Equine practice survival skills


HEROS was founded in 2006 and is based at North Farm Stud (just off the M4). Their mission is to retrain and rehome ex-racehorses whose racing days are over.

During the years, HEROS became aware of another group of individuals needing support to reinvent themselves and reintegrate into society: This created what is now HEROS Education, where the horses help SEN children, as an alternative to school placement and to get them back on track. WVS is proud to work with HEROS, by providing free veterinary care and advice to the many horses in its care, while inspiring and motivating the children that work and learn from them.

In cooperation with HEROS, we are offering a highly practical course, aiming to get you comfortable doing essential ambulatory work with horses. We will prepare you for the hard core work we face abroad, when our clinics get an average attendance of 100 animals a day! You will learn under the guidance of our experienced equine clinicians how to triage and manage cases alone, at times having only the bare minimum equipment available. Our team will teach you the tricks of the trade – like what to use as bandaging material when you forgot your bandaging box at the practice!

Over the 5 days you will learn real practical skills needed to kit up and set off in your work vehicle, to manage the vast majority of conditions equines can throw at you, from first aid to understanding your x-ray and ultrasound machine.

You will be working on a variety of equine cases, from foals to geriatrics, athletes to rescues. Additionally, you will gain a deeper understanding of all aspects of working abroad (including how to set up a tent and an ambulatory clinic in the field), and we will prepare you to join us in one of our hard-core equine projects across the world!


5 days


Spaces available




    United Kingdom

    Supported Charities





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    Days start at 8 am when all the horses are checked and moved (depending on their medical needs and exercise requirements).

    Medical rounds are at 9.30 - 10 am.

    Then the vet practical work starts, this ends by 6pm (emergencies permitting).

    Each day has a focus topic, which we deliver while working around emergencies and routine care.

    Shared accommodation. Sleeps 2 people per room, with a shared bathroom

    As part of the experience you will be setting up and camping for one of the nights, as this is commonly how our WVS team travels abroad.

    Wi-fi is available at the farm, which is in a reasonable roaming area. There is no TV in the accommodation, so bring your laptop, an iPad, book or board games for the evening.

    Laundry facilities are accessible (including washer/drier).

    Meals will not be provided but there are a number of shops, takeaways and restaurants within 5 miles of North Farm Stud. Basic breakfast essentials will be available (coffee, tea, milk, toast and jam).

    North farm Stud is on the Berkshire Downs, with the Ridgeway (Britain’s oldest Road) accessible by foot/bike/horseback from the farm. If you are a keen explorer you will have miles of outstanding beauty to discover in your free time!

    You must be in year 3 or above of your studies. Priority will be given to more advanced students or new graduates, as this is a highly practical course.

    No other previous experience is needed - our awesome vets are there to help you handle and treat all types of cases!

    Included as standard


    Breakfast essentials

    Not included as standard

    Travel to North Farm Stud

    Do bring:

    • Wellies and yard suitable footwear
    • A towel and personal toiletries (basics are provided)
    • A variety of clothes (suitable in the cold and warm) as we will be outdoors most the time
    • Head torch, a sleeping bag and insect repellent (there can be mosquitoes at night – especially during camping night)
    • Stethoscope and thermometer
    • Your cameras - to capture the fun