American Association of Equine Practitioners

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Making Every Health Dollar Count

One of the most important aspects of owning a horse is the relationship an owner has with his or her veterinarian. In these days of advanced diagnostic and treatment techniques, horses live longer, healthier lives, and therefore, give their Read More

Waging War on Equine Parasites

Internal parasites are silent killers. They can cause extensive internal damage, and you may not even realize your animals are heavily infected. At the very least, parasites can cause gastrointestinal irritation and unthriftiness. At its worst, Read More

New Year's Vet-Solutions

Exercise more. Cut down on coffee. Call your children more often. The new year is here--and why not put your horse's health on your resolution list? Just like you, your horse needs a health maintenance plan and regular immunizations from its Read More

Therapeutic Options - What is AAEP's Position?

Today, therapeutic options such as acupuncture, chiropractic and physical therapy are experiencing wider clinical use. Although the mechanisms by which these therapeutic options may work are not fully understood, they do offer the Read More

Back To School-American Association of Equine Practitioners

For most of us, our formal education might have ended upon graduation from high school or college. With our trusty sheepskin, we entered bravely into the world of the gainfully employed, with only the occasional nightmare of imagining Read More

Definition Of Horses As Livestock

What is livestock?

Livestock is most commonly considered animals kept or raised in a farm or ranch setting and used in a commercial enterprise. The raising of livestock is an agricultural endeavor that promotes the preservation o Read More

Scholarships Available for Veterinary Students

The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) joins the American Live Stock Insurance Company (ALSIC) in offering eight $2,500 scholarships to fourth-year veterinary students planning to enter private equine practice. Applicants are Read More

New Director Of Education Joins AAEP

The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) announces the hiring of Lori Roberts as director of education. Her duties include managing the AAEP's new horse health web site,, and developing outreach programs and Read More

AAEP UPDATES: New Board Members

Three new directors have been elected to the board of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP). Terms for the new directors will begin at the 2001 AAEP Annual Convention in San Diego, Calif., Nov. 24-28.

The newly elected Read More

Equine Welfare Award

Nominations are being accepted for the Lavin Cup, the equine welfare award presented by the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP). The Lavin Cup recognizes a non-veterinary organization or individual that has demonstrated Read More

Veterinary Rounds Changes Format

The AAEP owner education web site,, recently changed the form of the Veterinary Rounds from a live “chat” session once a month to a question and answer forum. Users can post Read More

Horseman's Day 2001 Owner Education

The AAEP will present Horseman’s Day 2001 in conjunction with its annual convention for veterinarians in San Diego, Calif., at the San Diego Convention Center on Nov. 25. The agenda is filled with educational sessions designed especially for horse Read More

American Live Stock/AAEP Scholarship Winners

Six veterinary students were named as winners of the 1999 American Association of Equine Practitioners/American Live Stock Insurance Company scholarships during the AAEP’s Annual Convention in December.

Scholarships are in the Read More

Equine Dental Care is More Than Just Floating Teeth

When you schedule an appointment for yourself at the dentist’s office, you usually mark off a whole afternoon on your calendar. You have X rays, get a thorough cleaning of each and every tooth, maybe get a tooth or two filled—and you almost Read More

Endurance Riding: A Humane Use of the Equine Athlete

The growing interest in endurance riding has encouraged participants with different levels of prior horse experience to become involved with the sport. However, if equine athletes are asked to perform over distances for which they have not been appro Read More

Panic Or Procrastinate? What To Do if Your Horse Has Eaten a Poisonous Plant

You provide plenty of good quality feed, water, and turnout--do you still have to worry about your horse's getting sick from eating a poisonous plant? While common sense and good horse management are your horse's best protection Read More

Stallion Behavior

Dr. Sue McDonnell discusses observations of stallions in the wild and domestication. Read More

Alternatives: Therapeutic Options

Holistic Veterinary Medicine is a comprehensive approach to health care employing alternative and conventional diagnostic and therapeutic modalities. In practice, holistic veterinary medicine incorporates, but is not limited to Read More

Colic in Horses: Recognize the Signs

Owners, beware. THE NUMBER ONE KILLER OF HORSES IS COLIC! But it's not a disease. It is not an immediate accident. And, unfortunately, it is not thoroughly understood.

It can, however, become life threatening in a relatively Read More