Recent News for Vet and Professional

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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

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WNV: An Evolving Epizootic

March 12, 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 and ovine viruses section at the Diagnostic Virology Laboratory, National Veterinary Services Laboratory in... Read More

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West Nile Virus Q&A

March 12, 2004

In a question and answer session following her West Nile Virus presentation during the Western Veterinary Conference (held Feb. 15-19 in Las Vegas, Nevada), Eileen Ostlund, DVM, PhD, head of the equine and ovine viruses section at the Diagnostic... Read More

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Western Performance Horse Injuries and Problems

March 11, 2004

Tarsitis (hock inflammation) is a common problem for Western performance horses since they use their hind ends heavily during events such as reining and cutting. Black believes that a large percentage of high-performance Western performance horses... Read More

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Fever of Unknown Origin in the Foal

March 11, 2004

"Take an organized approach to elucidate causes of fever of unknown origin in the foal," said Robert Franklin, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, of Goulburn Valley Equine Hospital in Victoria, Australia, during the Western Veterinary Conference held February... Read More

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Neonatal Ultrasonography

March 09, 2004

Using ultrasound to diagnose problems in the horse is not a new concept, but it is not as often used in foals as it is in mares. Rob Franklin, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM, of the Goulburn Valley Equine Hospital in Victoria, Australia, discussed... Read More

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"Pearls of Wisdom" from the Palm Beach Laminitis Symposium

March 08, 2004

The key points presented by each speaker during the Second International Equine Conference on Laminitis and Diseases of the Foot, Nov. 10-11, 2003, were sent to conference attendees by James A. Orsini, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, course... Read More

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Internationally Recognized Veterinarians Join Team at Pfizer Animal Health

March 05, 2004

Robert E. Holland, Jr., DVM, PhD has joined Pfizer Animal Health's Equine division as Senior Technical Service Veterinarian. Pfizer has also recently added renowned practitioner Jay Donecker, VMD, MS, Dipl. ABVP, to its equine veterinary staff a... Read More

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Neurologic Conditions, In-Depth

March 02, 2004

Assessing neurologic conditions might seem difficult, but with practice and attention to the subtle differences between different conditions' deficits, the process can become easier. Additionally, practitioners discussed vaccination and treatment opt... Read More

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Spaying Mares With Newer, Safer Methods

March 02, 2004

Spaying a mare (ovariectomy) means removing her ovaries so she no longer comes into heat and has a more mellow attitude, like a gelding. An ovariectomy can be done standing (under sedation and local anesthesia) through a flank approach or a... Read More

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Continuing Education for Veterinarians and Horse Owners

March 01, 2004

Continuing education is a euphemism for most of life. We learn as we live. But if life is continuing education, then medical science is the fast track. For equine veterinarians, much of our professional continuing education takes place at the... Read More

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A Prosthetic Eye for the Horse

March 01, 2004

Using ocular ultrasonography, he was able to diagnose complete retinal detachment with a large retinal tear. Because of the grave prognosis for recovery of vision, enucleation (removal of the eye) was recommended.... Read More

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Longitudinal Tears in the DDFT

March 01, 2004

Horses with chronic inflammation of the digital flexor tendon (DDFT) sheath that doesn't respond to conventional therapy might be suffering from longitudinal tears in the DDFT. Warmbloods which suffer from chronic annular ligament constriction... Read More

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Lyme Disease Treatment and Vaccine

March 01, 2004

Nearly 50% of adult horses in areas of the northeastern United States are or have been infected with Borrelia burgdorferi, the causative agent of Lyme disease. Thomas Divers, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, Dipl. ACVECC, and others at Cornell Universit... Read More

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Preventing Supporting Limb Laminitis (AAEP 2003)

March 01, 2004

Laminitis in the contralateral (same end--fore or hind--opposite leg) limb is a well-recognized and potentially devastating sequela (result) in horses with complete fractures, sepsis involving a synovial structure, catastrophic breakdown injuries... Read More