By Bonny Millar VT (USA), RVN, REVN

Bonny emigrated from the USA to join Rossdales Equine Hospital in the UK, where she worked as head nurse and later senior clinical nurse for over 26 years. Her interests include equine critical care medicine, wound management and neonatology. Bonny was instrumental in the development of the first UK equine nursing training programme. She is a Lantra subject matter expert, a lecturer at The Open College of Equine Studies, an emergency call handler for CVS Equicomms, and she has undertaken an equine veterinary nurse mentoring role at the University of Liverpool.


Abstract: High-quality equine neonatal nursing care is essential to the recovery of a sick foal. Whether this care is carried out in a dedicated foal unit or an owner’s yard, it is a labour-intensive endeavour and it provides many opportunities for equine veterinary nurses to use the array of specialist skills they have acquired. This article provides an insight into the care of the recumbent neonatal foal and is aimed at veterinary nurses interested in equine neonatology. The article includes guidance on the critical care
checks needed to recognise areas of concern, prevent complications and provide ongoing
assessment of the foal.
Keywords: neonatal foal, recumbency, equine, nursing, care

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