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When It Comes To Feeding Weanlings, Grain May Not Be Your Best Friend

As researchers have learned more about the causes behind various equine maladies, veterinarians have suggested horse owners dial back on the grain. Many horses are fed concentrate-heavy diets to pack in more calories for horses in heavy work, but too much grain can lead to health problems. Research indicates grain-heavy diets increase a horse’s likelihood […]

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Veterinarian Rick Mitchell Named AAEP Foundation Chair

Dr. Rick Mitchell, DVM, DACVSMR, a sport horse veterinarian who co-founded Fairfield Equine Associates in Newtown, Conn., has been named the new chair of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Foundation. The Foundation, a 501c3 organization, is the official charity associated with the AAEP and has awarded more than 43.7 million to support its […]

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Study: Soaking Hay For Weight Loss Comes With Drawbacks

Soaking hay before feeding it to horses has become a popular management technique for a variety of health issues. Some managers soak hay in water to make it easier to chew for older horses or to reduce dust. For horses at risk of obesity or metabolic issues (like some broodmares), it’s also touted as a […]

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Avoiding Unethical Behavior In Veterinary Medicine

One of the more popular topics during the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) conference this past December 3-7 in Orlando, Florida was that of ethics and ethical behavior in equine veterinary medicine. As such, it was also the topic of the keynote address given by Chuck Gallagher on ethical decisions faced by veterinarians in the […]

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Race For Education Now Accepting Applications For 2017 Scholarships

The Race for Education is now accepting applications for all of their 2017 scholarships. These scholarships, ranging from $500 to $5,000, are for tuition only. Included this year are the 4H Leg Up Scholarships, the Xpressbet Scholarship, the Frankel Scholarship, the Judy Willard Memorial Scholarship and numerous others. The organization continues to offer the Winner’s […]

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Photos such as this provided documentation of the condition of horses in question during the ongoing Mercer County animal cruelty case.
How Veterinarians Help In Abuse And Neglect Cases

Veterinarians are often the linchpin in legally proving cases of abuse or neglect against a horse owner or caretaker. Documenting evidence properly without destroying or contaminating any evidence while also putting the care and welfare of the subject horse(s) first can be a careful balancing act. At this past year’s AAEP Convention in Orlando, Florida, […]

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AAEP Awards Blowen Lavin Cup For Work With Old Friends

Michael Blowen, an advocate of Thoroughbred racehorse aftercare and founder of Old Friends Thoroughbred retirement center in Georgetown, Ky., received the American Association of Equine Practitioners’ 2016 Lavin Cup. Known as the AAEP’s equine welfare award, the Lavin Cup recognizes a non-veterinary organization or individual that has distinguished itself through service to improve the welfare […]

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Equine Upper Airways Focus Of AAEP’s 2016 Milne Lecture

Equine laryngeal surgeon Dr. Norm Ducharme of Cornell University, widely regarded as one of the world’s leading authorities on equine upper airway procedures, will deliver the 2016 Frank J. Milne State-of-the-Art Lecture on December 4 at the AAEP Annual Convention in Orlando, FL. Titled “Equine Upper Airways: intersection of Evidence-Based Data, Emerging Discoveries and the […]

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Deciphering Fall Vaccination Schedules

While the vaccinations a horse receives is dependent on where he lives in the country and what job he does, there are core vaccinations that the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) recommends no matter where the horse lives. These core vaccines include rabies and tetanus, which can be given at any time of year. The […]

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AAEP Foundation Announces $459,198 In Donations To Research, Scholarships

The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Foundation has approved 2016 funding of $459,198 for 27 equine organizations and special projects committed to improving the welfare of the horse.   The Foundation Advisory Council selected recipients from a group of applications and ongoing projects seeking continued Foundation funding during its July meeting. These recommendations were […]

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