Roberta Dwyer, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVPM

Roberta Dwyer, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVPM, is an equine extension veterinarian and professor at the University of Kentucky, in Lexington, where she also serves as director of the preveterinary advising program. She specializes in veterinary preventative medicine.

Articles by: Roberta Dwyer, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVPM

The Horse’s Skeleton: Forelimbs

Learn about the structure and function of your horse’s forelimbs with Dr. Roberta Dwyer of the University of Kentucky’s Gluck Equine Research Center.

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The Horse’s Skeleton: Overview

See what your horse’s skeleton looks like and get an overview of how it works with Dr. Roberta Dwyer of the University of Kentucky’s Gluck Equine Research Center.

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Horse Diseases and Humans

What can you catch from your horse?

If you work around horses long enough, you’ll be handling ones that have lameness, diarrhea, abortions, skin diseases, and even neurologic signs. Our first concern is generally for the

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Bye Bye Bad Bugs

Disinfection is not a dirty word!

The following scenarios are based on fact; the names of the farms and diseases have been omitted purposely to worry you even more.

Scenario 1 After a scenic

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Horse Body Condition Score

A reader asks for help finding an equine body score chart in layman’s terms and understanding some horse anatomy terms.

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Handwashing: Bar Soap or Liquid?

With much information about biosecurity revolving around current equine herpesvirus infections, salmonellosis, and the upcoming foaling season, one small but important item has been often omitted. Animal workers and veterinarians should wash

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Top Commentaries of 2018

Cleaning Water Buckets

I’m concerned about keeping our horse’s water buckets clean. So far, I have spritzed them every day with a weak bleach solution followed by a spritz of club soda with separate sponges. Any comments or alternatives?

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The Making of a Veterinarian

“We are pleased to notify you that you have been accepted by the College of Veterinary Medicine as a first-year student in the professional curriculum beginning August 22, 2002.” These few words are the light at the end of a long tunnel, and the beginning of a new pathway for people wanting to become veterinarians.

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Farm Disinfection

Salmonella, Rhodococcus equi, strangles, rotavirus, and multiple other contagious disease outbreaks…these are the bane of horse owners, farm managers, and trainers. One strangles outbreak can wreck a show season, cause

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Disinfecting For Strangles

My pony is on a large farm with about 80 horses where strangles has broken out. How do you treat that big of a problem?

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When Should I Call the Vet?

A reader asks how she can know when it is time to call the veterinarian for a health problem in her horse, and when advice from Internet chat rooms is enough information.

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Rotavirus in Foals

“But we’ve never had rotavirus in our foals.” Read on and consider yourself lucky if your foals have never had rotavirus and you have breezed through the past foaling seasons sans diarrhea.

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Foal Diarrhea

I am a new owner of a broodmare who just had her first foal, which now has diarrhea. How serious is it for him?

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