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AAEP Convention 2008

Highlights and Awards

The 2008 American Association of Equine Practitioners(AAEP)Convention in San Diego, Calif. drew a near-record crowd. Attendees discussed equine welfare, including the Unwanted Horse Veterinary Relief Campaign (UHVRC), which will provide free equine vaccines to rescue and retirement facilities. Awards were issued for educational and philanthropic efforts. New officers and board members took office.

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Emergency Care for Horse Operations

Equine authorities at the 2008 American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention discussed preparation for and management of barn fires, eventing emergencies, endurance event injuries, racetrack emergencies, emergency care at rodeos, emergency services at steeple-chase and cross-country hunter events, and emergency veterinary care at horse shows.

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Performance Horse Forum

Performance horse forum leaders at the 2008 AAEP Convention facilitated a discussion that covered drugs and medication, veterinarians’ roles at competitions, welfare, insurance, and prepurchase exams. Olympic veterinary care, including cooling, transport stress, tendon injury, and shock wave therapy among other topics, was discussed. Medication issues in equine competitions were also addressed.

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Infectious Diseases

Researchers investigated the durability of four types of disposable overboots to see which might provide the best protective barrier to avoid spreading disease, and presented their results at the 2008 AAEP Convention. Other infectious disease topics included methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus

aureus (MRSA), ivermectin toxicosis, evidence-based medicine, and rotational deworming.

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Internal Medicine Table Topic

Table topics at the 2008 American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention included endocrine disease, the pathophysiology of recurrent airway obstruction (RAO, also called heaves), and compounding. Attendees discussed the differences between Cushing’s disease and equine metabolic syndrome (EMS), the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of RAO, and current compounding guidelines.

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Reproduction Research

During the 2008 American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention, experts discussed multiple topics relating to equine reproduction, including stallion fertility estimation, artificial insemination, techniques for increasing pregnancy rates and reducing castration herniation, partial phallectomy, hormone therapy, uterine inflammation, and more.

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Dentistry

Equine authorities discussed feed digestion, endoscopic dental exams, pulpitis, and a variety of other dentistry topics including diagnostic imaging and infundibular cavities at the 2008 American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention.

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Laminitis Research

Experts discussed the causes, treatments, detection, and prevention of laminitis at the 2008 American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention. Topics included the efficiency of drug treatment, managing acute/chronic laminitis, foot and open-sole casts, and supporting limb laminitis.

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Science and Farriery

Equine authorities began the Putting Science into Farriery session at the 2008 AAEP Convention with a discussion of the farrier/veterinarian relationship. Also addressed were the history of farriery for horses as well as topics such as foot form and function, wall separations and quarter cracks in the hoof, trimming and shoeing, hoof repair composites and adhesives, and breakover techniques.

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Conformation and Function

At the 2008 American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention, attendees were treated to an in-depth presentation on horse conformation and its effects on soundness by veterinarian G. Marvin Beeman, MS, DVM, of the Littleton Large Animal Clinic in Colorado. He addressed methods of evaluating conformation as well as his own conformation categories.

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