The Pocket Guide to Working Equid Veterinary Consultations

A user-friendly consultation guide for use in the field

The Pocket Guide to Working Equid Veterinary Consultations is a useful aid to animal health professionals treating working horses, donkeys and mules, especially those mentored through Brooke’s Animal Health Mentoring Framework.

The 26-page book contains core information on recognising pain, performing a thorough clinical examination, making treatment choices and calculating and administering medication safely. It also has kit check-lists, guidance on clinical governance and communicating effectively with the owners and carers of working equids.

Hot and humid temperatures can result in high heart rates. It is worth re-checking heart rates once animals have rested in the shade. Make sure your stethoscope is in your ears correctly.

Creating the pocket books was a truly collaborative effort with input from Brooke teams and partners from across the globe. Those working closely with animal health professionals through Brooke’s Animal Health Mentoring Framework determined what would be most useful and the content of the book was created to reflect this. The use of high quality graphics, diagrams and step-by-step guides, makes this 26-page, A5 book engaging, practical and user-friendly. The pocket books are complimented by a downloadable and printable ‘Clinical Record’ template which can be used alongside the guide to record the findings of the consultation for future reference and as part of good clinical governance.


The print version of the pocket book is already in use in Pakistan, India, Kenya and Tanzania, with more on the way to EthiopiaBrooke West Africa and Brooke Latin America and Caribbean. English, French and Spanish electronic versions of the book are also available to download anywhere there is internet access. The ‘Clinical Record’ template is also available for download and printing below.

Ideal for vets and para-vets 

Like Brooke’s Working Equid Veterinary Manual it is suitable for vets and para-vets working in low and middle income countries. Unlike the Working Equid Veterinary Manual it is small and light enough to slip in a kit bag for reference to throughout day to day work.

Veterinary students and newly qualified vets may find it a useful reference to keep to hand.

Vets, welfare specialists and researches across the globe with an interest in working equid health and welfare.

Non- technical audiences. Anyone with an interest in working equid health and animal welfare will enjoy this creative book and learn more about the work Brooke does.

Please use the following reference to cite this document:

Brooke (2022) ‘The pocket guide to working equid veterinary consultations’. (Chapter/topic name) p.(Pages used). Available at: (Accessed: date accessed).

Download the guide

Download these templates to use alongside the guide to record findings of consultations.