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Transcript of Colic EPQ
Study Veterinary medicine
Project links well the A level subjects Chosen Areas To Research What is colic?
What causes colic?
Types of colic
Treatment of colic
Prevention of colic Colic Websites
Equine veterinary journals
Work experience case studies
Videos Methods of Planning for my Project I made a time-based plan which included:
Tasks I needed to complete
How well I completed each task taking into account their problems and successes . Recording My Research Research diary Notes from various websites
Pictures and diagrams
Glossary of veterinary terms Work Experience Diary Case notes
Photos What Have I Found Out? Colic is a symptom, not a disease.
colic is the leading cause of premature death in horses. What is Colic? What Have I Found Out? What Have I Found Out? Treatment Why Is Colic So Common? 1 in 5 horses do not survive colic surgery
A precise diagnosis is not always made. Some of the types of Colic I Have Researched: Spasmodic
Equine Grass Sickness
Volvulus Surgical Medical Analgesia
Intestinal lubricants and fluids
Exercise Removal of dead intestine and re-joining of the healthy ends.
Correction of displacement or volvulus of the intestine.
Evacuation of a large intestinal impaction.
Relief of trapped intestine causing an obstruction.
Decompression of intestine distended with gas or fluid. Evolution of the horse
The manner in which horses eat and the time they spend eating has changed.
Fermentation of which a by-product is gas.
Horses cannot vomit
Today’s management of horses does not allow "trickle feeding". Prevention of Colic Provide a constant supply of fresh water
Make any changes to exercise or feed slowly
Allow as much turn out in a paddock as possible
Have regular dental checks
Ration lush spring grass, treating it as a change of diet to the horse
Avoid your horse grazing heavily sanded pasture
Ensure worm control program is kept up to date
Have a regular daily routine and make changes gradually What Went Well... What I Found Difficult... My findings
Understanding of cases I saw on work experience
My range of primary and secondary research What I Have Gained... Being able to critically analyse sources
Developing essay writing skills
More confident with referencing and finding relevant sources Keeping to my time-based plan as I had not accounted for some interruptions The Equine Digestive System 90% of colic cases resolve with medical treatment.
The remaining 10% of colic cases will require surgery Surgical or Medical Treatment? Any Questions?