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Endocrine Disease Table Topic (AAEP 2010)

One of the Table Topic discussions at the 2010 American Association of Equine Practitioners annual meeting, held Dec. 4-8 in Baltimore, Md., addressed equine endocrine disorders. Moderators and attendees discussed diagnostic testing for equine metabolic syndrome (EMS) and pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction (PPID). Horses with the EMS phenotype (easy ke...

Equine Welfare: One European Perspective (AAEP 2010)

The horse industry in the United States is not the only one dealing with an equine welfare problem. Some European countries are also facing challenges in assuring all horses have a good quality of life, according to Joe Collins, MVB, PhD, MRCVS, CertEP, CertVR, who recently conducted his PhD study at University College Dublin's Veterinary Sciences Cen...

Two Missouri Horses Test Positive for EIA

The Missouri Department of Agriculture's Division of Animal Health confirmed positive test results for equine infectious anemia (EIA) in two horses earlier this month in northeastern Missouri. Department officials have tested 696 other horses, including those located nearby and any that might have been in contact with the infected animals. No further ...

Dieting Tips for Obese Horses

According to Alex Dugdale, MA, VetMB, DVA, Dipl. ECVA, MRCVS, a senior lecturer in the school of veterinary science at the University of Liverpool in England, "obesity (in horses) creeps up on us." When it comes to battling obesity, keeping the horse healthy and happy while still helping him drop weight is of paramount importance.

Lyme Disease Table Topic (AAEP 2010)

A well-attended Table Topic session on equine Lyme disease was held at the 2010 American Association of Equine Practitioners Annual Meeting, held Dec. 4-8 in Baltimore, Md. The audience agreed that the disease is more common in certain parts of the United States than in others, with most cases occurring in the Northeast. Diagnosis is often subjective rath...

Fatal Injuries on Midwestern Racetracks (AAEP 2010)

In the Midwest there are several racetracks--featuring both Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing--that sometimes slide under the radar of the mainstream racing community. But like all other tracks around the nation, these venues see wins, losses, and, unfortunately, catastrophic musculoskeletal injuries. Andrea L. Beisser, BA, and her colleagues analyzed...

Equine Abortion of Unknown Cause

Pregnancy loss is relatively common in horses. Only 80% of mares bred give birth to a live foal at term. The loss of the developing foal (fetus) during gestation can fall under one of two categories: early embryonic loss, in which the loss of a fetus occurs in the early stages of pregnancy (generally less than 40 days of gestation); and abortion--a loss l...

UHVRC Application Deadline for Spring Vaccines Approaching

The application deadline to receive donated vaccines through the Unwanted Horse Veterinary Relief Campaign (UHVRC) is Feb. 1. Through this program, qualifying equine rescue and retirement facilities are provided with all American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP)-recommended core vaccines to protect against eastern equine encephalomyelitis, weste...

AHC: Horse Industry Should Take Notice of New Congress

The 112th Congress of the United States convened in early January and will face many of the same issues left over from the last Congress. But they might remain on the table as this Congress' emphasis will be on cutting government programs and spending, reducing the deficit and debt, and spurring job growth. The House of Representatives has shifted to ...

Researcher: Realistic Expectations Key to Managing Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis (OA) is an incurable joint condition that affects horses of all ages and is thought to have a hand in up to 60% of all lameness cases. According to Janny C. de Grauw, DVM, PhD, from the Department of Equine Sciences at Utrecht University in The Netherlands, who recently co-authored a paper on pain in horses with OA, management of the diseas...

Maryland Horse Industry Board Gets New Leader

Ross Peddicord, a lifelong horseman, is taking the reins as the new executive director of the Maryland Horse Industry Board. The board promotes equestrian industry and the use of horses for recreation through activities such as raising awareness and visibility, educational and research projects to benefit the equine industry, and developmental efforts to ...

Neuroaxonal Dystrophy in Quarter Horses

Neuroaxonal dystrophy is a neurologic disease that can affect horses as well as humans, sheep, cats, and dogs. The condition is not yet fully understood, although researchers believe there might be a genetic component.

UW to Host First Aid Seminar for Horse Owners

The University of Wisconsin (UW) School of Veterinary Medicine Continuing Education program will be hosting its 22nd annual seminar on Feb. 19. This year's topic is "First Aid for Horses--When to Call the Vet and What to do Before Help Arrives." The morning session will be held in the Ebling Symposium Auditorium, located within the Microbial...

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