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Fort Dodge Receives Approval of West Nile Virus DNA Vaccine

July 18, 2005

Fort Dodge Animal Health, a division of Wyeth, today announced the licensure of West Nile-Innovator DNA, a novel vaccine for horses to aid in the prevention of viremia caused by the potentially deadly West Nile virus (WNV). Fort Dodge's... Read More

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Wilson Named Kentucky's Top Racing Vet

July 18, 2005

Gary Wilson, DVM, a Winchester, Ky., veterinarian, has been named chief veterinarian for the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority (KHRA). Wilson, who has been a practicing veterinarian since 1977, has extensive experience in the field of equine... Read More

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Veterinarian Alex Harthill Dead at 80

July 18, 2005

Alexander Harthill, DVM, a renowned Central Kentucky racehorse veterinarian known as "Derby Doc" to his colleagues, died July 16. He was 80 years old.

Harthill died at Hospice and Palliative Care in Louisville, Ky., after complications... Read More

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Farriers, Scientists Hold Workshop

July 18, 2005

Farriers and veterinarians met on June 31 at the University of Kentucky (UK) Gluck Equine Research Center to listen to farrier Mike Savoldi discuss various hoof pathologies that cause soreness and their management. The free seminar was presented... Read More

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Horse Hit, Causes Traffic Snarl on California Freeway

July 18, 2005

A horse was hit by a car on San Dimas Avenue in San Dimas, Calif., on Saturday (June 16), before it ran onto the Foothill (210) Freeway. According to an online San Gabriel Valley Tribune report (Read More

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More Vesicular Stomatitis in Colorado

July 18, 2005

Another Colorado horse has tested positive for vesicular stomatitis (VS) virus, according to an article in the Cortez Journal online. The 10-year-old Quarter Horse in Montezuma County was diagnosed with the illness July 14. An equine... Read More

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Kentucky Can't Pinpoint Origin of Strangles Cases

July 15, 2005

Kentucky legislators received assurances July 13 the state is well equipped to handle future equine disease outbreaks, but they got no answers to questions about the origin of the strangles cases earlier this spring at the Churchill Downs... Read More

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Quarter Horse Peppy San Badger Dead at 31

July 15, 2005

The American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) learned on July 13 that one of the cutting horse industry's greatest sires, Peppy San Badger, was euthanatized on July 8, 2005, in his paddock at King Ranch in Kingsville, Texas. Sired by Mr San Pepp... Read More

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EIA-Positive Horse in Pennsylvania

July 15, 2005

Equine infectious anemia (EIA) was confirmed July 13 in a Pennsylvania horse, said Bruce Schmucker, VMD, of the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. The horse is not showing any clinical signs of the disease and passed through Meadville... Read More

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Anthrax in North Dakota

July 15, 2005

Eleven premises in southeastern North Dakota have had confirmed cases of anthrax this year in bison, cattle, and horses as of July 14. It's not uncommon to find anthrax in the state annually, but Beth Carlson, DVM, deputy state veterinarian for... Read More

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Expansion of Critical Kentucky Lab About to Begin

July 14, 2005

The long-awaited expansion of the University of Kentucky Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center, made possible through an $8.5-million appropriation from the Kentucky General Assembly this spring, is about to begin and could be completed in about... Read More

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Diary of an EHV-1 Survivor

July 13, 2005

Twenty-year-old Radar "just wasn’t looking right" when he came in from the pasture on April 6, recalls his owner, Bill McCarthy, PhD. "When I picked his feet up to pick them out, he would just fall into me," said McCarthy. "The next day the stat... Read More

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Vesicular Stomatitis in Delta County, Colorado

July 13, 2005

Colorado has become the fifth state in the country to have a confirmed case of vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV) this year. A six-year-old horse in Delta County tested positive for the disease, and the premise has been placed under... Read More

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Kentucky Officials Extend VS Embargo

July 13, 2005

According to a July 12 memo from Kentucky State Veterinarian Robert Stout, DVM, officials have extended Kentucky's vesicular stomatitis (VS) embargo to include Sandoval and Santa Fe Counties in New Mexico, and San Juan and Uintah Counties in... Read More

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Launch of BMC Veterinary Research

July 13, 2005

BioMed Central recently announced the launch of BMC Veterinary Research, the first international open access journal to cover all areas of veterinary science and medicine. BMC Veterinary Research is the latest addition to the... Read More

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Surgery Treats Hock Arthritis

July 13, 2005

Osteoarthritis of one of the joints within the hock (the talocalcaneal joint) is a rare cause of acute onset of severe lameness, but clinical findings and diagnostic analgesia (such as blocking a joint) often fail to identify precisely the site... Read More

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Safety Strategy for Traveling Equestrians

July 12, 2005

Horse owners are advised to carry a second spare tire when trailering their animals.

"The side of the road is a dangerous place to be especially when you have horses onboard. As a conscientious horse owner, you want to minimize that... Read More

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AFA Names New Task Force

July 12, 2005

American Farrier's Association (AFA) President Craig Trnka, CJF has recently announced the appointment of a new task force to survey the farrier schools in North America. The mission of the Farrier Schools Survey Task Force will be to survey all... Read More

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NYPD Horse Perishes in Accident

July 12, 2005

The online news site 1010WINS.com has reported that a New York City Police Department police horse died on the boardwalk at Coney Island on the night of July... Read More

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Ohio Horse Shot

July 12, 2005

Mansfield, Ohio's News Journal reported that a Paint horse mare from central Ohio was euthanatized at Th... Read More

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Vaccination Side Effects

July 12, 2005

Vaccination may be associated with a limited number of adverse effects. Muscle swelling, stiffness, mild fever, anorexia, and lethargy are all potential side effects.... Read More

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Hurricane Dennis and Florida

July 12, 2005

On Friday, July 9, Florida officials suspended the intrastate and interstate requirements for animal movement to help livestock owners evacuate quickly because of the approaching Hurricane Dennis. The hurricane made landfall in Florida on June... Read More

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West Nile Virus Confirmed in Two Oklahoma Horses

July 11, 2005

The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) confirmed on July 7 that two horses in the southwest region of the state had tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV) The equine cases were reported in Comanche and Washita counties.

"Give... Read More

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West Nile Virus National and State Links

July 08, 2005

National Surveillance Maps

Information submitted and verified to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention... Read More

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Update: USDA Horse Slaughter Inspectors Face Elimination

July 08, 2005

The House of Representatives passed the 2006 Agriculture Appropriations bill (H.R. 2744) on June 8. Included in the bill was amendment 236, which will end funding for horse slaughter plant inspectors during the 2006 federal fiscal... Read More