Proper Imaging Techniques for Horses

Originally published in the August 2015 issue of Veterinary Practice News. Loved this article? Then subscribe today!

While many general practitioners see horses somewhat regularly as part of their practice, using radiography, such as X-ray or ultrasound, isn’t that common. Veterinarians sometimes make errors or have lapses due to inexperience with equine radiology methods.

Anthony Pease, DVM, MS, DACVR, …

Equine Veterinarian Aiming for Olympics

Fernando Cardenas, DVM, came to the United States from Colombia in 1987. Having grown up around horses, it was only natural for Dr. Cardenas to become an equine veterinarian, opening 3H Veterinary Service in New Hill, North Carolina. But his love of horses expanded past taking care of them. He also had an interest in sport horse performance.

He also competes with Quincy Car, …

Livestock Pose Giant Threat to British Vets

Don’t be careless around bulls and other large animals.

That’s the advice of the British Veterinary Association, which found that more than half of veterinarians working with production animals on farms had been injured over the previous 12 months.

Even interacting with smaller livestock can be dangerous. “Kicked in the side of the head while castrating a calf” was among the responses to BVA’s Voice of the Veterinary Profession survey.

Among wounded practitioners, nearly 1-in-5 …

It’s B-a-a-c-k! Livestock Virus Returns

Vesicular stomatitis, a contagious virus that afflicts mainly horses and cattle, has returned to Texas for the second year in a row after starting the season in New Mexico, Utah and Arizona.

Texas last year saw vesicular stomatitis (VS) cases at 54 premises in 11 counties before the disease, which causes blistering and swelling of animals’ tongues and lips, faded away. Colorado, which was hit even worse than Texas, has not reported any cases …

What's New in Equine Endometritis, Placentitis and Cloning

Originally published in the March 2015 issue of Veterinary Practice News.

The issues in equine reproduction today may be as numerous as the potential advancements in the field tomorrow. Endometritis and cloning have grabbed the attention of some experts, while others, such as Scott Bailey, DVM, Dipl. ACT, are focused on contraception and placentitis.

Dr. Bailey, an assistant professor of theriogenology at North Carolina State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, said contraception isn’t discussed …

More Options for Bad Joints in Aging Pets

Originally published in the February 2015 issue of Veterinary Practice News

There’s no shortage of ways for a veterinarian to approach the treatment of joint problems in aging pets.

For dogs in particular, a path taken from several fronts is recommended by Brenda S. Kennedy, DVM, MS, of Canine Companions for Independence.

“A multimodal approach is necessary to reduce pain and minimize further degeneration in the joints,” Dr. Kennedy said. “This is especially true for …

Anti-Vax And Your Clients: Tips For Communication

Unlike the ‘anti-vax’ movement among parents of small children, experts say most of the cases of horses going unprotected from common illness are not due to concerns about the vaccines’ side effects. The causes behind lapses in vaccine schedules are probably many and various. Rusty Ford, equine program director for the Office of the Kentucky State Veterinarian, believes many situations come down to two factors: strapped finances and a lack of education.

Vaccines are one …

First-Class Animal Transit Hub Coming to JFK

The barking of dogs and the bellowing of cattle will compete with the roar of aircraft when The Ark at JFK opens in early 2016 at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York.

A 178,000-square-foot animal handling, quarantine and veterinary operation is being built on the site of a vacant air cargo building in a $48 million project designed to ease the shipment of pets, horses, birds and livestock into and out of the …

What Mobile Equine Vets Want

Originally published in the December 2014 issue of Veterinary Practice News

Vetel Diagnostics

The Generation II Wireless Digital Radiography system weighs 6.5 pounds and is designed to go 10 hours on a single charge, manufacturer Vetel says.

Veterinarians who travel from office to farm to stable looking after their equine patients carry all the equipment they can along with a wish list of items they would add if the opportunity arises.

Kenneth …

$42.5 Million Gift to Fund Regenerative Research at CSU

Two horse lovers plan to donate $42.5 million to Colorado State University to help researchers develop regenerative medical therapies for animals and people.

The gift, the largest in the university’s history, will be used to construct and equip the Institute for Biologic Translational Therapies. The research conducted inside will look at stem cells and other therapeutic options for the treatment of ailments such as musculoskeletal disease, the university reported Monday.

The gift from Denver-area philanthropists …