News from AAEP


Merck Animal Health Partners with the AAEP Foundation to Award $25,000 in Scholarships

Building on its longstanding commitment to supporting exceptional veterinary students, Merck Animal Health, in partnership with the AAEP Foundation, will award five $5,000 scholarships in 2018 to second- and third-year veterinary students dedicated to careers in equine practice. Created in 2015, the scholarship program is open to AAEP student members who are active within any of the AAEP’s 39 student chapters at veterinary colleges across the U.S., Canada, Europe and the Caribbean. 

Registration Now Open for 2018 AAEP Continuing Education Events

Current and aspiring equine practitioners can participate in lectures and hands-on labs covering diverse areas of equine medicine by attending one of four continuing education events sponsored by the American Association of Equine Practitioners in 2018.

Updated Biosecurity Guidelines Available on AAEP Website

The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) has published updated biosecurity guidelines to minimize the occurrence and mitigate the spread of potential disease outbreaks. The downloadable PDF file incorporates comprehensive information and step-by-step protocols in three distinct areas: identification of key personnel, important contacts and reference materials; routine biosecurity protocol; and outbreak response.

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The Horse

Your Guide to Equine Health Care

Which PSD Horses are Good Hind-Limb Neurectomy Candidates?

When cases are selected appropriately, the complication rate is very low and the prognosis for a full return to work is very good, one veterinarian says.

The post Which PSD Horses are Good Hind-Limb Neurectomy Candidates? appeared first on The Horse.

Second Union County, N.J., Horse Tests Positive for EHV-1

The second horse developed a fever and respiratory signs of disease, but has not yet exhibited any neurologic deficits.

The post Second Union County, N.J., Horse Tests Positive for EHV-1 appeared first on The Horse.

Trouble’s Afoot: Signs Your Horse Has a Hoof Problem Brewing

Find out what hoof problems you can safely manage yourself and when to call in your farrier and/or veterinarian.

The post Trouble’s Afoot: Signs Your Horse Has a Hoof Problem Brewing appeared first on The Horse.

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]