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AAEP Updates Infectious Disease Guidelines, Addresses Rhodococcus equi

Updated Infectious Disease Control Guidelines, including newly created guidelines for Rhodoccocus equi, have been published by the American Association of Equine Practitioners and are available on the AAEP’s website. Most of the changes to established guidelines pertain to updated sampling and control measures. The AAEP’s Infectious Disease Committee also amended suspected case guidelines for respiratory, neurologic […]

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Horse In Japan Likely Contracted MRSA From Veterinarian

Recently a Thoroughbred in a Japanese veterinary hospital was diagnosed with MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), a bacterium that causes infection in various parts of the body. The question soon arose – how did the horse contract the deadly and difficult-to-treat disease? The attending veterinarians, who work for the Japan Racing Association (JRA), conducted an investigation […]

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Push Lasix To 24 Hours Pre-Race? Study Says ‘Hold Your Horses’

As the debate about race-day medication rages on, hay/oats/water advocates have pushed to eliminate furosemide from the American raceday. But researchers and veterinarians have been left wondering: Will furosemide (widely known as Lasix or Salix) work as well to control exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage (EIPH) if it’s given the day before a race? According to a […]

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Equine Stem Cells Prove Effective In Treating Skin Wounds

Researchers are exploring the use of stem cells to treat skin wounds in horses with techniques that may eventually translate to human patients. Rebecca Harman and a team of researchers in the Van de Walle Lab at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine are finding that factors secreted by adult stem cells, also known as mesenchymal […]

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Six Points Horse Owners Should Discuss With Veterinarians At Vaccination Time

Does your horse receive the same vaccinations year after year? If so, it may be time to talk with the veterinarian on your team about your horse’s unique disease risk factors and other core health needs. Your horse could be missing out on much-needed disease protection. Help ensure his health by vaccinating him annually against […]

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Hagyard Equine Medical Institute To Partner with Plusvital For Genetic Testing

Irish equine science company Plusvital is delighted to announce a partnership with Hagyard Equine Medical Institute to offer a range of genetic tests for Thoroughbred horses. Powered by Equinome’s cutting edge genomic tools, the genetic tests analyse the DNA of a horse to predict optimum race distance, optimum race surface and performance potential. Speaking at […]

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Indiana Breed Development Programs To Host Seminar On Foaling Emergencies

On February 16, breeders and owners participating in the Indiana Thoroughbred, Quarter Horse and Standardbred Breed Development Programs are invited to attend a free seminar on what to expect and how to manage equine reproduction and foaling emergencies. The seminar will take place at Centaur Equine Specialty Hospital in Shelbyville, Ind., with Senior Veterinary Surgeon […]

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Hagyard Equine Medical Institute Announces Merger With National Veterinary Group

Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in Lexington, Ky. is pleased to announce it has merged with Mixed Animal Veterinary Associates of North America (MAVANA). MAVANA is comprised of 22 esteemed equine, mixed animal and companion animal veterinary practices across 11 states who share a commitment to maintaining the highest standards of veterinary medicine and business management. […]

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Video Of Horse Fitted With Prosthetic Limb Causes Outrage From Veterinarians

Members of the equine health community, including Karen Coumbe, a veterinarian often used as an expert resource by Horse and Hound said she was “horrified” to see footage that was circulated online showing a horse who had been fitted with a prosthetic limb struggling to walk. The clip was from a veterinary clinic in Columbia. […]

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What If They’re Shivering Because Of Something Other Than The Cold?

Cold weather may be affecting many horses and owners in the Northern Hemisphere, but ambient temperature has absolutely no impact on whether or not a horse has shivers, despite its bone-chilling name. While widely recognized in certain breeds of horses over the past several centuries, until recently little was known about the cause of this […]

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