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Turfway Heightens Precautions After Filly Tests Positive

December 24, 2005

Turfway Park heightened precautionary measures Dec. 23 after a 3-year-old filly was diagnosed with equine herpesvirus, a contagious disease with respiratory and neurological signs.

The filly, trained by Chuck Simon, was shipped Dec. 21 t... Read More

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Progress in Predicting Joint Problems

December 22, 2005

Someday veterinarians might be able to take a horse's blood sample, analyze its makeup to predict his future bone and joint health, and simply prevent the problems that are likely to arise. In late 2005, 20 leading joint researchers that are likely ... Read More

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Veterinarians Watch for Hurricane-Related Illnesses

December 22, 2005

With water pooling everywhere and sharp debris all around, horse owners can't help but wonder if conditions left by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita will cause an increase in illnesses such as tetanus, encephalitis, botulism, and Potomac horse fever... Read More

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Equine Flu Virus Infects Dogs; Can Horses Be Re-Infected?

December 22, 2005

Researchers recently identified a highly contagious canine influenza virus strain that is thought to be an adaptation of an equine flu strain, which was transferred from horses to dogs in 2004. It is unclear at this time whether the strain can... Read More

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EEE in Michigan Horses and Deer

December 22, 2005

Four cases of Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) were recently confirmed in horses in two neighboring Michigan counties (three in Kent County in September, one in Montcalm County in October). The disease was also confirmed in seven free-ranging... Read More

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Fires Force Horse Evacuations

December 22, 2005

Smoke rising from wildfires in Los Angeles County, Calif., provided an uneasy backdrop for rescue teams tending to animal evacuees housed at Pierce College, located just eight miles from the fires. The college housed up to 225 horses along with ... Read More

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Microchips Aid Horse Recovery After Katrina

December 22, 2005

Microchip manufacturers report they have experienced recent increased interest in microchips, presumably due to the microchips' help in recovering animals following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Microchipping horses involves the use of... Read More

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Growing Grass After the Hurricanes

December 22, 2005

Will grass re-establish in Gulf Coast area pastures that were covered in murky, salty, or contaminated floodwaters for several weeks in September? That is a question agronomy researchers at Louisiana State University (LSU) aim to answer in the... 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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Kentucky Considered for 2010 World Equestrian Games

December 22, 2005

The Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky., is one of three locations being considered to host the 2010 World Equestrian Games (WEG). The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI, the governing body for international equestrian sport) will announc... Read More

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Texas D.A. Appeals Horse Meat Ruling

December 22, 2005

On Sept. 23, Tim Curry, district attorney of Tarrant County, Texas, filed a notice of appeal in the case that many thought would have permitted the slaughter of horses in Texas.

A month earlier, U.S. District Judge Terry Means ruled tha... Read More

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Afleet Alex Misses Breeders' Cup

December 22, 2005

Trainer Tim Ritchey and veterinarian Patricia Hogan, DVM, said in mid-October that Thoroughbred Afleet Alex's injured leg, a hairline cannon bone fracture, is still healing and he would not run in the Oct. 29 Breeders' Cup Classic. In a joint... Read More

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Turfway Barn Quarantined Pending Test Results

December 22, 2005

A barn at Turfway Park in Northern Kentucky was placed under quarantine Dec. 21 after a horse showed signs of suspected equine herpesvirus, a contagious upper respiratory and neurological disease. Test results were expected Dec. 23, at which tim... Read More

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Donate a Tree to the Kentucky Horse Park

December 20, 2005

For those who would like to combine their love of trees and horses, the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation has an excellent suggestion: Donate trees to the Kentucky Horse Park and receive a year-end tax donation!

The foundation is seeking... 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

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LSU and Idaho State Work Together to Reunite Katrina Pets with Owners

December 19, 2005

A group of Louisiana State University and Idaho State University students are volunteering their time to give owners personal help in searching for their pets. If you or someone you know needs assistance in searching the Animal Emergency Respons... Read More

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Alliance Works to Control Wild Horse Fertility

December 16, 2005

A non-hormonal contraceptive, porcine zona pellucida (PZP), has given birth to an alliance between the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). The two organizations agreed to work together on using thi... Read More

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AAEP Convention Continues as World's Largest Equine Veterinary Meeting

December 14, 2005

The 51st Annual Convention of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP), held Dec. 3-7 in Seattle, Wash., attracted a crowd of nearly 5,900 veterinary professionals, guests, and exhibitors, making it again the largest equine... Read More

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Afleet Alex to Stand at Gainesway for $40,000

December 14, 2005

Cash is King Stable, Jess Jackson, and Gainesway Farm have announced that dual classic winner Afleet Alex will enter stud for $40,000 at Gainesway near Lexington. "Having Afleet Alex stand at Gainesway is one of the most exciting moments in our... Read More

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Legislative Subcommittee OKs Kentucky Drug Rules

December 14, 2005

Kentucky's new medication rules were approved Dec. 13 by the state General Assembly Administrative Regulation Review Subcommittee.

The rules, centered on race-day medication, were approved by the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority Nov. 14... Read More

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Chronic Joint Diseases (Book Excerpt)

December 14, 2005

Horses with chronic musculoskeletal disorders may benefit from periodic administration of analgesic medications such as NSAIDs to help control pain when it is at its worst.... Read More

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Two VS Positive States Remain

December 14, 2005

The number of new vesicular stomatitis (VS) cases reported in the United States continued to decline during the Dec. 5-11 USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service VS reporting period. One new equine VS-positive premises was identified in... Read More

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AAEP Calls for Ban on Anabolic Steroids in Sale Horse Medication Guidelines

December 14, 2005

The American Association of Equine Practitioners' Task Force on Medication Issues at Public Auction has released its recommendations for medication usage in horses presented for sale at public auctions. They include the banning of anabolic... Read More