Dr. Jeff Berk

Dr. Jeff Berk Introduced As 2019 AAEP President

Jeffery T. Berk, VMD, a central Kentucky-based Thoroughbred practitioner exclusively focused on domestic and international sales work, was installed as president of the American Association of Equine Practitioners during the Dec. 4 President’s Luncheon at the AAEP’s 64th Annual Convention in San Francisco, Calif. A 1981 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary […]

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Keeneland, Fasig-Tipton, Grayson-Jockey Club Fund Study On Radiographic Findings

The large Thoroughbred sales radiology study led by Colorado State University’s Orthopaedic Research Center veterinarians Drs. Wayne McIlwraith, Frances Peat and Chris Kawcak, and Dr. Jeff Berk from Lexington, KY., has gained widespread support as it continues its successful run. This study investigates two of the most often discussed controversial issues at sales by buyers, […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Putting ‘A Face To The Hero’

The name “Victor Espinoza” has most of the racing community thinking of a certain Triple Crown-winning jockey. To anyone familiar with Brookdale Farm in Versailles, Ky., however, the name brings to mind a different individual. Brookdale’s Victor Espinoza epitomizes the spirit of Godolphin’s newest initiative, the Thoroughbred Industry Employee Awards. Intended to “to identify and […]

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Veterinarians Launch Four-Year Study To Track Progress, Relevance Of Yearling Radiographic Abnormalities

A large study led by Drs. Wayne McIlwraith, Frances Peat and Chris Kawcak from the Orthopaedic Research Center at Colorado State University, working with Dr. Jeff Berk from Lexington, Ky., was commenced at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale this year. This study will look at two issues that are typically the most-discussed findings by buyers, […]

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AAEP Foundation Announces Funding For Two Studies Of Laminitis

The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Foundation has announced financial support for two research projects investigating support limb laminitis, in which lameness in one limb results in laminitis in the opposite limb. Subsequent separation of the coffin bone from the hoof wall causes pain and eventually displacement, either coffin bone rotation or sinking, in […]

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Sound of Silence: Horsemen Voice Concern Over Equine Medical Records Transfer

When a trainer puts in a successful claim on a horse, they can summon the animal’s pedigree, race history, and recorded workouts with a few taps of the iPhone—but one record that doesn’t come up, even when the horse moves into the barn, is its medical record. Legally, an animal’s medical history belongs to its […]

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On the Record: Deciphering Pre-Race Vet Treatments

Thanks to the Jockey Club’s recent push to publicize pre-race vet records of top-level runners, a sizable volume of handwritten forms have appeared online, ostensibly providing the transparency many in the industry have pined for. The contents of the records themselves, however, seem to have gone largely unnoticed. Even once the records are available, fans […]

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