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University of Kentucky Equine Research Newsletter Coming Soon


The Bluegrass Equine Digest, a new monthly e-newsletter providing information from the country’s premier equine-only research facility and the University of Kentucky’s new Equine Initiative, will launch June 28. It was

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Oklahoma Equine Dentistry Bill Remains Controversial

Oklahomans who are not veterinarians will soon be able to float horses’ teeth without risking felony charges, now that Gov. Brad Henry signed SB 452 into law on Thursday.

SB 452 strips an amendment to the state’s Veterinary Practice Act of

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Oklahoma Governor Reverses Equine Dentistry Law

Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry today signed a bill that reverses a state law enacted last November that turned lay equine dentists into felons, according to a statement released by the Institute for Justice. Under the reversed law, lay dentists risked

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Oklahoma Legislators Back Lay Equine Dentists


Oklahoma legislators have approved a measure that allows individuals who are not veterinarians to float horses’ teeth without risking felony charges.

SB 452 strips an amendment from the Oklahoma Veterinary Practice Act of 2008 that

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Government Vet Shortage Critical, AVMA CEO Says

The chief executive of the nation’s largest veterinary association recently appeared before a Senate subcommittee to address a new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) that details a shortage of veterinarians available to fill

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Oklahoma Equine Dentist Faces Felony Charges

Professional rodeo rider Bobby Griswold is facing felony charges in Oklahoma for practicing equine dentistry without a veterinary medical license. Griswold is not a veterinarian, but he graduated from an equine dental school. He was

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California Veterinary Tax Removed from Budget

After a three-month battle, the California state legislature last week approved the final 2009-2010 budget, sans a proposed veterinary tax. The California Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) conducted a letter and call-in campaign to stop the

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Medication in Racing and Performance Horses

Medication issues in equine competitions might have reached their highest level of public focus in 2008 due to high-profile situations such as Kentucky Derby winner Big Brown’s steroid regimen and the disqualification of several Olympic horses for

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AAEP 2008: Olympic Veterinary Care

What’s it like to be an equine veterinarian behind the scenes at the Olympic Games? Horse owners got to hear about the experience at the Healthy Horses Workshop of the 2008 American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention (held Dec. 6-10

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Commentary: Track Regulatory Vet Asks ‘What If?’

“You know, Doc, that filly you scratched the other day? We X rayed that ankle, and she had the beginnings of a condylar fracture…”

I hear these words a few times each year when a trainer or private veterinarian is kind enough to give me a

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Helping Working Equids in Egypt

There are roughly 15.5 million equids in Europe and the United States combined. These animals take part in the many equestrian sports and activities that have developed, and most enjoy good nutrition and care.

In contrast to this, there are

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Veterinarian Locator Service Improved

The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP), in conjunction with Bayer Healthcare Animal Health, recently launched its new and improved Get-A-DVM locator service. This online service allows horse owners to find AAEP-member

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Commentary: The Racetrack, A Changing Perspective

Recently a veterinary colleague remarked that a horse that had sustained a minor laceration in the starting gate had been scratched. While there was no expectation that the horse’s performance would be impacted, she could not justify permitting

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Commentary: Equine Medicine Has Come a Long Way

While I was in veterinary school 20-some years ago, the first ultrasound machine was being “explored” by board-certified veterinary radiologists at university veterinary schools. Pain medication for horses was mostly limited to the non-steroidal

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