What is anaemia in horses?


Dr Kirstie Pickles BVMS MSc PhD CertEM(IntMeed) DipECEIM MRCVS
Chine House Veterinary Hospital

Read this article by Dr Kirstie Pickles to find out what is anaemia in horses, the symptoms, cause and diagnosis, and what role does iron really play?

What is anaemia?

Anaemia is when the number of circulating red blood cells in the bloodstream is decreased below the given normal range. The normal ‘packed cell volume’ (PCV) in the horse is 32-52%. This is a measure of the percentage of fluid blood taken up by red blood cells. The range is so . . .

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Dr Kirstie Pickles BVMS MSc PgCert(CounsSkills) PhD CertEM(IntMed) DipECEIM MRCVS RCVS RCVS and European Specialist in Equine Internal Medicine Kirstie is a European Specialist in equine medicine and has spent over 20 years working in private equine practice and academia in the UK, USA and New Zealand. She is currently a Clinical Associate Professor in Equine Medicine at Nottingham Veterinary School and is passionate about education at all levels, whether that is horse owners, vet students or practising veterinary surgeons.