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AAEP Convention 2010

Equine Welfare

One of the AAEP’s ongoing goals is to address the welfare issues that many horses and their owners face. At the 2010 American Association of Equine Practitioners convention, Midge Leitch, VMD, of Londonderry Equine Clinic in Pennsylvania and immediate past chair of the AAEP Welfare Committee, described three key steps the AAEP has taken—and continues to take—to improve equine welfare in the U.S.

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Lameness: Soft Tissue

Soft tissue lameness topics from the 2010 American Association of Equine Practitioners convention included early mobilization for soft tissue injury, hyaluronic acid-based biomaterial for wounds, back pain, lameness from pigeon fever abscesses, chiropractic care, and enostosislike lesions within long bones.

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Lameness: Joints

During the 2010 American Association of Equine Practitioners convention, veterinarians discussed the use of stem cells for arthritis in horses, irap vs. irapII, joint health supplements, TMJ disease, non-surgical pastern joint fusion, stifle abnormalities in cutting horses, and embryonic stem cells for tendon repair.

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