Recent News for Vet and Professional

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Vet Shortage Could Put Squeeze on Horse Owners

June 12, 2008

The nation could face a shortage of as many as 4,000 veterinarians in the next six years, if current trends continue, according to a recent study based on U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data.

Researchers at the Cummings School of Veterinary... Read More

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AVMA Adds Animal Welfare Page to Web site

June 10, 2008

To help veterinarians and the general public understand the complexity and passion behind animal welfare issues, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has launched its first Web section devoted entirely to animal welfare information... Read More

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IDEXX Now Offers 48-hour R. equi Testing Results

June 07, 2008

A rapid PCR test is now available through IDEXX/EBI to detect virulent or avirulent strains of R. equi bacteria, the leading cause of foal pneumonia. IDEXX noted that its R. equi test uses PCR methods that are more... Read More

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Florida Vet School Names Award Honorees

June 05, 2008

A South Florida equine practitioner and the director of the University of Florida's mobile equine diagnostic service have been honored for their career accomplishments by the University of Florida (UF) College of Veterinary Medicine.... Read More

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Weak Economy Challenges Veterinarians

June 05, 2008

Recently, Tim Van Der Ploeg, DVM, received a call from one of his clients, who was seeking help for her horse. She thought the animal was suffering from tetanus.

"I told her what we could do, and how much treatment would cost," said Van Der... Read More

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Study Highlights Veterinary Contribution to Economy

June 04, 2008

Veterinary medicine contributes $3.3 billion to the economies of New England, but the region could face shortage of as many as 658 veterinarians by 2014, according to a study by the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University.... Read More

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Equine Therapy: Sound Choices

June 01, 2008

Many equine therapy devices are available, but which ones work? Keeping your horse in action or getting him sound and back into battle: twin goals of just about everyone who works with competition horses or who spends a chunk of time playing with the... Read More

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Managing Acute and Chronic Laminitis

June 01, 2008

Belknap (who co-hosted TheHorse.com's Webinar on Understanding Laminitis) said the latest research points to laminitis as an intense inflammatory injury of the foot, and it is no longer believed to be solely a blood flow problem.... Read More

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Researchers Focus on Safety for Equine Athletes

May 30, 2008

Four veterinarians took to the podium at the International Equine Summit, held in Lexington, Ky., April 28-29 to discuss research involving equine athletes. All discussed studies with which they are involved, with the ultimate goal of makin... Read More

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Equine Reproductive Specialist Dr. John Steiner Dead

May 28, 2008

John Steiner, DVM, Dipl. ACT, passed away Monday, May 26, at the Albany Medical Center. He had sustained severe head injuries in an accident the previous Tuesday, and his condition worsened despite the most aggressive medical care and the... Read More

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Congress Could Call June Hearing on Racing

May 27, 2008

A congressional subcommittee could schedule a hearing as early as June to examine breakdowns, medication use, and breeding practices in Thoroughbreds.

The United States House Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection sent letter... Read More

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Reorganization Will Streamline Ohio State Veterinary Hospital

May 26, 2008

The administration of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine has announced a re-structuring of personnel, effective immediately, which is designed to create a more efficient business operatio... Read More

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Perinatology: End of Pregnancy Through Beginning of Life

May 25, 2008

Traditionally, one of the stronger parts of each AAEP convention program is the time devoted to reproduction. The convention held in Orlando was no exception. It began with an in-depth session titled "Perinatology--End of Pregnancy Through... Read More

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Genetic Concentration: Too Much of a Good Thing?

May 24, 2008

"For years we've taught the industry about reproduction, but we haven't taught about breeding," said Gary Carpenter, executive director of the American Quarter Horse Foundation during a roundtable at the International Equine Summit, held in... Read More

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AAEP Summer Meetings Focus on Foal Care, Practice Management

May 21, 2008

The American Association of Equine Practitioners' (AAEP) summer continuing education meetings--Focus on the First Year of Life and the 16th Annual Practice Management Seminar--will be held July 27-29 in Austin, Texas, at the Hilton Austin.... Read More

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Veterinarians Begin Testing New Equine Recovery Device

May 20, 2008

A version of a device designed to help brain injured and bariatric human patients to move more freely might also be used to assist down horses recovering from injury and surgeries.

"We were doing applications to support a 1,000-pound... Read More

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Atypical Causes of Stallion Infertility

May 18, 2008

It pays to think outside the box when considering possible causes of stallion infertility. The stallion's reproductive conformation, quality of sperm, and history can all impact his performance in the breeding shed.... Read More

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CSU Laboratory Receives "Select Agent" Approval

May 17, 2008

The Rocky Mountain Regional Biocontainment Laboratory (RBL) at Colorado State University's College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences has formally received "select agent" research approval from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control... Read More

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Equine Corneal Ulcers Discussed In-Depth at AAEP Convention

May 14, 2008

At the 2007 AAEP convention's In-Depth Ophthalmology session, Caryn Plummer, DVM, Dipl. ACVO, assistant professor at of the University of Florida veterinary school, described the outer corneal layer (epithelium) as the windshield of the eye, and... Read More

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Merits of Standing Eye Enucleation Revealed

May 13, 2008

In the first multi-institutional study of its kind, researchers recently reported that eye enucleation (surgical removal of the eye and associated structures) with the horse standing and sedated is safer and more economical than the traditional... Read More

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AVMA Amends Horse Transport Policy

May 12, 2008

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has reinforced its opposition to the use of double-deck trailers to transport horses and other equines by approving a new policy on the humane transport of equines.

The policy, which was... Read More

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Acupuncture and Chiropractic: Healthy Horses Workshop

May 12, 2008

Acupuncture can be effective in treating chronic pain and musculoskeletal disorders such as lameness, Heiderich told her listeners. She said it also can be beneficial for eye problems, mild colic, respiratory disorders, anhidrosis (the inability... Read More

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Neck Problems in Sport Horses

May 11, 2008

Some of the more typical clinical signs horses with a neck problem might present include stiffness, muscle atrophy, patchy sweating, shortened forelimb stride, forelimb lameness, and abnormal head carriage.... Read More

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CSU Research Aims to Reduce Injuries to Racehorses

May 11, 2008

The death of a top racehorse in the Kentucky Derby is something researchers at Colorado State University (CSU) hope to help prevent in the future, according to an Associated Press article at Read More

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Brazilian Olympic Horse Treated at University of Florida

May 10, 2008

After surviving an odyssey of complicated medical problems and difficult surgeries, a Brazilian Olympic dressage horse named Livello has lived to train another day and is recuperating back in his home country, thanks to University of Florida... Read More