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Central Kentucky Abortion Accessions Suggest Normal Foaling Season

February 17, 2005

Central Kentucky equine abortion accessions so far in 2005 do not indicate mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS). The University of Kentucky's Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center (LDDC) is posting the number of abortion accessions of all breeds... Read More

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Equine Colic (AAEP Convention 2004)

February 16, 2005

As one might expect in a gathering of equine veterinarians discussing colic, much of the Sunrise Session dedicated to the topic covered evaluation of the colicky horse to determine severity and decide on medical vs. surgical management.... Read More

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FEI Task Force on Medication and Doping Holds Second Meeting

February 16, 2005

The International Federation for Equestrian Sports (FEI) Task Force on Medication and Doping, Chaired by Sven Holmberg of Sweden, held its second meeting in Paris on Feb. 2. The a six-person task force was established in late 2004 to re-assess... Read More

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Vital Signs

February 16, 2005

To establish a baseline set of measurements when the horse is healthy, do your "hands-off" observations first. Then after watching the horse, measure its heart and respiratory rates.... Read More

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Rutgers Equine Science Center Launches "Ask the Expert"

February 16, 2005

"Ask the Expert," a new feature of the Rutgers Equine Science Center web site, www.esc.rutgers.edu, invites horse owners and enthusiasts to seek science-based answers to their questions... Read More

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Rutgers Annual NAERIC Yearling Benefit Auction

February 16, 2005

Twelve Belgian/Quarter Horse cross yearlings will be sold on May 1, 2005, at an auction that will benefit the Rutgers Cook College Young Horse Teaching and Research Program. The auction will take place at the Round House on the Cook College... Read More

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USDA Launches Web Site About The National Animal Identification System

February 16, 2005

The USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service recently announced the launch of a new web site to inform stakeholders about the national animal identification system (NAIS). The web site, Read More

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Incorporating Acupuncture/Alternative Therapies

February 15, 2005

Discussion in the session primarily revolved around personal experiences with courses in acupuncture and chiropractic, incorporation of what they've learned in these courses, payment for these services, and the reminder that Western medicine should n... Read More

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Michigan Officials Requiring EHV Vaccination

February 15, 2005

Officials from Michigan's Office of Racing Commissioner (ORC) are requiring all horses entering any of seven licensed pari-mutuel facilities in the state be vaccinated for equine herpesvirus (EHV), in an effort to keep the virus confined to... Read More

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Comptroller Critical of New York Standardbred Fund; Portion of Monies Comes From Thoroughbreds

February 15, 2005

A New York state authority that supports Standardbred purses and breeding has lax internal financial controls, according to an audit released Tuesday by state Comptroller Alan Hevesi.

The New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund... Read More

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Embryo Transfer Discussed

February 15, 2005

Much of the discussion involved sharing professional information, such as specific instruments involved, but they also addressed such matters as preparation of the recipient mare and the most optimum state of embryo maturation for transfer.... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2004: Biologic and Therapeutic Agents Forum

February 15, 2005

This forum revolved around the on going issue of drug compounding. The take-home message for veterinarians was: If there is an FDA-approved product out there, it should be used even though it might be more costly.

Robert Holland, DVM,... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2004: Hormone Therapy in the Mare

February 14, 2005

This discussion at the 50th annual American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Convention in Denver, Colo., Dec. 4-8, 2004, was presided over by Patrick McCue, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACT, associate professor of equine ambulatory medicine at... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2004: Therapeutic Options Forum

February 14, 2005

While it might seem like any method of treating a horse would be termed a therapeutic option, equine veterinarians use this term to describe treatments that are generally considered alternative options to more heavily studied Western modalities.... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2004: Lameness Diagnosis via Head and Pelvis Movement

February 14, 2005

"I used to think I knew how to evaluate a horse's movement for lameness, until I started to look more carefully. Two different highly experienced practitioners can evaluate a lame horse, and come up with different [lame] legs," said Kevin Keegan... Read More

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Hock Injections (AAEP 2004)

February 14, 2005

The hock, or tarsus, is a complex collection of joints in the horse. Identifying lameness in one or more of those joints, and treating the problem, can be challenging. However, Alberto Serena, DMV, MRCVS, of Auburn University, and colleagues have... Read More

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Silicone to Lube Joints? (AAEP Convention 2004)

February 14, 2005

"We had heard several anecdotal reports of intra-articular administration of liquid silicone being used as a lubricant in equine joints (to treat osteoarthritis)," began Daniel Burba, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, professor of equine surgery at Louisiana State... Read More

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Sperm Membrane Integrity (AAEP 2004)

February 14, 2005

While a large part of microscopic semen evaluation centers around motility (directional sperm movement) and morphology (sperm structure), some reproductive specialists think there's more to the story. In an attempt to better understand stallion... Read More

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hCG and Ovulation

February 14, 2005

Managing a mare's estrous cycle is an integral part of breeding management, and human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) is one hormone option for doing just that. Patrick McCue, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACT, associate professor of equine science at Colorado Stat... Read More

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Pregnancies from Dead Mare Ovaries

February 14, 2005

"Death or euthanasia of a valuable mare results in loss of her genetic potential," she said. "However, when a mare dies, her ovaries still contain potentially viable oocytes that can be harvested to produce additional offspring."... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2004: Emerging Technologies Table Topic

February 14, 2005

Tablet computers, Metron PX, Hi-8, true digital, megapixels, lithium vs. NiMH batteries, inverters, iGo Juice, Photoshop--what do all these things have to do with the equine veterinarian? The message of the Emerging Technologies Table Topic was... Read More

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Equine Anesthesia (AAEP 2004)

February 14, 2005

Since then, more advanced drugs including new inhalant anesthetics have been developed to reduce stress on horses being put under anesthesia, and during recovery. Since the 1980s, research into the importance of monitoring blood pressure, respiration... Read More

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The Maladjusted Foal

February 14, 2005

The basic theme of Rossdale's presentation was that problems suffered by the fetus before birth and during the birthing process can have long-term effects on the animal's performance capability and overall health as it grows and matures.... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2004: Sports Medicine Part I

February 14, 2005

Several studies have been conducted on extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) at various institutions this past year. One presented by C. Wayne McIlwraith, BVSc, PhD, DSc, FRCVS, DrMedVet (hc), Dipl. ACVS, director of Colorado State University's... Read More

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Stopping Aggression Problems With an Equine Shock Collar

February 14, 2005

To determine whether equine shock collars could eliminate aggressive behavior, Kennedy looked at a group of 15 horses that were either aggressive toward a new horse in the pasture, aggressive toward a horse on the opposite side of a fence... Read More