weeks of study: https://edin.ac/2j4hPxS

If you are a new online postgraduate student, you have joined a thriving community of learners from around the world and virtual welcome events have been organised so you can meet your course tutors and fellow distance learners. There is also lots of helpful information for you on the University online student webpages: https://edin.ac/2OPLhdA

Welcome to the Dick Vet family ♥️

Photos from Loicia Rehabilitation Specialist's post 06/09/2023

Fabulous Loicia, well done you. Really pleased you enjoyed the experience, we are incredibly proud of your achievements.

Timeline photos 17/08/2023

WOW! - Kathryn Hamilton – Early Career Award – Journal of Veterinary Behaviour (sponsored by Elsevier) – paper for 2022!

Kathryn graduated from our MSc programme at The University of Edinburgh in 2020. She went on to present her findings at the 2022 International Society for Equitation Science conference (https://buff.ly/4586QZR) in August 2022 held at Hartpury University, winning the student prize for Best Student Oral .

Kathryn, alongside her supervisors went on to her dissertation thesis entitled: Equine conflict behaviours in dressage and their relationship to performance evaluation (https://buff.ly/3YC5lR2). This paper has now just been awarded a sponsored by Elsevier and Fear Free® (https://buff.ly/3DZHKjW). Here at Equine Science at Edinburgh we are immensely proud of all our students and the hard work and it takes to complete our programme alongside professional and personal commitments, some exceed their own expectations – Many congratulations Kathryn!

To find out more about our programme and to apply (September applications close 31st August): http://edin.ac/msc-equine-science

Photos from International Society for Equitation Science's post 08/08/2023
Timeline photos 08/08/2023

It’s at The University of Edinburgh MSc . Meet our teaching herd, enjoying grazing together. Find out about the MSc and apply now http://edin.ac/msc-equine-science

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