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AAEP Convention 2005: Tendon injuries: New Treatments

February 17, 2006

Injuries to the superficial digital flexor tendon account for as much as 30% of all Thoroughbred racing injuries, and of those that do heal there is a high incidence of reoccurrence, according to Linda Dahlgren, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVS, of... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2005: Problems With Multiple Embryo Collection

February 17, 2006

Embryo transfer has been well-established in the horse industry as a method of obtaining multiple offspring from a valuable donor mare. The increased usage of this technique prompted Colorado State University (CSU) researchers to examine the... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2005: Increasing Embryo Recovery and Fertility

February 17, 2006

In a study from the University of Saskatchewan, Canadian researchers compared ovulation rates, embryo recovery and quality, and subsequent pregnancy rate using two estrus synchronization methods--prostaglandin (PG) administration and progesteron... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2005: Optimizing Pregnancy Rates for Frozen-Thawed Semen

February 17, 2006

A major disadvantage associated with frozen-thawed semen is the fertility of the semen, which can be considerably less than fresh semen. This can be problematic when deciding how many progressively motile sperm (PMS) are needed per breeding to... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2005: WNV DNA Vaccine Effective in Young Horses

February 17, 2006

Scientists recently showed that the Fort Dodge Animal Health West Nile virus (WNV) DNA vaccine, which is licensed but not yet commercially available, should protect foals from the virus regardless of residual antibodies received at birth from... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2005: Using GPS to Train Racehorses

February 16, 2006

An Australian researcher reported he's found a reliable way for trainers to monitor Thoroughbred racehorse fitness using global positioning system (GPS) technology measurements of velocity and heart rate during normal fast gallop training... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2005: Early Diagnosis of EPM with Biomarkers

February 16, 2006

A researcher has found a reliable way to diagnose equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM) in the acutely affected horse by examining genetic markers in its blood. This technique could potentially be applied to detect evidence of other infectiou... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2005: Forelimb Conformation of the Growing Thoroughbred

February 16, 2006

University of Wisconsin researchers have shown that certain forelimb characteristics in the growing foal are associated with higher birth weights, and a foal's carpal (knee) conformation is associated with the carpal conformation of both of its... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2005: Forelimb Conformation and Race Performance

February 16, 2006

Straight conformation in the forelimb doesn't necessarily beget a more successful racehorse. This is what a research group from the University of Wisconsin's School of Veterinary Medicine discovered in a recent study. However, the group also... Read More

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Serum Biomarkers for Musculoskeletal Disease (AAEP 2005)

February 16, 2006

A Colorado State University (CSU) researcher recently reported that he and his colleagues have found significant patterns of six different signals of damage or "biomarkers" in the serum of racehorses with certain musculoskeletal diseases. This means... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2005: Three Years of Racing Deaths in Victoria, Australia

February 16, 2006

A comprehensive post-mortem survey in Victoria, Australia, found that euthanasia for catastrophic forelimb injury was the most common cause of Thoroughbred racehorse fatality. Additionally, Lisa Boden, AB, BVSc, MACVS, of The University of... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2005: Vaccine Efficacy and Controversies

February 01, 2006

"There are a huge number of (vaccine) choices out there and it's hard sometimes to see our way through the forest," said Julia Wilson, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, associate professor in Veterinary Population Medicine at the University of Minnesota. "What... Read More

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Horse Facts Launched at AAEP Convention

February 01, 2006

In order to raise awareness about the vital role of animal research in advancing the health of horses, the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Foundation and the Foundation for Biomedical Research (FBR) announced on Dec. 6, 2005,... Read More

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America's Healthy Horse Announced at AAEP

February 01, 2006

The American Association of Equine Practitioners and Fort Dodge Animal Health announced on Dec. 5, 2005, a joint initiative to raise awareness about the importance of twice-a-year veterinary wellness exams.

According to a 2002 American... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2005: Community Disaster Planning

January 26, 2006

Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, wildfires, tornadoes, and outbreaks of diseases at equine facilities raised awareness of disaster planning this year in the horse industry. That was reflected by the large crowd at the Community Disaster Planning... Read More

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N.C. State's College of Veterinary Medicine to Expand Equine Services

January 19, 2006

North Carolina State University's College of Veterinary Medicine has announced plans to expand its satellite equine center in Southern Pines, N.C. The college has enhanced the tertiary medical services offered to referring veterinarians for thei... Read More

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Auction Benefits Equine Research at Virginia Tech

January 06, 2006

The Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech has launched an Internet-based stallion service auction to benefit equine reproductive research at the college at Read More

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Help Us Help Horses

January 01, 2006

Since its inception in 1994, the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Foundation has allocated more than $750,000 to equine research, education, and benevolent programs that have improved the health and welfare of the horse. But... Read More

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Veterinary Equipment

January 01, 2006

As research involving veterinary equipment results in more and more sophistication, both veterinarians and horse owners face something of a dilemma. For the veterinarian, the question involves how much a practice can afford to invest in the latest... Read More

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Hoof Trimming and Leg Stress: One Step at a Time

January 01, 2006

As a rule of thumb, we know that our horses should be trimmed (and shod if necessary) at least every six to eight weeks. But where did those numbers come from? Van Heel recently studied how a hoof changes between trims, and she found that neglecting ... Read More

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Days End Farm Horse Rescue Honored with 2005 Equine Welfare Award

December 27, 2005

Days End Farm Horse Rescue, a non-profit, volunteer-based animal welfare organization, is the 2005 recipient of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) equine welfare award, the Lavin Cup. Named for AAEP past president A. Gary... Read More

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Equine Researchers Honored

December 22, 2005

At a dinner Oct. 10 at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Ky., Travis C. McGuire Jr., DVM, PhD, of Washington State University, and C. Wayne McIlwraith, BVSc, PhD, DSc, FRCVS, Dipl. ACVS, of Colorado State University, were inducted into the... Read More

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Cornell Veterinarian Honored as Outstanding Researcher

December 20, 2005

Lisa A. Fortier, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVS, assistant professor of large animal surgery at Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine, received this year's "Pfizer Animal Health Award for Research Excellence," which recognizes outstanding... Read More

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AVMA Seeks Nominees for New Award

December 19, 2005

In 2006, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) will begin sponsoring an excellence in research award that honors veterinarians for the impact their lifetime of research has had on the veterinary or biomedical professions.  The... Read More

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Auburn Vet School's Open House Set for April 22, 2006

December 19, 2005

The Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine will host its 29th annual Open House on Saturday, April 22, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m., at its campus on Wire Road. There will be college tours and scientific displays, plus a dog agility course,... Read More