AAEP Convention 2009

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Lameness Treatments

Treatments for lameness in horses, including tenotomy surgery for laminitis, arthritis treatments, stem cells, maggots for wound therapy, electrotherapy, manual therapies, and more were discussed at the 2009 convention of the American Association of Equine Practitioners.

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Colic Insights

Updates on preparing for colic, enteroliths, tapeworm colic, and cortisol hormone levels in colicky horses, from the 2009 convention of the American Association of Equine Practitioners.

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Horses and Veterinarians

With a bit of patience, time, and understanding of the horse’s flighty nature, veterinarians and horse owners can easily train a horse to work with them rather than against them. Included are training methods from an authority on equine training.

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Neurologic Diseases

Diagnosis and treatment recommendations for equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM), the evolution of West Nile virus, and a new treatment option for equine herpesvirus were discussed at the 2009 convention of the American Association of Equine Practitioners.

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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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Equine Foot Lameness Discussed by AAEP Veterinarians

Foot lameness in horses was the topic of two separate Table Topics during the 2009 American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Convention in Las Vegas, Nev., in early December. About 100 veterinarians attended each session.

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Maggots Improve Chronic Hoof Puncture Wound Healing

You might have heard about the value of using medical maggots to clean infected, nonhealing wounds in horses and humans, but did you know they can also help clean up infection in structures deep within the hoof?

At the 2009 American

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Equine Eye Problems Discussed by Veterinarians

Ophthalmology in horses was declared such an important topic at the 2009 American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Convention in early December that two Table Topics were held. In one session approximately 175 veterinarians attended,

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Strangles a Topic of Veterinary Discussion

Strangles, caused by the bacterium Streptococcus subspecies equi (often referred to as S. equi) is a highly contagious disease of horses worldwide. Recent discussion at the AAEP Convention confirms that strangles remains an

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EPM Diagnosis and Treatment Recommendations

Diagnosing EPM in a live horse is challenging because no test is 100% accurate; the gold standard for diagnosis is finding the protozoan parasite in the spinal cord, which can only be sampled after the horse is euthanized. So for live horses, diagnos

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Normal Steroid Levels in Racehorses

Steroid usage in racehorses has received a good deal of attention in the media, perhaps reaching a peak during the 2009 Triple Crown season when Big Brown won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness on the legally administered steroid stanozolol, then

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Advances in Equine Medicine Discussed at AAEP

What was the hottest news in equine veterinary medicine in 2009? During the popular Kester News Hour session at the annual American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Convention, three top veterinarians (who focus on equine reproduction

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