Recent News for Vet and Professional

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Rapid and Reliable Test for Diarrhea-Causing Toxin Identified

July 13, 2008

Toxins produced by the bacterium Clostridium difficile can cause diarrhea in adult horses and foals. The high economic impact associated with treatment costs, considerable animal losses to disease associated with mortality and... Read More

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F. William Pierson named Director of Virginia Tech's Veterinary Teaching Hospital

July 12, 2008

Dr. F. William "Bill" Pierson, of Check, Va., was recently named director of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital in the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech. Pierson had been serving as interim director since... Read More

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Ames Named Dean of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine

July 10, 2008

The University of Minnesota Board of Regents on June 13 approved the appointment of Trevor Ames, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVIM, as dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine.

"Trevor has done an outstanding job as interim dean, and I believe that he... Read More

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Stall-Side Airway Test will be Available Soon

July 10, 2008

English researchers are working to move airway disease screening and diagnostics from the lab into the barn.

Equine HealthCare, a company based in the U.K., is developing a new respiratory diagnostic test based on measuring the amount of... Read More

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Synthetic Racing Surfaces on Agenda in New York

July 08, 2008

New York state officials will be holding a session with racing industry officials to consider the installation of synthetic surfaces at the state's racetracks.

The July 29 forum in Saratoga Springs will feature commentary by jockeys,... Read More

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Radiation Therapy for Equine Cancer Patients

July 08, 2008

While radiation therapy might seem like an unrealistic option for managing horses with cancer, Janean Fidel, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVR, Dipl. ACVIM, from Washington State University's College of Veterinary Medicine suggests the opposite. She attests... Read More

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Prevent Fractures in Horses: New Technology Could Help

July 07, 2008

Researchers at Purdue have designed wearable acoustic emission sensors, which could be used to monitor the formation of these microcracks in bones that can lead to hairline stress fractures unless detected in time. The technology might help prevent... Read More

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Rattlesnake Bite Management Recommendations

July 06, 2008

The United States is home to 26 species of rattlesnakes, making rattlesnake bites relatively common events in equine medicine. Horse owners definitely need to resist the urge to begin sucking the venom from their horse's rattlesnake bite... Read More

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WSU Researchers Awarded $1.4 Million to Study Equine Infectious Anemia

July 03, 2008

Faculty members at Washington State University have been awarded a $1.4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study the equine infectious anemia (EIA) virus in horses. The grant was awarded to Susan Carpenter, PhD, a... Read More

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AVMA and Industry Businesses Partner

July 03, 2008

Fort Dodge Animal Health, Hill's Pet Nutrition, and Merial have together pledged a total of $4.5 million in support of American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) programs and services over the next four years. (AVMA is the membership group... Read More

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CDC Study: Equine Practitioner Hygiene Could Use Improvement

July 02, 2008

In a multi-institutional study coordinated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), researchers found that many veterinarians do not consistently engage in behaviors or practices that are widely deemed protective against the... Read More

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Commentary: Diagnostic Laboratories a Key Component of Equine Health

July 02, 2008

This issue of The Quarterly contains several articles on diseases of horses that run the gamut of conditions.... Read More

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Dr. Bobby Cowles to Join Pfizer Equine Team

July 01, 2008

With more than a decade of experience in veterinary science, Bobby Cowles, DVM, MS, MBA, is bringing his passion for the horse and expertise in equine health to work on the veterinary operations team that supports Pfizer Animal Health's equine... Read More

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Complementary Therapeutic Options for Horses

July 01, 2008

The two most utilized therapies in equine medicine are veterinary acupuncture and chiropractic.... Read More

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Castration Technique Could Reduce Complications

June 30, 2008

A new sterilization technique that leaves a stallion's testicles in place but nonfunctioning might provide a safe, simple, and reliable alternative to traditional castration methods, according to Iranian researchers.

In the... Read More

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Neurology to be Focus of AAEP State-of-the-Art Lecture

June 30, 2008

Stephen M. Reed, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, will deliver the Frank J. Milne State-of-the-Art Lecture on Dec. 8 during the American Association of Equine Practitioners' 54th Annual Convention in San Diego, Calif. Equine neurology is the focus of this year's... Read More

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Horse Headed To Alabama Vet School Survives Trailer Crash

June 29, 2008

Jack, a 16-year-old Tennessee Walking Horse whose full name is Magic's Cracker Jack, was being hauled by his owner to Tuskegee University's vet school in Alabama yesterday morning (June 27) due to a mild case of colic when the trip took a turn... Read More

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Wisconsin Group Works to Attract Students to Large Animal Practice

June 27, 2008

There has been much publicity lately about changes in the agricultural industry, accompanied by  studies suggesting there will be fewer large-animal veterinarians.  ... Read More

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Regulation of Complementary Therapies: States of Confusion

June 27, 2008

Not too many years ago, proponents of massage therapy, acupuncture and acupressure, chiropractic, and other complementary or alternative therapies for animals often were dismissed as part of the lunatic fringe. Today, with apologies to Bob Dylan, the... Read More

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Dirty Jobs for Horses: Charlie Brown, Blood Donor and Teacher

June 26, 2008

Veterinary teaching hospitals save horses' lives and train future veterinarians. But along with the human faculty, another type of staff member has an integral role in training new vets to care for your horse.

"Our teaching horses are... Read More

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Readers Respond: Tip Toes

June 26, 2008

Almost 1,500 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "What management methods does your hoof care professional use?"

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AAEP Supports Thoroughbred Safety Recommendations

June 24, 2008

The AAEP has endorsed the three initial recommendations of The Jockey Club's Thoroughbred Safety Committee. The committee announced its recommendations June 17, including the elimination of steroids in race training and racing, a ban on toe... Read More

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Minnesota Equine Tooth Floaters Lose First Round

June 24, 2008

The Minnesota Board of Veterinary Medicine can continue to regulate the floating of horses' teeth as the practice of veterinary medicine, according to the Fourth Judicial District Court for Hennepin County. In a 51-page decision rendered June 20... Read More

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Big Brown's Owners Prepare to Open Belmont Equine Hospital

June 21, 2008

At the beginning of 2008, International Equine Acquisitions Holdings (IEAH) anticipated that its biggest event of the year would be the opening of the $17-million equine medical facility it built and funded a stone's throw outside the gates of... Read More

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Zoo Performs First Reverse Vasectomy on Horse

June 17, 2008

Scientists at the Smithsonian Institution's National Zoo have revealed they reversed a vasectomy on an endangered horse to allow it to reproduce naturally--the first-known operation of its kind on an endangered species.

Veterinarians said... Read More