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AAEP Foundation To Host 12th International Equine Colic Research Symposium

The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Foundation will host the 12th International Equine Colic Research Symposium, July 18-20, 2017, in Lexington, Ky., at the Hyatt Regency Hotel.  

AAEP On Call Program to Support Horse Health at Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks

An equine veterinarian representing the American Association of Equine Practitioners’ On Call program will assist NBC Sports with horse-health information during the May 5 and May 6 live racing telecasts at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky.  Equine surgeon Dr. Keith Latson will be on hand to provide timely health reports to the media regarding the athletes in the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby races. 

Four Promising New Veterinarians Receive Zoetis/AAEP Foundation Scholarships

Four soon to be veterinary graduates of 2017 committed to careers in equine medicine have been selected to receive $4,000 scholarships from Zoetis and the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Foundation. The awards will be presented during the Nov. 19 scholarship ceremonies, held in conjunction with the AAEP’s 63rd Annual Convention in San Antonio, Texas.

News from TheHorse.com

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The Horse is concerned with all aspects of equine health, and it is written for hands-on horse owners, trainers, riders, breeders, and barn managers who want to know more about taking the best care of his or her horses. Extensive information on topics of concern are supplemented by timely features on horse health and news from researchers, veterinarians in the field and other equine professionals.

Animal Resource Exercise Will Help Prepare for Emergencies

A virtual exercise will help prepare first responders for dealing with animals, including horses, in the event of a disaster.

Cardiotoxins in Horses

Learn about several substances that can cause heart muscle damage and death in horses.

Georgia Man Charged in Foal Death

A Georgia man is facing charges after a foal was found dead on his Murray County property. A pair of allegedly maltreated adult horses were also found there.

The core vaccines: EEE/WEE, Rabies, West Nile Virus, Tetanus

Please read this article from Equus Magazine for important information about protecting your horse.

By Heidi Furseth

A number of dreadful diseases are now very rare among horses — thanks to some of the simplest and cheapest preventive measures we have.

Vaccination easily ranks as one one of the single most important things you do to protect your horse’s health. In fact, vaccines have been so successful that it’s rare to even hear of horses contracting several dreadful diseases that once loomed as a constant threat.

It is worthwhile, though, to remember what those injections are doing—especially the four “core” vaccines the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) recommends for every horse.[More]

Fractures: Beyond the Limbs

They might be less common, but skull, rib, pelvis, and withers fractures are no less important. Learn more about fractures in this article from The Horse magazine.

By Joan Norton, VMD, Dipl. ACVIM

A broken bone in a large quadruped is serious stuff. Unlike a kid with a broken arm, you can’t just slap a cast on a horse and send him on his way. Thankfully, fractures aren’t frequent occurrences in horses. When they do happen the most common site is in the distal limb, particularly the cannon bone. But bones can break in a variety of places, and understanding the causes and associated complications will help you become more familiar with these less-common but no-less-important potential fracture sites.[More]

EHV-1: What Are We Learning?

An informative article from The Horse magazine:

By Heather Smith Thomas

There’s a life-threatening disease horses can harbor in their bodies without showing any signs of illness. But under stress—even inapparent stress—the horse can disperse the virus with every cough or sneeze, exposing nearby equids to the pathogen. All of this can happen undetected until, perhaps, a horse in the same barn turns up with a fever or another begins showing neurologic signs.

This nightmarish scenario can mark the start of an equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) outbreak, which most frequently occurs where horses congregate, such as at horse shows, trail rides, or barns with transient populations.[More]

Does your feeding program measure up?

Equus Magazine has a good article about feeding routines:

Take a moment to consider whether your feeding routine still provides the right amount of nutrients and calories for your horse.

by Laurie Bonner

Routines can be comforting. When balancing the demands of career, family and barn, it feels good to simply work your way through familiar chores—first the water, then the hay. Then a trip to the feed room, and with a can of this and a scoop of that, you’re done. Your reward, of course, is the sweet sound of munching in every stall. [More]

What your veterinarian wants you to know about antibiotics

Check out this article published in Equus Magazine.

by Melinda Freckleton, DVM

It’s easy to be casual about antibiotics. We’ve all taken them ourselves, they look like any other medication, and if you’ve had horses for any length of time, you are probably quite familiar with the “crush and dump” routine. But the nature of antibiotics requires a level of understanding and vigilance that goes beyond those required by many other medications that the average horse owner is likely to administer. [More]

Prevention: Sand Collic

Is your horse ingesting too much sand? Learn more in this article in Equus Magazine.

by Laurie Bonner

Horses who graze on loose, sandy soil are at risk of sand colic, which can occur if they ingest too much dirt with their forage. The consequences can range from very mild, transient digestive upsets, when the particles irritate the gut wall, to impactions or twists (volvulus), which can occur if large amounts of sand settle out of the ingesta and accumulate in the large intestine. [More]