Dr. Rebecca Ireland

Dr. Rebecca Ireland

Horse Health

Becci Ireland is an equine veterinarian based in Central Otago NZ.

Becci graduated from Bristol University in the United Kingdom in 2009. Since graduating, Becci has spent the last 10 years gaining knowledge in the field of equine medicine. She has worked as an Equine Anaesthetist at Massey University Veterinary Teaching Hospital, following which Becci finished an Equine Internship programme: there she worked with specialists in the fields of Equine Medicine and Surgery to grow my knowledge in both fields of veterinary work.

Becci has spent the last 4 years in Canterbury as an associate at the Canterbury Equine Clinic (CEC), working primarily with both racehorses and competitive sport horses. CEC is the South Islands main referral facility for all Equine related problems. In 2017 she sat her Australian and New Zealand college membership exams in equine medicine. She has a special interest in Equine Nutrition and believe that as veterinarians we need to become more responsible for educating horse owners on the importance of nutrition. Becci tries to be her clients go to ‘search engine’.

In Nov 2018 Becci opened her own equine ambulatory veterinary practice which is proudly Central Otago’s first ever equine only veterinary practice: Her company strives to ensure client satisfaction and to educate on the importance of horse health. Becci prides herself on finding practical solutions for both my patients and my clients.

Education Sessions

Combining veterinary medicine with nutritional science: Best management practices for Cushinoid and Equine Metabolic Syndrome horses

11.45am - 12.30pm Friday, 22nd November | Classroom 2

Presented by Dr Rebecca Ireland and Larissa Bilston: The nutritional requirements of the horse will be discussed briefly, which will include fibre, protein and carbohydrate requirements. Following this introduction, the specific feeding requirements of the Equine Metabolic syndrome horse and the horse with Cushings will be explained. Many horse owners struggle with recurrent laminitis and this presentation will aim to reduce their struggles and limit the number of horses with this painful condition.

A happy Hind Gut equals a happy horse

3.30pm - 4.15pm Saturday, 23rd November | Classroom 2

The nutritional requirements of the horse will be discussed briefly, which will include fibre, protein and carbohydrate requirements. Following this introduction, the effects of variations in the nutritional content of grass will be discussed. We will also discuss how hind gut acidosis can affect the behaviour of the ridden horse. Many horse owners struggle to know what supplements to buy on a market that is bombarded with advertisement: This presentation will discuss how correct nutrition is the most important step to having a healthy and happy horse.
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