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2020 American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention Coverage

Read the latest in equine health research, news, and information presented at the 66th Annual AAEP Convention.

 

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Tthe year 2020 has been everything but normal. As we’ve faced the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic that has limited travel and in-person interaction, we’ve learned to work and interact in new and different ways using technology. In response, the 66th Annual American Association of Equine Practitioners’ Convention & Trade Show moved online with a hybrid mix of live and on-demand educational sessions. The virtual convention offered more than 100 hours of continuing education for veterinarians from a distinguished group of presenters representing private practice, research, and academia. Educational sessions encompassed a broad range of practical topics, including imaging, lameness, internal medicine, reproduction, neonatology and more. Here, we at The Horse have collected our convention coverage of scientific sessions. Please check back as we continue to update content on this page.

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Equine Medicine

Equine Anesthesia: Where We’ve Come From and Where We’re Going

Equine Anesthesia: Where We’ve Come From and Where We’re Going

Renowned equine anesthesiologist Dr. John Hubbell described equine anesthesia, its strengths and limitations, in the Milne Lecture. Read More

 

Ciclesonide Offers Help for Horses With Severe Asthma

Ciclesonide Offers Help for Horses With Severe Asthma

Scientists looked at the drug’s safety, efficacy, and ease-of-use under natural conditions. Read More

 

Horses Can Be Sentinels of Health Risks in Fracking Areas

Horses Can Be Sentinels of Health Risks in Fracking Areas

A Standardbred farm near a fracking site managed milk aspiration/subdued mentation in multiple foals over three years. Although treatment was costly, recovered foals were as athletic as unaffected foals when they went on to race. Read More

 

Use Caution When Giving Horses Bute, Omeprazole Together

Use Caution When Giving Horses Bute, Omeprazole Together

A study found omeprazole protected horses against phenylbutazone-induced equine glandular gastric disease but might exacerbate phenylbutazone-induced intestinal disease. Read More

 

Researchers Assess Deworming’s Link to Inflammation in Horses

Researchers Assess Deworming’s Link to Inflammation in Horses

A study found inflammatory response in horses depends not on the deworming drug used but rather on the parasites present at the time of treatment.
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Study Investigates How Long Bisphosphonates Stay in Horse Bones

Study Investigates How Long Bisphosphonates Stay in Horse Bones

Studies in other species show bisphosphonates’ elimination half-lives in bone are prolonged and can range from months to years, leading researchers to investigate their residence times in horses’ bones. Read More

 

How Real-World Conditions Affect PPID Diagnosis Reliability

How Real-World Conditions Affect PPID Diagnosis Reliability

A veterinarian shares research evaluating handling, storage, and testing conditions and the reliability of PPID testing. Read More

 

Does Changing Equine Flu Vaccine Manufacturers Matter?

Does Changing Equine Flu Vaccine Manufacturers Matter?

Not all equine influenza vaccines are the same. Does that mean horses need boosters when receiving a different EIV vaccine than they’ve gotten in the past? Researchers investigated. Read More

 

Antibiotic-Associated Diarrhea In Horses

Antibiotic-Associated Diarrhea In Horses

Researchers found horses treated with antibiotics have significantly less diversity (fewer bacterial species) in their GI microbiomes than healthy horses. Read More

 

bone and joint health awareness week

PRP Lysate Promising New Treatment Option for Equine Joint Infections

Researchers used PRP-L to treat joint infections caused by the common bacterium Staphylococcus aureus, with encouraging results. Read More

 

Marker Tested for IDing Neurologic Disease in Horses

Marker Tested for IDing Neurologic Disease in Horses

Veterinarians sought to determine whether phosphorylated neurofilament heavy (pNfH), a protein unique to neurons, could be used to diagnose CVCM, eNAD/EDM, and shivers. Read More

 

Ureteroliths in Horses Rarely Act Alone

Ureteroliths in Horses Rarely Act Alone

VResearchers studied these rare mineral concretions, how to best detect them, and commonly found concurrent conditions in affected horses. Read More

 

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Feeding Horses for Fitness

Low-Dust Forages Essential for Asthmatic Horses

Low-Dust Forages Essential for Asthmatic Horses

Ditching dry hay in favor of cleaner forage options improved racehorse airway inflammation. Read More

 

 

Trim Excess Pounds From Your Equine Athlete

Trim Excess Pounds From Your Equine Athlete

Follow these straightforward steps to help your horse lose weight and gain a competitive advantage. Read More

 

 

Do Certain Nutrients Enhance Equine Immune Response?

Do Certain Nutrients Enhance Equine Immune Response?

An equine nutritionist reviews what we know about the horse’s immune system and the potential to enhance disease resistance through diet. Read More

 

 

Turmeric and Devil’s Claw Safe and Palatable for Horses

Turmeric and Devil’s Claw Safe and Palatable for Horses

Researchers investigated if two common joint supplement ingredients contribute to worsening gastric ulcer scores in horses. Read More

 

 

Gastric Ulcers: Omeprazole More Effective in Fasted Horses

Gastric Ulcers: Omeprazole More Effective in Fasted Horses

Fasting a horse overnight prior to giving an omeprazole dose to treat ulcers improves treatment outcomes, especially for glandular ulcers, a researcher found. Read More

 

 

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Colic

Vet Practice: Managing Horses With Colic in the Field

Vet Practice: Managing Horses With Colic in the Field

An equine gastroenterology expert offers advice to veterinarians managing colic on farms. He also talks about indications it’s time to move the horse to a hospital. Read More

 

Lameness

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Bone-Marrow-Derived Macrophages Promising for Preventing OA

Researchers found significantly lower levels of inflammation in synovial fluid and the joint lining in joints treated with bone-marrow-derived mononuclear cells. Read More

 

 

Well-Timed Tenotomy Can Save Laminitic Horses’ Lives

Well-Timed Tenotomy Can Save Laminitic Horses’ Lives

By cutting the DDFT, veterinarians can stop one of the forces that pulls on the coffin bone during laminitis. Read More

 
 
 

Quarter Cracks in Horses: Causes and Treatment Approaches

Quarter Cracks in Horses: Causes and Treatment Approaches

Quarter cracks form in response to various hoof imbalances and often require a multimodal approach to resolve. Read More

 

Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation

Horse Racing Medications and Therapeutic Drugs Update

Horse Racing Medications and Therapeutic Drugs Update

Experts at the American Association of Equine Practitioners’ annual convention talk about medication regulation in the racing industry. Read More

 

 

Managing Bone Lesions in the Stifle With an Absorbable Implant

Managing Bone Lesions in the Stifle With an Absorbable Implant

Researchers investigated how the novel surgical technique improved lameness and radiographic appearance in subchondral cystic lesions of the medial femoral condyle. Read More

 

 

 

 

 

Lower Back Anatomy, Growth Plate Closure in Quarter Horses

Lower Back Anatomy, Growth Plate Closure in Quarter Horses

Researchers used CT scan and microscopic exam to characterize anatomical findings of the lumbosacral spine and document any damage or disease. Read More

 

 

 

Clinical Indicators for Tieback Surgery in Horses

Clinical Indicators for Tieback Surgery in Horses

Consider doing tiebacks in horses where the problem is or will be performance-limiting. Read More

 

 

 

Novel Therapy for Equine Osteoarthritis: pPRP-Lysate

Novel Therapy for Equine Osteoarthritis: pPRP-Lysate

Researchers tested pooled platelet-rich plasma lysate as a unique anti-inflammatory approach to joint preservation on lab samples. Read More

 

 

 

Rehab Exercises Can Improve Horses’ Postural Stability

Rehab Exercises Can Improve Horses’ Postural Stability

Researchers confirmed using resistance band systems, balance pads, and dynamic mobilization can help improve spinal muscle characteristics and postural stability. Read More

 

 

 

Novel Bone Marrow 'Ingredient' To Help Arthritic Horses

Novel Bone Marrow ‘Ingredient’ To Help Arthritic Horses

Researchers explored the ability of bone marrow mononuclear cell (BMNC) therapy to improve lameness, with good results. Read More

 

 

 

Researchers Confirm Kissing Spines is Hereditary

Researchers Confirm Kissing Spines is Hereditary

Scientists are rapidly homing in on the specific areas of the equine genome linked to this debilitating condition. Read More

 

 

 

3 Biomarkers Linked to Catastrophic Injuries in Racehorses

3 Biomarkers Linked to Catastrophic Injuries in Racehorses

Measuring mRNA markers might offer an economical, effective, and noninvasive way to detect horses at risk of catastrophic injury. Read More

 

 

 

How To Manage Horses With Back Pain

How To Manage Horses With Back Pain

The two goals of an equine back treatment plan are breaking the pain cycle and increasing strength, function, and stability. Read More

 

 

 

Clinician: Managing Laminitic Pain Takes Multiple Therapies

Clinician: Managing Laminitic Pain Takes Multiple Therapies

A review of research into laminitic pain in horses found veterinarians rely on a multimodal approach for pain management. Read More

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Class 4 Laser Improves Equine Suspensory Lesion Healing

Class 4 Laser Improves Equine Suspensory Lesion Healing

In a standardized-lesion-induced model, veterinarians found high-powered laser significantly reduced enlargement of lesions on ultrasound and increased signs of healing on Doppler and MRI. Read More

 

 

 

 

 

Veterinary Practice

Navigating the Haze of CBD Legalities in Equine Practice

Navigating the Haze of CBD Legalities in Equine Practice

CBD is becoming increasingly popular. However, a veterinarian turned attorney warns equine practitioners to tread cautiously when it comes to discussing CBD products with clients. Read More

 

 

 

Design Your Horse Hospital for Infection Prevention

How Veterinarians Can Safely Restrain Down Horses

Vets and handlers can take these steps to keep horses restrained during recovery or rescue. Read More

 

Safety

Science, Governing Bodies Unite to Improve Horse and Rider Safety in Equestrian Sports

Science, Governing Bodies Unite to Improve Horse and Rider Safety in Equestrian Sports

Although horse sports—and three-day eventing in particular—carry inherent risks to both horse and rider, significant safety efforts in recent years have led to safer competitions, according to two sports medicine specialists. Read More

 

 

Veterinarian: Pro Rodeo Boasts 99.9% Animal Safety Record

Veterinarian: Pro Rodeo Boasts 99.9% Animal Safety Record

PRCA Hall of Famer Douglas Corey, DVM, offered insight into rodeo horse care and welfare during the American Association of Equine Practitioner’s annual convention. Read More

 

 

AAEP Convention: Horse Racing Safety Review

AAEP Convention: Horse Racing Safety Review

Safety in Thoroughbred horse racing became a very public concern two years ago when a series of catastrophic breakdowns at Santa Anita Park in Southern California became national news. Veterinarians presented safety measures put in place to protect horses and humans. Read More

 

How Veterinarians Can Safely Restrain Down Horses

How Veterinarians Can Safely Restrain Down Horses

Vets and handlers can take these steps to keep horses restrained during recovery or rescue. Read More

 

Mare and Foal Health

Using Dogs and DNA to Diagnose Diarrhea in Foals

Using Dogs and DNA to Diagnose Diarrhea in Foals

Dr. Nathan Slovis covers new technologies in accurately diagnosing the causes of infectious diarrhea in foals. Read More

 

 

 

Foal Neurologic Exams: Steps and Signs of Disease

Foal Neurologic Exams: Steps and Signs of Disease

Neurologic examinations in foals are easy to perform and provide useful information about the neonate’s overall health status. Read More

 

 

 

Is Your Broodmare a Candidate for a Foal-Heat Pregnancy?

Is Your Broodmare a Candidate for a Foal-Heat Pregnancy?

Five clues she’s not ready to breed on the first heat after foaling, along with principles to follow if she is. Read More

 

 

 

The One-Hour Solution to Improved Equine Pregnancy Rates

The One-Hour Solution to Improved Equine Pregnancy Rates

Studies support DHAI combined with uterine lavage one hour after insemination as a useful approach for helping settle problem mares. Read More

 

 

Table Developed to Predict Gestational Age in Quarter Horses

Table Developed to Predict Gestational Age in Quarter Horses

Veterinarians can use these fetal parameters to monitor foal health and predict foaling date. Read More

 

AAEP Convention News

AAEP

AAEP Announces 2020 Award Winners and Officials

The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) announced incoming officials and recognized its 2020 award winners Dec. 6-9 during the 2020 Annual Convention & Trade Show, held virtually. Read More

 

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