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At the 2010 American Association of Equine Practitioners convention, veterinarians discussed continuous pain medication delivery, sedative reversal agents, an oral sedative gel, respiratory support for horses under general anesthesia, anesthetizing donkeys, and anti-inflammatory drug safety.

Ashlee E. Watts, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, a graduate student pursuing a PhD and a part-time large animal surgeon, presented a study on administering a continuous, low-dose infusion of the local anesthetic bupivacaine. Veterinarians can administer epidural medications in the hind limb to drastically reduce pain. Since an epidural cannot be used for forelimb pain, Watts and her colleagues assessed the use of a continuous peripheral nerve blockade (CPNB).