Recent News for Vet and Professional

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Welfare Concerns Prompt AVMA Opposition to House Bill on Transportation and Processing of Horses for Slaughter

January 12, 2004

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) believes HR 857--The American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act--could potentially harm more horses than it saves. An analysis by the AVMA reveals that HR 857, introduced by New York State... Read More

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Golden Anniversary to Celebrate the AAEP's Dedication to the Horse

January 09, 2004

In 1954, a group of pioneering veterinarians changed the face of equine veterinary medicine when they formed the first-ever professional veterinary group dedicated to equine health--the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP). The... Read More

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Glass Horse Model Expanded

January 07, 2004

The popular three-dimensional electronic horse model, "The Glass Horse CD," which offered a novel look at the gastrointestinal anatomy of the horse when it was introduced in November of 2001, has a new companion that depicts the structures of th... Read More

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Founder Care and Ethical Considerations

January 05, 2004

While you probably wouldn't think of treating a foundered horse as a situation in which tough ethical decisions could crop up, the Second International Equine Conference on Laminitis and Diseases of the Foot held Nov. 10-11 featured a morning... Read More

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Prevention for the Masses

January 01, 2004

Veterinary care doesn't come cheap. While conscientious horse owners realize that disease prevention is ultimately cheaper than disease treatment, when you have five, or 15, or 50 horses to care for and limits on your budget, you need to look... Read More

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Jutted Jaw in a Foal

January 01, 2004

Q: Our foal was born with something that our veterinarian called a "jutted jaw." Can you provide any information on this condition and what, if anything, needs to be done about it?

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Rapid Testing for West Nile Virus

January 01, 2004

By the 2003 West Nile virus (WNV) season, a majority of state laboratories had obtained (or were establishing) the capacity to run the IgM Capture ELISA, the most common quick test for the disease. The test measures a class of antibody produced... Read More

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AAEP Tail Docking Position Statement

January 01, 2004

The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) board of directors recently approved a new position statement regarding tail docking. The statement written by the Equine Welfare Committee reads:

"Tail docking in horses should only b... Read More

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A Win at Any Cost?

January 01, 2004

The horse show scene often is one of pageantry, color, and excitement. There are handsome horses groomed until they shine, riders dressed in colorful or formal garments who ride with skill and aplomb, and judges who observe every movement and... Read More

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The Goal is a Foal

January 01, 2004

If your broodmare or stallion is having reproductive problems, you might need a specialist to figure out what's wrong. And that specialist might use knowledge gained from the annual conference of the Society for Theriogenology held in Columbus,... Read More

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New Treatment for Tendon and Ligament Injuries

December 31, 2003

A medical device derived from the lining of urinary bladders of specially bred pigs shows promise for healing equine tendon and ligament injuries, according to Rick Mitchell, DVM, of Fairfield Equine Associates in Newtown, Conn. Mitchell recentl... Read More

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Graded Stakes Drug Testing Plan to Begin in July

December 30, 2003

The American Graded Stakes Committee has set July 2004 as the target date for implementation of a more stringent drug testing policy for all graded stakes that will require tests for more than 140 parent drugs and their metabolites.

The... Read More

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Kentucky State Veterinarian Position Opening

December 30, 2003

Applications for the position as Kentucky State Veterinarian are currently being accepted.  Please send resume and curriculum vitae to:  State Veterinarian Position, PO BOX 4021, Frankfort, KY  40604-4021. The expected closing dat... Read More

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Laminitis Terminology

December 18, 2003

A guide to laminitis terminology was presented by course director James A. Orsini, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, associate professor of surgery at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center. Universally understood terminology helps everyone communicate wh... Read More

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Experts Speak Out At Laminitis/Foot Conference

December 18, 2003

Laminitis--a disease that strikes fear into the hearts of horse people everywhere--was the primary focus of the Second International Equine Conference on Laminitis and Diseases of the Foot, held Nov. 10-11 in West Palm Beach, Fla. This conferenc... Read More

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AAEP Kicks Off My Vet Matters Contest

December 17, 2003

The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) wants horse owners to share why their equine veterinarian is first-rate by participating in the AAEP's My Vet Matters Contest. In honor of the AAEP’s 50th anniversary in 2004, the My Vet... Read More

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Renowned Orthopedic Surgeon to Lead AAEP in 2004

December 17, 2003

Larry R. Bramlage, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVS, has been installed as the 50th president of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP), the world's largest professional association of equine veterinarians. Bramlage took office Nov. 24 durin... Read More

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Equine Placenta Workshop: Placentitis

December 12, 2003

Mats Troedsson, DVM, Dipl. ACT, University of Florida (with co-author Walter Zent, DVM, of Lexington, Ky.), discussed clinical ultrasound in evaluation of the equine placenta to identify and treat mares with placentitis. He said placentitis is a... Read More

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Equine Emergency Rescue Techniques

December 09, 2003

You might have seen it on television—those daring rescues where a horse is lifted from a ravine by helicopter, pulled out of a raging river, or returned to safe ground after being bogged down in mud. These rescues might awe television audiences,... Read More

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New West Nile Virus Equine Recombinant DNA Vaccine Anticipated

December 04, 2003

Editor's note: A letter to the editor from Fort Dodge Animal Health cited inaccuracies in this article and has been included below.

A new West Nile virus (WNV) equine... Read More

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Record AAEP Convention

December 02, 2003

The 2003 American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) held its annual convention in New Orleans, La., just before Thanksgiving (Nov. 21-25). This was a record-breaking meeting in the number of veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and... Read More

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Rantanen Honored as Distinguished Educator at Annual Convention

December 02, 2003

Norman W. Rantanen, DVM, PhD, MS, ACVR, was honored for his significant impact on the development and training of equine practitioners during the American Association of Equine Practitioners' (AAEP) 49th Annual Convention in New Orleans, La. He... Read More

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Internal Fixation Foundation Receives Distinguished Educator Honors at Annual Convention

December 02, 2003

Arbeitsgemeinschaft fur Osteosynthesefragen/Association for the Study of Internal Fixation (A-O/ASIF) International Foundation's veterinary division was honored for its contributions to veterinary continuing education during the American... Read More

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Distinguished Educator Award Presented to Evans

December 02, 2003

Loren H. Evans, DVM, was recognized for his efforts as an educator and mentor during the American Association of Equine Practitioners' (AAEP) 49th Annual Convention in New Orleans, La. Presented to individuals who have significantly impacted the... Read More

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Equine Welfare Award Presented to Rodeo Group

December 02, 2003

The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) is the 2003 recipient of the American Association of Equine Practitioners' (AAEP) Equine Welfare Award, the Lavin Cup. Named for AAEP past president A. Gary Lavin, VMD, the award is presented... Read More