AAEP Convention 2009


Anesthesia and Pain Management

Options for general anesthesia in horses, analgesics (painkillers), and standing sedation were covered in depth at the 2009 convention of the American Association of Equine Practitioners.

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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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Equine Gastrointestinal Tract/Ulcers

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.

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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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AAEP Convention Highlights and Awards

The 55th Annual Convention of the American Association of Equine Practitioners

(AAEP) attracted a record crowd to Las Vegas, Nev., Dec. 5-9, 2009.

Attendees participated in scientific lectures, industry forums, networking

events, and other opportunities for professional development.

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Milne Lecture: The Horse’s Fetlock

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.

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Equitarian Session

“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.”

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The Latest in Equine Veterinary Medicine

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)

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Lameness Presentations

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.

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