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‘I’m Going To Make People Mad’: Churchill’s New Equine Medical Director Up To The Challenge

Dr. Will Farmer, recently announced as the new equine medical director at Churchill Downs, Inc., is formulating a plan to reduce fatal injuries across the company’s three racetracks. According to the Courier-Journal, the 39-year-old former racing regulator will use his increased resources to implement additional pre-race screening and training oversight. “I’m going to make people […]

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Are Full PPEs Necessary For OTTBs? That Depends

The 2019 Retired Racehorse Project’s Thoroughbred Makeover, held at the Kentucky Horse Park in October, hosted a series of workshops and seminars geared toward Thoroughbred owners and enthusiasts. One of these educational opportunities focused on pre-purchase exams (PPE) for off-track Thoroughbreds. Sponsored by the University of Kentucky Ag Equine Programs, featured speakers were Dr. Emma […]

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University of Minnesota Making Changes To Help Students Deal With Pressures Of Vet School

Veterinarians are at a greater risk of dying by suicide than the rest of the general population a new study has shown. To help vet students with mental health issues and help them manage stress, the University of Minnesota’s College of Veterinary Medicine has created new policies, such as making all classes for first-year vet […]

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Morris Animal Foundation Awards $940,000 For New Studies Benefiting Horse And Alpaca Health

Morris Animal Foundation, a leader in advancing animal health, has awarded grants totaling $940,000 to 12 research projects in horse and alpaca health. The studies will help veterinary scientists improve the well-being of these large animals through improved prevention and treatment of numerous health challenges, including equine herpesvirus, strangles and fungal infection. “Each of these […]

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Team Of Seven Veterinarians To Oversee Santa Anita’s Racing And Training Operations

Santa Anita Park has announced it will be served by a highly respected team of equine veterinarians as it readies for its 23-day Autumn Meet opener this Friday, Sept. 27. Under the auspices of Dr. Dionne Benson, Chief Veterinary Officer for The Stronach Group (TSG), a team of seven individuals (including Benson and Santa Anita’s […]

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Facebook Group Offers Support To Struggling Veterinarians

The number of veterinarians committing suicide each year is staggering: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that veterinarians are more likely to die by suicide than the general population. Male veterinarians are 2.1 times more likely, and female vets are 3.5 times more likely, to take their own lives than the general population. Not One […]

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New Zealand Study Shows Vet Students Need Hands-on Help

Many veterinary students are not as familiar with horses as students have been in years past, in part because many are raised in settings that are more removed from the farming lifestyle older veterinarians may have experienced. A recent study in New Zealand found that many vet students need to learn basic equine behavior and […]

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Dr. John Howe Elected President Of AVMA

Dr. John Howe assumed his role as AVMA president this weekend at the AVMA Convention in Washington, D.C., saying he will focus on improving communication among AVMA members, the association, and the general public. “We must continue communicating to our members what this association can do and is doing,” Dr. Howe said in a speech […]

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Not Just Playthings: Plastic Bones May Teach Anatomy To Future Veterinarians

Veterinarians in training may have a new way to learn equine anatomy: plastic bones. Using equine cadavers to teach students is cost-prohibitive: Preserving the bodies is expensive and the equipment to do so is also costly. Many schools now utilize only photos and text, as well as lectures, to disseminate information and keep costs down. […]

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Venezuelan, Former Veterinarian Lichoa Saddles First Gulfstream Stakes Winner

Alfredo Lichoa had always been around horses, from his time as a veterinarian in Venezuela to his years spent as a farm manager and thoroughbred consultant in Ocala. But it wasn’t until Saturday that the 56-year-old trainer recorded his first stakes victory when Lady Alida won the $75,000 Treasure Coast at Gulfstream Park at odds […]

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