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West Nile Virus Detected in Florida Alligators

January 01, 2003

Three farm-raised alligators from Central Florida have tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV), according to officials at the University of Florida (UF) College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM). This is the first time the virus has affected U.S.... Read More

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Actinobacillus Species Resistance

January 01, 2003

Colorado State University's (CSU) Orthopaedic Research Center (ORC) was launched Nov. 1 with a formal dedication ceremony and open house. Led by Wayne McIlwraith, BVSc, PhD, FRCVS, Dipl. ACVS, Dipl. ECVS, and his scientific team, the Center will... Read More

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Pigeon Fever (Dryland Distemper) in Kentucky

January 01, 2003

An unusual outbreak of the bacterial disease "pigeon fever," also known as dryland distemper, occurred in Kentucky in early and mid-November 2002, according to Doug Byars, DVM, a specialist in internal medicine and equine critical care. He said... Read More

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Morris Funds Studies

January 01, 2003

Morris Animal Foundation (MAF) has announced funding for eight new 2003 equine studies. Research topics include laminitis, endotoxemia, colic, genetics, immunology, and foal diseases. Nine continuing projects focus on similar issues as well as... Read More

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Outside of Caterpillar Might Be Linked to MRLS

January 01, 2003

Since the beginning of the mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS) in 2001, there have been many theories as to the cause of the problems. Honing in on the extreme number of Eastern tent caterpillars (ETC) in 2001 and 2002, studies have shown tha... Read More

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Environment and Hormones

January 01, 2003

Some natural and man-made compounds in the environment can disrupt the delicate reproduction hormone balance in many species, possibly including horses. Her suggestion was that although this cause of reproductive dysfunction had not been studied in h... Read More

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Educational Brochures

January 01, 2003

The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) has recently revised and redesigned 21 client education brochures with the support of Bayer Animal Health and Purina Mills. The brochures are available to veterinarians and come in packages... Read More

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Vet's Role in Parasite Control

January 01, 2003

Internal parasites can be a very serious problem for horses. Even though most owners are aware that deworming is a necessary part of an overall good health program for their horses, the veterinarian is sometimes left out of that loop. Because... Read More

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Managers Doing Good Job with Pastures

December 30, 2002

A week following the Dec. 23 release of information about the University of Kentucky’s pasture monitoring related to mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS), Jimmy Henning, PhD, extension forage specialist at the University of Kentucky (UK)... Read More

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West Nile Virus Changed to Endemic Disease Status; Fees will be Charged for Some WNV Testing

December 28, 2002

Government veterinary officials recently designated West Nile virus (WNV) as an endemic disease in the United States. The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Veterinary Services (VS) previously had considered WNV a Foreign... Read More

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Sentinel Farm Summary; 2002 Pasture Monitoring Program

December 27, 2002

The following information was produced by the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture from Wayne Long (pwlong@uky.edu) and Jimmy Henning (jhenning@uky.edu) of the... Read More

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AAEP 2002 Radiology Panel

December 27, 2002

The radiology panel discussion at the 2002 American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention on Dec. 7 included presentation of 10 case histories, clinical presentations, and radiographs, with one of four panel members selected to evaluate... Read More

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Antimicrobials and Antimicrobial Resistance

December 20, 2002

When a prescribed medication doesn’t work as it should, one cause could be antimicrobial (antibiotic) resistance. Is the widespread use of antibiotics selecting for stronger and stronger pathogens that can resist the drugs we use to fight them?... Read More

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AAEP 2002: Feeding the Geriatric Horse

December 19, 2002

With more and more horses reaching geriatric status (over 20 years of age), it’s important to understand how their nutritional needs might change. Diets should be adjusted if necessary to help old-timers live long and healthy lives. David Pugh,... Read More

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Kentucky Abortions Update

December 18, 2002

The “blip” of abortions seen in August, September, and October in Kentucky has continued on through December. With only about 50 total abortions reported, this problem might not even catch the attention of many people in a normal year, as... Read More

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Purchase Exams Table Topic

December 17, 2002

Purchase examinations are a big bone of contention in many equine sale situations--not so much over the necessity of them, but over what exactly needs to be evaluated and how to interpret the results. Rick Mitchell, DVM, of Fairfield Equine... Read More

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Horseman's Day at the 2002 AAEP Convention

December 17, 2002

Horseman’s Day, held for the third time as part of the annual AAEP convention, was another rousing success. There weren’t as many people in attendance as there were in San Diego last year, but they were just as enthusiastic. AAEP officials said... Read More

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Juvenile Bowed Tendons and Racing Prognosis

December 17, 2002

“Juvenile bowed tendons, or ‘baby bows,’ are not uncommon in yearlings and weanlings,” said Johanna Reimer, VMD, Dipl. ACVIM, Dipl. ACVC (cardiology), of the Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky., at the 2002 American Association of... Read More

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AAEP 2002: Infectious Disease Forum

December 17, 2002

With West Nile virus (WNV) marching across the United States and affecting both horses and humans, infectious disease prevention has been a hot topic in barns, the media, veterinary clinics, and elsewhere. During the Infectious Disease forum,... Read More

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AAEP 2002 Geriatric Dentistry Table Topic

December 12, 2002

"Dental Care and Management of the Geriatric Patient" was the focus of one lunchtime Table Topic on Dec. 5, with topics ranging from diet selection to systemic illness to sedation. With veterinarians filling all seats and standing against... Read More

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AAEP 2002 Laminitis Sunrise Session

December 11, 2002

“Never use only clinical assessment to estimate the progress of a laminitic horse,” began Ric Redden, DVM, moderator of the laminitis Sunrise Session on Dec. 7 and founder of the International Equine Podiatry Center in Versailles, Ky. “X rays an... Read More

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AAEP 2002 Podiatry Forum

December 11, 2002

“The horse’s foot is so integral to most of what we do in equine practice,” said moderator Gayle Trotter, DVM, MS, professor in clinical sciences at Colorado State University, in the Podiatry forum on Dec. 12 at the American Association of Equin... Read More

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AAEP 2002: Racing Forum

December 11, 2002

Medications issues aren't only centered on the work to create a uniform medication policy for racehorses, but on “renegade” drug manufacturers—who produce products that are not legal and contain little, none, or too much of various... Read More

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Australian Unit Receives Grant for Laminitis Studies

December 11, 2002

The Animal Health Foundation recently announced that it has made a $50,000 research grant to Christopher C. Pollitt, BVSc, PhD, associate professor in equine medicine and director of The Australian Equine Laminitis Research Unit at the School of... Read More

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National HBPA to Issue Revised Medication Proposal

December 11, 2002

The National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association is prepared to release a revised proposal for a national policy on drug testing and therapeutic medication. The document deals with Class 1, 2, 3, and 4 medications, as well as... Read More