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COLIC: Better Options, Better Outcomes

by M. Norris Adams DVM Diplomate ACVS, Diplomate ACVSMR, Clinical Assistant Professor of Equine Lameness and Surgery Although many colics are mild in nature, others can imperil your horse’s life and career and can require surgery. Today, because of advancements and innovations in the diagnosis and treatment of colic, the chances of survival and return to normal activity following colic surgery have never been better. Colic signs should always be taken seriously, and although early symptomatic treatment will resolve many mild cases, if a horse fails to respond, it should be considered an emergency. The biggest controllable determinant for...

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MRI: Unlocking the Mystery of Navicular Disease

by Maureen Kelleher DVM, DACVS, Clinical Assistant Professor of Sports Medicine Navicular Disease has long described lameness attributed to the navicular bone region and often resulted in career-ending lameness. Until recently, tools traditionally used to diagnosis navicular such as digital radiographs and ultrasound have fallen short on early detection. Today, the gold standard for diagnosis of navicular disease is magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). MRI allows an early and exact diagnosis, which is important to determining the best treatment options needed to achieve positive outcomes. MRI and early detection of navicular disease have afforded many horses the treatment options that can significantly extend...

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USEF Horse Welfare Rules Updated

first published in the October 2017 Equiery On July 25, the U.S. Equestrian Federation board of directors unanimously approved recommended guidelines for the USEF horse welfare and safety penalty guidelines. The USEF posted, “A common thread that binds all of the Federation’s breeds and disciplines is a dedication and commitment to the health, welfare, and safety of the horse. US Equestrian is committed to ensuring the welfare of our horses and providing a safe and fair competition environment to all of our members and their equine partners. To do this, US Equestrian has created rules to govern the actions of our members and protect both horses and humans, allowing them to experience the joy of horse sports.” The statement went on to say “In the event that a member violates any of the Rules covering welfare and safety of a horse, and this violation ends in a hearing before the Federation’s Hearing Committee, any subsequent penalty issued should be appropriately severe, as a case of a welfare or safety violation against a horse is one of the most egregious violations under the Federation’s Rules. Previously imposed penalties in cases of welfare and safety violations are no longer sufficient in today’s cases. It is important that the Federation’s penalties reflect the severity of the violation.” However, the penalty types and ranges that were presented are guidelines, not mandatory. The guidelines...

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Marylander Mike Erskine honored by Virginia Tech

Marylander Dr. Michael Erskine was named the 2017 Jean Ellen Shehan Professor and Director by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors. A partner in Damascus Equine Associates, Mike is also the director of Virginia Tech’s Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center in Leesburg, which is part of the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine. The Jean Ellen Shehan Professor and Directorship was established in 1996 through a gift to the Virginia Tech Foundation from Marylander Jean Ellen duPont Shehan, a lifelong horsewoman of international stature. Shehan, who died in 2011 at the age of 88, chaired the Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center advisory board...

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Got Lameness?

  EMC Announces Exciting Addition to Sports Medicine Team The Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center (EMC) in Leesburg, VA is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Maureen Kelleher to its faculty.     Receiving her veterinary degree from the University of California-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Kelleher is a board-certified surgeon who also completed her surgical residency at UC Davis. Dr. Kelleher brings to EMC years of experience in a large equine private practice in southern California specializing in sport and performance horses. Dr. Kelleher’s focus at this practice was lameness, equine sports medicine, advanced diagnostic imaging, and...

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Maryland horse people can access EMC’s MRI

MRI: A Highly Effective Diagnostic Tool & Treatment Aid  by Nathaniel A. White, II DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVS Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), a technology available for horses, works differently from x-rays and ultrasound by detecting abnormal tissue density and fluid based on tissue response to magnetization. MRI has revolutionized injury detection in horses by under- standing the changes occurring in different tissues with different injuries. Initially MRI studies could only be completed with horses under general anesthesia in MRI units made for humans. An open magnet was later created for use in standing horses and is in use at...

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