AAEP Convention

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Shock Wave Effects On Nerve, Vascular Tissue

July 11, 2007

Some human and other mammalian studies have shown that extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) has adverse effects on vascular and nerve tissues, but this might not hold true for these structures in the horse. There have been some studies on... Read More

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Superovulation and Embryo Transfer

July 11, 2007

It's no secret that embryo transfer is expensive, and that its success rates are lower than those of some other methods of equine reproduction. "Commercially, single embryo recovery attempts have a 50% recovery rate, and there is a 50-65%... Read More

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Biologic and Therapeutic Options Discussed

July 11, 2007

The Biologic and Therapeutic Agents Forum at the 2006 AAEP Convention was facilitated by Craig Barnett, DVM, Intervet Senior Equine Technical Services Specialist, and co-facilitator Carol Clark, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, of Peterson & Smith... Read More

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Reinforcing Reinforcement Breeding

July 11, 2007

It's common practice at some breeding farms--collecting the drippings from a stallion's penis after he breeds and dismounts a mare, evaluating the sample to confirm that ejaculation did occur, then placing the sample in the mare. Reinforcement... Read More

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Uplifting Applications for UC Davis Large Animal Lift

July 11, 2007

John Madigan, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVIM, professor of medicine and epidemiology and section chief of equine medicine at the University of California, Davis, developed the UC Davis Large Animal Lift (LAL) with colleagues over the last several years. H... Read More

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Horses Unwilling or Unable to Eat: A Feeding System

July 11, 2007

Veterinarians at Oregon State University developed a method to get valuable calories into anorexic horses or those unable to eat normally. The process employs a couple of buckets, pelleted complete feed, water, tubing, and a bilge pump.... Read More

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Environmental Contamination Necessitates Leeway in Post-Race Cocaine Testing

July 11, 2007

The prevalence of a common metabolite of cocaine in the environment has created a need for the allowance of a minimum concentration of the substance in post-competition race testing, according to Fernanda Camargo, DVM, and Tom Tobin, DVM, PhD,... Read More

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Performing a Myelogram in 30 Minutes or Less

July 11, 2007

In the course of doing more than 80 myelograms per year during the past five years, Barrie Grant, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVS, has the procedure down to a science. Grant explained to veterinarians at the 2006 AAEP Convention how they can perform the... Read More

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Glucocorticoids and Obesity

July 11, 2007

Glucocorticoids have been implicated as a cause of both laminitis and IR. "Our team has been interested in the role that glucocorticoids (corticosteroid drugs or hormones that are involved in carbohydrate metabolism and the body's response... Read More

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Treating Obesity and Adiposity Research

July 11, 2007

Owners need to control obesity now by properly managing horses' diets and increasing exercise levels.... Read More

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Breathing Easy: Air Quality Testing in the Equine Barn

July 10, 2007

"I used to look at a beam of light with the motes of dust in it and think it was aesthetically pleasing," said Melissa R. Mazan, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, of the Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine in Massachusetts. "Now that I know what's in... Read More

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In-House ELISA Test For Borrelia burgdorferi

July 10, 2007

Current tests for Borrelia burgdorferi, a tick-borne spirochete (a spiral-shaped bacterium) that causes Lyme disease in people, horses, dogs, cats, and cows, often take several days to complete and can sometimes lack definitive answers fo... Read More

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AAEP 2006: Western Performance Horse Forum

July 09, 2007

The Western performance horse industry is growing at an astonishing rate, and along with that growth, there are unique health issues that need to be addressed. For that reason, the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) held a forum... Read More

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Obesity and Laminitis

July 09, 2007

In obese horses insulin resistance might also contribute to widespread inflammation and, thus, vasoconstriction (narrowing of the blood vessels), which is the case in human metabolic syndrome.... Read More

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Hormones to Treat Cryptorchids

July 08, 2007

While giving hormones to colts might seem like a method of self-destruction, there really is a reason for it in some cases--such as for cryptorchids. These colts have at least one testicle that hasn't descended into the scrotum; normally... Read More

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Flu: Interspecies Transmission

July 08, 2007

In 2004 researchers identified a highly contagious canine influenza virus strain (H3N8) that was closely related to an equine flu strain. Essentially that meant the virus had jumped from horses to dogs, and the scientists said it was "a very rar... Read More

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Equine Cloning: Where Are We Today?

July 07, 2007

"Five years ago, presenting 'A Review of Cloning' in the horse was almost unimaginable," began Katrin Hinrichs, DVM, PhD, professor of veterinary physiology and pharmacology and Patsy Link Chair in reproductive studies at Texas A&M... Read More

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Ulcers Shown to Affect Horses with No Risk Factors

July 07, 2007

A study suggests that broodmares at pasture without the normal risk factors are likely to have ulcers, too.... Read More

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Diagnostic Approach To Equine Muscle Disorders

July 07, 2007

Stephanie Valberg, DVM, PhD, professor of large animal medicine and director of the University of Minnesota's Equine Center, began the in-depth seminar on muscle disorders by discussing diagnosis of muscle disorders, beginning with a careful... Read More

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Skin Grafts Made Simple

July 06, 2007

Pinch and punch grafts aren't the most attractive option for closing slow-healing wounds, but they are a viable option for quickly closing these types of injuries. The procedures are quick and simple, according to Linda Dahlgren, DVM, PhD, Dipl.... Read More

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Surviving Uterine Torsion

July 06, 2007

All types of horses can get colic, but in the pregnant mare, the painful signs of colic might be caused by something other than a gastrointestinal problem. The mass of the foal and placenta causes a lot of crowding in the mare's body, and uterine... Read More

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Specialized Lameness Evaluation for the Jumping Horse

July 05, 2007

Horses performing different jobs require specialized examinations for lameness, according to Philippe Benoit, DVM, French jumping team veterinarian from 1991 to 2000. Benoit presented his method for examining jumping horses at the 2006 American... Read More

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AAEP 2006: Therapeutic Options Forum

July 05, 2007

Jim Kenney, DVM, and Kevin May, DVM, co-facilitated a small gathering at the Therapeutic Options Forum at the 2006 American Association of Equine Practitioners convention in San Antonio, Texas, held Dec. 2-6. The first item on the agenda was... Read More

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Lactate Provides Useful Indication of Prognosis

July 04, 2007

Lactate, the ionized form of lactic acid, which is a byproduct of anaerobic metabolism, can provide objective insight into the prognoses of equine patients, according to Robert Franklin, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, of the Equine Medical Center in Ocala,... Read More

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Hyperkalemic Periodic Paralysis: 14 Years Later

July 04, 2007

Sharon Spier, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, PhD, associate professor at the University of California, Davis, has pioneered much of the research on HYPP. She presented updated information gleaned over the past 14 years on this disease at the 2006 AAEP... Read More