Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital held it’s 32nd annual client education seminar in Lexington, Kentucky, on Feb. 22. The seminar was presented in a question and answer format, with question submitted from clients and veterinarians prior to the event. Questions on a variety of subjects, ranging from infectious diseases and foal conformation abnormalities to cardiovascular problems and biosecurity,  were addressed by Rood & Riddle veterinarians.  

Our news editor, Erica Larson, was in attendance, and here are some of the take-home messages she picked up during the meeting.  

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Laurie Metcalf, DVM, shared information on two diseases that can have serious consequences for foals:  Rhodococcus equi infections and  Lawsonia intracellularis  infection (also called equine proliferative enteropathy).

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Surgeon Alan Ruggles, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, covered angular limb deformities in foals and methods for correcting them.

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Jeff Cook, DVM, offered tips on screening new equine arrivals for strangles and quarantining horses that test positive.

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Bill  Gilsenan, VMD, Dipl. ACVIM, shared some insight on equine heart problems and exercise-induced pulmonary hemhorrage (EIPH).

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At last year’s client education seminar, Dale Brown, DVM, introduced the new equine leptospirosis vaccine. This year, he provided an update.

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Kevin Hyde, DVM, offered tips on managing mildly affected "dummy" foals.

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Charlie Scoggin, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACT, covered two hot topics in the reproduction field: nocardioform placentitis and shuttling breeding stallions between the Northern and Southern hemispheres.

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Maria Schnobrich, VMD, Dipl. ACT, and  Etta Bradecamp, DVM, Dipl. ACT, Dipl. ABVP, shared results from recently completed studies.

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Rolf Embertson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, offered insight on two very different topics: respiratory issues and foaling problems.

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Peter Morresey, BVSc, MACVSc, Dipl. ACVIM, Dipl. ACT, also shared tips on foaling and determining when a mare should be refered to a clinic for assistance.

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Bonnie Barr, VMD, Dipl. ACVIM, offered information on another hot topic in the horse industry: equine herpesvirus-1, or EHV-1.

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Kathleen Paasch, DVM, shared tips for manaing premature or dysmature foals with incomplete ossification.

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And Larry Bramlage, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVS, shared his thoughts on medications in horse racing.

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