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Equine emergency first aid: would you be ready when faced with an injury?

Next World Horse Welfare webinar will cover what to do in an equine emergency

Would you know how to help your horse whilst keeping yourself safe? Join the next World Horse Welfare webinar to learn from leading equine vet, Chris Tuffnell, and registered veterinary nurse, Chris Shaw, about what to do in an equine emergency. On Wednesday, 3 March at 7 pm, our experts will teach you how to assess an equine emergency quickly and accurately, and will give you tips on how to manage these stressful situations. Knowing when to call the vet and applying effective first aid can be the key to success or failure when a horse has an injury.

In presentations that cover common emergencies such as wounds, bleeding, and fractures, you will learn what to do – and what not to do – to give your horse the best chance of recovery. The webinar will cover a number of important topics:

  • How to manage a wound while waiting for the vet to arrive
  • Which wounds are serious and which ones will probably resolve without veterinary help
  • How to tell if your horse may have a fracture
  • If you suspect a fracture, what to do while the vet is on the way
  • If the wound has something embedded in it, whether you should leave it in or take it out
  • And finally, what you should – and should not – have in your first aid kit

By registering for the webinar through Zoom, you will be able to take part in the various polls, ask questions during the live Q and A session with the speakers and be assured of an informative and interactive experience. If you are keen to be part of the conversation, then please join.

The fortnightly webinars are free to attend, and they can also be viewed live as a Facebook Live session. If you have missed any of the previous webinars – which have tackled subjects as fascinating and diverse as keeping animals fit, weight management and euthanasia – they are all available to watch on the World Horse Welfare YouTube channel.

More about the two presenters

Chris Tuffnell runs an independent equine and companion animal veterinary practice in Berkshire. Following a degree in Agricultural and Environmental Science from Newcastle University, Chris worked for a year in Zambia before returning to study for a veterinary degree at Glasgow University. After graduating he worked in mixed practice in Herefordshire before moving to West Berkshire to a predominantly equine practice.

Chris was previously President of the RCVS and has been a Council member since 2009. He was Chair of the Royal Agricultural Society and Trustee of Innovation for Agriculture between 2017 and 2020.

Chris Shaw joined World Horse Welfare as a Field Officer in 2014, having previously worked for the RSPCA as an Inspector and Equine Officer. Before moving to the charity sector, Chris spent six years working in veterinary practices as a Registered Veterinary Nurse (RVN) and two years as an international show jumping groom, a job in which he was responsible for the wellbeing of Grade A show jumpers, stallions, brood mares, and foals. In addition to his frontline work responding to animal welfare concerns, Chris set up a successful project that brought equine charities and agencies together to provide essential health services to horses in need, and he has attended numerous equestrian events, including Appleby Horse Fair and Equifest, in a professional capacity. Chris currently chairs the National Equine Welfare Council meetings in the Midlands region of England.

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