Equine Thermal Imaging Technician Course2018-11-27T11:10:46+00:00

Equine Thermal Imaging Technician Course

Learn how to use thermal imaging to detect problem areas on horses.

5 Days
£1450 ex. VAT
Hampshire, United Kingdom


Equine thermal imaging is an invaluable tool for detecting problem areas and monitoring injury in horses.

The Equine Thermal Imaging Technician Course course delivers the fundamental knowledge required for undertaking basic thermal imaging equine scans. The course is aimed at those new to industry, and does not require any previous experience or thermal imaging equipment.

Using thermal imaging cameras on horses (or warm-blooded animals) allows for the discovery of abnormal thermal patterns, the identification of potential error sources and the assessment of training performance.

The Equine Thermal Imaging Technician Course course conforms to ISO 18434 and ISO 18436 standards, with the course content conforming to AAT Veterinary Guidelines for Infrared Thermography.

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Course Content

Day 1

• Thermal Camera Set-Up
• Thermal Camera Operation
• Thermal Camera Calibration

Day 2

• Thermal Image Processing
• Practical Exercises
• Basics of Infrared Thermography

Day 3

• Basic Reporting for Equine Scans
• Basic Equine Pattern Recognition
• Basics of Equine Anatomy & Physiology

Day 4

• Setting up an Infrared Camera
• Pre-Scan Procedures
• Scanning Procedures

Day 5

• Post-Scan Procedures
• Final Examination

Course content is subject to change

Course Details

Requiring no previous veterinary or thermography experience, this course takes delegates through a range of practical exercises both in the classroom and in the field, together with formative case studies. These will instil the knowledge required to capture accurate equine thermal images and undertake basic reporting.

As a diagnostic tool within the equine industry, infrared cameras allow for the quick identification of hot spots on horses. When assessed as part of a pattern, these hotspots can indicate areas of concern relating to injury, saddle-fit and general performance.

Equine thermography in practice enables delegates to measure heat emissions from a horse’s body to identify problem areas such as:

  • Nerve damage
  • Bone injury
  • Undiagnosed lameness
  • Muscle damage
  • Soft-tissue damage
  • Tendon stress
  • Incorrect saddle fit

In addition, delegates attending this course will be able to monitor injury and recovery, along with equine performance in general.

The course conforms to AAT Veterinary Guidelines for Infrared Thermography as well as ISO 18434 and ISO 18436 standards.

This course requires no previous thermal imaging experience or equipment.

Successful completion of the Equine Thermal Imaging Technician Course qualification requires delegates to pass an examination and submit five thermal imaging equine reports to the iRed Academy for assessment.

The examination (multiple-choice) will take place on the last day of the course, and the five thermal imaging reports can be submitted to the iRed Academy up to a year after course completion.

iRed is an industry-leading thermal imaging consultancy and training centre, providing specialist thermal imaging surveys and accredited infrared training across the UK and worldwide.

In operation before thermal imaging had been accepted as a mainstream inspection tool, iRed has always used the latest techniques, technologies and industry practices to deliver thermal analysis solutions for a variety of clients within commercial, industrial and scientific industries.

iRed works closely with leading education institutions including the University of Portsmouth and Coleg Cambria. In doing so, the team has been able to pioneer new techniques and practices for industry. This has led to iRed being accredited by both the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing and the Awarding Body of the Built Environment.

For those interested in a taster session before attending a level 1 thermography course, our one-day introduction to equine thermography course is available.

Assessment Criteria


Assessment by Exams

Students attending this course will need to complete an equine thermography examination on their final day.


Assessment by Coursework

Students will need to submit 5 equine thermal imaging reports to the iRed Academy for assessment.

Further Information

Those attending the course are not required to own a thermal imaging camera. All equipment for training will be provided for the duration of the course.

A laptop is required for processing thermal images during the course.

“Very good knowledge provided during the course and lots of information attained. The course very much exceeded expectations.”

Jamie Taylor, Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE)

“Fantastic course, instructed by some of the most knowledgeable people in industry. Both theory based and vocational, it’s a great mix of both.”

Robert Wade, Condor Ferries

“Course thoroughly met our expectations and gave us great confidence in our ability to use and understand our thermal camera.”

Chris Davies, Eastwood Media

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How to book

To book on a course, choose from the available dates and complete the booking form. During the booking form, you will be able to choose accreditation options, payment options (ELCAS, invoice or credit/debit card) and inform us of any dietary requirements.

Got questions about this course?

Contact our training team:

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01243 370 296

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