Bimeda’s acquisition in late 2016 of the marketing rights to Ceva Animal Health LLC’s portfolio of equine products in the United States and Canada represents a big step for the company as it aims to increase its presence in the equine market.
Close to 5,500 veterinary professionals, students, guests and exhibitors from across the United States, Canada and 46 other countries attended the American Association of Equine Practitioners’ 62nd Annual Convention in December in Orlando, Fla.
The meeting offered more than 130 hours of continuing education in core areas of equine medicine, including imaging, infectious disease management, internal medicine, lameness and reproduction. In addition, airway surgeon Norm Ducharme, DVM, MSc, DACVS, presented the Frank J. Milne State-of-the-Art Lecture, while ethics speaker Chuck Gallagher delivered the keynote presentation.
“Our tried and true topics, such as colic and lameness, remain popular topics,” says Executive Director David Foley. “However, it isn’t so much the topic as it is the delivery method and attendee experience that is changing. New interactive technology within selected sessions brought additional value and a fresh dimension to the program by enabling audience-speaker engagement through their smartphone, tablet or laptop.
“Attendees are showing strong preference for those topics delivered with a more practical, ‘take it home and put it to work’ type of format, as well as opportunities to interact more with the presenter,” he continues. “We’ve also increased the number of non-scientific topics, such as wellness and ethics, to offer a more well-rounded program.”
In addition to the educational program, the convention offered a variety of social and networking opportunities at which practitioners and students could expand their professional footprint; and a trade show featuring 347 exhibiting companies showcasing products and services for equine practice.
Veterinarians evaluate each case of lameness for potential signs of osteoarthritis whether in young or old horses
In horses, it’s estimated that up to 60 percent of lameness cases are associated with osteoarthritis. Yet, not every equine lameness case signals the start of this progressive disease that doesn’t (yet) have a cure.
That’s why veterinarians evaluate each case in detail to determine its cause and outline treatments. Treatment options may be similar to dogs and cats, but the way the disease is expressed – especially in
performance horses that are asked to slide, stop or jump – may be dramatically different than in the family dog.
When people talk about the “human-animal bond,” they’re not always talking about dogs and cats. The relationship between horse owners and their horses is an interesting topic for discussion and study as well.
“Horse owners and caretakers vary considerably in their attitudes toward their horses, from almost family-member-like attitudes and interaction, as some dog and cat owners have,” says Sue McDonnell, MS, PhD, adjunct professor of reproductive behavior, New Bolton Center Hospital for Large Animals, University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, and founding head of the University’s Equine Behavior Program.
“I am not sure of the metric one would use to compare, but the real financial and the apparent emotional investment can be huge, in my opinion, sometimes to a fault, in that the horse’s welfare is compromised for the sake of the owner, or the interaction with the horse is so anthropomorphically off base that the horse’s welfare is compromised, just as so often [is the case] with household pets.”
When it comes to the horse’s teeth, the best thing you can do is find the problem before it’s a problem.
“Dentistry is sometimes thought of as a ‘cookbook’ thing where you just take some tooth material off and you’re done,” says Bruce Whittle, DVM, co-founder of Honey Creek Veterinary Hospital in Trenton, Mo. “But that shouldn’t be true. The most important part of dentistry is doing a good thorough exam. Dental care is just a part of the total healthcare for a horse.”
Stephen Galloway, DVM, founder of Animal Care Hospital in Oakland, Tenn., and the former chair of the American Association of Equine Practitioners’s Dentistry Committee, agrees that routine examinations are the key to early disease prevention. “You don’t have any signs until the disease is severe, and you want to catch it before it gets to that point,” he says.
Chicago Police Mounted Unit demonstrates the benefits of the human-equine bond
Born on the Far South Side of Chicago, the son of a Chicago police officer, Mike Clisham may seem like
an unlikely horseman. Yet he works with horses, he works on horses, and he trains people who will make their livelihood on horseback. And he does all this in the city of Chicago.
Officer Clisham is a patrolman on the Chicago Police Mounted Unit, and its trainer as well.