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Contagious Equine Metritis A Hot Topic at Vet Convention

The Contagious Equine Metritis (CEM) Table Topic attracted an audience of about 60 veterinarians at the 2009 American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Convention in Las Vegas, Nev. The audience ranged from practitioners to researchers Read More

AI With Cooled and Frozen Semen AAEP Table Topic

Timing of mare insemination with cooled and frozen semen was one of the hot topics at a session of veterinarians at the 2009 American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Convention in Las Vegas, Nev. The topics discussed in the AI With C Read More

Shedding Light on Equine Night Vision

Horses have the physical equipment for scotopic (night) vision. Read More

Flaxen Color Genetic Research in Progress

Understanding the genetics of horse color could be a gateway to a deeper understanding of the molecular biology of the horse. Worldwide collaborative efforts, such as the Horse Genome Read More

Coat Color Studies Aid Health Research, Breeding Choices

Certain horse coat colors or patterns are associated with health or medical problems. Read More

Derby Winner Mine That Bird to Have Surgery

Trainer Chip Woolley Mine That Bird will undergo surgery later today for an entrapped epiglottis, but the horse is still pointed toward the Shadwell Travers Stakes at Saratoga on Aug. 29. Woolley said the surgery would be performed by Patricia Read More

Management Key to Preventing Heaves in Horses

Heaves (also called recurrent airway obstruction) is a severe form of bronchitis/bronchiolitis. Read More

Castration as a Solution?

The plight of the unwanted horse may be the most important horse issue of the 21st century. Estimates suggest that 100,000 horses per year become "unwanted," leading to saturation of rescue and retirement facilities around the country and a strain Read More

I Want Revenge Scratched From Derby

I Want Revenge, the morning-line favorite for the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), was scratched after a filling was discovered in an ankle on the day of the race.

It is the first time in Derby history (that anyone Read More

Tampa Veterinarians Must Pay to Play

Tampa Bay Downs is requiring veterinarians to pay their first-ever licensing fees for its meet that begins Dec. 13. A licensing fee for blacksmiths was planned, but it has been put off until the 2009-2010 racing season.

Margo Flynn, Read More

AAEP: Where to Eat in San Diego, from Gary and Barrie

Prepared for the AAEP Convention and its attendees, by Gary Norwood, DVM, and Barrie Grant, DVM, Dipl. ACVS (with inside info from his daughter, Aubyn)


Best Breakfast: Read More

Radiation for Equine Cancer Offered by Washington State

During the past few years, the oncology team at Washington State University (WSU) has successfully treated several horses with cancer using radiation therapy. Previously, this type of treatment was considered an unrealistic option for horses wit Read More

Reducing the Risks of Infection in Veterinary Practices: Recent Lessons Learned with EIA


The subject of infection control has been high profile recently with numerous teaching hospital closures, racetrack and other facility quarantines, newly developed AAEP infection control Read More

Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome: Tummy Troubles

Gastric ulceration affects a large number of horses of all ages: it's been shown to be prevalent in 25 to 50% of foals up to two months old, while another study reported that between 80 and 90% of racehorses in training have gastric ulceration. Read More

Training Age and Soundness

Does the fact that cutting horses are started so young have any effect on their future soundness? Is it best to wait another year before starting them in training? Read More

Wounds, Leg Trauma, and Respiratory Problems--Health Care Inside and Out

Discussions of products to treat wounds, leg trauma, and respiratory problems.

If you've been a horse owner for any length of time, there's a pretty good chance you've amassed an arsenal of products that claim some pretty Read More

Olympic Equestrian Arrangements are Years in the Making

The decision to hold the equestrian competitions of the 2008 Beijing Olympics in Hong Kong continues to be a topic of interest and debate. The events were moved because competition organizers sought to minimize the risk o Read More

Inside the Laminitic Foot

Learn how equine podiatrists assess, treat, and monitor laminitis. Laminitis is a terrifying mystery to many horse owners, in part because in the early stages a horse with tremendous damage can look and act much like a mil Read More

Eventing Safety: Joint Letter from USEF and USEA Leaders

David O'Connor, president of the U.S. Equestrian Federation (USEF), and Kevin Baumgardner, president of the U.S. Eventing Association (USEA), released April 29 a letter concerning safety in eventing.

The authors invited all members of Read More

Water and Dehydration Study Clarification

A 2008 Equine Veterinary Journal (EVJ) publication examining dehydration in working horses was summarized and printed on April 24, 2008, prior to its actual publication in EVJ. It was reviewed and approved by the Read More

Ever-Elusive EPM

Charlie (not his real name) had been a patient at our clinic on several occasions. He was always gentle and cooperative as we tried to determine what was causing his curious collection of clinical signs. He had tolerated everything from the obvious Read More

Lameness Exams in Horses

Lameness problems in horses are an ever-growing concern for horse owners. With a rising demand for top performance, the challenge is for veterinarians to keep up with improved diagnostics and treatment modalities. Furthermore, many work-ups toda Read More

You, Your Vet, and the National Animal Identification System

Recently, horse owners have been hearing a lot about animal identification and microchipping. As many already know, the USDA has, for the past four years, been developing and implementing the voluntary National Animal Identification System (NAIS) i Read More

Healthy Hooves, Inside and Out

Horse hooves aren't created equal, which can make it hard to understand the healthy foot's form and function. Read More

Winter Weather Halts Racing at Several Tracks

Aqueduct canceled its Feb. 13 racing card due to adverse weather conditions after the wintry mix that hit the area the night before turned to heavy rain. The track remained open for simulcasting.

The nine-race card was the last scheduled under Read More