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AAEP Convention 2005: Performance Horse Forum

February 17, 2006

"We're meant to be advocates for the welfare of the horse," said Rick Mitchell, DVM, of Fairfield Equine Associates in Newtown, Conn., moderator of the Dec. 3, 2005 Performance Horse Forum at the American Association of Equine Practitioners... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2005: Chronic Salbutamol Treatment for Inflammatory Airway Disease

February 17, 2006

"Anywhere between 25-92% of stabled horses have some form of airway inflammation," said Melissa R. Mazan, DVM, of Tufts University's Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, at the 2005 American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention in... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2005: Infectious Neurologic Disease

February 17, 2006

Sometimes subtle and often dramatic, infectious neurologic disease cases are things veterinarians never want to see, although most would like to understand them better and more easily recognize them when they appear in clients' horses. From... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2005: Recent Progress in Vaccine Development

February 17, 2006

Four equine vaccines have been developed and approved for West Nile virus (WNV) in the past five years, one of which was the first DNA vaccine for any mammal. The pace of this progress is unheard of in industries that make vaccines for other... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2005: Racing Forum

February 17, 2006


What is being done to ensure a level playing field for horses and horsemen? That was a key question discussed at the American Association of Equine Practitioners' Racing Forum on Dec. 3 during the group's annual convention in Seattle, Wash.... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2005: Biologic and Therapeutic Agents Forum

February 17, 2006

The main topics of concern at the American Association of Equine Practitioner's convention Biologic and Therapeutic Agents Forum were veterinary compounding, judicious use of antibiotics, plasma products, and the ability to update current... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2005: Foot Lameness Table Topic

February 17, 2006

About 75 people attended the Foot Lameness Table Topic during the AAEP Convention. It was moderated by Andy Parks, VMD, of the University of Georgia, and Tracy Turner, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVS, a private practitioner in Minnesota.
One of the first... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2005: Awards and Recognition

February 17, 2006

At the 2005 AAEP Convention held Dec. 3-7 in Seattle, Wash., the founders of Days End Farm Horse Rescue received the Lavin Cup, which is the AAEP's equine welfare award named for longtime racetrack practitioner Gary Lavin, VMD, of Kentucky.... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2005: Milne State of the Art Lecture

February 17, 2006

From Arthroscopy to Gene Therapy--30 Years of Looking Into Joints

Nat White, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, chairman of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Foundation, introduced the 2005 Milne State of the Art... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2005: Alternative Therapy Table Topic

February 17, 2006

This year's table topic on alternative therapies discussed mostly acupuncture and chiropractic and how to best incorporate them into a veterinary practice for diagnosis and treatment. Facilitators Rhonda Rathgeber, DVM, PhD, of Hagyard Equine... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2005: Treating Sore Backs Table Topic

February 17, 2006

Kent Allen, DVM, of Virginia Equine Imaging, and Jerry Black, DVM, of Pioneer Equine in California, facilitated a table topic discussion of sore backs during the 2005 American Association of Equine Practitioner's convention held Dec. 3-7 in... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2005: How To Manage Sheared Heels

February 17, 2006

Steve O'Grady, BVSc, MRCVS, of Northern Virginia Equine, said a sheared heel is a "created situation" and a "poorly understood phenomenon." He said the condition was first described by Bill Moyer, DVM, in 1975. "The diagnosis and treatment is th... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2005: How To Use Gas Distention in Equine Arthroscopy

February 17, 2006

While a horse owner might not care whether a veterinarian uses sterile fluid, gas, or both to distend an area for viewing during arthroscopic surgery, it might benefit you to understand how these new methods could provide your veterinarian with ... Read More

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How To Use Sterile Maggot Debridement Therapy (AAEP Convention 2005)

February 17, 2006

Using fly larvae to debride wounds is an age-old medicinal treatment that is finding new uses in modern medicine. Scott E. Morrison, DVM, of Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky., spoke on using sterile maggot debridement therapy for foot... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2005: Horseman's Day Teeth

February 17, 2006

"A plain old float just isn't good enough anymore," explained Mary DeLorey, DVM, owner of Northwest Equine Dentistry in Washington, during the 51st Annual AAEP Convention, in Seattle, Wash., Dec. 3-7, 2005. A demand for more comprehensive dental... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2005: Horseman's Day Unwanted Horse

February 17, 2006

What is an unwanted horse? An unwanted horse is a horse within the domestic equine population that is deemed by its owner to no longer be useful or needed, said Nat Messer, DVM, Dipl. ABVP, during the Horseman's Day session at the 51st annual... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2005: Horseman's Day Wound Management

February 17, 2006

The first sight of blood can prompt a frantic call to the veterinarian, but a second examination of the wound with a cool head might prove it to be less of an emergency. To help horse owners distinguish between emergencies and a wound that... Read More

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Laminitis (AAEP Convention 2005)

February 17, 2006

What causes laminitis? Is it the same as founder? Should I remove shoes from a horse with acute laminitis? Should I soak his feet? Does laminitis always have devastating consequences?... Read More

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Pre-Purchase Exams (AAEP 2005)

February 17, 2006

"A pre-purchase exam is only one factor to help you decide if you are going to purchase an animal," said Craig Roberts, DVM, an Ocala, Fla., practitioner. purchase exams are designed to discover a horse's unique concerns and discuss the management... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2005: More Veterinary Students Going Into Equine Medicine

February 17, 2006

A few years ago the American Association of Equine Parishioners identified a disturbing trend: The number of veterinary graduates pursuing careers in equine medicine was dwindling. Long hours, low pay, and lack of expertise were seen as common... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2005: How To Repair Incisors

February 17, 2006

Mandible (lower jaw) and premaxillary (upper jaw) fractures are common equine head injuries, according to David Moll, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVS, professor of large animal clinical sciences at Oklahoma State University. There are many described... Read More

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Stallion Handling (AAEP 2005)

February 17, 2006

A stallion handler must be able to focus the stallion's mind on him, as well as the mare, and make him wait for instructions. This cannot be achieved through fear or abusiveness, but through training basic cues and maneuvers to the stallion before he... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2005: Lameness in Racehorses

February 17, 2006

Inconsistencies in racetrack surfaces account for a large number of lamenesses in racehorses, said Jeff Blea, DVM, of the Southern California Equine Foundation in Arcadia, Calif., during the Lameness in Racehorses Forum held at the 51st Annual... Read More

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Imaging Foot Lamenesses

February 17, 2006

As the old saying goes, knowledge is power. Nuclear scintigraphy and MRI evaluation proved their worth yet again in this study by giving information about the exact nature and location of these horses' injuries, which helped practitioners select the... Read More

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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