Equine First Aid Workshop

Oct 20 – Oct 21

2 Days

Be prepared!

This hands-on workshop at Grand River Raceway, Elora ON, will consist of a two-day weekend format on October 20th-21st, 2018 (9:00am – 4:00pm each day). The workshop will be instructed by three equine practitioners with the support of three Equine Guelph facilitators. Horses will be brought in for the two days, so that participants will receive a quality practical, hands-on experience.

Instructors will include Dr. Laura Frost, Halton Equine Veterinary Services, Dr. Janet Beeler Marfisi, Clinical Pathology, Ontario Veterinary College, and Dr. Kristen Frederick, Hagersville Veterinary Services.

Over two days, Five components will be covered including: the principles of triage, horse assessment, wound management and bandaging, the first aid kit and eye injuries.  Participants will learn the ‘do’s and don’ts’ of first aid from experienced veterinarians.

FREE with Coupon Code!

The hands-on Equine First Aid workshop – a $420 value – is available for FREE with a coupon code.

*Limited space available.  Equine Guelph reserves the right to limit number of attendees.

Workshop Curriculum:

(9:00am – 4:00pm each day)

  1. Introduction Principles of Triage
    1. What to do to “be prepared”
    2. Principles of “Triage”
    3. C.T. (Assess the situation, Call for help, Treat the horse)
    4. The ‘do’s and don’ts’ of first aid
    5. Travel and trail
  1. Horse Assessment
    1. How to perform the Horse Health Check
    2. Common and severe injuries/sickness
  1. Wound Management
    1. Wound first aid
    2. Bandaging and bandage materials
    3. Healing
  1. The First Aid Kit
    1. About kits
    2. Inventory checklist
  1. Responding to Eye Issues

For more information about the course, please contact Susan Raymond at:

[email protected]

519 824 4120 x54230

Thank you to our Partners:


Ontario Racing                        


                      Standardbred Canada


This workshop is made possible through a grant from the Grand River Agricultural Society.


Grand River Agricultural Society

Laura FrostDr. Laura Frost, Halton Equine Veterinary Services
Dr. Laura Frost, partner Halton Equine Veterinary Services, is a graduate of the Ontario Veterinary College class of 1999 and is certified in Equine Chiropractic. Dr. Frost was born and raised in the Burlington area and has competed locally in a variety of equestrian disciplines. She is a past Dental Committee member for the American Association of Equine Practitioners and Dr. Frost was previously on the Advisory Committee for the Ontario Veterinary College and Secretary for the Ontario Association of Equine Practitioners. Laura is also the past Vice President of the Sunrise Therapeutic Riding and Learning Centre and can be seen at many fundraisers for this organization. Her interests include, but are not limited to: lameness, diagnostic imaging, reproduction and dentistry. Dr. Frost can be seen at the local horse shows with her two children.

Janet Beeler-MarfisiDr. Janet Beeler-Marfisi, Ontario Veterinary College.

Janet Beeler-Marfisi, works at the Ontario Veterinary College where she teaches vet students, does research on equine lung disease with generous funding from Equine Guelph, and is a Clinical Pathologist (reads bloods and other laboratory data). Beeler-Marfisi has always had an interest in horse health, having grown up around her father’s Standardbreds and having married a Standardbred racehorse trainer. During vet school and after stitching up some very strange wounds in horses, she has a keen interest in equine first aid and wound repair.

Kristen Frederick

Dr. Kristen Frederick, Hagersville Veterinary Services

Kristen grew up in Kingston, Ontario.  She earned a B.Sc in biological anthropology from the University of Toronto in 2008, and a DVM from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2017.  Kristen completed a 12-month internship in equine surgery & anesthesia at Milton Equine Hospital before joining Hagersville Veterinary Services as a small animal practitioner in June, 2018.  Kristen’s professional interests include anesthesia, diagnostic imaging, emergency medicine and preventive healthcare.  She enjoys horseback riding, particularly eventing, and working with young horses.


Course Information

2 Days

Course Instructor

Susan Raymond Susan Raymond Course Coordinator

Since 2003 (Equine Guelph), Susan has been involved in the development and delivery, both online and in-person, of educational and skills training programs. The focus of these programs is to improve welfare and safety of both animals and people on the farm during day to day activities and emergency situations. Susan’s PhD research involved investigating the effects of exposure of horses to mycotoxins, as well as, examining stable design and management as they affect air quality. Susan has completed Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue Operations, Rescue Ropes/Rigging courses and Animal Technical Rescue Awareness Level Course (University of Florida). Susan has also completed Colorado State University – Equine Investigations Academy Level 1.

Workshop Enrollment – a $420 Value

This course does not have any sections.