Honoring 50 Years of Vigilance Against Equine Disease

It must have become rather irritating for virologists, over the past couple of years, to hear so many of us appointing ourselves overnight experts on the best ways to tackle a pandemic. But that was a familiar enough experience for Dr. Peter Timoney, thinking back 20 years to the harrowing time when the Bluegrass was gripped by panic over Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome (MRLS). At the very time when his skills were most precious, as a world authority on equine virology based right there at the University of Kentucky, so...

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'Let's Talk' Explores the Obstacles Facing Vets

   The TDN's 'Let's Talk'--a podcast series featuring TDN's Christina Bossinakis and TVG's on-air analyst Gabby Gaudet, offers candid discussion on personal and professional issues often faced within the racing community.    The latest edition presents a trio of successful veterinarians--The Stronach Group's Chief Veterinary Officer Dr. Dionne Benson, equine surgeon Dr. Patty Hogan (Hogan Equine Clinic in Cream Ridge, NJ) and longtime racetrack practitioner Dr. Bill Hawk, who counts Hall of Famer Steve Asmussen among his vast clientele. Over the course of the last decade, racing has faced significant...

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RMTC to Hold RegVet CE 2022 in March

The Racing Medication & Testing Consortium (RMTC) will hold the 5th annual RegVet CE 2022, a veterinary continuing education program for racing regulatory veterinarians, at Churchill Downs Mar. 21-22. With 18 hours of lectures and labs, in addition to interactive and hands-on sessions, the theme will be 'Infectious Disease and Movement of Horses.' Internationally recognized experts including Peter Timoney FRCVS, PhD (University of Kentucky); David Horohov, PhD (University of Kentucky); Maureen Long, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (University of Florida); and Laurie Beard, DVM, DACVIM (Kansas State University) will be featured. The...

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Letter to the Editor: Susie Hart

Thank you for publishing all of those comments on Covid protocols at the upcoming sales. Something that I think is worth mentioning that no one spoke about is the role that veterinarians play and the risk they take going into stalls to perform endoscopic and physical exams. Often vets are shoulder-to-shoulder with people they don't know and have no idea if they are vaccinated or even if they are sick. The use of videoscopes has greatly reduced contact, but vets are still in very close proximity with sales help and...

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Safety Initiatives Paying Off in California

Edited Press Release The state of California has seen a 50% decline in equine fatalities over the last two fiscal years, owing to steps taken by the industry to increase safety at the state's racetracks. In fiscal year 2018-2019, a total of 144 horses died from racing or training injuries or other causes while stabled at CHRB facilities. The number dropped to 72 in fiscal year 2020-2021. According to information provided by the California Horse Racing Board, equine fatalities have been trending downward since 2005, but the last fiscal year...

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State-of-the-Art Equine Ambulance Now Available to Horsemen

Horsemen's Track and Equipment and SCTrailers have joined forces to create a new equine ambulance. The Equine Medical Transport unit offers several unique features, including key fob technology, which allows operators to move the divider and lower the trailer flush to the ground with the touch of a button. "With the past industry gold standard, Kimzey, focusing their business on splints and other items and no longer producing an equine ambulance, we felt that we had to offer an option," said Randy Block of Horsemen's Track and Equipment. "We were...

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In Wake of Mongolian Groom Fatality, Both High- and Low-Tech Diagnostics Can Spur Improvement

Veterinarians who work in the Thoroughbred industry are still a year or two away from being able to make better practical use of emerging digital imaging technologies to avoid racehorse injuries before they happen, but there are some low-technology tools and practices that can be implemented to identify at-risk horses at both high-profile racing events and on a day-to-day basis. That was the takeaway message in a half-hour Thursday teleconference that featured Dr. Larry Bramlage. The internationally recognized equine orthopedic surgeon was fielding media questions one day after the release...

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