AAEP Convention 2009

The 2009 convention of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) in Las Vegas, Nev., drew a record crowd and featured many presentations of interest to horse owners and veterinarians.

  • December 5-9, 2009
  • Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

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The Horse's Fetlock Joint: Injury, Disease, and Repair

March 05, 2010

The normal functions of bones, cartilage, soft tissues, and fluids within the fetlock joint--and joint disease... Read More

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Veterinary Outreach Programs Discussed at AAEP

March 02, 2010

Equitarian efforts have been under way for decades but are benefiting from new emphasis by the AAEP.... Read More

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Indistinct Gait Deficits: Musculoskeletal and Neurologic Causes

March 01, 2010

Strategies to identify specific problems in a horse with indistinct or unusual gait deficits, particularly if... Read More

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EPM Diagnosis and Treatment Recommendations

February 28, 2010

Diagnosing EPM in a live horse is challenging because no test is 100% accurate; the gold standard for diagnosis is finding the protozoan parasite in the spinal cord, which can only be sampled after the horse is euthanized. So for live horses, diagnos... Read More

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Advances in Equine Medicine Discussed at AAEP

February 27, 2010

What was the hottest news in equine veterinary medicine in 2009? During the popular Kester News Hour session at the annual American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Convention, three top veterinarians (who focus on equine reproduction... Read More

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Equine Lameness and Surgery Advances Discussed at AAEP

February 25, 2010

The hottest news in equine lameness and surgery was presented the popular Kester News Hour session at the annual American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) convention.... Read More

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Racing Quarter Horses and Horseshoe Toe Grabs

February 22, 2010

A toe grab is a raised rim on the toe area of a horseshoe; its purpose is to help the horse "dig in" to the track and reduce slipping (much like football or baseball cleats). However, there are increased stresses on the limbs from this stronger grip ... Read More

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Equine Parasites: 6 Tips on Learning to Live With Worms

February 21, 2010

If you read the title of this article and said, "WHAT?!?" don't worry--you're not alone! No horse owner wants to think of even a single worm burrowing in their horse's innards. But a goal of zero tolerance for worms is no ... Read More

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Horses and Veterinarians: How to Get Along

February 20, 2010

"Veterinarians work under a great handicap when handling horses--almost everything the veterinarian does to a horse is either frightening or painful," began Robert Miller, DVM. However, that doesn't mean there's no way for a v... Read More

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Equine Influenza Vaccine Protocols: Boosters are Best

February 17, 2010

A 300-horse study sought to find the vaccination protocol that best prevents flu in horses--intranasal (IN) or intramuscular (IM), given as a single dose or two doses given 30 days apart (boosted). Researchers also looked at boosting an initial ... Read More

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Colic: In-Depth Discussion by Vets at AAEP

February 13, 2010

Almost all horses with colic can be saved if the problem is recognized quickly and treatment is instituted rapidly, said Anthony Blikslager, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVS, of North Carolina State University, during the "In-Depth: Colic" portio... Read More

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Equine Multinodular Pulmonary Fibrosis

February 12, 2010

Pneumonia (lung inflammation) in horses can be quite serious, particularly the recently described form termed equine multinodular pulmonary fibrosis. ... Read More

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Reducing Your Horse's Exposure to Dust

February 10, 2010

Researchers have shown that significant amounts of mucus in a racehorse's airway can negatively affect his performance, and they've theorized that dust in the horse's environment contributes to that mucus. Therefore, the logical nex... Read More

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Equine Hospital Salmonella Biosecurity Evaluation

February 07, 2010

Salmonella infection is a disease taken very seriously by equine veterinarians, partly because it can cause severe gastrointestinal disease in their patients, and also because it can do the same to the veterinarians and hospital staff. T... Read More

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Current Joint Therapies in Equine Veterinary Practice

February 06, 2010

Seventy percent of vets surveyed use corticosteroids in their intra-articular therapeutic strategy, usually combined with another medications, such as hyaluronic acid (HA) or the antibiotic amikacin. For 22%, personal experience ... Read More

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Treating Horses with Bone Marrow-Derived Stem Cells (AAEP 2009)

February 05, 2010

Stem cell therapy has been used for soft tissue injuries, including stifle meniscal lesions following surgical debridement, and for treating tendon injuries. Bone marrow-derived stem cells are reported to achieve improved bone and cartilage eff... Read More

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Horse Hoof Trimming Guidelines (AAEP 2009)

February 04, 2010

One of the biggest troubles with discussing horse hoof trimming and balance is that when it comes to hoof balance, there isn't a set definition. This makes it challenging for everyone to achieve a balanced foot. At the 2009 American Associa... Read More

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General Anesthetics in Horses: Inhalants and Injectables (AAEP 2009)

February 03, 2010

The basic strategies for general anesthesia in horses--gas (inhalant) vs. injectable (intravenous) medication--might soon be sharing and/or trading places on the popularity scale, according to Ann Wagner, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVA, ACVP, professor of... Read More

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Severe Laminitis in Horses: Modified Surgical Treatment (AAEP 2009)

February 02, 2010

When a horse has a severe case of laminitis with marked instability of the coffin bone, cutting the deep digital flexor tendon (DDFT) is a treatment that veterinarians often recommend. This surgical procedure is commonly done halfway down the b... Read More

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Lower Palmar Digital Nerve Blocks Concerns (AAEP 2009)

February 01, 2010

Researchers found that, in some cases, anesthetic might migrate and numb more structures than expected.... Read More

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Evolution of Critical Care in Private Equine Practice (AAEP 2009)

January 31, 2010

Changes in equine critical care are in large part due to improved skills, training, and experience of practitioners that facilitate expeditious case assessment. In today's electronic world, this is coupled with networking opportunities... Read More

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Broodmare C-Section: Subsequent Fertility and Foaling Rates (AAEP 2009)

January 30, 2010

Cesarean sections, or C-sections, are performed on approximately 15%-25% of pregnant mares admitted to equine hospitals for dystocia (difficult or abnormal labor or delivery). C-sections are also performed as elective procedures or in cases whe... Read More

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Sepsis Treatment in Horses, AAEP 2009

January 26, 2010

Sepsis is a systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS) in which the whole body is in an inflammatory state due to the presence of a known or suspect bacterial infection. The evolution and future of sepsis treatment in the horse was describe... Read More

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Cortisol Levels and Colic Survival in Horses (AAEP 2009)

January 25, 2010

Cortisol, which is often termed the "stress hormone" because its levels rise in response to stress in horses and other species, might offer veterinarians another tool for assessing and developing prognoses for horses with colic. At th... Read More

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Lameness in Racehorses, AAEP 2009

January 24, 2010

When a racehorse is injured, one of the biggest concerns an owner has is whether or not the animal will be able to race again. The owner also wants to know if the horse will be able to perform as well as it did prior to being hurt. Travis Tull,... Read More