Strategies for Retained Fetal Membranes

Strategies for Retained Fetal MembranesBy Chelsie A. Burden, DVM, MS, DACT

Retained fetal membranes represent one of the more common postpartum problems in mares. Management of retained fetal membranes in the mare requires prompt veterinary intervention as a delay in treatment may lead to an increased risk of potentially fatal sequelae, including toxic metritis and laminitis. There are multiple strategies utilized by the veterinarian to achieve complete expulsion or removal of retained fetal membranes. The method selected for removal of retained fetal membranes is dependent on effectiveness, safety, cost, and convenience. Early intervention can prevent serious medical complications in the mare.

This two-part course consists of one proceedings paper and the accompanying 2019 AAEP Convention presentation. The video has been split into two parts for ease of download and viewing; as one video part concludes, the next will unlock.

You must view all sections of the course before the quiz will unlock.

Course objectives:

With the successful completion of this course, students will understand

  • Normal anatomy
  • Retained membranes: why and risk factors
  • Clinical signs
  • Methods of treatment
  • Therapies
  • Prognosis

Continuing education credit:

  • 0.5 credit hours Medical, Non-interactive/Anytime, with a passing score of at least 70%

Approximate duration:

  • 30 minutes: read the paper, view the presentation, complete the quiz


  • Read the paper from the 2019 AAEP Convention proceedings, approximately 4,400 words
  • View the presentation from the 2019 AAEP Convention, 26 minutes
  • Complete quiz
View the presentation from the 2019 AAEP Convention00:26:45
View the presentation, part 1 00:12:45
View the presentation, part 2 00:14:00
Read the paper from the 2019 AAEP Convention proceedings
Pass the quiz to earn CE credit
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