Recent News for Vet and Professional

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Acupuncture and Pain Relief for Horses

February 09, 2007

Acupuncture has been shown to be very effective in treating chronic pain and musculoskeletal disorders such as lameness. It can also be beneficial for eye problems, colic (although it will not fix a surgical colic), respiratory disorders, anhidrosis... Read More

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Horse Genome Map Complete

February 09, 2007

The first genome map of a horse is complete, providing scientists with a new set of tools for investigating equine disease, scientists at the Broad Institute, a part of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the National Human Genome... Read More

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Better Diagnosis of Bone and Soft Tissue Injuries Through MRI

February 08, 2007

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a non-invasive imaging technique that has been used for human diagnosis since the 1980's but is a relatively new diagnostic tool in treating horses. It provides incredibly sharp and detailed pictures of soft... Read More

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Horse Genome Assembled; Information Available to Researchers

February 07, 2007

The first draft of the horse genome sequence has been deposited in public databases and is freely available for use by biomedical and veterinary researchers around the globe, leaders of the international Horse Genome Sequencing Project announced... Read More

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$1 Million Professorship Established for UK Equine Program

February 03, 2007

A $1 million endowed professorship has been established by the James Graham Brown Foundation and Research Challenge Trust Fund to honor Stanley Smith Dickson, a native Kentuckian with a multigenerational legacy in the state's horse industry.... Read More

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Hormone and Drug Use in the Stallion

February 01, 2007

Many hormone and drug treatments could have a negative impact on the endocrine system, so it's best to avoid using them altogether in the breeding stallion. However, Sue M. McDonnell, PhD, Certified AAB, of the University of Pennsylvania's School... Read More

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Reproductive Evaluation of the Stallion

February 01, 2007

When a veterinarian is considering a stallion's suitability as a breeding animal, the horse's history, current physical condition, and libido are just as important as his semen quality.... Read More

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New Developments in Stallion Nutrition

February 01, 2007

Name a part of your horse you'd like to enhance--anything from his coat or hooves to his stamina--and there's likely a supplement for it. Marketed alongside the products that improve joint function and breathing ability, there are supplements... Read More

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Reducing Breeding-Induced Endometritis by Simplifying Management?

February 01, 2007

Modern breeding management and assisted reproduction might actually exacerbate the issue of mating-induced endometritis, according to Mats Troedsson, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACT, a professor of equine theriogenology in the Department of Large Animal Clinical... Read More

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Acupuncture Use in the Treatment of Reproductive Disorders

February 01, 2007

Acupuncture can be used in conjunction with Western medicine prior to breeding to treat anestrus (period of sexual inactivity), excessive behavioral estrus, retained corpus luteum (an ovarian follicle after discharge of the egg that secretes... Read More

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Diagnosis, Management, and Diagnostic Investigation of Abortion

February 01, 2007

Careful management of pregnant mares and preparation for parturition is essential to help prevent cases of equine abortion--losses of pregnancy between 150-300 days of gestation. "The incidence of abortion in mares ranges from 5-15%, and this ha... Read More

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Immunostimulant Helps Mares with Endometritis Maintain Pregnancy

February 01, 2007

"Post-breeding endometritis is a major cause of subfertility, affecting approximately 15% of mares," said John Steiner, DVM, Dipl. ACT, of Hagyard Equine Medical Institute. "We know it's a big problem, so we've tried an adjunct treatment to see... Read More

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Another Approach to Equine Castration

February 01, 2007

The use of the Stone Henderson Equine Castration Instrument, which allows veterinarians to geld colts using an attachment on a battery-powered drill, has gained speed since its debut at the 2005 American Association of Equine Practitioners'... Read More

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New Twin Reduction Procedure

February 01, 2007

"We know that twinning has a profound impact on the mare," said Karen Wolfsdorf, DVM, Dipl. ACT, of Hagyard Equine Medical Institute. "The presence of twins post-fixation (after the embryonic vesicle becomes stationary on about the 16th day after... Read More

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Postpartum Complications in the Mare

February 01, 2007

If your mare experiences complications following foaling, it's important to note when they arise, said Walter Zent, DVM, a veterinarian at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in Lexington, Ky., in his presentation at the 2006 Hagyard Bluegrass... Read More

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Buserelin Use in the Anestrus Mare

February 01, 2007

A compounded drug has shown considerable promise in treating anestrus mares--those that are not cycling and thus are difficult to impregnate. Walter Zent, DVM, of Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, described his experience using Buserelin in mare... Read More

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Fetal Sex Determination in the Mare Between 90 and 150 Days

February 01, 2007

Accurate determination of fetal sex can have a profound impact on the broodmare management practices of horse owners and breeders. While the gender of a foal influences its value, it also influences the value of the gravid (pregnant) mare.... Read More

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Induction of Lactation in the Non-Pregnant Mare

February 01, 2007

Poor milk production or the loss of a mare in the peripartum period (occurring in the last month of gestation or the first few months after delivery) can jeopardize the health and viability of the foal. To provide the foal with an alternate... Read More

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Systemic Therapy in the High-Risk Mare

February 01, 2007

Several conditions can threaten pregnancy in the late gestational mare. C.S. Bailey, DVM, who is completing a theriogenology residency at the University of Florida and Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in Lexington, Ky., said some of these... Read More

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Dopamine and Its Evil Twin Ergovaline

February 01, 2007

In the horse, the hormone dopamine exerts a number of effects through its actions on the pituitary gland. Both dopamine and ergovaline, a dopaminergic agonist (a drug that stimulates dopamine receptors), can significantly impact the mare's... Read More

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Reproductive Field Surgery

February 01, 2007

Castration and Caslick's procedures generally come to mind at the mention of reproductive surgeries that can be performed in the field, but Dwayne Rodgerson, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVS, of Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, says there are plenty of othe... Read More

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Farrier Hygiene

February 01, 2007

To prevent white line disease from spreading, should I purchase my own farrier tools for the farrier to use?... Read More

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Oral Examination of the Horse

February 01, 2007

Does your horse toss his head when loose, in hand, or under saddle? Does he fight the bit? Does he resist being bridled or haltered? Is he underweight despite proper feeding and deworming programs? These are just a few of the possible signs... Read More

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Wild Horse Advocate Groups Lose Anti-Roundup Lawsuit

January 31, 2007

A federal judge gave after-the-fact approval today for the government to gather wild horses and burros around Las Vegas, Nev.

U.S. District Judge Kent Dawson rejected efforts by Nevada-based America's Wild Horse Advocates and Wild Horses... Read More

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UK Announces Expanded Equine Programs

January 30, 2007

Amid a crowd gathered in one of the University of Kentucky's equine research barns, UK President Lee T. Todd Jr. and College of Agriculture Dean Scott Smith today announced a new equine undergraduate program and significant improvements to UK's... Read More