Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital held it's 32nd annual client education seminar in Lexington, Kentucky, on Feb. 22. The seminar was presented in a question and answer format, with question submitted from clients and veterinarians prior to the event. Questions on a variety of subjects, ranging from infectious diseases and foal conformation abnormalities to cardiovascular problems and biosecurity, were addressed by Rood & Riddle veterinarians. 

Our news editor, Erica Larson, was in attendance, and here are some of the take-home messages she picked up during the meeting. 

Laurie Metcalf, DVM, shared information on two diseases that can have serious consequences for foals: Rhodococcus equi infections and Lawsonia intracellularis infection (also called equine proliferative enteropathy).




Surgeon Alan Ruggles, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, covered angular limb deformities in foals and methods for correcting them.





Jeff Cook, DVM, offered tips on screening new equine arrivals for strangles and quarantining horses that test positive.


Bill Gilsenan, VMD, Dipl. ACVIM, shared some insight on equine heart problems and exercise-induced pulmonary hemhorrage (EIPH).




At last year's client education seminar, Dale Brown, DVM, introduced the new equine leptospirosis vaccine. This year, he provided an update.

Kevin Hyde, DVM, offered tips on managing mildly affected "dummy" foals.

Charlie Scoggin, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACT, covered two hot topics in the reproduction field: nocardioform placentitis and shuttling breeding stallions between the Northern and Southern hemispheres.



Maria Schnobrich, VMD, Dipl. ACT, and Etta Bradecamp, DVM, Dipl. ACT, Dipl. ABVP, shared results from recently completed studies.


Rolf Embertson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, offered insight on two very different topics: respiratory issues and foaling problems.



Peter Morresey, BVSc, MACVSc, Dipl. ACVIM, Dipl. ACT, also shared tips on foaling and determining when a mare should be refered to a clinic for assistance.

Bonnie Barr, VMD, Dipl. ACVIM, offered information on another hot topic in the horse industry: equine herpesvirus-1, or EHV-1.




Kathleen Paasch, DVM, shared tips for manaing premature or dysmature foals with incomplete ossification.

And Larry Bramlage, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVS, shared his thoughts on medications in horse racing.

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