Recent News for Equine Care Professions


Australian Vets Call for Hendra Research Funds

September 23, 2009

Research to help fight the deadly Hendra virus is a matter of urgency, said the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA). Alister Rodgers, BVSc, died earlier this month after contracting the virus while treating a sick foal.

"Funds are... Read More


Study: Neurologic Strain of Equine Herpesvirus-1 Increasing

September 23, 2009

The number of equine herpesvirus type-1 (EHV-1) infections caused by the neuropathogenic form of the virus has been steadily increasing over the past 51 years, report researchers from the University of Kentucky.

Clinical observations sugges... Read More


Maryland State Animal Health Services Consolidated

September 22, 2009

Ongoing operating budget shortfalls (nearly $500,000 in 2009) along with a long-term services evaluation has led the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) to consolidate the state’s Animal Health field and laboratory services. The MDA began... Read More


LSU Equine Drug Testing Lab Receives Racehorse Contract Extension

September 17, 2009

The Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine’s Equine Medication Surveillance Laboratory (EMSL) has received a three-year extension of its contract with the Louisiana State Racing Commission to provide drug testing of racehorses... Read More


Patrick Swayze Horse Poster Still Available, Benefits Youth Programs

September 15, 2009

The iconic photograph of Patrick Swayze and his chestnut Egyptian Arabian stallion Tammen graced many a barn's tack room in the 1990s. If you're looking for a new copy, posters of Swayze and Tammen are still available via the Arabian Horse... Read More


Live Near North Grafton, Mass.? Visit Tufts' Vet School Today!

September 12, 2009

The students, faculty, and staff of the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University are having their annual Open House today (Sept. 12, 2009). All are welcome to attend the Cummings School Open House from 11 a.m. to 3... Read More


Tourism Bill Passes Senate, Could Benefit Horse Industry

September 11, 2009

The U.S. Senate has passed the Travel Promotion Act of 2009 (S1023). Introduced by Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND), this bill could benefit tourism involving the horse... Read More


New Horse Isolation Ward Dedicated at Tufts Vet School

September 08, 2009

A new large animal isolation ward designed to better manage the care of horses with infectious diseases will be dedicated today at Tufts' Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. The new facility represents a strong collaboration between the... Read More


How Acupuncture Works: Mixed Signals

September 06, 2009

"Acupuncture is real medicine, based on anatomy and physiology," she explained. "Getting the best results comes from seeing what's right in front of us--muscle tension, imbalances in the nervous system, and the health impact of stress, malnutrition, ... Read More


Vet Graduate Survey Gives Salary, Employment Stats

September 03, 2009

The results of an annual survey conducted by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) reveal an economic mixed bag when it comes to what new veterinary graduates encountered in 2009.

The survey results appear in the Journal of... Read More


Equine Research Hall of Fame to Add Four New Members

September 03, 2009

Four scientists will be inducted into the University of Kentucky Equine Research Hall of Fame Oct. 25 at Keeneland Race Course by the Gluck Equine Research Foundation.

Douglas F. Antczak, VMD, PhD, of Cornell University, I.G. Joe Mayhew,... Read More


Queensland Equine Veterinarian Dies of Hendra Virus

September 02, 2009

A veterinarian in Australia has died after contracting Hendra virus while treating a sick foal in Cawarral, Queensland, Australia, in July.

Queensland state Health Minister Paul Lucas told the Read More


Hendra Virus: Statement Regarding Vet's Death

September 02, 2009

The following is a statement released by the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA):

Veterinarians around Australia are mourning the death of Alister Rodgers from a Hendra virus infection, and urge government... Read More


Vet School Lecture Offered at Quarter Horse Congress

September 01, 2009

Attendees at this year's All American Quarter Horse Congress will have the opportunity to learn more about pursuing a career in veterinary medicine through a lecture entitled "So, You Want to be a Vet? Tips for How to Get Into and Succeed in Vet... Read More


Graduating Vet Students Encouraged to Pursue Research Careers

August 31, 2009

Private practice isn't for everyone, but for graduating veterinary students facing an average of $120,000 in debt, it often is the only logical choice. A new program--the Pfizer Animal Health-Morris Animal Foundation (MAF) Veterinary Fellowship... Read More


Vet Hospitalized with Hendra Virus

August 20, 2009

A veterinarian exposed to a horse infected with Hendra virus has tested positive for the disease and is hospitalized in an induced coma, said the Australian Horse Industry Council.

Three horses on a Cawarral, Queensland, property died in... Read More


Project Brings Vet Training to Rural China

August 19, 2009

Working donkeys, horses, and mules in Xinjiang, China, are on the receiving end of care and guidance provided through a project by Urumqi University, the World Society for the Protection of Animals, and the Society for the Protection of Animals... Read More

Article Marks 1,000th Fan Milestone on Facebook

August 15, 2009 has passed the 1,000th fan milestone on the popular social media network Facebook. launched a Facebook page at in March 2009. Facebook i... Read More


Vets to Participate in National Animal Health Emergency Response Corps

August 13, 2009

Veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and veterinary students can participate in the National Animal Health Emergency Response Corps, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced. The Animal Health Emergency Response Corps, a program of... Read More


Equine Veterinary Group Releases Statement on Genetic Defects in Horses

August 04, 2009

This is the 2009 Statement on Genetic Defects released by the American Association of Equine Practitioners. It was approved in July 2009.
Congenital Defects

Congenital defects include all... Read More


Dr. Steeve Giguère Named Marguerite Thomas Hodgson Chair of Equine Studies

August 03, 2009

Steeve Giguère, PhD, DVM, Dipl ACVIM, has been appointed to the Marguerite Thomas Hodgson Chair of Equine Studies in the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine.

The Hodgson Chair is funded by a $1million endowment established by ... Read More


Tevis 2009: Dr. Marcia Smith Leads into Robinson Flats

August 01, 2009

With crew and volunteers crowding the forest road, Marcia Smith, DVM, of Loomis, Calif., (rider #12) appeared around the bend at the Robinson Flat vet check and crewing point.  First to arrive at Mile 36 of the 100-mile Tevis Ride, Smith an... Read More


Tufts Vet School to Host Open House Sept. 12

July 29, 2009

Raptors will take flight in the new Agnes Varis Auditorium and an expected crowd of thousands will gather to learn about all the furry, galloping, and ruminating animals at Tufts University's Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine... Read More


Livestock Antibiotic Bill in the Works

July 27, 2009

A congressional committee recently held a hearing on a bill that proposes severe restrictions on the use of antibiotics in food animals. The Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act of 2009 would ban "non-therapeutic" uses of... Read More


Australian Equine Vets Honored for Equine Influenza Efforts

July 26, 2009

Equine Veterinarians Australia, which representes more than 1,000 equine practitioners in that country, honored the Chief Veterinarians for New South Wales and Queensland for their efforts in eradicating equine infuenza from their states... Read More