Recent News for Vet and Professional

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MRSA Surveillance in Horses at a Hospital

August 01, 2005

Screening for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) upon arrival to a vet hospital is useful for detecting cases of the "superbug" early so affected horses can be isolated, said Scott Weese, DVM, DVSc, Dipl. ACVIM, an... Read More

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Young Researchers Honored

August 01, 2005

Research awards are given each year to American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) residents authoring the best abstracts at the ACVIM forum. Two equine projects received awards on June 4 in Baltimore, Md.

Luis Arroyo, DVM, of... Read More

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Acupuncture: Eager Boys and Wolves

August 01, 2005

Veterinarians have heard of "promising" claims of "complementary" or "alternative" veterinary medicine (CAVM) for at least three decades. The only thing that's not been forthcoming is good evidence of effectiveness.... Read More

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Therapeutic Options

August 01, 2005

Not long ago, veterinarians generally considered most forms of alternative medicine to be a "smoke and mirrors" approach to treating horses. Today, many veterinarians are embracing at least two forms of alternative medicine--acupuncture and... Read More

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Australia Company to Manufacture Equine Stem Cells

July 19, 2005

An Adelaide, Australia-based company has attained a license to manufacture equine stem cells in Australia. According to Australia's online edition of The Advertiser, Australia's regulator of veterinary medicines--the Australian... Read More

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McIlwraith to Present State-of-the-Art Lecture at 2005 AAEP Convention

July 19, 2005

C. Wayne McIlwraith, BVSc, PhD, DSc, FRCVS, Dipl. ACVS, an internationally recognized leader in equine orthopedic research and surgery, will present the Frank J. Milne State-of-the-Art Lecture at the American Association of Equine Practitioners'... Read More

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Farriers, Scientists Hold Workshop

July 18, 2005

Farriers and veterinarians met on June 31 at the University of Kentucky (UK) Gluck Equine Research Center to listen to farrier Mike Savoldi discuss various hoof pathologies that cause soreness and their management. The free seminar was presented... Read More

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AFA Names New Task Force

July 12, 2005

American Farrier's Association (AFA) President Craig Trnka, CJF has recently announced the appointment of a new task force to survey the farrier schools in North America. The mission of the Farrier Schools Survey Task Force will be to survey all... Read More

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Official BWFA Announcement on Farrier Licensing and Regulation

July 07, 2005

AN OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE BWFA BOARD OF DIRECTORS;

Concerning proposed Farrier Licensing, Regulating Horseshoeing Schools in the United States and the proposals made by AFA task forces and their committees;

  1. The... Read More

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Prosthetics: Science, Not Science Fiction

July 01, 2005

There is a roadside pasture in Pullman, Wash., where a black Quarter Horse stallion has been known to stop traffic. It's not simply the pastoral beauty of a handsome horse in a natural setting that draws attention. Rather, it's that this... Read More

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Treadmills for Diagnosing Lameness

July 01, 2005

Through the years, the treadmill has been a valuable asset in diagnosing various respiratory problems and complications in athletic horses, especially those involving the larynx and upper airways. Now another dimension has been added--the evaluation ... Read More

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Acupuncture for Acute Heaves

July 01, 2005

Acupuncture has become a popular alternative therapy for chronic illness in horses, especially recurrent airway obstruction (also known as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or heaves). Unfortunately, there are few objective studies supporting... Read More

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Farrier Licensing Controversy

July 01, 2005

Horseshoers (farriers) in the United States have long practiced with no regulation and only voluntary certification, but some in the industry think that should change--soon. An American Farrier's Association (AFA) task force presented a proposal... Read More

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Treatment of Equine Heart Arrhythmia

July 01, 2005

Human defibrillators are being used successfully to treat horses with irregular heartbeats (fibrillation). Kim McGurrin, DVM, a graduate student at the University of Guelph's College of Veterinary Medicine, developed a procedure as part of her... Read More

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Hagyard Equine Medical Institute Hosts Large-Animal Rescue Training

June 28, 2005

Hagyard Equine Medical Institute will once again offer an extensive three-day training course on August 8-10, 2005, at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky. This training is designed to educate first responders such as firefighters, police... Read More

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Responsible Needle Disposal

June 27, 2005

The implications of improperly disposed needles can be staggering. Not only can a nasty puncture wound to humans, pets and wildlife be incurred, in doing so, these needles can carry dangerous vaccines, medications, pathogens and antibiotics into the ... Read More

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Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine Names Equine Facility in Honor of Famed Horse Surgeon

June 20, 2005

An area of Cornell's Comparative Orthopedics Laboratory was renamed in an effort to honor famed equine surgeon John Donald (J.D.) Wheat, DVM '45, during alumni reunion activities at the College of Veterinary Medicine on June
11.

The... Read More

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Should Farriers be Licensed?

June 14, 2005

Horseshoers (farriers) in the United States have long practiced with no regulation and only voluntary certification, but some in the industry think that will--and should--change soon. An American Farrier's Association (AFA) task force presented ... Read More

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Equine Science Society 2005 Awards

June 08, 2005

Several awards were presented to outstanding individuals in the field of equine science at the Equine Science Society (ESS) Symposium May 31-June 3, in Tucson, Ariz.

The Outstanding Educator Award was presented to Pete G. Gibbs, MS, PhD,... Read More

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Dedicated to Horse Health

June 01, 2005

Have you ever wished for newer and better treatment for a sick horse? The AAEP Foundation, the charitable arm of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP), is working to meet this need. Created in 1994, the AAEP Foundation's missio... Read More

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Tumors of Dental Origin

June 01, 2005

Odontomas are benign tumors that arise from dental tissue in an animal's mouth. These tumors can be quite invasive, most commonly affecting the maxilla or cheekbone. They can be surgically removed, but the procedure requires aggressive, extensiv... Read More

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Summit Charts Course for Unwanted Horses

June 01, 2005

More than 25 equine-industry organizations and one U.S. congressman participated in the nation's first Unwanted Horse Summit on April 19 in Washington, D.C. Hosted by the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP), the Summit served as ... Read More

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Veterinarians Discuss Client Credit Policies

May 27, 2005

In an ideal world, horses would only require veterinary care between the convenient hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., and veterinarians always would be paid at the time of service. While the late-night emergency call is inevitable, high... Read More

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Federal Bill Introduced to Expand Veterinary Workforce

May 17, 2005

In response to an increased threat with the use of biological agents for terrorism purposes, The Veterinary Workforce Expansion Act of 2005 (S. 914 and HR 2206) has been introduced to the House and Senate. Sen. Wayne Allard (R-CO), a retired... Read More

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Stem Cell Treatments Successful on Tendon Injuries

May 16, 2005

Mr Cool's victory in the Stanleybet Long Distance Handicap Hurdle at Haydock Park Racecourse, England, on Saturday, May 7 was noteworthy due to pioneering tendon treatment he had received.

After the 11-year-old suffered a tendon injury i... Read More