Our veterinary experts answer your questions about the causes, clinical signs, prevention, and treatment of botulism in horses. Botulism bacteria cause "shaker foal syndrome" and can be deadly in adult animals.
About the Experts
Amy Johnson, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM (LAIM and Neurology), is an assistant professor of large animal medicine and neurology at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine. Her research interest is in large animal neurology, particularly in regards to diagnostic testing for neurologic conditions such as botulism and equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM).
James Little, DVM, serves as the director of professional services for Neogen Corporation, which is the manufacturers only USDA-approved vaccine for botulism type B in horses. Part of Little’s responsibilities include responding to veterinarians who have technical questions regarding the botulism vaccine, as well as speaking at various meetings on the topic of equine botulism. He joined Neogen in 2012 after spending more than 13 years in private practice focusing on equine and beef cattle.
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