Veterinary Practice

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Wanted: Career Revival

October 01, 2003

The talks in the conference room to the group of bright, young attendees might have sounded a bit like a revival to the uninitiated. In fact it was...well, a bit like a revival. And one that is needed sooner rather than later. Last year, from th... Read More

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Older Mares: She Ain't What She Used to Be

August 01, 2003

Wear on the reproductive tract can make it more difficult for older mares to conceive and carry a foal.... Read More

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University of Florida Veterinary College Honors 2003 Distinguished Award Winners

July 03, 2003

Two veterinarians who have had significant impact on Florida’s equine veterinary community were recently honored through the University of Florida (UF) College of Veterinary Medicine’s 2003 Distinguished Awards program. Lisa Conti, DVM, Dipl.... Read More

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Risks of General Anesthesia

July 01, 2003

Q: Are there health risks simply from the anesthesia for a horse undergoing surgery? If so, what are these risks, and how common are complications from them?        via e-mail... Read More

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Tenoscopy for Tendon Injuries

July 01, 2003

Penetrating injuries near the fetlock can be very serious because of their proximity to the deep digital flexor tendon (DDFT), which flexes the lower limb joints, and its sheath. While a horse might have only a small cut or puncture wound, the... Read More

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Uterine Lavage Before Insemination Not Harmful to Fertility

June 01, 2003

Uterine lavage can be performed immediately prior to artificial insemination in mares without adversely affecting fertility, according to a recent study completed at the University of Idaho (UI) in Moscow, Idaho. The uterine lavage process is... Read More

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What Only Veterinarians Can Do

May 01, 2003

Each state has a veterinary practice act, which is a legal interpretation of what constitutes veterinary practice in that state on all species. For example, chiropractic or acupuncture might be considered veterinarian-only skills in some states,... Read More

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Genetic Defects Statement Issued by the American Association of Equine Practitioners

May 01, 2003

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) recently re-stated a policy that surgical correction of "genetic defects" for the purposes of concealing the defect is unethical. The policy states that if surgical correction is undertaken for... Read More

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Horse Doused in Gasoline Recovers From Burns

April 16, 2003

A 24-year-old gelding in the United Kingdom suffered severe burns after being doused in gasoline and set on fire in early March. At first, owners Geoffrey and Kath McWilliams believed they would have to euthanize Gus, but according to an article... Read More

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Leg Amputation

April 14, 2003

"If a horse needs an amputation or he's not going to live, that's not much of a choice," began Ric Redden, DVM, founder of the International Equine Podiatry Center and host of the 2003 Bluegrass Laminitis Symposium, in a presentation on Jan. 18.... Read More

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Wall Ablation for Severe Laminitis

April 14, 2003

"It's only a sinker when the hoof is on it--the hoof on a sinker can shut you down and kill the horse," said Redden in his presentation "Treating High-Scale Laminitis With Wall Ablation and Transcortical Cast." Redden is known for his aggressive, ... Read More

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Conservative Therapy for Crooked Foals

April 01, 2003

The most common angular limb deformity in foals is carpus valgus (sometimes called toeing out) in which affected foals have limbs that flare outward below the carpus (knee). This deformity can be corrected surgically with hemi-circumferential... Read More

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Ouch! That Hurts!

March 01, 2003

Pain. The Merriam-Webster electronic dictionary defines pain as 1: punishment; 2: usually localized physical suffering associated with bodily disorder (as a disease or an injury); also, a basic bodily sensation induced by a... Read More

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AAEP 2002: Kester News Hour

February 03, 2003

Probably the best-attended session of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) annual convention, the Kester News Hour provides brief reports of studies that were too new or too brief to be included in the longer scientific... Read More

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AAEP 2002: Injecting the Sacroiliac Joint

January 13, 2003

Acute and chronic disease (especially osteoarthritis) of the sacroiliac joint(s) is not uncommon in competition horses and racehorses, affecting up to 8% of Standardbreds in training and 15% of competition horses (particularly hunters, jumpers,... Read More

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Prepping for Standing Eye Surgery (AAEP 2002)

January 08, 2003

"However, there are challenges with standing ocular (eye) surgery--you generally need magnification, and thus the horse must be perfectly still," he continued. "Many (eye) procedures thus require general anesthesia. But with appropriate tranquilizati... Read More

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AAEP 2002 Geriatric Dentistry Table Topic

December 12, 2002

"Dental Care and Management of the Geriatric Patient" was the focus of one lunchtime Table Topic on Dec. 5, with topics ranging from diet selection to systemic illness to sedation. With veterinarians filling all seats and standing against... Read More

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Antimicrobials in Colic Surgery

December 01, 2002

Colic surgery in horses is classified as a "clean contaminated" procedure because incisions into the intestine can allow bacteria to contaminate the sterile abdomen. Thus, prophylactic (preventive) antibiotic therapy is often administered prior... Read More

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Intracranial Pressure

December 01, 2002

Two studies done at the University of California, Davis, have allowed researchers to measure the intracranial pressure (ICP, the pressure that the cerebrospinal fluid exerts on the brain) in the horse for the first time and determine how body... Read More

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New Surgical Treatment for Suspensory Injury

November 01, 2002

Suspensory injuries are common in athletic horses. The suspensory ligament extends down the back of the lower leg from the knee or the hock and lies between the flexor tendons and the cannon bone. There are a number of treatments for injured... Read More

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New CSU Semen Facility Meets International Standards

September 11, 2002

The new stallion barn at Colorado State University’s Equine Reproduction Laboratory, specifically designed to meet the requirements for exporting semen internationally, is now complete and prepared to handle client requests around the... Read More

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Preventing Airway Obstruction

August 01, 2002

During periods of intense exercise, portions of the upper airway can collapse, interfering with breathing. The cause of these obstructive episodes, most notably dorsal displacement of the soft palate (DDSP), is yet unknown. In other species,... Read More

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Is Your Horse's Soundness Chipping Away?

July 01, 2002

The old adage, "Something's gotta give," holds true when you accidentally bump a dinner plate on the counter and it chips or you bang your car door on the car next to you and the paint chips. Trauma inflicted upon an object can cause a chip. The... Read More

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Is Your Horse Getting the Right Medications?

June 26, 2002

Unethical medication production and marketing continues to be a serious problem in the equine industry worldwide, said Joe Bertone, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVIM, in his presentation “Drug Quality and Equine Veterinary Practice” at the 2002 American Hors... Read More

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Joint Fusion to Eliminate Lameness

June 01, 2002

Joint arthrodesis is a procedure that locks a joint by fusing bones together. The procedure is used in the pastern joint of horses to treat lameness due to severe osteoarthritis, fractures, bone cysts, and various limb deformities in foals.... Read More