Roberta Dwyer, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVPM

Roberta Dwyer, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVPM, is a professor within the University of Kentucky's Maxwell H. Gluck Equine Research Center and editor of Equine Disease Quarterly.

Articles by Roberta Dwyer

Lots of Elbow Grease for Disinfection Project

Disease outbreaks are dangerous to the health of your horses and can be disastrous for your business. Read More

Reporting Adverse Effects to Vaccines, Medicines

An adverse event can be broadly defined as an undesirable occurrence after the use of a vaccine, drug, animal device, insecticide, medicated feed, etc. Multiple federal agencies are involved in taking reports of adverse events in animals, which Read More

Commentary: Critical Thinking while Reading

"Critical thinking" is the process of evaluating the merit and reliability of a stated fact and deciding whether the fact should be accepted or rejected. In other words, don't believe everything you read. Be a critical Read More

Horse Diseases and Humans

What can you catch from your horse?

If you work around horses long enough, you'll be handling ones that have lameness, diarrhea, abortions, skin diseases, and even neurologic signs. Our first concern is generally for the Read More

Bye Bye Bad Bugs

Disinfection is not a dirty word!

The following scenarios are based on fact; the names of the farms and diseases have been omitted purposely to worry you even more.

Scenario 1 After a scenic Read More

What to Expect from a Veterinarian?

I am looking for general information regarding my vet and horse care. What should I expect from my vet? Read More

Henneke Body Condition

I am looking for a body score chart in layman's terms. I would like to include this chart in our handbook for Personal Ponies, a national nonprofit organization, but many people (including me) don't know what these terms actually mean. The two I Read More

Handwashing: Bar Soap or Liquid?

With much information about biosecurity revolving around current equine herpesvirus infections, salmonellosis, and the upcoming foaling season, one small but important item has been often omitted. Animal workers and veterinarians should wash Read More

Handwashing: Bar Soap or Liquid?

With much information about biosecurity revolving around current equine herpesvirus infections, salmonellosis, and the upcoming foaling season, one small but important item has been often omitted. Animal workers and veterinarians should wash Read More

Equine Anesthesia (AAEP 2004)

Since then, more advanced drugs including new inhalant anesthetics have been developed to reduce stress on horses being put under anesthesia, and during recovery. Since the 1980s, research into the importance of monitoring blood pressure, respiration Read More

AAEP Convention 2004: Sports Medicine Part I

Several studies have been conducted on extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) at various institutions this past year. One presented by C. Wayne McIlwraith, BVSc, PhD, DSc, FRCVS, DrMedVet (hc), Dipl. ACVS, director of Colorado State University's Read More

I Never Thought it Would Happen to Me...

Many horse owners, and the public in general, firmly hold the belief that disasters "will never happen to me." Read More

Cleaning Water Buckets

Q: I'm concerned about keeping our horse's water buckets clean. In summer and winter (heated buckets) there is always scum on the inside. So far, I have spritzed them every day with a weak bleach solution followed by a spritz of Read More

The Making of a Veterinarian

"We are pleased to notify you that you have been accepted by the College of Veterinary Medicine as a first-year student in the professional curriculum beginning August 22, 2002." These few words are the light at the end of a long tunnel, and the Read More

Farm Disinfection

Salmonella, Rhodococcus equi, strangles, rotavirus, and multiple other contagious disease outbreaks...these are the bane of horse owners, farm managers, and trainers. One strangles outbreak can wreck a show season, cause Read More

Disinfecting For Strangles

I have a pony on a farm where strangles has broken out. There are about 80 horses on this farm on about 100 acres (split into different pastures). We don't know where the infection started, but horses which show signs are being treated. What Read More

When Should I Call the Vet?

A reader asks how she can know when it is time to call the veterinarian for a health problem in her horse, and when advice from Internet chat rooms is enough information. Read More

Rotavirus in Foals

"But we've never had rotavirus in our foals." Read on and consider yourself lucky if your foals have never had rotavirus and you have breezed through the past foaling seasons sans diarrhea. With the increasing transportation of horses comes the Read More

Foal Diarrhea

 I am a new owner of a broodmare who just had her first foal, which now has diarrhea. What can I do about it? How serious is it for him? How do I keep this from happening again?

The causative agents for diarrhea ca Read More

Rx: Responsible Drug Use

Tranquilizers can calm a nervous, first-time dam and allow her to accept her foal; anti-inflammatory drugs may Read More

Moving Your Horse Safely

I will be moving my horse from Kansas to Virginia in the near future. What preparations can I make to ensure the health of my horse in transit?

With the very mobile population of the United States, this is becoming a very Read More