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2021 American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention Coverage

Read the latest in equine health research, news, and information presented at the 67th Annual AAEP Convention.

 

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2021 American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention Coverage

Read the latest in equine health research, news, and information presented at the 67th Annual AAEP Convention.

 

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In 2021 the American Association of Equine Practitioners’ (AAEP) annual convention returned to an in-person event after going virtual in 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic brought most large gatherings to a halt. Equine veterinarians, researchers, vet techs, and industry businesses gathered Dec. 4-8 in Nashville, Tennessee, to attend scientific sessions, browse the tradeshow floor, and interact with colleagues face-to-face, but still socially distanced of course. We at The Horse: Your Guide To Equine Health Care attended to bring you coverage of current research and trends in equine veterinary medicine.

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AAEP Convention

Performance Horse Health

Inspecting Teeth During Equine Prepurchase Exams

Inspecting Teeth During Equine Prepurchase Exams

Practitioners discuss how checking a horse’s dentition factors into a typical PPE, including steps to take and disclaimers to make. Read More

 

Serum Chemistries Can Help Diagnose Racehorse Poor Performance

Serum Chemistries Can Help Diagnose Racehorse Poor Performance

Abnormal enzyme, protein, and other levels in horses’ blood might indicate an underlying health issue. Read More

 

 

How To Assess Rider Size for Horse Welfare and Performance

How To Assess Rider Size for Horse Welfare and Performance

Research on how rider size affects horses is limited. Here’s what we do know. Read More

 

 

When Do Heart Murmurs Affect Horse Performance?

When Do Heart Murmurs Affect Horse Performance?

Learn about common types of heart murmurs and their potential effects on performance and horse and rider safety. Read More

 

 

Human Rehab Tools That Might Translate To Equine Athletes

Human Rehab Tools That Might Translate To Equine Athletes

A physical therapist and veterinarian discuss potential applications of blood-flow-restriction training, compression therapy, and more in horses. Read More

 

 

Grumpy Horse While Tacking and Mounting? That’s Not Normal

Grumpy Horse While Tacking and Mounting? That’s Not Normal

Researcher: Don’t ignore subtle signs of equine discomfort before riding. Often the cause is a veterinary issue.
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Use Prehabilitation To Prepare Equine Patients for Surgery

Use Prehabilitation To Prepare Equine Patients for Surgery

Preparation before orthopedic surgery is key to helping horses recover and maximizing their chances of return to performance. Read More 

 

 

 

 

Joint Injection

Equine Joint Infection Risks in the Clinic vs. the Field

One researcher assessed the impact of environment and antibiotic administration on synovial sepsis rate. Read More

 

 

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Lameness

Inexpensive Pain Drug Gets a Boost for Treating Horses

Inexpensive Pain Drug Gets a Boost for Treating Horses

Researchers found acetaminophen is readily and rapidly absorbed, and most of the horses appeared to feel and move better. Read More

 

 

During his 2021 Milne State-of-the-Art Lecture, Jean-Marie Denoix encouraged veterinarians to understand the ‘why’ of lameness before making a diagnosis.

Diagnosing Lameness: Focus on Functional Anatomy and the Walk

Milne lecturer urges veterinarians to understand the ‘why’ of lameness before making a diagnosis. Read More

 

 

Look for Multiple DDFT Lesions in Injured Horses

Look for Multiple DDFT Lesions in Injured Horses

Deep digital flexor tendon injuries, especially those in the pastern area, rarely act alone. Read More

 

 

Exercise Affects Proximal Sesamoid Bone Pathology in Racehorses

Exercise Affects Proximal Sesamoid Bone Pathology in Racehorses

Modifying training programs and monitoring lesion sites might help protect against PSB fractures in this population of horses. Read More

 

 

Can APS Help Treat Tendonitis in Horses?

Can APS Help Treat Tendonitis in Horses?

Autologous protein solution, an orthobiologic therapy, might help veterinarians treat hard-to-heal tendon injuries. Read More

 

 

Standing PET versus Scintigraphy for Imaging the Fetlock

Standing PET versus Scintigraphy for Imaging the Fetlock

Racetrack veterinarians can trust PET when looking for fetlock pathologies that can potentially lead to serious injuries if left undiagnosed. Read More

 

 

Maximizing the Use of Musculoskeletal Ultrasound in Lame Foals

Maximizing the Use of Musculoskeletal Ultrasound in Lame Foals

The readily available modality can reveal more information so veterinarians can make a definitive diagnosis. Read More

 

 

Chiropractic’s Effects on Lameness and Back Pain in Horses

Chiropractic’s Effects on Lameness and Back Pain in Horses

Researcher: Chiropractic care might help address the compensatory pain and dysfunction that result from a primary lameness. Read More

 

 

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Respiratory Health

Equine Asthma: Causes and Impacts

Equine Asthma: Causes and Impacts

Researcher: Veterinarians need to understand the mechanisms behind equine asthma to effectively treat and manage the disease. Read More

 

 

Treating Equine Asthma, From Mild to Severe

Treating Equine Asthma, From Mild to Severe

Management changes are key to preventing and treating airway inflammation. Read More

 

 

EIPH in Horses: What You Need To Know

EIPH in Horses: What You Need To Know

Bleeding in the lungs is common in horses performing maximally, and researchers are learning more about why. Read More

 

 

EHV-2 and EHV-5: More Questions Than Answers?

EHV-2 and EHV-5: More Questions Than Answers?

EHV-2 and EHV-5 behave unlike EHV-1 and -4 and respond differently to antivirals, leaving researchers eager to better understand their importance. Read More

 

Internal Medicine

Gastric Ulcers as a Cause of Poor Performance in Horses

Gastric Ulcers as a Cause of Poor Performance in Horses

Learn how gastric ulcers affect equine performance and the best ways for treating them in actively competing horses. Read More

 

 

A New Look at Old Viral Hepatitis Syndromes in Horses

A New Look at Old Viral Hepatitis Syndromes in Horses

Researcher: Veterinarians should “forget” two viruses once commonly blamed for equine liver disease. Read More

 

 

 

CBD Study In Horses Paves Way for New Research

CBD Study In Horses Paves Way for New Research

Scientists recently investigated how horses metabolize and tolerate cannabidiol and found it is bioavailable. Read More

 

 

Racing’s Effects on 2-Year-Old Thoroughbreds’ Cytokine Profiles

Racing’s Effects on 2-Year-Old Thoroughbreds’ Cytokine Profiles

Researchers established how racing influences young horses’ systemic mRNA expression of proteins involved with inflammation and immune system function. Read More

 

 

Wound Care and Antimicrobial Resistance

Selecting the Best Dressing for Equine Wounds

Selecting the Best Dressing for Equine Wounds

Knowing how different dressings work, as well as selecting the right type for each stage of healing, can improve treatment outcomes. Read More

 

 

Choose Equine Wound Debridement Approaches Carefully

Choose Equine Wound Debridement Approaches Carefully

Select the right technique, or combination of techniques, to promote healing in each horse. Read More

 

 

 

Bacteria From Horses Give Clues to Antibiotic Resistance

Bacteria From Horses Give Clues to Antibiotic Resistance

Researchers who study antibacterial resistance in people and across species found one equine fecal sample showed bacterial resistance to 11 different drug classes. Read More

 

 

Bacteria From Horses Give Clues to Antibiotic Resistance

Managing Challenging Biofilms in Horse Wounds

Aggressive early treatment can help horses recover from wounds afflicted with these persistent bacterial conglomerations. Read More

 

 

Rethinking How We Fight Infection in Horses

Rethinking How We Fight Infection in Horses

Here are questions veterinarians should consider when deciding whether to treat a horse with an antibiotic. Read More

 

 

Forecast for CO2 Wound Therapy in Horses: Partly Cloudy

Forecast for CO2 Wound Therapy in Horses: Partly Cloudy

Equine researchers tested the treatment approach, which is commonly used in human diabetes patients. Read More

 

 

Best Practices for Successful Skin Grafts in Horses

Best Practices for Successful Skin Grafts in Horses

Proper technique and keeping the graft immobile can mean a faster-healing, less expensive treatment process.Read More

 

 

 

Diagnostic Imaging

Gastric Ulcers as a Cause of Poor Performance in Horses

Ultrasound the First Phalange to Assess Fetal Growth

Practitioners have a new tool for assessing fetal growth/age in late gestation. Read More

 

 

 

 

 

Equine Abdominal, Thoracic Ultrasonography in the Field

Equine Abdominal, Thoracic Ultrasonography in the Field

How veterinarians can prep horses, prep themselves, and use their ultrasound machines to do more. Read More

 

 

 

 

 

Making the Most of Reproductive and Urogenital Ultrasound in Mares

Employ nontraditional methods to discover more about pregnancies, pathology, and problematic anatomy, all using a transrectal probe. Read More

 

 

COVID’s Impacts, for Better and Worse, on the Horse World

COVID’s Impacts, for Better and Worse, on the Horse World

Researchers have observed pandemic-related trends in the equine industry over the past two years. Read More

 

 

 

Donkeys Metabolize Meals and Drugs Differently Than Horses

Donkeys Metabolize Meals and Drugs Differently Than Horses

Get to know the nuances of donkey care, from treating metabolic issues to drug dosing. Read More

 

 

 

Donkey or Mule Veterinary Patients: They're Not Like Horses

Donkey or Mule Veterinary Patients: They’re Not Like Horses

A donkey and mule expert offers tips for veterinarians on how they can best approach, handle, and read their nonhorse equid patients. Read More

 

 

CBD for Horses Testsed for Side Effects

CBD for Horses Tested for Side Effects

Researchers showed one product containing this naturally occurring hemp extract is relatively safe. Read More

 

 

 

How to Prepare and Deploy an Equine Disaster Response Trailer

How to Prepare and Deploy an Equine Disaster Response Trailer

Dr. Claudia Sonder of Napa, California, shares her first-hand experience with creating a mobile clinic to help treat horses during natural disaster evacuations. Read More

 

 

Study: Vet Care Required for Horses Evacuated to Shelters During Wildfires

Study: Vet Care Required for Horses Evacuated to Shelters During Wildfires

Researchers analyzed data to identify the main veterinary needs of horses during wildfire evacuations in California. Read More

 

 

Identifying Periodontal Disease in Horses

Identifying Periodontal Disease in Horses

Thorough exams, conducted early in the inflammation process, make way for better treatment planning. Read More

 

 

Senior Dental Problems: Consider the Whole Horse

Senior Dental Problems: Consider the Whole Horse

Don’t just focus on teeth when addressing the underweight old horse; prioritize diet and lifestyle changes. Read More

 

 

AAEP Convention News

The Foundation for the Horse Sets $10 Million Campaign Goal

The Foundation for the Horse Sets $10 Million Campaign Goal

More than $6.7 million is already committed toward the goal of helping horses. Read More

 
 
 

The Foundation for the Horse Announces Student Award Winners

The Foundation for the Horse Announces Student Award Winners

Five future horse doctors received $5,000 Zoetis scholarships from The Foundation for the Horse. Read More

 

 

Coyote Rock Ranch Veterinary Scholarship Recipients Announced

Coyote Rock Ranch Veterinary Scholarship Recipients Announced

Four aspiring horse doctors are the 2021 recipients of $75,000 Coyote Rock Ranch Veterinary Scholarships. Read More

 

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