Leptospirosis is a serious bacterial disease that causes both recurrent uveitis (“moon blindness”)—especially in Appaloosas, draft horses, and Warmbloods—and abortion in horses. But now there’s a vaccine to prevent it. Is your horse is at risk?
About the Experts:
DVM, MS, PhD, Dipl. ACVPM
Craig Carter, DVM, MS, PhD, Dipl. ACVPM, is the director of the University of Kentucky’s Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (UK VDL), in Lexington, as well as a professor of epidemiology. Carter and UK VDL conducted the initial National Equine Leptospirosis Seroepidemiology Study from 2010-2012. His current research interests are infectious disease epidemiology, diagnostic veterinary medicine, and continuous health monitoring systems. He also enjoys working with his graduate students and on international capacity building activities.
DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVIM
Jacquelin Boggs, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVIM, serves as a senior technical services veterinarian with Zoetis. A 2003 graduate of the Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Boggs is a large animal internal medicine specialist with board certification from the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and certified in veterinary acupuncture. She has worked in private practice, referral hospitals, and on veterinary school faculty. Her main areas of interest include equine ophthalmology, infectious disease, and neonatology. She regularly speaks on these topics at national and international veterinary meetings and has published multiple articles in addition to conducting advanced educational seminars on equine ophthalmology. Boggs joined Zoetis in 2011 and assisted in the development and launch of its equine leptospirosis vaccine, Lepto EQ Innovator.