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UPenn Lecture To Focus On Equine Acupuncture

On Tuesday, April 7, at 6:30 p.m., Dr. Meagan Smith will describe how she uses the ancient technique of acupuncture on her equine patients. The presentation is part of the First Tuesday Lecture Series at Penn Vet’s New Bolton Center, 382 West Street Road, Kennett Square, PA. The series offers free lectures to the public […]

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Applications For AAEP Grants Due May 1

The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Foundation is accepting applications for funding from non-profit organizations that share its mission to improve the welfare of horses. The application deadline is May 1. Submitted applications will be reviewed by the AAEP Foundation Advisory Council at its June meeting. Recommended applications will undergo a final determination by […]

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Rood And Riddle Announces Partnership With Metabolomics Company

Leading Lexington, Ky. Veterinary firm Rood & Riddle confirmed today its strategic partnership with the new Lexington-based advanced technology firm EquiMarker Analytics Corporation (EMA), which recently announced the development of the first Equine Metabolome Platform. Metabolomics is a cutting-edge emerging science which is showing virtually unlimited promise in the arena of human medicine. This ‘systems […]

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‘Drafting’ In Races Really Works To Reduce Horses’ Energy Output

Jockeys who “draft” other horses in a race can reduce aerodynamic drag force up to 66 percent, saving their horse’s energy. Researchers used RMIT University’s Bundoora wind tunnel and toy models that are exact horse-and-jockey replicas to measure the effect of drafting on horses. A strategy used often in cycling and speed skating, drafting can […]

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Using Ponds As Water Sources For Horses

What’s more natural than allowing your horses to drink out of a pond in their pasture? Though it’s a common way to provide water, using this type of water source may lead to trampling of banks and contamination of water with fertilizer or manure, leading to an overgrowth of algae. Limiting nutrients and light may discourage algal […]

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Baby Steps: Teaching A Foal To Be Led

Excitement envelops the farm every time a new foal arrives. Immediately, thoughts of this new born flourishing into a future racehorse enter the mind with “Look at those legs!” and “What a pedigree!” While the future is still unknown, the multiple years of training that go into each horse begin on day one. We begin […]

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Older Horses More Susceptible to Acute Superficial Digital Flexor Tendon Rupture

A study conducted by a University of California, Davis shows that older horses can be at greater risk for an acute rupture of the proximal superfivial digital flexor tendon (SDFT) due to a loss of elasticity as they age. The findings were discussed during a session at the 2014 American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention […]

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Proper Hand Hygiene Important For Equine Surgeons

During a European College of Veterinary Surgeons study, it was discovered that less than 66 percent of equine surgeons surveyed followed World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines for cleaning their hands prior to performing surgery. Dr. Denis Verwilghen and colleagues at Canada’s Ontario Veterinary College completed a study to discover which was correct: WHO guidelines or […]

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Report: EU Ban On Mexican Horse Meat Having Little Effect On U.S. Exports

A report from the Equine Welfare Alliance and Wild Horse Freedom Federation this week indicates that the European Union’s ban on Mexican horse meat may not have had the desired impact on the number of U.S. horses being shipped south for slaughter. The groups began following the flow of horses from the States to Mexico after […]

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UC Davis Named Top Vet School In The Country

According to an annual study conducted by U. S. News and World Report, University of California – Davis School of Veterinary Medicine was ranked as the leading veterinary school in the country, according to the publication’s veterinary school rankings. Other schools that rounded out the top five include Cornell University, Colorado State University, North Carolina […]

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