Recent News for Vet and Professional

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Lameness Diagnostics

June 01, 2004

Quite often, the diagnostic tools and techniques at the disposal of your mobile veterinary service are all that are needed to solve the mystery. Some horse owners have been through this routine a time or two: Your vet will ask to see your horse... Read More

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LSU Dedicates New Facilities

June 01, 2004

Louisiana State University's (LSU) College of Veterinary Medicine is an exciting place to be right now. The reinvigoration of the personnel and campus are obvious even to the casual observer. But to those who have horses treated there, or who ar... Read More

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Wisconsin Veterinary School Gains Renowned Equine Surgeon

May 24, 2004

One of the nation's first veterinarians to use arthroscopic surgery in equine practice, Joe Foerner, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, began providing surgical services to the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine on May 21. He will be... Read More

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Ky. State Veterinarian Bans Texas Animals After VS Finding

May 21, 2004

State Veterinarian Robert Stout, DVM, has banned all livestock and wild or exotic animals from Texas from entering Kentucky due to reports of vesicular stomatitis (VS) in horses in west Texas.

The order also prohibits the entry into... Read More

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Equine MRI Opens New Frontier in Lameness Diagnosis and Treatment

May 14, 2004

The first "standing" magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine for horses in the United States arrived at Equest Imaging in San Diego County's San Marcos early this year. In use at four clinics in the U.K. and Germany, the state-of-the-art,... Read More

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Surgery for Septic Osteitis?

May 01, 2004

I read "Septic Osteitis--One Laminitis Complication." My horse has this, and I don't think my vet has had much experience in this and feels that surgery would be detrimental. I'd lik... Read More

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Pursuing Hope

May 01, 2004

Referral centers are godsends to the equine community. Often housed in state-of-the-art buildings, featuring the latest in scientific technology and equipment, and manned by specialists, referral centers offer a strong ray of hope when the best... Read More

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Joint Injections: A Good Idea?

May 01, 2004

Joint injections are a popular treatment used to help sport horses combat problems such as osteoarthritis.... Read More

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AAEP Issues Call For Adjunct Bleeder Medications Research Proposals

May 01, 2004

The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) issued a call in March for proposals to research the efficacy of aminocaproic acid and/or conjugated estrogens related to use as race day medications for the prevention of exercise-induced... Read More

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Farriers Hammer Home Their Message

May 01, 2004

Anvils on wheels, horses on loading docks, and a fleet of oversized pickup trucks from nearly every state in the union were evidence that the farriers had come to town. Close to 1,000 farriers, friends, and trade show exhibitors jammed the... Read More

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AQHA Board Votes on Key Rule Changes at Convention

May 01, 2004

The American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Board of Directors voted March 9 on the recommendations of the AQHA standing committees as approved in the general membership meeting at the annual convention. The following are the final results of... Read More

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Alberta Court Upholds Farrier's Right to Float Horse Teeth

May 01, 2004

The technicalities of defining veterinary medicine were tested in February in the Alberta, Canada, Court of Appeal when three appeal court justices ruled that a farrier was not guilty of illegally practicing veterinary medicine when he floated... Read More

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AAEP's March "My Vet Matters" Honoree Chosen

April 27, 2004

Suzanne Wilcox, DVM, of Hubbard, Ohio, has been selected by the AAEP's 50th Anniversary Committee as the My Vet Matters Contest's March honoree. Wilcox, who practices at Diamond Ridge Equine, Inc., was nominated for the award by horse owner... Read More

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Farriery is Veterinary Medicine in Florida

April 27, 2004

On March 2, the Florida Board of Veterinary Practice (FBVP) unanimously voted that their interpretation of the state's practice act (which governs animal care and what is construed as veterinary medicine) said acupressure, aromatherapy, animal... Read More

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Educational Event after Rolex Thursday April 22

April 21, 2004

Spectators at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event in Lexington and area horse owners will have the opportunity to hear about some of the latest veterinary technologies for the sport horse from top veterinarians on April 22 after the first day of... Read More

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New Facilities at LSU

April 19, 2004

Two building projects at Louisiana State University's (LSU) College of Veterinary Medicine, one nearly completed and one proceeding apace, will not only offer horse owners better facilities for their horses being treated at LSU, but contribute t... Read More

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AAEP Members to Deliver Health Lectures at Horse Expo

April 15, 2004

Veterinarians representing the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) will deliver educational lectures on a variety of equine-health topics during the Western States Horse Expo, June 11-13 at the Cal Expo in Sacramento, Calif. ... Read More

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Gait Monitoring System Introduced

April 13, 2004

Farriers got an eyeful of what the future might hold for them at the highest levels of equestrian sport at the American Farrier's Association (AFA) Convention, held in March 2004 in Rochester, New York. This future is specialized video monitorin... Read More

Compression of the spinal cord, whether because of misaligned or malformed vertebrae or some other problem, causes the distinctive "wobble" of wobbler syndrome. This compression injures or kills the nerves that are responsible for sensing the position of the limbs. This, of course, leads to the lack of awareness that causes clumsiness and incoordination.

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What's Wobbler Syndrome?

April 01, 2004

Wobbler, also known as wobbles, takes its name from its primary sign--a wobbling or uncoordinated gait. ... Read More

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West Nile Virus--An Evolving Epizootic

April 01, 2004

"West Nile virus (WNV) is coming to a state near you if it hasn't already arrived," said Eileen Ostlund, DVM, PhD, head of the equine/ovine viruses section at the Diagnostic Virology Laboratory, National Veterinary Services Laboratories in Ames,... Read More

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West Nile Virus Questions and Answers

April 01, 2004

In a question and answer session at the Western Veterinary Conference, Eileen Ostlund, DVM, PhD, head of the equine and ovine viruses section at the Diagnostic Virology Laboratory, National Veterinary Services Laboratories in Ames, Iowa, offered... Read More

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Foreign Animal Disease Investigations

March 30, 2004

"Veterinary practitioners are the cornerstone of foreign animal disease (FAD) surveillance in the United States," said Eileen Ostlund, DVM, PhD, head of the equine and ovine viruses section at the Diagnostic Virology Laboratory, National... Read More

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Premature Foals: Short- and Long-Term Problems

March 19, 2004

Several problems commonly develop in premature foals, some of which can require some tough decisions by the owner and practitioner. Don't balk at gathering information. Get very detailed histories and take a good look at the placenta.... Read More

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The Depressed Foal

March 17, 2004

The most common reasons a foal might become depressed, Franklin said, include infection, poor nutrition, acidosis (unusually acidic blood from diarrhea), lameness (multiple lamenesses can often depress a foal... Read More

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AAEP Issues Call for Research Proposals on Adjunct Bleeder Medications

March 17, 2004

The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) issued a call on March 15 for proposals to research the efficacy of aminocaproic acid and/or conjugated estrogens related to use as race day medications for the prevention of... Read More