Recent News for Vet and Professional

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First Aid for Limb Fractures in Horses

March 20, 2008

When a horse's leg is fractured, the primary treatment goal is to stabilize the fracture site so the broken bone ends don't further separate and do more damage. The outcomes of these cases often have a great deal to do with how well the broken... Read More

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AAEP Vets 'On Call' to Assist at Racing Telecasts

March 19, 2008

Media-trained equine veterinarians representing the American Association of Equine Practitioners' (AAEP) "On Call" program will support another season of live Thoroughbred racing on the major television networks. The "On Call" program is designe... Read More

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Detecting Latent Back Pain in Horses

March 19, 2008

Even if they can't tell you where it hurts, horses with back pain will soon be able to benefit from Scottish and Austrian research focusing on the long muscles of the equine back.

In the article, which is slated for an upcoming edition of... Read More

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Fighting Equine Influenza: Winning the Battle but Losing the War?

March 18, 2008

Over the course of a few short months, the Australian horse flu outbreak cost the country approximately $100 million AU ($92.6 million US) and caused racing, breeding, and other performance horse-related activities to effectively grind to a halt... Read More

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Auburn's Vet School Announces Open House

March 17, 2008

The Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine will host its 31st annual Open House on Saturday, April 19, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at its campus on Wire Road. There will be college tours and scientific displays, plus a dog agility course,... Read More

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Reducing Hindgut Acidosis

March 17, 2008

Acidosis (abnormally high acidity) in the hindgut (the large intestine and colon) can cause a number of problems in horses, including anorexia, colic, laminitis, and stereotypic (continuous, repetitive, and serving no purpose) behaviors such as... Read More

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Tool to Detect Osteoarthritis in Athletic Horses Developed

March 16, 2008

Italian researchers have devised a novel technique for evaluating osteoarthritis in performance horses via measurement of metabolic products in synovial fluid. They do this by using a specialized imaging technique for liquids known as proto... Read More

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Traumatic Brain Injury in Horses

March 15, 2008

"Head trauma is common in horses, and a number of these cases will present with neurologic signs consistent with brain injury," began Darien Feary, BVSc, MS, Dipl. ACVIM, ACVECC, a lecturer in equine medicine with the University of Sydney,... Read More

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Pain Medications for Horses

March 11, 2008

Managing pain in horses is important for a lot of reasons: There are humane benefits in addition to medical ones, such as maintenance of weight, shorter hospital stays, and lower total patient bills. At the 2007 American Association of Equine... Read More

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Correcting Large Colon Displacement

March 11, 2008

Left dorsal displacement of the large colon isn't the most common cause of colic--only about 6-8% of colics are caused by this. However, up to 21% of affected horses tend to displace again, even after surgical correction. These horses often have... Read More

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Rural Areas Face Veterinarian Shortage

March 10, 2008

Bill Bennett has spent 45 years feeding and herding 2,500 cattle on his rolling eastern Washington ranch. He's also had to act as a doctor because he's unable to find a veterinarian who will come to his rural spread.

He's not alone, as... Read More

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Shoulder Blade Stress Fractures in Thoroughbred Racehorses

March 10, 2008

Although it's not a common injury, fracture of the scapula or shoulder blade does occur in horses and causes notable lameness. At the 2007 American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention, held Dec. 1-5 in Orlando, Fla., Stuart Vallance, BVS... Read More

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Study: Corneal Transplants Safe and Effective in Horses

March 09, 2008

According to a retrospective study involving 206 horses, corneal transplants can successfully restore vision in horses with a variety of eye problems including melting ulcers, iris prolapsed, stromal abscesses, and in horses that were not... Read More

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Virginia Tech Vets Tackle Upper Respiratory Disorders

March 07, 2008

At Virginia Tech's Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center, a variety of treatments are available for correcting disorders of the upper respiratory system and improving the odds of performance success.

Equine upper respiratory disorders ofte... Read More

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NCSU Offering Equine Science Course Online

March 07, 2008

Horse owners and enthusiasts will have the chance to learn more about equine science and earn college credit this summer, when North Carolina State University (NCSU) utilizes a distance education program to offer an introduction to equine science... Read More

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Dealing with Emerging Infectious Diseases

March 05, 2008

Scientists are becoming increasingly concerned about the marked and persistent development of emerging infectious diseases--infections that are new to a population or geographic area, have appeared more frequently, or have become more virulent (abl... Read More

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Lameness Exams in Horses

March 01, 2008

Lameness problems in horses are an ever-growing concern for horse owners. With a rising demand for top performance, the challenge is for veterinarians to keep up with improved diagnostics and treatment modalities. Furthermore, many work-ups toda... Read More

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French Government Moves to Enhance Equine Research Facilities

February 21, 2008

New scientific partnerships and facilities will be added in the coming years to the French equine research hub in Lower Normandy in order to maintain its position on the international level, according to the French Minister of Agriculture and... Read More

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Vet Students Receive AAEP Foundation/American Live Stock Scholarships

February 19, 2008

Eight veterinary students will receive $2,500 scholarships from the American Live Stock Insurance Company and the AAEP Foundation. The scholarships are presented annually to fourth-year veterinary students who plan to pursue a career in equine... Read More

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Grayson-Jockey Club Funding 24 Equine Research Projects

February 15, 2008

The board of directors of the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation has approved a record allocation of $1,226,457 for equine research in 2008. The funds will underwrite a slate of 14 start-up projects and 10 second-year proposals.

This mark... Read More

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Winners of Vet Contest to Be Honored at Conference

February 14, 2008

Winners of the first "Thank Your Vet for a Healthy Pet" contest will be honored at the Western Veterinary Conference in Las Vegas on Feb. 19, 2008.

The nationwide essay contest honors veterinarians for the outstanding work that they do... Read More

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Pretty as a Picture After 'Wry Nose' Surgery

February 14, 2008

Researchers modified a surgical technique to correct wry nose (an abnormal nasal deviation) in a horse.... Read More

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Western College of Veterinary Medicine Renovating, Expanding

February 12, 2008

Last summer, project managers added another welcome check mark to their growing list of completed expansion and renovation projects at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM). The latest project to be completed, which opened its doors... Read More

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Surgical Hardware: The Testing of the Screw

February 09, 2008

A headless, tapered screw made out of tough, lightweight metal could put a new twist on surgical implants used in pastern arthrodesis.

For years, riders in Western performance events such as reining, cutting, and barrel racing have... Read More

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AVMA President Testifies on Looming Vet Shortage

February 08, 2008

The president of the nation's largest veterinary association appeared before a Congressional subcommittee Feb. 7 and urged the United States Department of Agriculture to implement a long-standing but dormant program that would help address a... Read More