Top Equine Medicine Studies of 2018
Held annually at the American Association of Equine Practitioners’ (AAEP) Convention, “Kester” is a rapid-fire roundup of the leading equine veterinary research studies published that year. For the 2018 AAEP Convention, held Dec. 1-5, in San Francisco, California, Rob MacKay, BVSc, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, a professor of large animal internal medicine at the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine, in Gainesville, selected and presented medicine-related studies for the third consecutive year.
Here’s a look at the papers he highlighted.
PNAG Vaccine for Pregnant Mares Protects Foals From R. Equi After Birth
The bacterium Rhodococcus equi is one of the leading causes of pneumonia in foals one to six months of age. The disease creates significant economic losses on equine breeding farms because it can affect many foals in a herd, is expensive and difficult to treat, and is often deadly. In seeking a vaccination option to protect foals from R. equi, a research team from Texas A&M University, in College Station, and Harvard Medical School, in Boston, Massachusetts, found that vaccinating mares against a specific and common surface antigen, poly-N-acetyl glucosamine (PNAG), prior to foaling offered protection to their foals. Why Harvard Medical School? Targeting PNAG with a vaccine could have human applications, as
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