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Deworming medication resistance, persimmon risks, peritonitis treatment advances, Salmonella biosecurity guidelines, and more equine gastrointestinal topics were discussed at the 2009 convention of the American Association of Equine Practitioners.
No horse owner wants to think of even a single worm burrowing in their horse’s innards. But a goal of zero tolerance for worms is no longer a realistic one; increasing resistance of worms (particularly small strongyles) to common deworming drugs means we have to use fewer drugs to avoid creating even more resistant superworms. (Presented at the 2009 AAEP Convention)
Miscellaneous sessions at the 2009 AAEP Convention, including skin characteristics of horses affected with hereditary regional dermal asthenia (HERDA, effects of Lawsonia infection on performance, unwanted horses survey, castration complications and more.
During each convention of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, one veterinarian is chosen for the honor of giving the Frank J. Milne State-of-the-Art Lecture on a topic of importance to the profession. In 2009 Larry Bramlage, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVS, was selected to discuss the orthopedics of the horse’s fetlock joint, from disease and injury to surgical repair.
“There’s a large part of the world that depends more than ever on working equids,” said Jay Merriam, DVM, of Massachusetts Equine Clinic, in Uxbridge, who moderated the first-ever AAEP convention session on equitarian initiatives (2009). Merriam defined an equitarian as “one who serves equids with compassion, and whose only reward is their improved health and welfare.”
The hottest news in equine veterinary medicine in 2009 included a lethal medication compounding error, genetic deafness in Paint horses, bacteremia in foals, piroplasmosis, exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage, and more. (Presented at the Kester News Hour session, American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention, 2009)
Several topics related to lameness in horses were presented at the 2009 American Association of Equine Practitioners convention, from racehorse lameness to regional limb perfusion, nerve blocks, and radiographic findings in Quarter Horses.