Recent News for Vet and Professional

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Distinguished Educators Moore and Gill to be Honored at AAEP Convention

December 03, 2007

Two veterinarians who have significantly impacted the development and training of equine practitioners will be honored during the American Association of Equine Practitioners’ 53rd Annual Convention in Orlando, Fla. James N. Moore, DVM, PhD, and... Read More

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AAEP Annual Convention Kicks Off in Orlando

December 02, 2007

The 53rd Annual Convention of the American Association of Equine Practitioners will be held in Orlando, Fla., Dec. 1-5, continuing its long history of providing premier continuing education for equine veterinarians, veterinary technicians and... Read More

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Richardson Describes the Fight to Save Barbaro to Vets at AAEP

December 02, 2007

Dean Richardson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, opened the American Association Equine Practitioners Convention in Orlando, Fla., Saturday with an emotional, touching, and sometimes humorous talk about the more than eight month fight to save Barbaro's life... Read More

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Good Genes: Genome Research has Broad Applications for Horse Health

November 29, 2007

Research into the equine genome is revealing the tiny source of many big problems affecting horses. Scientists received a whole new set of tools when the first version of the equine DNA sequence--the genetic code of horses, arranged into the... Read More

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Video News: AAEP Convention 2007

November 28, 2007

TheHorse.com and sponsor Pfizer Animal Health have created a 17-video library of news, interviews, and products from the 2007 American Association of Equine Practitioners convention, the largest gathering of equine veterinarians in the world. ... Read More

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Complementary Medicine: Adding Weapons to the Veterinary Arsenal

November 28, 2007

As the human population turns more to nontraditional modalities such as acupuncture and chiropractic, it's only natural for the trend to carry over into equine medicine. Ed Boldt, DVM, owner of Performance Horse Complementary Medicine Services i... Read More

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Insulin Levels Might Help Measure Likelihood of Laminitis

November 26, 2007

Researchers have found that administering fructan carbohydrates or dexamethasone might be a useful method to identify ponies at risk of developing laminitis. Their report was recently published in the Journal of the American Veterinary... Read More

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More Recent Advances in Managing Musculoskeletal Injuries and Arthritis

November 25, 2007

In nonsurgical joints that are at least partially responsive to HA and steroids, IRAP treatment elicits less lameness and less synovitis up to 40 days following treatment.... Read More

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The Timeline of Laminitis

November 23, 2007

What happens within the foot of a laminitic horse? We know that the coffin bone can sink or rotate within the foot of a horse with severe laminitis, but that's fairly late in the game. Researchers are very interested in what happens earlier than... Read More

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Girl Scout Troop Thanks Vet College for Saving Favorite Horse

November 22, 2007

Many will give thanks for the blessings in their lives this Thanksgiving. For one family and a generous troop of Girl Scouts, their thankfulness will include the health of a horse named Denali and the "miracle workers" in the Virginia-Maryland... Read More

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Quantifying Lameness: Ground Matters

November 21, 2007

At the AAEP Blue-Ribbon Panel Research Meeting in Ft. Collins, Colo., on Aug. 1, Paul René Van Weeren, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ECFS, associate professor, Department of Equine Sciences at Utrecht University in the Netherlands, discussed evaluating ground... Read More

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Virginia Tech Leader to Serve as 2008 Olympic Veterinarian

November 20, 2007

David Hodgson, BVSc, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, had scarcely unpacked his bags after journeying from Sydney, Australia, to the United States to assume his new duties as head of the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences in the Virginia-Maryland... Read More

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Laminitis Conference Ramps Up the Fight Against Foot Problems in Horses

November 20, 2007

Many of the top minds in laminitis research gathered Nov. 2-4 in West Palm Beach, Fla., to disseminate their findings on this devastating disease and other problems. About 370 veterinarians, farriers, and horse owners attended the Fourth... Read More

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Sheriff Says 'Mutilated' Pony Died Naturally

November 20, 2007

A palomino pony found dead with suspicious wounds on its head died of natural causes, according to a statement from the Todd County Sheriff's Office, the Read More

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Helping Foot Pain: Blocking Tendon Sheath Might Aid Diagnosis

November 19, 2007

At the AAEP Blue-Ribbon Panel Research Meeting in Ft. Collins, Colo., on Aug. 1, Michael Schramme, DVM, CertE, PhD, Dipl. ECVS, of North Carolina State University, discussed analgesia of the tendon sheath and its significance to digital flexor... Read More

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Researching Complementary Therapies

November 17, 2007

Complementary medicine is based primarily on preventing the disease, disorder, or other ailment before it happens, with less emphasis treating it after. This is a bit of a contrast to what Westerners think of as traditional medicine.... Read More

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Proximal Suspensory Ligament Disease of the Forelimb

November 16, 2007

At the AAEP Focus meeting in Ft. Collins, Colo., Sue Dyson, VetMB, PhD, FRCVS, head of Clinical Orthopaedics at the Animal Health Trust in Newmarket, England, spoke on proximal suspensory ligament disease (PSD).

She said PSD is common in... Read More

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New Minnesota Equine Hospital Offering the Latest in Sports Medicine

November 14, 2007

Stephanie Valberg, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, calls it "the Mayo Clinic of horse medicine."

The veterinarian walked briskly past a treadmill room where horses gallop 30 mph in place. She stopped briefly at a surgical recovery room where the entire... Read More

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Progesterone Test Makes Reproductive Management Less of a Nightmare

November 13, 2007

New research has revealed that a commercially available progesterone test is reliable and practical, and it can help veterinarians manage breeding mares more efficiently.

According to researchers from the College of Veterinary Medicine at... Read More

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Recent Advances: Managing Musculoskeletal Injuries and Arthritis

November 12, 2007

McIlwraith discussed intervention that targets management of capsulitis (joint capsule inflammation) and synovitis (inflammation of the synovial membrane lining the joint), since these tend to occur in advance of degenerative joint disease. ... Read More

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Education Summit Focuses on Attracting, Keeping Equine Vets

November 12, 2007

Nationally recognized educators and private practitioners gathered in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Oct. 10, to discuss how to recruit more equine veterinarians and ensure those currently in the profession are retained. The American Association of... Read More

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Update on Legislation Important to Horse Owners

November 11, 2007

During the Nov. 2 American Horse Council (AHC) Issues Forum held in Lexington, Ky., AHC President Jay Hickey reviewed legislation and regulations pending at the federal level that could affect the horse industry.

Riding on Public Lands... Read More

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Veterinary Ophthalmologists Using New Equipment to Correct Glaucoma

November 10, 2007

Next week, veterinary ophthalmologists at The New Jersey Equine Clinic in Clarksburg, N.J., will perform an endoscopic laser procedure on a horse with glaucoma--one of the first equine uses for a new piece of equipment in the ophthalmologists'... Read More

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LSU Equine Program Co-Hosts Large Animal Emergency Rescue Course

November 10, 2007

The LSU Equine Health Studies Program (EHSP) at the School of Veterinary Medicine recently co-hosted a four-day technical large animal emergency rescue and large animal hazardous material training course at the LSU-Fire & Emergency Training... Read More

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LSU Hosts Veterinary Dermatology Seminar

November 10, 2007

The LSU School of Veterinary Medicine is hosting a veterinary dermatology seminar entitled "A Potpourri of Veterinary Dermatologic Diseases and Therapy" on Sunday, Dec. 2. This seminar is generously sponsored by Vetoquinol USA Inc., Virbac... Read More