35671 - Equine Surgery and Therapy

Academic Year 2023/2024

  • Moduli: Alessandro Spadari (Modulo 1) Riccardo Rinnovati (Modulo 2)
  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures (Modulo 1) Traditional lectures (Modulo 2)
  • Campus: Bologna
  • Corso: Single cycle degree programme (LMCU) in Veterinary Medicine (cod. 8617)

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the students will know the right metodology in diagnostic and the ethiopathogenesis of the most common pathologies in horse. they will be able to suggest the best options in surgical treatment and the prognosis for the pathologies of surgical interest.

Course contents

Teching: Horse surgical clinics, pathology and therapy.

39 hours, 27 lectures, 12 (12x4)

The programme includes topics for lectures and practical part.


1. Course presentation

2. Teeth

3. Paranasal sinuses

4. Pathogenesis of colics

5. Small intestine diseases

6. Large intestine diseases

7. Upper respiratory ways examination

8. Upper respiratory ways pathologies

9. Superficial skin wound

10. Castration

11. Osteoarthrosis

12. Osteochondrosis

13. Tendons

14. Laminitis

15. Navicolitis

16. Specific orthopaedic pathologies

17. Foot pathologies

18. Angular and flexural deformities in foals

19. Farriery


1. Anesthesiology

2. Endoscopy

3. Diagnostic anaesthesia

4. Radiology

5. Ultrasound

6. Diagnostic in colics

7. Farrieries

8. Clinical cases



Digestive system

Colic syndrome pathology and clinics

Specific Patholgies of digestive tracts

Locomotor system

Lamenes investigation and collateral exams

Developmental diseases

Long bone fractures

Tendons, synovial sheats, ligament diseases

Joint diseases



Urogenital pathologies

Practical teaching

Lameness investigation

Colic syndrome investigation

Limb Radiology


Diagnostic anesthesia in lameness


- Auer Stick Kummerle Prange Equine Surgery Lea Febiger 2018

- Adams and Stashak's Lameness in Horses Willey Blackwell 2020

- Ross, Lameness in the horse Saunders 2nd ed. 2011

Teaching methods

Lectures and practical teaching in four groups

Assessment methods

The learning outcomes will be assessed through a final written examination which will be held at the same time as with the internal medicine part of the course. Just at the end of the written examination, the student is requested to discuss it with the teacher. Finally, an evaluation at the end of the monthly practical training in Large animals survey will complete the final vote.

The surgery part of the written examination is composed by multiple choice questions, open answer question and free text addressing a particular topic for a total of 20 pts which needs to be converted in thirtieths. The surgery written examination are intended to be passed whenever a student attains at least 12 points, the discussion is passed with 6/10 points.

The points gained at the written examinations, oral discussion and practical examination are to be converted in thirtieths to compose the final grade as follows:

internal medicine written examination: 10 thirtieths

surgey written examination: 10 thirtieths

oral discussion: 5 thirtieths

Practical examination: 5 thirtieths

Teaching tools

Lectures interactive Practical teaching supported by informatic records of previous cases and clinical cases

Office hours

See the website of Alessandro Spadari

See the website of Riccardo Rinnovati