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2019 American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention Coverage

Read the latest in equine health research, news, and information presented at the 65th Annual AAEP convention in Denver, Colorado

Each year The Horse’s team of staff and reporters attend the American Association of Equine Practitioners’ (AAEP) Convention, which is the world’s largest gathering devoted to horse health. This year nearly 6,000 equine veterinarians, researchers, students, and industry professionals attended the event, held Dec. 7-11, in Denver, Colorado. Attendees gained access to 137.5 hours of continuing education across all aspects of equine medicine, including digestive health, colic, reproduction, wound care, and much more. The following articles include our in-depth AAEP convention lecture coverage from 2019. (Keep checking back as we update this page with content!)

Gastrointestinal Topics

Veterinarians Discuss Gastric Ulcer Treatment Strategies for Horses

Veterinarians Discuss Gastric Ulcer Treatment Strategies for Horses

From available treatments to feeding strategies, attendees and moderators discussed approaches for managing squamous and glandular gastric disease. Read More

 

2019 Havemeyer Workshop Panelists Focus on Equine Colic

2019 Havemeyer Workshop Panelists Focus on Equine Colic

Veterinarians discussing the Havemeyer Workshop while at the AAEP convention covered fluid therapy, NSAID use, and more. Read More

 

Equine Fecal Microbiota: What's Normal, and What's the Colitis Link?

Equine Fecal Microbiota: What’s Normal, and What’s the Colitis Link?

A Texas A&M-led study sought to describe “normal” equine microbiomes and compare those results to horses with colitis related to both antibiotic administration and Salmonella infection. Read More

 

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Reproduction

Diet Might Improve Older Mare Fertility

Diet Might Improve Older Mare Fertility

A fatty-acid- and antioxidant-rich supplement approach allowed oocytes to mature and metabolize energy more efficiently. Read More

 

 

Top Equine Repro Studies of 2019

Top Equine Repro Studies of 2019

Dr. Regina Turner shared her favorite breeding-related studies on topics ranging from foaling prediction to estrus suppression. Read More

 

 

New Drug Protocol Holds Promise in Treating Placentitis in Mares

New Drug Protocol Holds Promise in Treating Placentitis in Mares

Researchers investigated tackling placentitis on three fronts using a combination of firocoxib, trimethoprim sulfamethoxazole, and altrenogest (a progestin used to suppress estrus). Read More

 

 

Doxy Passes Prelims in Late-Term Mares

Doxy Passes Prelims in Late-Term Mares

The broad-spectrum antibiotic might be a safe and viable option for treating infections, including placentitis, in late-term mares. Read More

 

 

Commercial Equine In Vitro Embryo Production: What to Expect

Commercial Equine In Vitro Embryo Production: What to Expect

Factors that contribute to a breeder’s likelihood of getting a live foal using intracytoplasmic sperm injection. Read More

 

 

Heads or Tails? Anesthesiologist Finds New Route to Sedating Horses

Heads or Tails? Anesthesiologist Finds New Route to Sedating Horses

Administering detomidine gel to mares intravaginally might be easier and more effective than giving it intravenously. Read More

 

 

Soft Tissue and Wounds

Medical-Grade Honey Crates 'Sweet' Buzz for Preventing Incisional Complications in Horses

Medical-Grade Honey Creates ‘Sweet’ Buzz for Preventing Incisional Complications In Horses

Using the natural antimicrobial prophylactically offers another line of defense against incisional infection in horses undergoing colic surgery. Read More

 

 

 

 

 

Horse Wounds: How to Know if a Joint is Involved

Horse Wounds: How to Know if a Joint is Involved

After identifying the affected structures, veterinarians can use ultrasound, radiographs, and synoviocentesis to assess synovial involvement. Read More

 

 

Western Performance Horse Health

Getting Western Horses Back to Work After Stifle Surgery

Getting Western Horses Back to Work After Stifle Surgery

Prevailing wisdom has been that Western disciplines are too physically demanding to allow athletes to return to work after arthroscopic stifle surgery. A study presented at the 2019 AAEP Convention found this isn’t necessarily the case. Read More

 

 

Diagnostic Imaging in Western Horse PPEs: Fifty Shades of Grey

Diagnostic Imaging in Western Horse PPEs: Fifty Shades of Gray

One practitioner describes her diagnostic imaging decision-making process when assessing Western performance horse soundness during prepurchase exams.
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Prepurchase Exams: Crystal Ball Not Included in Veterinarian’s Kit

Prepurchase Exams: Crystal Ball Not Included in Veterinarian’s Kit

One practitioner describes the steps he takes during a prepurchase exam to help buyers make smart decisions. Read More

 

 

2-in-1 Suspensory Desmitis Surgery Restores Western Performance Horses

2-in-1 Suspensory Desmitis Surgery Restores Western Performance Horses

A deep branch lateral plantar neurectomy and fasciotomy procedure can get affected horses back to work.Read More

 

 

Sunrise Session

Take-Homes From Veterinarian Roundtable on Bisphosphonate Use in Horses

Take-Homes From Veterinarian Roundtable on Bisphosphonate Use in Horses

One manufacturer organized a roundtable of English and Western sport horse practitioners to evaluate their use of bisphosphonates. Read More

 

Respiratory Disease Management

Inhaling Fungi Increases Horses’ Risk of Inflammatory Airway Disease

Inhaling Fungi Increases Horses’ Risk of Inflammatory Airway Disease

Management strategies include inhaled corticosteroids and environmental changes such as steaming hay. Read More

 

 

Equine Influenza Cases on the Rise, Even in Vaccinated Horses

Equine Influenza Cases on the Rise, Even in Vaccinated Horses

The FDA recently approved dipyrone to address fever in horses with respiratory infections. Read More

 

 

Veterinarians Now Have a Drug to Reduce Fever in Horses

Veterinarians Now Have a Drug to Reduce Fever in Horses

The FDA recently approved dipyrone to address fever in horses with respiratory infections. Read More

 

Lab Diagnostics

Recently Imported Horses Have Stronger Reactions to Vaccination

Recently Imported Horses Have Stronger Reactions to Vaccination

A Penn Vet researcher compared inflammation markers in imported and U.S. native horses with the goal of distinguishing mild vaccine reactions from actual disease in horses new to the United States. Read More

 

 

Genetic Testing Options for Horses

Genetic Testing Options for Horses

Two leading genetics researchers described current and upcoming tests for a variety of heritable equine conditions. Read More

 

 

Practical Science

Determining Cause of Weight Loss in Horses

Determining Cause of Weight Loss in Horses

Learn about steps veterinarians can take to figure out why a horse is losing weight. Read More

 

Lameness/Injury

Horse Back Pain, the Multifidus Muscle, and Ultrasound

Horse Back Pain, the Multifidus Muscle, and Ultrasound

How equine practitioners can use ultrasound to evaluate the multifidus muscle, which stabilizes and supports the equine back. Read More

 

 

What Do We Know About Rehab Modalities in Horses?

What Do We Know About Rehab Modalities in Horses?

While people might extol the virtues of various rehabilitation modalities, those testimonials rarely rely on the science surrounding the techniques. Read More

 

 

Medicine

Vets Discuss Developments in Endocrine and Metabolic Conditions in Horses

Vets Discuss Developments in Endocrine and Metabolic Conditions in Horses

Key takeaways included treating horses as individuals and adjusting medications and management strategies as needed. Read More

 

Surgery

Old Horses Aren’t at Higher Risk of Reflux Post-Colic Surgery

Old Horses Aren’t at Higher Risk of Reflux Post-Colic Surgery

Penn Vet researchers found older horses with small intestinal lesions that survive colic surgery are just as likely as younger horses to develop postoperative reflux or to survive to hospital discharge. Read More

 

 

12 Fracture Repair Take-Homes From a Top Equine Surgeon

12 Fracture Repair Take-Homes From a Top Equine Surgeon

Dr. Dean Richardson presented the Milne State of the Art Lecture at the 2019 American Association of Equine Practitioners’ Convention to offer insight into treating bone breaks and fractures in horses. Read More

 

 

Novel Treatment for Ocular Squamous Cell Carcinoma Looks Promising

Novel Treatment for Ocular Squamous Cell Carcinoma Looks Promising

Key takeaways included treating horses as individuals and adjusting medications and management strategies as needed. Read More

 

 

‘Roarers’: Surprise Results for Horses Racing Post-Surgery

‘Roarers’: Surprise Results for Horses Racing Post-Surgery

Performing “tie-back” surgery earlier than standard practice led to improved outcomes for racing Thoroughbreds. Read More

 

Treatment and Rehabilitation

How to Measure Horses’ Rehabilitation Progress Objectively

How to Measure Horses’ Rehabilitation Progress Objectively

Seven measurement tools and methods veterinarians can implement into equine rehabilitation programs to track progress. Read More

 

 

Polyacrylamide Hydrogel: An Alternative Osteoarthritis Treatment Option

Polyacrylamide Hydrogel: An Alternative Osteoarthritis Treatment Option

Pilot study: 82% of unsound racehorses with osteoarthritis treated with 2.5% PAAG joint injections showed no signs of lameness six weeks after treatment. Read More

 

 

Reconsider Amikacin at Reduced Doses for Joint Injections

Reconsider Amikacin at Reduced Doses for Joint Injections

Study: Amikacin is indeed toxic to cartilage, synovial cells, and stem cells. When used preventively for joint injections, lower doses are likely warranted. Read More

 

 

Racehorse Issues

Using Stride Parameters to Prevent Racing Injuries

Using Stride Parameters to Prevent Racing Injuries

Stride changes during races and works could help identify horses at risk of impending injury. Read More

 

 

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