News - Equine Winter 2017

By: Vet-Advantage
October, 2017

AAEP Foundation’s Equine Disaster Relief Fund to aid in Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts
The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Foundation’s Equine Disaster Relief Fund is accepting aid to help horses in Texas, Louisiana and other states affected by Hurricane Harvey, according to a release. Fund donations will be distributed among credible programs and organizations that are helping with recovery and rebuilding efforts in the aftermath and towards preparedness efforts for future disasters.

Categories: Community, News, 2017 Equine Winter

Ever-Vigilant Against EHV

By: Graham Garrison
October, 2017
Proper biosecurity, vaccination plans and communication will help lower the risk of equine herpes outbreaks

The news was alarming – and unfortunately – frequent. In the early 2000s, and even as late as 2011, news would break following a major horse show, at a race track or other equine industry event, where hundreds of horses gathered, that some of the horses participating were diagnosed with equine herpes virus 1 (EHV-1).

Categories: Cover Story, 2017 Equine Winter

A Different Look at Equine Antimicrobials

By: Jennifer Ryan
October, 2017

Using the right antimicrobial for the job is the rational choice, and Erin Groover, DVM, DACVIM-LA, wants equine veterinarians to ask themselves two basic questions before making a prescription

  1. Is this the right antibiotic to treat the infection I’m seeing?
  2. Is the animal going to tolerate the antibiotic choice?

Categories: Antimicrobial, 2017 Equine Winter

News - Equine Summer 2017

By: Vet-Advantage
July, 2017

Bimeda: Altresyn® (altrenogest) rebranded OvaMedTM following product acquisition from Ceva Animal Health
Bimeda Inc. announced the renaming of its altrenogest product for horses. The product, formerly marketed as Altresyn® was recently acquired from Ceva Animal Health as part of Bimeda’s strategic expansion into the equine segment. “The trade name OvaMedTM more closely aligns with Bimeda’s brand identity and is a key step in the integration of the recently-acquired equine products within our portfolio and global brand,” said Emmanuelle Lemaire-Galliot, Marketing Manager for Bimeda North America. OvaMedTM is currently shipping to Bimeda’s distributors to fulfill veterinary orders. For more information, visit and

Categories: News, Equine 2017 Summer

Looking for Symptoms

By: David Thill
July, 2017

Early action could help decrease the long-term effects of osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis – often referred to simply as OA – is painful, not only for humans, but for their horses, too. The condition, in which the horse’s protective joint cartilage erodes, leading to bone exposure, is one common factor contributing to lameness. But lameness is not the only symptom. By looking for other earlier symptoms, such as inflammation, and taking steps to mitigate them, horse owners may be able to keep OA from becoming a significant problem.

Categories: Osteoarthritis, Equine 2017 Summer

The Early Warning Signs of PPID

By: Jennifer Ryan
July, 2017

The early signs of pituitary pars imtermedia dysfunction (PPID) are subtle, and may be difficult to notice

As the weather changes, many horse owners will be helping their horse shed its longer, thicker winter coat. In some cases, owners may notice patches of longer hair that is slower to shed out in the spring or maybe even a little loss of muscle mass. These could be early signs of pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction (PPID), a disease that requires long-term management to keep a horse healthy.

Categories: Cover Story, Equine 2017 Summer

Imagining Advances with Imaging

By: Jennifer Ryan
July, 2017

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) helps equine veterinarians understand all musculoskeletal problems better

Equine magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has been rapidly adapted, and the resulting images have helped veterinarians identify and treat patients more precisely than ever before.

“It’s been revolutionary for us,” says Alison J. Morton, DVM, MSpVM, DACVS, DACVSMR, clinical associate professor large animal surgery at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. “MRI has helped us diagnose musculoskeletal problems we couldn’t prior. It’s helped us augment and improve our other diagnostics too.”

Categories: Equine, Equine 2017 Summer


By: Vet-Advantage
March, 2017


Henry Schein helps raise $10,000 for AAEP Foundation

Categories: Community, News, Equine 2017 Spring

East Meets West

By: Vet-Advantage
March, 2017


Bobby Willard, DVM, graduated from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine in 1982. He practiced conventional veterinary medicine for quite some time after that.

Categories: Equine 2017 Spring, Acupuncture, Equine Chiropractic

On the Spot

By: David Thill
March, 2017


Most horse owners purchase over-the-counter products – as well as many prescription medications for their horses – from outlets other than their veterinarian, data indicates. However, veterinarians have an option that could help them regain that lost business: selling their medications and over-the-counter products online. 

Vets First Choice was founded in 2010 by a small group of investors and software engineers, who had experience working with veterinarians and wanted to leverage new technological developments to help the veterinary industry. It began providing e-commerce services for practices before expanding to digital prescription management.

Today, the company offers practice patient analytics “with the goal of helping, in a broader way, [to] track, monitor, and manage patient population health,” says Susan Tuller, director of equine at Vets First Choice. Horse owners can purchase products directly through their veterinarian’s website, with little trouble on the part of the veterinarian.

Categories: Trends, Home Delivery, Equine 2017 Spring


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