Module 1: Online Equine Anatomy Review & Examination

Description: A full online module and examination, with a solid review of the equine musculoskeletal system and terminology, vocabulary, palpation of surface anatomy and muscle location.


Module 1: Online Equine Anatomy Review & Examination


Equine Anatomy Distance Study Course: 50 Hours

Description:  This course is a solid review of the equine musculoskeletal system, and covers terminology, vocabulary, palpation of surface anatomy and muscle location.

Educational Objectives: This course is designed for as a review for Licensed Professionals working in the field of equine therapies. 


There was so much to learn while attending your formal degree program, and so much to forget. If you are like most people, a refresher and review of the musculoskeletal system is welcome! This course is optional for licensed equine veterinarians but is required of all other ASTR participants. The 172 manual alone contains more relevant material than most onsite courses that you will attend!


Please take note! An automatic computer-generated invoice is sent upon completion of your registration. The AASS office must  process your registration which can take up to two business days but is typically done the following business day. A confirmation email with agreement to terms will be sent from the office with school documents; please watch for this. You will need to return the STUDENT ENROLLMENT AGREEMENT first which will arrive with the confirmation letter before your course material will be sent as per state requirement no matter where you reside for distance courses. 


Learning Outcomes:

After completing the course the student will be able to:


  • identify the skeletal system and locate the regions of the skeleton on horses,

  • understand the veterinary terminology, vocabulary and directional terms enabling the student to communicate with others in the field and continue with self-learning exercises,

  • apply palpation skills for the equine surface anatomy and compare them among horses,

  • distinguish and label the four layers of common muscles of the horse to assist future learning,

  • compare horse’s skeletal regions and be able to note the differences between horses as well note the asymmetries of the individual horse,

  • understand the terms related to movement of the horse,

  • evaluate the musculoskeletal symmetry of the horse to determine if there are differences which need to be addressed by a health care professional.


Requirements of Students: A computer and internet access is required for students to download the text and documents delivered via “High Tail” which is a program utilized to send large documents. The internet connection should be 56K modem and although slower speeds will work, high speed is preferable (cable, LAN, DS etc.) Students should have computer and internet access to view suggested links as well as videos on You Tube. While not required to have a Facebook account, students have the opportunity to access the same documents on the Facebook group established for this course.

Course Content: Anatomy and Veterinary Terminology and Vocabulary, The Muscular System, The Skeletal System and Palpating Bony Landmarks and Surface Anatomy

Methods of Instruction and Delivery: This is a self-paced course. Although it is designed to be completed in less than two months, we do allow the participant one year from the time of registration to complete at home. The complete course manual (172 pages) is sent to you via a hyperlink from to download directly to your computer to save or print. You do not have to purchase the text.

There are Additional Learning Activities within the manual which are required components of the course, not optional. If you do not complete them you will miss a good deal of the course.

When you have completed reviewing all the course content, you will request the open book final online exam and you have a time limit of 2 months to complete the exam.  No worries! You have 3 attempts to pass.

Your Equine Anatomy Review Course Includes:

Videos and additional learning resources

Regularly updated to share the latest findings relevant to the field of equine anatomy!

Group Interaction

An active discussion group within the ASTR student portal, and a global pool of sharing from our international student body through the Equine Anatomy Distance Study Facebook group!

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?

This is a self-paced course, with open enrollment. Once completed, students write to the course office ( to ask for the examination, which will be sent via email link. 

How long do I have access to the course?

Course access remains open until completion of the examination. After this time, course access is closed, but students can remain active on the course Facebook group. The maximum time allowed for course completion is one calendar year from date of enrollment. 

Can I have face-to-face interaction with the instructor(s)?

There is no live instruction on this course, but upon registration students are invited to the course Facebook group, which features active participation from all course members. Students are encouraged to exchange ideas, questions and suggestions on the Facebook group. In addition, this course has a Discussion page on the student portal of the Academy of Animal Sport Science website.

Does this course have any certificates?

Students will receive a certificate after successful completion of the course.

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