Equine Thermal Imaging Technician Course

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

4 Days
Gloucester, 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. This course is aimed at equine professionals and those interested in horses. It requires a basic understanding of equine anatomy and physiology, but no previous experience or knowledge of thermal imaging or thermal imaging equipment is necessary.

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 delivers AAT Veterinary Guidelines for Infrared Thermography (2016).

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Course Content

Day 1

• History of Thermal Imaging
• Basics of Infrared Thermography
• Heat Transfer Principles

Day 2

• Equine Pre-scan Procedures
• Horse & Environment Preparation
• Error Recognition
• Thermal Camera Set-up
• Thermal Camera Operation

Day 3

• Equine Scanning Procedures
• Practical Session

Day 4

• Equine Post-scan Procedures
• Thermal Image Analysis
• Pattern Recognition
• Basic Report Writing
• Theory Exam

Course content is subject to change

Course Details

The Equine Thermal Imaging Technician Course teaches delegates how to capture these problems using an infrared camera. Requiring no previous veterinary or thermal imaging experience, this course takes delegates through a range of practical exercises both in the classroom and in the field. These will instill the knowledge required to identify problem areas and undertake basic reporting.

Equine thermal imaging is a non-invasive, non-contact, tool that uses the very latest thermal imaging equipment and computer software to detect minute differences in a horse’s thermal and neural condition.

Thermal cameras measure heat emissions from the body, which are visible as a thermal image. Delegates will learn how to assess temperatures to quickly and efficiently identify areas that may require further investigation.

Equine thermal imaging in practice enables professionals 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

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

This course requires a basic knowledge of equine anatomy and physiology.

Thermal imaging identifies areas for experts to investigate further. It can show problems in the distal limb and backs, and it can identify potential inflammation, muscle injury, nerve and bone damage.

It can also give information about hoof balance and weight-bearing. Hoof balance, often overlooked, is a significant influence in the cause of lameness.

Most horses don’t have just one problem associated with lameness, and thermal imaging helps detect the secondary areas that might need further exploration.

Infrared cameras can help determine if there is inflammation in an area that is sore on palpation. They can also detect an area of increased blood flow when there is no specific pain or signs.

Research has shown that tendons will display inflammatory changes up to two-to-three weeks before clinical lameness is apparent, and anecdotally hoof inflammation has been recorded three months before a confirmed diagnosis of laminitis.

Suspected muscle injury can also be identified through thermal imaging; the process locates the area of inflammation associated with a muscle or muscle group.

Whilst only able to capture surface temperatures, thermal imaging can uncover problems deep within a horse. When applied correctly, thermal imaging can help identify problems much earlier than would otherwise be the case. This can help with early diagnoses, quicker treatment and often lower veterinary costs.

This course requires a basic knowledge of equine anatomy and physiology. No previous thermal imaging experience is required and all equipment will be provided for the duration of the course.

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. These reports are to be submitted within a year of course completion, and as such will require students to use a thermal imaging camera. Discounted thermal imaging cameras for students are available to hire or purchase from our online store.

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 thermal imaging 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.

This course requires a basic knowledge of equine anatomy and physiology.

“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

“The instructors were well informed, engaging and balanced the practical training with the theoretical training. Highly recommended to anyone seeking to improve their skills.”

Vasileios Sougkakis, University of Nottingham

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