The American Association of Equine Practitioners’ convention ended Dec. 9 in Las Vegas with a record attendance. Based on figures through Dec. 8 released by the organization, the five-day event attracted 7,552 veterinarians, veterinary technicians, veterinary students, exhibitors, and other people.
The centerpiece of the convention was the scientific program which covered such topics as the safety of turf versus synthetic and dirt racing surfaces, the effect of various injuries on Thoroughbred racing performance, advances in the treatment of colic, and the efficacy of furosemide (Salix) in the prevention of exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage.
The AAEP’s Racing Committee met and continued its work on a “best practices” document that will address the use of various medications and therapies at the track. The racing committee also worked on a plan to improve communication between veterinarians, trainers, and horse owners on veterinary bills.