Working With a Veterinarian


Commentary: Equine Medicine Has Come a Long Way

January 07, 2009

While I was in veterinary school 20-some years ago, the first ultrasound machine was being "explored" by board-certified veterinary radiologists at university veterinary schools. Pain medication for horses was mostly limited to the non-steroidal... Read More


Vaccination Yearly Planner

January 06, 2009

A look at equine vaccine options, the necessity of each, and how to plan for boosters throughout the year. ... Read More


Readers Weigh in on Low-Cost Euthanasia Clinics

October 30, 2008

More than 2,370 readers of responded to a poll asking, "Do you think low-cost equine euthanasia clinics should be widely available?"

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Equine Pain Management: Readers Share Their Tools

October 24, 2008

More than 1,350 readers of responded to a poll asking, "What do you use for pain management?"

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Equine Telecardiology Progresses

October 21, 2008

When she put her stethoscope to his chest and heard what sounded like jungle drums thumping inside, she knew something wasn't right. There was no cardiac murmur, jugular venous distension, or dependent edema. What was going on? And what would happen ... Read More


Horse Owners Look to Save During Economic Crunch

October 04, 2008

The current economic climate and tight credit markets have everyone looking for ways to live more frugally, and horse owners are no exception.

"Nervousness about loans and housing is certainly affecting people," said American Horse Council... Read More


Shortage of Large Animal Vets Taxes Farmers

October 03, 2008

This summer, Steve Sanford had to tell 106 dairy farmers in rural northern Vermont he could no longer treat their cows.

Battling degenerative arthritis, the 56-year-old large animal veterinarian can't do the physically challenging work any... Read More


Racehorse Ready to Run After Bout with Ataxia

October 02, 2008

Racehorse owners Suzanne VanderSalm and Ellen Bennett of Hickory Corners, Mich., weren't about to give up on Navigator, their Thoroughbred who became ataxic (incoordinated) suddenly as a yearling three years ago. VanderSalm had come home from... Read More


Autumn Challenges for Cushing's Diagnosis, Management

September 27, 2008

Owners of older horses that exhibit any of the classic signs of Cushing's during the fall months work with their veterinarians to determine whether they should test or treat horses until diagnoses can be confirmed.... Read More


Wait Too Long to Call the Vet? See What Our Readers Said

September 18, 2008

More than 900 readers of responded to a poll asking, "Do any of your horse-owning friends wait too long to call the veterinarian for injury or illness?"

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Promoting Equine Veterinary Practice to Vet Students

September 02, 2008

More than 800 third-year veterinary students were given a fully sponsored trip to attend the Opportunities in Equine Practice Seminar (OEPS) in Lexington, Ky., over Labor Day weekend. Members of the veterinary class of 2010 were given the... Read More


Reaction Case Underlines Need for Horse Owner and Vet Communication

August 27, 2008

The ability to have a straightforward, informative conversation with your veterinarian about his or her prescribed treatments for your horse can be just as important as asking questions about treatments or diagnostics that your own physician... Read More


Vets as Product Advisors

August 01, 2008

According to a 2006 American Veterinary Medical Association survey, pet owners said they most often asked their veterinarians for advice on which foods, supplements, dewormers, and other products to purchase for their dogs and cats.

While this... Read More


5 Hints for Hiring a Horse Sitter

August 01, 2008

Give careful consideration to your candidates to increase the odds of having a satisfactory outcome.... Read More


Laminitis, PPID: The Science of Seasons Behind Them

July 20, 2008

Research groups reported their findings of the impact of seasonal variations for pituitary glad dysfunction.... Read More


ACVIM Forum: 10 Years of Infection Control

July 19, 2008

After 10 years as Director of Biosecurity at Colorado State's large animal hospital, Paul Morley, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, recently relayed some of the key lessons he and his colleagues have learned while developing the school's biosecurity... Read More


Equine Dentistry: Straight From the Horse's Mouth

July 19, 2008

As a veterinarian with more than 20 years of experience in veterinary dentistry, James Anthony, DVM, Dipl. AVDC, offers a unique perspective on issues related to this specialized field, the growing recognition of dentistry's... Read More


Stall-Side Airway Test will be Available Soon

July 10, 2008

English researchers are working to move airway disease screening and diagnostics from the lab into the barn.

Equine HealthCare, a company based in the U.K., is developing a new respiratory diagnostic test based on measuring the amount of... Read More


Rattlesnake Bite Management Recommendations

July 06, 2008

The United States is home to 26 species of rattlesnakes, making rattlesnake bites relatively common events in equine medicine. Horse owners definitely need to resist the urge to begin sucking the venom from their horse's rattlesnake bite... Read More


CDC Study: Equine Practitioner Hygiene Could Use Improvement

July 02, 2008

In a multi-institutional study coordinated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), researchers found that many veterinarians do not consistently engage in behaviors or practices that are widely deemed protective against the... Read More


Regulation of Complementary Therapies: States of Confusion

June 27, 2008

Not too many years ago, proponents of massage therapy, acupuncture and acupressure, chiropractic, and other complementary or alternative therapies for animals often were dismissed as part of the lunatic fringe. Today, with apologies to Bob Dylan, the... Read More


Dirty Jobs for Horses: Charlie Brown, Blood Donor and Teacher

June 26, 2008

Veterinary teaching hospitals save horses' lives and train future veterinarians. But along with the human faculty, another type of staff member has an integral role in training new vets to care for your horse.

"Our teaching horses are... Read More


Big Brown's Owners Prepare to Open Belmont Equine Hospital

June 21, 2008

At the beginning of 2008, International Equine Acquisitions Holdings (IEAH) anticipated that its biggest event of the year would be the opening of the $17-million equine medical facility it built and funded a stone's throw outside the gates of... Read More


Vet Shortage Could Put Squeeze on Horse Owners

June 12, 2008

The nation could face a shortage of as many as 4,000 veterinarians in the next six years, if current trends continue, according to a recent study based on U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data.

Researchers at the Cummings School of Veterinary... Read More


Weak Economy Challenges Veterinarians

June 05, 2008

Recently, Tim Van Der Ploeg, DVM, received a call from one of his clients, who was seeking help for her horse. She thought the animal was suffering from tetanus.

"I told her what we could do, and how much treatment would cost," said Van Der... Read More