Wendy E. Vaala, VMD, Dipl. ACVIM

Wendy E. Vaala, VMD, Dipl. ACVIM, is a senior equine technical services veterinarian at Merck Animal Health and specializes in internal medicine and equine neonatology and perinatology. Prior to joining Merck Animal Health in 2004, Vaala was an assistant professor in large animal medicine at New Bolton Center, where she helped develop the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and high-risk pregnancy program. After leaving academia, Vaala served on the staff of Mid-Atlantic Equine Medical Center and BW Furlong and Associates in New Jersey, where she started NICUs, foaling programs for mares with high-risk pregnancies, and medicine referral services at both practices. She is board certified in large animal internal medicine and an active member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners. She has been an invited lecturer at seminars and symposiums for horse owners and veterinarians in North and South America, Australia, and Europe. She also has authored articles for veterinary journals and is an assistant editor for the textbook Equine Reproduction.

Articles by: Wendy E. Vaala, VMD, Dipl. ACVIM

Deworming Foals

Should a foal be dewormed during its first 6 months of life? Dr. Wendy Vaala responds. This podcast is from the Equine Life Stages: Foals Q&A audio event.

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Foal Heat Diarrhea

What impact can a mare going through her “foal heat” have on her foal? Dr. Wendy Vaala responds. This podcast is from the Equine Life Stages: Foals Q&A audio event.

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Blanketing Foals

Do foals, especially those born early in the season or in cold climates, need to wear blankets? Dr. Wendy Vaala responds. This podcast is from the Equine Life Stages: Foals Q&A audio event.

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Mare Check Frequency on Foal Watch

How often should you check on a broodmare to see if she’s in labor? Dr. Wendy Vaala answers in this podcast is from the Equine Life Stages: Foals Q&A audio event.

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Equine Life Stages: Foals

Birth to 6 months is a time of rapid change for foals. Nutrition, disease prevention, and much more are all vital to foal health. Learn how to help your young one thrive and get your questions answered during our hour-long special event!

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Vaccinating Horses With EPM

What is your opinion on giving half-doses of routine vaccinations to horses with EPM? I’ve read that a half-dose of vaccine in an adult horse is worthless. My horse has already received half-doses of everything. What can I do to protect him?

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