WEVA (World Equine Veterinary Association) 1999 Convention Tidbits

Veterinarian Daniel Jean, MSc, DACVIM, of the veterinary school at Alfort in France, gave a review about smoke inhalation in horses. Jean said that controlling pain, fever, and inflammation are the most important aspects of horses which suffer from smoke inhalation. In one emergency situation with eight horses, seven survived with intensive care. The main problems suffered by the horses were pulmonary failure, pulmonary edema, respiratory insufficiency, depression and coma, dehydration, multiple organ failure, and bacterial pneumonia. All horses suffering from smoke inhalation should be observed for at least a week post-exposure for fever, which might not necessarily be due to infection. Jean said in his experience, short-term oxygen therapy helped tremendously. He warned that these horses shouldn’t be over-hydrated. Thoracic radiographic exams are important for determining progress during post-injury recovery.

"There are about 850 horse groups identified in Australia, and I was amazed at how little the average horse person knew about equine research," said Reuben Rose, DVSc, PhD, Diplomate Vet AN, FRCVS, head of the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC). There are about 1.2 million horses used for racing, equestrian sports, and recreation in Australia. More than one million horses are kept on Australian farms. Rose said it is becoming increasingly clear that unless there is an industry focus in adapting those research and development programs to the industry needs, "long-term support for research will not be forthcoming and the results of the research largely will be ignored by the horse industry." The RIRDC faces these challenges by 1) Consulting with the industry and research agencies to ensure a more unified approach to research and development; 2) Fostering research into problems of significance to the horse industry; 3) Promoting excellence and collaboration in research; and 4) Advancing education, training, and extension of research findings. The RIRDC has a close relationship to the horse industry and ensures that research and development are relevant to industry needs and that the outcomes of the research are promoted to the horse industry through publications, a newsletter, and an Internet site.

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