Nicholas Frank, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM

Nicholas Frank, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, is a professor of large animal internal medicine and associate dean for academic affairs at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, in North Grafton, Massachusetts. Frank grew up in the United Kingdom and then trained in the United States. He received his BSc Honors degree in biology from the University of North Carolina in 1989 and his veterinary degree from Purdue University in 1993. After working for two years in private equine practice in Illinois, he returned to Purdue University in 1995 to complete his residency training and PhD degree. Frank’s research interests include laminitis, metabolic disorders, PPID/equine Cushing’s, and many other internal-medicine related areas.

Articles by: Nicholas Frank, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM

Endocrine Disease Table Topic (AAEP 2010)

One of the Table Topic discussions at the 2010 American Association of Equine Practitioners annual meeting, held Dec. 4-8 in Baltimore, Md., addressed equine endocrine disorders. Moderators and attendees discussed diagnostic testing for equine metabolic syndrome (EMS) and pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction (PPID). Horses with the EMS phenotype (easy keeper, regional adiposity, obesity,

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Cushing’s or Metabolic Syndrome?

A horse with equine metabolic syndrome (EMS) is typically middle-aged with either generalized or regional adiposity (fat deposits). The horse with Cushing’s or pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction (PPID) is typically older than the horse with EMS; most affected animals are older than 15 years of age.

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Obese horses should be taken off pasture, except for very short (30-minute) turnout periods two or three times a day for

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