AAEVT’s Equine Manual for Veterinary Technicians

This book was created as a resource to assist equine veterinary technicians, assistants and other support staff working in a practice, as well as, to be used by students going through an AVMA/CVMA accredited program of study.

It is also the required text for those enrolled in our AAEVT Certification Program.

As an AAEVT member you can purchase this text (in print or as an e-book) with a 20% discount directly from the publisher:
Use Discount Code: BP960

Schools may also purchase this book through Wiley-Blackwell for use in their programs.

Features & Summary

Special Features of this book:

  • Acts as a complete reference that is specific to Equine Practice
  • Covers all aspects of the care and treatment of horses
  • Conveniently serves as a single resource for information on equine veterinary technician education and practice
  • Highly accessible and easy to use


AAEVT’s Equine Manual for Veterinary Technicians, Second Edition offers a compendium of information on the care and treatment of horses for equine veterinary technicians, building on the basics of equine care to provide a complete reference for equine nursing skills, training, and technical information. The text is specifically geared toward those who already have basic equine knowledge and training and are looking to build upon their foundations.

Comprehensive yet accessible, the new edition updates all medical, procedural, pharmaceutical, equipment, staffing, and office management information. Images also appear in full color throughout the book for the first time.

Chapters cover a variety of topics ranging from general horse management and nutrition to diagnostics and medical emergencies. Charts, tables, and images support the text to aid in reader comprehension. With chapters on key areas such as nutrition, reproduction, anesthesia, and technical procedures, the book covers vital skills, training, and technical information. AAEVT’s Equine Manual for Veterinary Technicians is an invaluable guide for qualified equine veterinary technicians and assistants, particularly those earning their equine certification, vet tech students, and equine practices.

About the Editors

Sally DeNotta, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida.

Martha Mallicote, DVM, MBA, DACVIM, is a Clinical Associate Professor at the College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida.

Sheri Miller, LVT, VTS-EVN, is a veterinary technician at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital, Lexington, Kentucky.

Deborah Reeder, LVT, VTS-EVN (R) Executive Director of the AAEVT American Association of Equine Veterinary Technicians, Wimberley, Texas.

Table of Contents

Preface, 2nd Edition vii

Preface, 1st Edition ix

Acknowledgments, 2nd Edition xi

Acknowledgments, 1st Edition xiii

List of Contributors xv

Medical Acronyms and Abbreviations xvii

1 General Horse Management 1
Martha Mallicote

2 Equine Nutrition 12
Mary Beth Gordon, J. Kathleen Young, Karen Davison, Kelly Vineyard and Randall Raub

3 Applied Anatomy and Physiology 56
Amanda M. House, Kira Epstein, Laura Riggs and Kelsey A. Hart

4 Equine Reproduction 110
Audrey A. Kelleman

5 Equine Wellness Programs 151
Sally DeNotta

6 Foal Care 174
Bonnie S. Barr, Laura Javsicas, Tanya M. Balaam-Morgan and Jamie DeFazio Guiberson

7 Equine Pharmacology 198
Jennifer L. Davis and Nicole Bone Reybuck

8 Laboratory Diagnosis in Equine Practice 226
Maggie Nolin

9 Equine Anesthesia 266
Luisito S. Pablo

10 Surgical Assistance 305
Elizabeth Hinton and Stevie Badger Willett

11 Nursing Care 324
Bonnie Barr, Jamie DeFazio Guiberson, Laura Javsicas and Andrea Whittle

12 Technical Procedures 365
Andrea Whittle and Stevie Badger Willett

13 Diagnostic Procedures 387
Elizabeth Elzer, Sheri Miller and Nicole LaGrange

14 Common Equine Medical Emergencies 428
Michael Porter

15 Equine Physical Rehabilitation 447
Courtney Ziegler, Kari Farley, Nicole LaGrange, Kimberly Trolinger-Meadows and Alison Morton

16 Equine Behavior 465
Carissa Wickens, Gemma Pearson and Jamie DeFazio Guiberson

17 Equine Office Procedures 477
Deborah Reeder and Tracy Sheffield

Index 491