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AAEP Convention 2009

Critical Care for Horses

There have been marked changes in the level of equine critical care, noted Fairfield Bain, DVM, MBA, Dipl. ACVIM, ACVP, ACVECC, during the 2009 convention of the American Association of Equine Practitioners. These changes, he said, are in large part due to improved skills, training, and experience of practitioners that facilitate expeditious case assessment.

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Prepurchase Exams

For more than 150 years veterinarians have been performing prepurchase exams, also referred to as vetting, purchase exams, and soundness exams. Two veterinarians discussed purchase exams in general and specifically for Western performance horses at the 2009 American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention.

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Hoof Care and Farriery

Guidelines for trimming horses’ feet and the results of a study evaluating toe grabs and catastrophic injury in racing Quarter Horses were discussed at the 2009 convention of the American Association of Equine Practitioners.

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HERDA: Skin Characteristics

Horses with the hereditary skin disease known as hereditary equine regional dermal asthenia (HERDA) or hyperelastosis cutis (HC) have been recognized since the 1970s, but only recently have researchers defined just how much weaker their skin is

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Respiratory Conditions

Researchers discussed respiratory topics in horses including influenza outbreaks and vaccination boosters, furosemide for exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage, dorsal displacement of the soft palate, dynamic respiratory tract endoscopy (during exercise), and more at the 2009 convention of the American Association of Equine Practitioners.

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Parasite Control: 6 Tips on Learning to Live With Worms

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)

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