Recent News for Vet and Professional

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Famed Virologist Dr. William McCollum Dead

July 05, 2007

William H. McCollum, MS, PhD, began working at the University of Kentucky in 1947 and retired as a Professor Emeritus in 2004 after 55 years of service to the horse industry. One of his greatest contributions was development of a vaccine against... Read More

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AAEP 2006: Therapeutic Options Forum

July 05, 2007

Jim Kenney, DVM, and Kevin May, DVM, co-facilitated a small gathering at the Therapeutic Options Forum at the 2006 American Association of Equine Practitioners convention in San Antonio, Texas, held Dec. 2-6. The first item on the agenda was... Read More

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Lactate Provides Useful Indication of Prognosis

July 04, 2007

Lactate, the ionized form of lactic acid, which is a byproduct of anaerobic metabolism, can provide objective insight into the prognoses of equine patients, according to Robert Franklin, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, of the Equine Medical Center in Ocala,... Read More

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Hyperkalemic Periodic Paralysis: 14 Years Later

July 04, 2007

Sharon Spier, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, PhD, associate professor at the University of California, Davis, has pioneered much of the research on HYPP. She presented updated information gleaned over the past 14 years on this disease at the 2006 AAEP... Read More

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Incidence and Management of Exertional Rhabdomyolysis

July 03, 2007

Stephanie Valberg, DVM, PhD, professor of large animal medicine and director of the University of Minnesota's Equine Center, tackled the broad subject of skeletal muscle disease related to exercise at the 2006 AAEP Convention.

This has... Read More

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Gallium to Control R. equi Foal Pneumonia

July 03, 2007

In order to survive, R. equi requires iron from the foal's body to replicate and survive. Researchers at Texas A&M University's College of Veterinary Medicine recently examined the use of a semi-metal (gallium) that mimics iron as a... Read More

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Adipobiology (The Study of Fat in the Body): An Emerging Field

July 02, 2007

What exactly does stored fat do to a horse's body? It wreaks serious havoc on at least 11 vital body functions. Nat Messer, DVM, Dipl. ABVP, an associate professor of equine medicine and surgery at the University of Missouri (UM), presented a... Read More

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Challenges of Cushing's Disease Diagnosis and Treatment

July 02, 2007

We know Cushing's disease (or pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction—PPID—as it's more scientifically called), simply put, is an "old-horse disease" that results in metabolism disturbances and an abnormally heavy hair coat. But when it comes to... Read More

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Brazos River Threatens More Texas Flooding

July 01, 2007

Residents of Weatherford, Texas, who had gone back home after one evacuation kept watch Sunday on the Brazos River, which was rising again as flood gates were opened at overloaded upstream reservoirs.

The Brazos was expected to swell bac... Read More

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Recuperating Back Muscles

July 01, 2007

My 17-year-old Half-Arabian gelding underwent colic surgery, recovered well, but his back has dropped.... Read More

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Research... Missing Dollars

July 01, 2007

Leaders in veterinary research and the equine industry should develop policy initiatives that recognize needed changes in the research landscape. Equine medicine remains grossly underfunded. As companion animals, horses receive few government... Read More

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Older Horses: Dental Problems

July 01, 2007

More horse owners have become aware that good dental care is a key component in keeping a horse healthy. ... Read More

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Researchers Test WNV Vaccines

June 30, 2007

In a recent study, University of Florida researchers evaluated the effectiveness of three commercially available equine West Nile virus (WNV) vaccines. While all vaccinated horses, irrespective of the vaccine administered, did not develop viremi... Read More

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Avoid Mayflies to Minimize PHF Risk

June 30, 2007

Minimizing your horse’s risk of contracting Potomac horse fever (PHF) might be as simple as shutting off the lights.

Mayflies—swarms of which are common in Southeast Minnesota and adjacent areas of Wisconsin—were incriminated as a vector... Read More

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Western College of Vet Medicine Equine Programs Receive Record Funding

June 28, 2007

The Equine Health Research Fund (EHRF) will invest more than $225,000 in equine health research and training programs at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine during the next 12 months--the largest annual amount ever awarded by the... Read More

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Midway College Hires New Equine Division Chair

June 27, 2007

Milton C. Toby, J.D., has been hired as the Equine Division Chair for Midway College in Midway, Ky. Toby has extensive experience in the equine and legal fields and will bring a great deal of expertise to the Equine Department at Midway.... Read More

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Texas A&M Vet School Partnering with Cargill, Nutrena

June 25, 2007

Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (CVM) has entered into an agreement to create an educational alliance with Cargill and one of its major animal feed brands, Nutrena.

Representatives from both... Read More

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AAEP Lameness Research Meeting to be Held in August

June 25, 2007

The American Association of Equine Practitioners Foundation (AAEP Foundation) will be hosting a lameness research meeting and panel on August 1, 2007, at the Fort Collins Marriott in Fort Collins, Colo. This special research meeting is being... Read More

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"Old Time" Veterinarians Discuss Advances in Equine Medicine

June 25, 2007

The Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers Club invited a panel of six "Old Time Veterinarians" to speak at the group's June 5 meeting. The veterinarians discussed 35 years of advances in veterinary medicine and technology.

The panel included:... Read More

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Septicemia: Early Detection Is Important

June 22, 2007

A recently published study could help veterinarians predict the causative agents of a deadly bloodstream infection (septicemia) common in newborn foals by characterizing clinical signs associated with different types of bacteria.

"Infection... Read More

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Genetics of Speed: U.K.'s Royal Veterinary College Investigating Racehorse Eclipse

June 15, 2007

Scientists from the U.K.'s Royal Veterinary College and the University of Cambridge are researching what made the undefeated 18th Century horse, Eclipse, such a great champion. The genetics research is giving insights into the origins of the... Read More

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A Joint Barometer

June 10, 2007

A protein called serum amyloid A (SAA) could help veterinarians assess the condition of a joint before it becomes severe, according to Danish researchers. Joint disease is a major source of lameness in performance horses, and researchers are... Read More

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45 Horses Removed from Maryland Farm Looking for Homes

June 08, 2007

Many of the horses removed from a farm in Sharpsburg, Md., in December 2006 are still looking for homes after an open house and "meet and greet" event held June 2.

After potential adopters met a number of the rescued horses located at ... Read More

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LSU School of Vet Medicine Names Dr. Peter Haynes as Dean

June 06, 2007

Peter F. Haynes, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVS, has been named as dean of the Louisiana State University (LSU) School of Veterinary Medicine, effective June 1, pending approval by the LSU Board of Supervisors. Haynes has served as interim dean of the... Read More

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On Call Vets

June 01, 2007

When Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro experienced a life-threatening injury at the start of the 2006 Preakness Stakes, the story immediately switched from his quest for the Triple Crown to the efforts to save his life. Playing a crucial role in sharin... Read More