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West Nite Virus Recall

On April 28, Brett Whitehead, director of Equine and Ag Retail Business for Intervet Schering-Plough Animal Health, issued a letter to veterinarians announcing a voluntary recall of PreveNile West Nile Virus Vaccine. The recall is for specific serials (see list below) and was issued due to an “increased incidence of adverse events related to currently marketed serials.” The letter also stated that the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Center for Veterinary Biologics were both informed of the recall. If you have any PreveNile product, please check your inventory and contact your distributor to arrange the return and credit for any returned products. PreveNile One-Dose 91669001 91669002 91669005 91669006 91669007 91669012 91669013 91669014 91669015 91669016 91660001 91660002 PreveNile Five-Dose 91669003 91669004 91669008 91669009 91669010 91669011 91660003 91660004 For questions or more information, please call the Technical Service Department of Intervet at...

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New NSAID Rules Explained

On March 16, Dr. Kent Allen, DVM of Virginia Equine Imaging (also a member of the U.S. Equestrian Federation Drug Rules and Regulations committee as well as being the vet for many USET teams) gave a lecture on drug regulation rule changes to a packed room at the Damascus Equine Associates veterinary clinic. The room held a variety of equestrian sportsman and women including some top hunter/jumper, eventing and dressage Maryland trainers. Several veterinarians from the area were in attendance as well. The lecture began with a bit of history on the USEF Drug Rules and Regulation committee and what their labs have found over the last few years. Interestingly enough, the bulk of drug testing done by the USEF is of hunter/jumper horses and Arabian breed show horses. Another interesting statistic was that in 2008, the most overdosing infringements caught by the USEF lab was concerning high levels of phenylbutazone (bute). Dr. Allen also stated that the majority of infringements are due to overuse or misuse of non-steroidal drugs. Dr. Allen gave a good explanation for the three categories of drugs designated by the USEF. “Permitted Substances” are not regulated at all by USEA. “Restricted Substances” are allowed in small amounts and a drug declaration form must be filled out prior to competition. “Forbidden Substances” are not allowed at all. However, if need for a legitimate therapeutic reason...

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Barn Fire Kills Seven Horses

At 3:00 a.m. on Sunday morning, September 27, Lauren Elliot awoke to a barn fire at the Royal Equestrian Center in Chesapeake City and immediately called 911 before she and others tried to free the horses trapped inside. According to The Baltimore Sun, it took 75 firefighters 45 minutes to control the three-alarm blaze, which claimed the life of seven horses and injured one firefighter. The damage is estimated at $1 million, which includes the unsalvageable barn, part of the indoor arena and the value of the seven horses. Marie Elliot owns the farm, which is run by her granddaughter Lauren Elliot and grandson Jason Elliott. Marie is a long time dressage trainer and Lauren specializes in dressage as well as eventing. Lauren owned three of the horses killed. The other four belonged to boarders. A memorial “gathering” will take place at the Royal Equestrian Center on Sunday October 4 to pay tribute to the deceased horses. Other activities to raise funds for rebuilding, including an Event Derby run by the St. Augustine Pony Club, will occur throughout the next few months. Please visit the coming events section of our website for...

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State Labs in College Park, Centreville, Oakland to Close

Effective September 8, 2009, livestock samples, specimens, live or dead animals from the entire state should now be sent or delivered directly to the Frederick Animal Health Diagnostic Laboratory. News Releaese from the Maryland Department of Agriculture State Animal Health Diagnostic Laboratory System to be Consolidated State Budget Cuts to Impact MDA Services and Personnel ANNAPOLIS, MD (August 26, 2009) – On-going operating budget shortfalls (nearly $500,000 in 2009) along with a long-term services evaluation has led the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) to consolidate the state’s Animal Health field and laboratory services.  On September 8, MDA will begin closing the College Park, Centreville, and Oakland Animal Health Diagnostic Laboratories.  During September, operations at these three facilities will be phased out, with the work and staff shifted to the laboratory facilities in Frederick and in Salisbury by October 1, 2009. The Frederick facility will specialize in livestock diagnostics and the Salisbury facility will continue to focus on poultry work. Together, these two facilities will offer all of the livestock and poultry diagnostics previously available. “While this transition has involved some very difficult decisions, we are certain that the result will be a laboratory system which is more robust and capable of providing world-class diagnostic services to our producers and their industries,” said Agriculture Secretary Buddy Hance.  “At the same time, we will be in a better position to meet...

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Equine Rabies Case in Maryland

A Maryland horse kept on a private Harford County farm was confirmed positive for rabies in July. Rabies can only be confirmed through a postmortem autopsy of the animal. The horse was not current for its rabies vaccines, but all other livestock and pets on the farm were. The Harford County Department of Health quarantined the private farm for 45 days (the quarantine is expected to be lifted August 31) and insured that all humans who came in contact with the horse were treated. After conducting all necessary trace-backs, neither the Harford County Department of Health nor the Maryland Department of Agriculture believe there to be any public danger. Read the entire story, including comments from the owner of the horse, in the September Equiery, available in your tack and feeds stores next Tuesday, September...

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Court Declares: Maryland Has No Laws Regulating Animal Massage Therapists

It is now official. On July 30, 2009, Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge David A. Boynton declared that there are no laws in Maryland which either regulate animal massage practitioners or require that animal massage practitioners be licensed. It took one year and forty-five days for the Courts to decide that the Maryland State Board of Chiropractic Examiners held no authority over whether or not an individual could practice massage on animals, but they finally arrived at the same conclusion that several of The Equiery’s readers had already reached months ago: that although the Chiropractic Board may regulate and license human massage therapist, they have absolutely no jurisdiction over animal massage practitioners. In late winter of 2008, using what could be considered an internal memo from the Maryland State Board of Veterinary Examiners as support for their position, the Chiropractic Board sent Mercedes Clemens several letters to cease and desist her animal massage practice, threatening fines and to revoke her license to practice on humans if she did not cease and desist her animal practice. “The Maryland Constitution protects my right to earn an honest living free from unreasonable regulations,” Mercedes explained at the time. With representation provided by the Institute for Justice, a national public interest law firm, Mercedes filed suit against both Boards on June 10, 2008 for violating her constitutional rights. The Vet Board quickly (well,...

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