Equine Medicine

Last changed: 21 November 2023


Description of the field

Equine internal medicine focuses on systemic and internal organ diseases of the equine species, which are mainly treated medically. Equine internal medicine includes different subspecialties such as infectious diseases, gastroenterology, endocrinology, neonatology, cardiology, pulmonary medicine, occupational physiology, urology/nephrology, neurology, dermatology, hematology and clinical nutrition.

After the veterinary degree and after at least 4 years of further training at advanced level (1 year internship and 3 years residency in equine internal medicine), a specialist degree can be obtained at European level (Diplomate of the European College of Equine Internal Medicine; Dipl. ECEIM).

Current research 

  • Treatment of insulin dysregulation in horses with SGLT-2 inhibitors:
    a) Treatment effects
    b) Impact on cardiovascular markers
  • Development of diagnostic techniques for the identification of insulin dysregulation in the horse
  • Disrupted glucagon regulation as a cause of insulin dysregulation in horses
  • Understanding silent carriers of strangles and their role in the spread of the disease
  • Characterization of asthma in horses using single cell transcriptome analysis.

Research equine medicine