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Equine Practice
Medical treatment of equine colic
  1. Tim Mair

    Tim Mair graduated from Bristol veterinary school in 1980. After two years in mixed practice, he returned to Bristol to undertake research into equine respiratory disease. He obtained a PhD in 1986 and remained at Bristol as a Wellcome Trust lecturer in equine medicine. In 1989 he returned to practice and is currently in equine practice in Kent. He holds the diploma in equine internal medicine.

  2. Barrie Edwards

    Barrie Edwards is professor of equine studies at Liverpool University. He has been involved in teaching and providing a referral service in all aspects of large animal surgery for many years. His major clinical and research interest is equine gastroenterology. He obtained a PhD in veterinary medicine in 1991 and is an FRCVS.


COLIC is not a specific disease or diagnosis; it is a clinical syndrome involving abdominal pain. A large number of different diseases, both intestinal and non-intestinal, can cause abdominal pain, and a thorough and systematic physical examination is required in each case to diagnose the cause, or at least to differentiate the 'benign' colics from the life-threatening and surgical causes. The majority of colic cases encountered in first opinion practice are associated with mild and non-specific signs and will often, therefore, be amenable to medical therapy. In many cases, the response (or lack of response) to simple medical treatments will also be helpful diagnostically.

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