Recent News for Vet and Professional

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Deadline for AAEP Research Fellow Applications Nearing

July 09, 2007

The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Foundation reminds equine researchers that the deadline for submitting an application for its Research Fellow is July 30, 2007.

The Research Fellow was developed by the AAEP... Read More

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Obesity and Laminitis

July 09, 2007

In obese horses insulin resistance might also contribute to widespread inflammation and, thus, vasoconstriction (narrowing of the blood vessels), which is the case in human metabolic syndrome.... Read More

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Hormones to Treat Cryptorchids

July 08, 2007

While giving hormones to colts might seem like a method of self-destruction, there really is a reason for it in some cases--such as for cryptorchids. These colts have at least one testicle that hasn't descended into the scrotum; normally... Read More

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Flu: Interspecies Transmission

July 08, 2007

In 2004 researchers identified a highly contagious canine influenza virus strain (H3N8) that was closely related to an equine flu strain. Essentially that meant the virus had jumped from horses to dogs, and the scientists said it was "a very rar... Read More

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Equine Cloning: Where Are We Today?

July 07, 2007

"Five years ago, presenting 'A Review of Cloning' in the horse was almost unimaginable," began Katrin Hinrichs, DVM, PhD, professor of veterinary physiology and pharmacology and Patsy Link Chair in reproductive studies at Texas A&M... Read More

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Ulcers Shown to Affect Horses with No Risk Factors

July 07, 2007

A study suggests that broodmares at pasture without the normal risk factors are likely to have ulcers, too.... Read More

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Diagnostic Approach To Equine Muscle Disorders

July 07, 2007

Stephanie Valberg, DVM, PhD, professor of large animal medicine and director of the University of Minnesota's Equine Center, began the in-depth seminar on muscle disorders by discussing diagnosis of muscle disorders, beginning with a careful... Read More

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Skin Grafts Made Simple

July 06, 2007

Pinch and punch grafts aren't the most attractive option for closing slow-healing wounds, but they are a viable option for quickly closing these types of injuries. The procedures are quick and simple, according to Linda Dahlgren, DVM, PhD, Dipl.... Read More

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Surviving Uterine Torsion

July 06, 2007

All types of horses can get colic, but in the pregnant mare, the painful signs of colic might be caused by something other than a gastrointestinal problem. The mass of the foal and placenta causes a lot of crowding in the mare's body, and uterine... Read More

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Specialized Lameness Evaluation for the Jumping Horse

July 05, 2007

Horses performing different jobs require specialized examinations for lameness, according to Philippe Benoit, DVM, French jumping team veterinarian from 1991 to 2000. Benoit presented his method for examining jumping horses at the 2006 American... Read More

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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