Recent News for Vet and Professional

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Director Named for New York Animal Disease Testing Lab

May 26, 2007

The interim director of the Plum Island Laboratory has been named to the run the federal animal disease testing center permanently.

Dr. Lawrence Barrett, a veterinarian who has served since October as interim director at the U.S. Department of... Read More

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LSU Equine Hospital Dedicates Suite to Former Patient

May 21, 2007

In honor of the extraordinary efforts of globe-trotting surgeons, LSU veterinarians and technicians, a determined team of horse owners, and a remarkable 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare, the Louisiana State University's School of Veterinary Medicine ... Read More

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Magnesium Bone Cement Aids Fracture Repair

May 21, 2007

Biocompatible magnesium phosphate bone cement might be a better option for aiding fracture healing in horses than the calcium phosphate cement more commonly used today, according to a study performed by researchers at The Ohio State University.... Read More

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Geriatric Horse Saved from Muddy Creek

May 19, 2007

Thanks to firefighters, sheriff’s deputies, neighbors, and determined owners, a 30-year-old horse named Pam was saved from a sticky predicament May 16, Read More

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Detecting Foal Rib Fractures With Ultrasonography

May 18, 2007

A study conducted by researchers at the University of Montreal has revealed that ultrasonography is more effective than radiography for detecting rib fractures in foals, and that the fracture rate is higher than previously reported.... Read More

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University of Tennessee Vet School Dean Receives National Honor

May 11, 2007

Michael Blackwell, DVM, MPH, dean of the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine, has received the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Distinguished Alumni Award.

Blackwell received the award for his continuing, meaningful... Read More

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Learning to Read Radiographs (X Rays)

May 01, 2007

When you're talking about evaluating a horse's foot, a radiograph or X ray can tell you a whole lot more than just whether there's a fracture or not. When the radiograph is taken to show soft tissue detail as well as bone, it can provide tons of info... Read More

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Venograms for Laminitis: The Difference Between Success and Failure (Bluegrass Laminitis Symposium)

May 01, 2007

Venograms have added to our knowledge of laminitis and other common foot problems, in large part because for the first time we can see the structural components of the vascular supply to the horse's foot.... Read More

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How to Use Digital Venograms to Evaluate Laminitis

May 01, 2007

"The venogram is the ticket to fixing all those laminitis cases you've been missing," Amy Rucker, DVM, said at the Bluegrass Laminitis Symposium (held Jan. 25-28 in Louisville, Ky.). Rucker, a practitioner with Midwest Equine in Columbia, Mo., discus... Read More

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Strategies for Improving Vet-Client-Farrier Relations

May 01, 2007

When a horse has a foot problem, effective communication bewteen farrier, vet, and owner is key.... Read More

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What we Know About Laminitis (Bluegrass Laminitis Symposium)

May 01, 2007

When it comes to laminitis, everyone's got a pet theory--their favorite explanation of why it occurs, how to prevent it, and/or how to treat it. The reason we have these theories is because research hasn't yet been able to give us solid, unassailable... Read More

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What is a Healthy Hoof? (Bluegrass Laminitis Symposium)

May 01, 2007

Ask 10 people what a healthy hoof should look like, and you'll likely get 10 variations of an answer. ... Read More

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Healing Hooves With Self-Adjusting Palmar Angles (Bluegrass Laminitis Symposium)

May 01, 2007

When they are compromised due to disease processes such as laminitis, or poor internal hoof balance that leads to poor blood flow and overstressing of internal structures, putting the feet in comfortable alignment and applying massage helps them heal... Read More

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Foal Deformities: New Treatments (Bluegrass Laminitis Symposium)

May 01, 2007

Angular and flexural limb deformities in foals are concerns, to be sure, but they're not necessarily kisses of death. At the recent Bluegrass Laminitis Symposium, Ric Redden, DVM, founder of the International Equine Podiatry Center in Versailles, Ky.... Read More

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Correcting Crushed Heels (Bluegrass Laminitis Symposium)

May 01, 2007

Working to correct low heels when they begin to develop is far more successful than waiting until the horse has had no heel for a long time. Low-heeled conformation is not healthy and can compromise soundness in the short or long term.... Read More

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The Quest to Conquer Laminitis

May 01, 2007

"Owners and trainers worldwide have the feeling that every veterinarian and every farrier have years of experience and vast knowledge about laminitis and podiatry (foot care). Unfortunately, this is not the case," said Ric Redden, DVM, founder of... Read More

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AAEP Healthy Horses Workshop Heading to Colorado

May 01, 2007

The American Association of Equine Practitioners' (AAEP) Healthy Horses Workshop will be held Saturday, July 28 in Fort Collins, Colo. Intended for horse enthusiasts interested in learning more about equine health care, the Healthy Horses... Read More

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Dentistry Part 5: Surgical Procedures

May 01, 2007

The field of equine dentistry is as broad as the field of human dentistry. While your family dentist receives special training in a wide range of topics on general dental care, the endodontist, orthodontist, periodontist, and oromaxillofacial... Read More

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Diagnostic Imaging for Lameness

May 01, 2007

There was a time when diagnosing lameness was basic-watch the horse travel, determine where you think the problem might be, and take a guess at what's causing it. Then came X rays, ultrasound, CT (computed tomography) scans, scintigraphy (bone... Read More

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Laminitis Lessons: What Not to Do

April 30, 2007

Baker, who is both a veterinarian and a farrier, presented a discussion of six case studies and what they taught him not to do in treating laminitis. He began by describing the following common causes of treatment failure.... Read More

Routine hoof care is critical for your horse’s soundness and well-being. “A lot of times, when horses are on pasture, not in performance and not getting ridden very often, hoof problems arise due to longer intervals between care,” Tanner says. Whether a horse is barefoot or shod, “routine trimming by a skilled farrier,” is essential to reduce the possibility of laminitis, he adds.

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Fighting White Line Disease

April 30, 2007

Untreated white line disease can undermine your horse's feet, causing lameness and coffin bone instability.... Read More

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World Veterinary Organization to Meet in Moscow in 2008

April 30, 2007

The 10th International Congress of the World Equine Veterinary Association (WEVA) will be held in Moscow, Russia, on Jan. 28-Feb. 1, 2008. The event is hosted by the Russian Equine Veterinary Association (REVA). This exciting and important event... Read More

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Equine Research Coordination Group

April 29, 2007

How are we going to address these diseases that threaten the health of our horses and the viability of the equine industry? How are we going to deal with new diseases and conditions as they arise? What are we going to do when diseases we thought were... Read More

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Laminitis: Coming Out of the Dark (Bluegrass Laminitis Symposium)

April 27, 2007

There isn't yet a complete answer to how laminitis works and how to treat it, although researchers in several countries are working on it. D'Arpe characterizes the current state of laminitis knowledge by comparing it to the early stages of fracture... Read More

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Kotlikoff Named Dean of Cornell's College of Veterinary Medicine

April 27, 2007

Michael I. Kotlikoff, VMD, PhD, professor and chair of the Department of Biomedical Sciences at Cornell University, has been named dean of the university's renowned College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell President David J. Skorton and Provost... Read More