Biologic and Therapeutic Options Discussed

The Biologic and Therapeutic Agents Forum at the 2006 AAEP Convention was facilitated by Craig Barnett, DVM, Intervet Senior Equine Technical Services Specialist, and co-facilitator Carol Clark, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, of Peterson & Smith

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The Biologic and Therapeutic Agents Forum at the 2006 AAEP Convention was facilitated by Craig Barnett, DVM, Intervet Senior Equine Technical Services Specialist, and co-facilitator Carol Clark, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, of Peterson & Smith Equine Hospital in Ocala, Fla.


The first topic of discussion was the equine viral arteritis (EVA) outbreak in 18 states and two Canadian provinces in 2006. The outbreak was the first in the Quarter Horse industry. (In 2007, EVA reared its head again in the Quarter Horse population, see www.TheHorse.com/emag.aspx?ID=7745).


It was noted by Kevin Hankins of Fort Dodge Animal Health (which makes a vaccine against EVA) that the vaccine available to protect horses from EVA has been used minimally in the Quarter Horse industry in recent years. Once this outbreak started, however, the number of doses produced was upped from 2,000 to 18,0000 to try and meet the demand.


The AAEP Vaccination Guidelines recommendations can be found at https://aaep.org/pdfs/AAEP_vacc_guide.pdf

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Kimberly S. Brown is the editor of EquiManagement/EquiManagement.com and the group publisher of the Equine Health Network at Equine Network LLC.

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