Stephanie L. Church

  • On call veterinarian Larry Bramlage looks over horses on Kentucky Oaks Day.

    Derby Vets Ensure Safety for the Horses

    The goal of these vets is to keep a close eye on hopefuls', and then contenders', conditions, catching any lump, misstep, or hint of malaise that could compromise performance ability in the days prior to the big race.

  • Rescuing the Horses of St. Bernard Parish

    Jay Addison, DVM, of New Orleans, La., hasn't been able to see if his home withstood Hurricane Katrina, and the house of one of his partners in veterinary practice, Ronald Giardina, DVM, was completely destroyed. Regardless of their situations, Addison, Giardina, and other area veterinarians, technicians, and volunteers are making their number one priority to rescue horses out of severely affected areas of Louisiana, particularly St. Bernard Parish, which is south of New Orleans.

  • Cardiologist Dr. John Gurley works on the foal being held by Tara Spach. Ultrasound screen in foreground shows the foal's heart and the colored area highlights the defect.

    Vet, Cardiologist Look at Foal's Heart

    A human interventional cardiologist and an equine veterinarian in Lexington, Ky. have successfully completed the first step of a landmark procedure to repair a heart problem called a –ventricular septal defect” in a foal. The procedure was performed July 9.

  • Consideration of Illinois Slaughter Bill Postponed

    Rep. Robert Molaro Thursday postponed consideration of an Illinois Senate bill that would ban equine slaughter for human consumption in the state of Illinois. Dekalb, Ill., is the home of Cavel International, one of the remaining equine slaughter facilities, recently rebuilt after a fire destroyed the former facility.

  • Pasture Samples Stress Dangers of Tall Fescue Toxicosis

    Comparing pasture samples from 2002 and 2003 didn't associate Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome with anything other than the Eastern tent caterpillar. However, Wayne Long of the University of Kentucky's Department of Agronomy provided some insight on pasture management in Central Kentucky and stressed the dangers of tall fescue toxicosis.

  • New EPM Treatment Approved

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Nov. 19 approved Navigator for treating equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM). This drug has been under development for more than six years.

  • Potomac Horse Fever Hits Oklahoma

    The death of at least one Oklahoma horse has been definitively linked to Potomac horse fever, a disease rarely found in the state, and two of his stablemates likely died of the same illness.

  • Blister Beetle Poisoning in Florida

    Three horses recently died of blister beetle poisoning in Clay County, Fla., and two more remain under treatment at the University of Florida following ingestion of alfalfa hay contaminated with blister beetles.

  • EEE on the Rise; Florida Hardest Hit

    Eastern equine encephalitis case reports have risen into the hundreds this year, with confirmation of equine cases in at least nine states as the virus seemingly moves northwest from hot spots in the Southeast.

  • Two Surviving Saddlebreds Doing Well

    Cats Don't Dance and Sassational, the two surviving American Saddlebreds injected with a caustic substance several weeks ago, were recovering yesterday (June 21) at Hagyard-Davidson-McGee Associates (HDM) in Lexington, Ky.

  • Injured Saddlebreds Continue Treatment: One in Critical Condition

    Five American Saddlebreds injected with an unknown caustic substance several weeks ago continue to recover from their injuries under the care of several practitioners. Hyperbaric oxygen chamber therapy continues for the animals, and a medication that promotes tissue restoration has been added to the treatment regimen.

  • EEE Strikes South Carolina; Georgia and Florida Continue to Log Cases

    Veterinarians are scrambling to keep up with the alarming number of Eastern equine encephalitis cases emerging in the southeastern United States. Since the beginning of June, South Carolina has had 17 confirmed equine cases, with about 25 pending confirmation. Florida's EEE case count is up to 113 horses this year, and Georgia has 30.

  • Florida EEE Case Count Escalates to 68

    The number of Eastern equine encephalitis cases in Florida has risen to 68 for this year, further substantiating an earlier suspicion that 2003 will be a tough year for fighting the disease. Florida's case count for all of 2002 was 25 horses.

  • Eastern Equine Encephalitis Cases High in Florida

    The number of confirmed Eastern equine encephalitis cases in horses has risen to 23 in north central Florida, said Dr. Bill Jeter, diagnostic veterinary manager for Florida's Division of Animal Industry. The numbers confirm earlier speculation that 2003 would have higher-than-normal incidences of EEE.

  • Turfway EHV-1 Cases in Detail

    Equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1) has been confirmed as the cause of illness in three Thoroughbreds that were stabled in a training barn at Turfway Park in Florence, Ky. Tuesday's announcement follows treatment and elimination of several EHV-1 outbreaks in Ohio and Pennsylvania since January.

  • With Eye on the Past, Kentucky Plans for Combating WNV

    Kentucky has kept extensive statistics on West Nile virus cases in the state. At the March 7 West Nile Virus Workshop at the University of Kentucky's Gluck Equine Research Center, Rusty Ford, Kentucky Equine Programs Manager, reviewed equine WNV statistics from past years. He also described how the state planned to make reporting cases easier in 2003.

  • Updating West Nile Virus Vaccine

    Rob Keene, DVM, field veterinarian for Fort Dodge Animal Health, talked about the West Nile virus vaccine at the West Nile Virus workshop held March 7 at the University of Kentucky's Gluck Equine Research Center.

  • Important Breeding Procedure Changed in Kentucky

    Due to concerns resulting from last year's foal losses attributed to mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS), the Kentucky Department of Agriculture Feb. 4 filed emergency regulations regarding procedures that are followed when breeding an imported mare in the state.

  • Dr. William Saville.

    Major Breakthrough Made in EPM Research

    Researchers at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Ohio State University have made a major breakthrough in equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM), finding that the raccoon can serve as an intermediate host for Sarcocystis neurona, the single-celled protozoan parasite that causes the neurological disease.

  • Endoscopic Exams Indicate Racing Potential

    Recent research indicates that endoscopic examination of yearlings can help determine their eventual racing success. However, research also showed certain abnormalities that in the past were considered indicators of poor performance were not predictive of actual athletic performance in the adult horse.

  • First West Nile Virus Vaccine For Horses Released

    The equine industry called out for a way to protect its horses from the deadly neurological disease West Nile virus (WNV), and researchers and federal authorities responded. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Fort Dodge Animal Health announced Wednesday, Aug. 1, the approval and release of the very first WNV vaccine for horses