Recent News for Vet and Professional

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Prosthetics: Science, Not Science Fiction

July 01, 2005

There is a roadside pasture in Pullman, Wash., where a black Quarter Horse stallion has been known to stop traffic. It's not simply the pastoral beauty of a handsome horse in a natural setting that draws attention. Rather, it's that this... Read More

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Treadmills for Diagnosing Lameness

July 01, 2005

Through the years, the treadmill has been a valuable asset in diagnosing various respiratory problems and complications in athletic horses, especially those involving the larynx and upper airways. Now another dimension has been added--the evaluation ... Read More

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Acupuncture for Acute Heaves

July 01, 2005

Acupuncture has become a popular alternative therapy for chronic illness in horses, especially recurrent airway obstruction (also known as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or heaves). Unfortunately, there are few objective studies supporting... Read More

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Farrier Licensing Controversy

July 01, 2005

Horseshoers (farriers) in the United States have long practiced with no regulation and only voluntary certification, but some in the industry think that should change--soon. An American Farrier's Association (AFA) task force presented a proposal... Read More

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Treatment of Equine Heart Arrhythmia

July 01, 2005

Human defibrillators are being used successfully to treat horses with irregular heartbeats (fibrillation). Kim McGurrin, DVM, a graduate student at the University of Guelph's College of Veterinary Medicine, developed a procedure as part of her... Read More

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Hagyard Equine Medical Institute Hosts Large-Animal Rescue Training

June 28, 2005

Hagyard Equine Medical Institute will once again offer an extensive three-day training course on August 8-10, 2005, at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky. This training is designed to educate first responders such as firefighters, police... Read More

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Responsible Needle Disposal

June 27, 2005

The implications of improperly disposed needles can be staggering. Not only can a nasty puncture wound to humans, pets and wildlife be incurred, in doing so, these needles can carry dangerous vaccines, medications, pathogens and antibiotics into the ... Read More

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Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine Names Equine Facility in Honor of Famed Horse Surgeon

June 20, 2005

An area of Cornell's Comparative Orthopedics Laboratory was renamed in an effort to honor famed equine surgeon John Donald (J.D.) Wheat, DVM '45, during alumni reunion activities at the College of Veterinary Medicine on June
11.

The... Read More

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Should Farriers be Licensed?

June 14, 2005

Horseshoers (farriers) in the United States have long practiced with no regulation and only voluntary certification, but some in the industry think that will--and should--change soon. An American Farrier's Association (AFA) task force presented ... Read More

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Equine Science Society 2005 Awards

June 08, 2005

Several awards were presented to outstanding individuals in the field of equine science at the Equine Science Society (ESS) Symposium May 31-June 3, in Tucson, Ariz.

The Outstanding Educator Award was presented to Pete G. Gibbs, MS, PhD,... Read More

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Dedicated to Horse Health

June 01, 2005

Have you ever wished for newer and better treatment for a sick horse? The AAEP Foundation, the charitable arm of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP), is working to meet this need. Created in 1994, the AAEP Foundation's missio... Read More

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Tumors of Dental Origin

June 01, 2005

Odontomas are benign tumors that arise from dental tissue in an animal's mouth. These tumors can be quite invasive, most commonly affecting the maxilla or cheekbone. They can be surgically removed, but the procedure requires aggressive, extensiv... Read More

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Summit Charts Course for Unwanted Horses

June 01, 2005

More than 25 equine-industry organizations and one U.S. congressman participated in the nation's first Unwanted Horse Summit on April 19 in Washington, D.C. Hosted by the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP), the Summit served as ... Read More

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Veterinarians Discuss Client Credit Policies

May 27, 2005

In an ideal world, horses would only require veterinary care between the convenient hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., and veterinarians always would be paid at the time of service. While the late-night emergency call is inevitable, high... Read More

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Federal Bill Introduced to Expand Veterinary Workforce

May 17, 2005

In response to an increased threat with the use of biological agents for terrorism purposes, The Veterinary Workforce Expansion Act of 2005 (S. 914 and HR 2206) has been introduced to the House and Senate. Sen. Wayne Allard (R-CO), a retired... Read More

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Stem Cell Treatments Successful on Tendon Injuries

May 16, 2005

Mr Cool's victory in the Stanleybet Long Distance Handicap Hurdle at Haydock Park Racecourse, England, on Saturday, May 7 was noteworthy due to pioneering tendon treatment he had received.

After the 11-year-old suffered a tendon injury i... Read More

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AAEP Horse Health Day

May 11, 2005

Emanating from a mutual commitment to improve the lives of horses, the Kentucky Horse Park and the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) are set to embark upon a new partnership called Healthy Horses.

Taking place Saturday,... Read More

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Hoof Radiographs

May 01, 2005

Your horse is limping and a detailed visual exam by your veterinarian reveals a small black spot, suggesting a puncture wound. Your veterinarian radiographs the hoof: The X rays confirm the diagnosis, clearly showing the direction and depth of... Read More

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Conformation of Racehorses

May 01, 2005

In her study, nearly all racing-bred Thoroughbred foals were carpus valgus (knock-kneed) at birth, many toed out, and a few had offset knees. But at about 18 months of age, nearly two-thirds had offset knees and the incidence of knock knees ... Read More

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Ophthalmology for Ambulatory Practitioners

May 01, 2005

"I have a special interest in eyes, but they're only about 5% of my work," began Ann Dwyer, DVM, of Genesee Valley Equine Clinic in Scottsville, N.Y., at the Western Veterinary Conference Feb. 20-24 in Las Vegas, Nev. "Some problems will always... Read More

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Vaccine Care and Handling

May 01, 2005

"A lot of very smart people are not aware of how to properly handle vaccines," said Rocky Bigbie, DVM, MS, director of field veterinary services with Fort Dodge Animal Health, at the 2005 Western Veterinary Conference held Feb. 20-24 in Las... Read More

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Vet Student/Farrier Courses

May 01, 2005

The importance of podiatry in equine practice and to the overall well-being (especially soundness) of the horse is well known. Treatment and prevention of lameness involving the distal limb centers around a thorough knowledge of hoof care. Due to... Read More

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Dental Floating Value

May 01, 2005

Maintaining dental health is believed to be critical to optimum feed intake, digestive tract health, and body condition. In Western Canada, there are about 70,000 PMU mares that usually don't get routine dental care. Researchers from the Western... Read More

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Large Animal Emergency Response Training at the Kentucky Horse Park

April 13, 2005

"Horses often find themselves in extremely dangerous situations, and we want to do everything in our power to save their lives," said John Nicholson, Executive Director of the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. "That's why we're so pleased that... Read More

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Recognizing and Responding to Neglect

April 01, 2005

Equine veterinarians are in a unique position to recognize neglect or the potential for neglect in horses. They have direct access to horses and horse property, and they get to know horses and their owners by providing care for many years. As... Read More