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Amer ic an Asso c iat ion of Eq uine Ve t er inary Tec hnic ians & Assistant s Hello My Fellow AAEVT Members!

“If you are interested in furthering your career, joining a professional association is a good start”, says Kelly A. Cherwin, Communications Editor for I can say that this is one of the many reasons I joined the AAEVT. Part of furthering our careers is being able to network with our peers and now with the new AAEVT website, this has become even easier. If you have not done so already please take the time to visit the new website, update your profile and connect with other members. If you are looking to relocate, search for open positions on the job board or use a new feature for the site and post your resume for potential employers to view. Also, while you are there, check out the member rewards area as well! I would like to take a moment now that I have talked about the new website and extend a special thank you to Deb Reeder for her endless hours of hard work to make this transition so smooth for the organization. It’s almost that time of year again, the AAEVT annual conference is just around the corner and Jessie Loberg has been hard at work putting together another exceptional program for you! I know I will be there to sharpen my axe, will you? Our Keynote Speaker this year will be Dr. Andrew Clark, DVM, MBA (topic). You can attend up to 19.5 hours of outstanding AAEVT lectures this year, and don’t forget to attend our new case study section. Tennessee Equine will be hosting our wet labs, space is limited so make sure and sign up early. Whether you are attending lectures, spending time in the exhibit hall, or attending one of the many social events held throughout the meeting don’t forget to network and share

ideas with each other. Giving back can be a great reward and is always a great benefit to all involved. On Sunday December 8th we will hold our general membership meeting and install new officers. They are as follows: Jessie Loberg President, Jeannie Williams PresidentElect, Nicole LaGrange Vice President, Katie Soobrian Treasurer, Ali Fernandez Secretary, Sue Loly Regional Director, and I will move to the Immediate Past President. Kristi Ely will move to the advisory council after several years of great contributions to the AAEVT and is always a great resource! In part what makes the AAEVT great is the diverse membership we have, but it takes volunteers to continue the growth and success. As members of this organization I encourage you to take part and help with meetings, whether they are local one day wet labs or a regional symposium. You can volunteer to be a regional contact or if you carry any specialty certification’s you can share that knowledge as a speaker at one of our many great events throughout the year. Finally I would like to thank you the membership for your continued support, the Executive Board for the hours they put in to help run this organization and Deb Reeder for her tireless work that she does year in and year out. Hope to see you in Nashville! Sincerely

Ky Carter, RVT

AAEVT President


• November 15: FAEP -Wet Lab Day Sponsored by ZOETIS Nashville, TN • December 8-11: AAEP Nashville, TN • February 16-20: WVC ( Western Veterinary Conference) Las Vegas, NV • February 28 - March 2: OAVT Toronto

Purina Conference 2013 Event Report

The Purina Conference, as usual, was a fantastic experience! The location, the Union Station Hotel, was incredible. Purina is so hospitable, and strives to provide the veterinary profession with as much support as they can with quality continuing education on nutrition and beyond. All of the attendees had nothing but positive things to say about the experience, and were amazed at how nice the Purina team was. Purina representatives never fail to take the time to respond to questions and feedback. They continue to improve and build on what was already an impressive weekend. Though the tour to the research farm was cancelled, the tour of the Budweiser brewery and Clydesdale barns were great. The material from this meeting can be applied to veterinary medicine, as well as help educate horse owners on everyday matters. Purina cares about horses and they prove that with the program that they offer to veterinarians and veterinary technicians! This is a fantastic conference put on by a remarkable group of people!

AEVNT 2014/2015 Executive Board Event Report

President Sharon Klinger

President Elect Heather Hopkinson

Secretary Sue Loly

Treasurer Jamie DeFazio

Member at Large Jessica Beamer

Immediate Past President Jessie Loberg

BS, RVT, VTS-Anes, VTS-EVN Premier Equine Veterinary Service

LVT, VTS-EVN University of Minnesota, Leatherdale Equine Center

AAA, RVT, VTS-EVN Bella Vista Equine Veterinary Service

RVT, VTS-EVN North Carolina State University Equine and Farm Animal Vet Center

AS, CVT, VTS-EVN New Bolton Center

BA, AAS, CVT, VTS-EVN Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology

Executive Director Deborah Reeder

BA,RVT, VTS-EVN Sporthorse Veterinary Services

Photo by Sam Baker

2013 AAEVT Regions & Regional Contacts Region 1:Northwest WA, OR, ID, AK, MT, WY

Laurie Sparr

Region 2:Pacific



Region 3: Mid-SW

Region 4: Midwest

Ali Fernandez

Laurie Krupka,RVT, BS

Karen Bond,RVT


12785 Torrey Bluff Dr. Apt. 130 San Diego, CA 92130

25125 N. Pearl Rd Acampo, CA 95220

256 Green Summitt Dr. Wentzville, MO 92130

3658 W. Hwy 377 Granbury, TX

Phone: (765) 412-0572

Phone: (650) 787-1333

Phone: (314) 562-3177

Phone: (817) 228-4924 Work: (817) 579-0287

Ryan Corrigan, RVT

Cody Equine Hospital 2627 Big Horn Hall Cody, WY 82414 Work: (307) 527-6969 Cell: (307) 899-3012

Sporthorse Vet Services

Region 5: Midsouth AR, LA, MS, KY, TN, AL, GA

Lori Dressel,RVT, BPS, VTS-Anesthesia University of Georgia VTH

Region 2:Pacific



Los Caballos Equine Practice, Inc.

Region 6: Southeast

Region 6: Southeast



Megan Belcher,LVT Pfizer Animal Health

4107-A Townhouse Rd Richmond, VA 23228 Phone: (317) 445-0979 Work: (804) 432-9361 Fax: (866) 590-0527



Elise Wickett, RVT Ontario Vet College Health Sciences Center Guelph, Ontario N1G 2W1 Canada Work: (519) 856-8225 Home: (519) 763-1896

Bonny Millar, CVT,


Rossdales Equine Hospital Cotton End Road Newmarket, Suffolk, UK CB8 8YT Home: (011) 44 1638 666601 Work: (011) 44 1638 577754 Cell: (011) 44 7904 330893

Imaging Support Services


Equine Medical Center

Leatherdale Equine Center University of Minnesota

1225 Ferndale St. N #12 Maplewood, MN 55119 Home: (651) 303-0220

John Ladner,LVT NC State University Veterinary Health Complex 1052 William More Dr. Raleigh, NC 27607 Cell: (235) 281-6149 Phone: (919) 513-6582

1331 White Oak Dr. Athens, GA 30606 Phone: (315) 569-1848

Region 3: Mid-SW

Region 7: Mid-Atlantic OH, PA, DE, MD, IN, IL

Heather Supanik

Green Glen Equine Hospital 429 Town Hill Road York Springs, PA 17372 Phone:(717) 752-1785 Work:(610)925-6145

Region 8: Northeast

Region 8: Northeast



Wiss Constanza

Kristine Cromwell

41 Achorn Hill Rd Lancaster, NH 03584

Whitehouse Station, NJ 08889

Luipold Pharmaceuticals Missing Moose Farm

CVT Running ‘S’ Equine Veterinary Services 147 Kosciuszko Rd.

Home: (908) 268-5237 Work: (908)832-5484x4

Phone: (631) 291-0438

Regional Director

Jamie DeFazio, CVT,


University of Pennsylvania 32 Falls Road North East, MD 21901 Phone: (484) 678-1785 Work: (610) 925-6145

AAEVT Executive Board 2013 Executive Director Deborah B.Reeder

President Ky Carter

B.A., RVT, VTS-EVN 539 Wild Horse Lane San Marcos, CA 92078 Cell: (214) 505-1548 Fax: (760) 301-0349

RVT KC Innovations LLC 1422 Grimes Rd. Mineral Wells, TX 76067 Cell: (817) 304-7094

Immediate Past President Kristi Ely BS, RVT, VTS,-EVN 1209 Justin Lane Crowley, TX 76036 Cell:(817) 996-1700 Phone:(817) 297-2468

Vice President Samantha Baker

CHT-V Hagyard Equine 584 Shropshire Lane Georgetown, KY 40324 Cell: (423) 316-0626

President-Elect Jessie Loberg CVT, VTS-EVN

Regional Director Jamie DeFazio

552 W. Jamison Place Littleton, CO 80120 Work:(303)751-8700x 245 Cell: (720) 810-3766

CVT, VTS-EVN 237 Maryland Ave Oxford, PA 19363 Cell:(484) 678-1785 Work:(610)925-6145

Treasurer Katie Soobrian

Secretary Jeannie Willems

RVT, BA DVM Access Inc. 419-2875 Osoyoos Crescent Vancouver, BC V6T 2G3 Cell: (604) 803-8787

Adivsory Board:

BS, LVT, RVT Nutramax Laboratories 5315 Stack Road Monroe, NC 28112 Cell: (443) 956-3646

2014 New Board Members Jessie Loberg President Jeannie Willems President-Elect Nicole LaGrange Vice President Ali Fernandez Secretary Katie Soobrian Treasurer Sue Loly Regional Director

DeeAnn Wilfong, Sheri Miller, Kelly Fleming, Paul Vrotsos, Sandra Nunn, Jane Tyrie

Confused about Compounded Drugs? Checking for Equine Stomach Ulcers What Horse Owners Need to Know

April Knudson, DVM, is an Equine Specialist with Merial Veterinary Services. She has a special interest in sport horse lameness and internal medicine. She holds a doctor of veterinary medicine from the University of California-­Davis. Below, she answers a question about compounded equine drugs.

n, DVM, is an equine specialist with Merial Veterinary Services. She has a st in equine gastrointestinal health, infectious disease and lameness. She r of veterinary medicine from the University of California-Davis. Below, question about what to expect if your horse needs to undergo

Q. Some of my friends at the barn were talking about compounded drugs and whether or not they are safe to use. What are they? Should I ever use them?

arian has suggested I bring my horse in for a gastroscopic examination. at can I expect to happen and how should I prepare my horse?

A. I’m glad you asked that question because the equine drug marketplace can be overwhelming. There are websites offering drugs for sale, products being sold at equine events around the country and opinions available from everyone who has ever owned a horse. It’s really important to sort through all of the information and consult with your veterinarian, if needed, before giving anything to your h ulcers can be presumptively diagnosed (by ruling out other possible horse. d watching a horse’s response to treatment) without performing a

erinarian has recommended a gastroscopy, sometimes called a ping,” he or she probably thinks your horse has equine stomach ulcers, uncommon in horses. In fact, 62 percent of horses have them to some good news is they can be treated – and prevented in the future.

if your veterinarian has recommended this procedure, he or she has nt to make a definitive diagnosis in order to proceed with treatment. s the ONLY surefire way to know what the inside of your horse’s s like. Here’s how to be sure you get the most accurate results and ct during the examination.

First, let’s clear up any confusion about what is meant by a “compounded drug.” The American Association of Equine Practitioners defines a compounded drug as one that is created by manipulating an existing U.S. Food and Drug Administration esults, I recommend gastroscopy be conducted as early in the morning (FDA)-­ approved drug. 1theExamples include crushing a tablet to make a paste or gel or ecause the horse cannot eat‐ANYTHING for 12 hours prior to exam ot drink water for four to six hours prior. What to workto for most adding a flavor toseems a drug make it more palatable. 2 is to feed a light evening meal, and make sure all the scraps are

2 hours before appointment time. If the appointment time is 10 a.m. the hay/feed needs to be COMPLETELY gone by 10 p.m. the night before r needs to be removed or turned off at 6 a.m. the day of the exam.

For a drug to be legally compounded: • It must be compounded by a licensed veterinarian or pharmacist for a single ove hay/feed and water at the same time. Your horse should have 2 to meet er for several hours after removing hay/feed, tohorse help the already eaten a specific need, of the stomach. Your horse should not have access to grazing pasture • The horse owner must have a valid client-­‐patient relationship with the before the exam. Also, make sure your horse isn’t grazing on anything prescribing veterinarian,2 • There must be no FDA-­‐approved, commercially available drug that will appropriately treat the patient,1 and • The product must be made from an FDA-­‐approved commercially available drug.1

While the use of legally compounded drugs is recognized as an occasional necessity in equine health care, the AAEP cautions veterinarians to “limit the use of compounded drugs to unique needs in specific patients.” Because of the time and financial investment required to bring a new equine drug to the marketplace, there are times when a legally compounded medication could be a veterinarian’s only option. Unfortunately, some FDA-­‐approved equine drugs are illegally manufactured, then advertised and/or sold to horse owners who are led to believe that they are the same as those legitimately on the market. These drugs have not been through the stringent FDA approval process so they have not been demonstrated to be safe or effective for their intended use.3 Illegal manufacturers often make claims about how well the drugs work, but are not required to prove them. Consider these claims carefully, and, if in doubt, ask the manufacturer for proof that the product works and that the manufacturer can back up its claims. Currently, there are a number of illegally manufactured drugs being marketed to horse owners as the equivalent of brand name drugs such as ULCERGARD® (omeprazole), GASTROGARD® (omeprazole), Adequan® (polysulfated glycosaminoglycan), Banamine® (flunixin meglumine), Phenylbutazone, Protazil® (diclazuril)and Regu-­‐Mate® (altrenogest). Horse owners should be especially wary of any product claiming to be the same as or the “generic” version of ULCERGARD or GASTROGARD. These two brand name drugs are the only FDA-­‐approved products for the prevention4 and treatment5 of equine stomach ulcers. There is no generic version of either product. While compounded drugs have not received FDA approval, rest assured that brand name and even generic drugs have, which helps ensure the product label claims are truthful and accurate.1 Before considering any drug for your horse, checking to see whether that drug is FDA-­‐approved should be an important consideration. This can be done by looking for a New Animal Drug Application number, or, for generic animal drugs, an Abbreviated New Animal Drug Application number. The six-­‐digit numbers and the statement “Approved by the FDA” are usually found on the drug’s label. A list of approved drugs can also be found by searching the database at AnimalDrugs@FDA. Remember, if you have any doubts, consult your veterinarian. For more information about ULCERGARD and GASTROGARD, visit and IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION: CAUTION: Safety of GASTROGARD in pregnant or lactating mares has not been determined. ULCERGARD can be used in horses that weigh at least 600 pounds. Safety in pregnant mares has not been determined. ®GASTROGARD and ULCERGARD are registered trademarks of Merial Limited. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. ©2012 Merial Limited, Duluth, GA. All rights reserved. EQUIUGD1214 (04/12) 1 American Association of Equine Practitioners. Equine Veterinary Compounding Guidelines. Available at: Accessed February 27, 2012. 2 Animal Health Institute and American Veterinary Medical Association and American Veterinary Distributors Association. Veterinary Compounding. Available at: AHI%20Comp ounding.pdf. Accessed March 21, 2012. 3 Lau, E. Confounding compounding part II. Veterinary Information News Service. Available at: Accessed February 28, 2012. 4 ULCERGARD product label. 5 GASTROGARD product label.


Improve a Horse’s Performance and Increase their Longevity through Better Dental Care By Amanda Compton, EDT, Equine Nurse

Wolf teeth are actually the first premolar in the cheek teeth arcades. In the modern horse, they develop around one year of age and are usually in pairs on the maxilla. It is not abnormal for them to be absent completely. Dental practitioners should always palpate the upper and lower bars for impacted wolf teeth, which will often erupt in a more horizontal angle. Wolf teeth do not always cause bitting discomfort in every horse, but are easier to extract with less risk of root fracture when the horse is younger. Impacted or “blind” wolf teeth can be much more irritating to the bitted horse. Most owners still mistake wolf teeth with the more visible canine teeth, so be sure to explain and show the difference in location when possible.

Horse owners often disregard routine dental care until they see clinical signs of problems with mastication or bitting issues. With better client education about the eruption process and dental anatomy, equine dental practitioners can prevent many of the commonly seen malocclusions that lead to masticatory and performance issues. Better dental care increases a horse’s life span as well as improving its comfort level during riding or driving. What to Look for in Horse Examinations All horses should be examined at birth for possible congenital defects such brachygnathia (parrot mouth), prognathia (monkey mouth), or wry nose. The foal is usually born with 12 premolars erupted or in the process thereof, followed by the eruption of the central incisors between 1-2 weeks, the intermediate incisors between 4-6 weeks, and the corner incisors by 6-9 months. Some slight deviance in maxilla to mandible length may correct itself as the foal matures. If the deviation is moderate to severe, the owner needs to be informed of the possibility of a permanent malocclusion and the need for frequent dental care to address the issue as the horse ages. Horses that exhibit parrot or monkey mouths typically develop rostral and/or caudal hooks of the cheek teeth. In addition, the unopposed incisors will need addressing to prevent over-eruption, which can lead to limited lateral excursion during mastication. The first permanent tooth to erupt is the first molar around one year of age. Therefore, it is usually the first tooth that begins cupping out when the horse reaches its twenties. The second molars erupt around 2 years of age and the caudal molars between 3 ½ - 4 years of age. Deciduous cap shedding begins at 2 ½ on the first premolars, 3 years the intermediate premolars and 3 ½ on the last premolars. Canines typically erupt around 4 ½ years of age. They are a sex-linked trait to males and used for defense. Mares can develop canines, but they are usually much smaller and often unerupted through the gums.

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What Does this mean to Horse Owners So what do all these numbers mean for the horse owner? Dental exams and conservative equilibration may be warranted twice a year for horses less than five years of age. Practitioners should inform their clients that their young horse’s mouth goes through a lot of change during this time. They shed 24 deciduous incisors and premolars and erupt up to 44 permanent teeth. Horses may exhibit clinical symptoms at this time due to shedding of deciduous incisors or premolars, retention of caps, eruption of new teeth, impacted teeth, or extremely sharp buccal and lingual points. Three year olds erupting their last premolar may exhibit abnormal eating habits (head tilt, dropping excessive amounts of feed, etc.) as the tooth must erupt between two permanent teeth in the middle of the arcade, pushing off the wedged deciduous cap in the process. The younger hypsodont tooth erupts at a faster rate than horses in their late teens or twenties forming enamel points again in just a few months. The presence of enamel points may be very irritating to horses in training. Some owners change bits, saddles, or even trainers when a simple dental exam and routine maintenance could solve their horse’s “behavior” problems. Owners may also be concerned about the eruption cysts, typically seen on the mandible which may also develop on the maxilla. In most cases, this bony inflammation will subside in 4-6 months once the permanent tooth is fully erupted. Excessive inflammation or a draining tract may warrant radiographs to rule out the possibility of an impacted or fractured tooth. You may be limited in the degree of correction in geriatric malocclusions due to missing or excessively worn teeth and severe wave mouths. Periodontal disease is also an issue in older horses. Some of this can be prevented with regular dental equilibration and early detection. As the reserve crown is worn away and the mesial drift of the arcade lessens, small amounts of feed and bacteria wedge between teeth, creating periodontal pockets. Many loose teeth are the result of unequal pressure in the arcades. If corrected early and the insult to the periodontal ligament relieved, tooth loss can be prevented. Although optimal occlusion may not be restored in some geriatric horses, the goal should be to maintain oral comfort

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Calculating a Horse Health Risk

Horse Care for Life

From AQHA Corporate Partner Zoetis.

You know your clients browse the internet, at least on occasion, for equine healthcare information. I think all of us would agree that “Dr. Google” is not always providing our clients with accurate information. Recognizing this and the overall need to build a stronger partnership between the veterinary clinic and client to ensure standards of care, Merck Animal Health and Purina Animal Nutrition partnered to develop a program that is backed by science and champions the veterinarian as the best source for equine healthcare and nutrition.

Zoetis’ economic risk calculator helps horse owners assess the danger of financial loss due to equine influenza.

Trips to shows, training sessions and other events can put horse health to the test this fall and winter. And no one likes to worry about the risk of equine influenza. That’s why Zoetis developed the Equine Influenza Calculator app. The Equine Influenza Calculator app can be downloaded for free on the Apple® App Store® by searching for Equine Influenza Calculator. The calculator prompts users for the approximate cost of vaccination, as well as the potential cost of treatment and the number of days off training in the case of an equine influenza infection. It uses these factors to calculate the risk of equine influenza in each individual horse. This contagious disease can cause fever, coughing and nasal discharge, and it can spread rapidly to other horses. The financial risk of an equine influenza virus (EIV) infection for each horse can reach up to $885 for diagnostics, treatment and days of missed training.* Learn about your horse’s health with the Common Horse Health Issues report. This report gives detailed explanations of the most common horse ailments from strangles to allergies. Purchase now and get the knowledge to become a more responsible horse owner. Risk increases with very young or geriatric horses, as well as with horses that are exposed to unfamiliar horses. That is why it is important for horse owners to determine the risk level of each horse and vaccinate accordingly against EIV. Proper vaccination can help protect horses from infection and help horse owners avoid financial loss. The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) recommends vaccination of at-risk horses every six months. At-risk horses include those who are less than 6 years of age and those who are geriatric, as well as horses who may be frequently exposed to EIV at shows, trail rides or other events. For at-risk horses that who are not vaccinated, the risk of contracting EIV can leap to 93.2 percent.** The best way to help protect your horse against the risk of EIV is to vaccinate before exposure. The FLUVAC INNOVATOR® line of vaccines helps deliver demonstrated protection against circulating contemporary EIV strains. Vaccination aids in the prevention of equine influenza due to Type A equine influenza viruses. The FLUVAC INNOVATOR line of vaccines can also help prevent equine rhinopneumonitis due to equine herpesvirus (EHV) Types 1 and 4; equine encephalomyelitis due to eastern, western and Venezuelan encephalomyelitis viruses; and tetanus. They also are the only vaccines shown to help prevent clinical disease in 100 percent of vaccinated horses after the 2003 EIV challenge in Ohio. AQHA’s Common Health Issues report gives a detailed understanding of the most common horse ailments, including colic, laminitis, allergies and more. Give as a gift or keep a copy in your barn — this is a musthave for every horse owner! To learn more about the Equine Influenza calculator, including how to determine your own cost, continue reading at America’s Horse Daily. If you have comments or questions, please contact us. American Quarter Horse Association 1600 Quarter Horse Drive Amarillo, TX 79104

By Wendy Vaala, V.M.D., Dipl. ACVIM, Merck Animal Health Senior Equine Technical Services Veterinarian

The result: Horse Care for Life™, the premier interactive healthcare program tailored to the horse’s age and use. The program is about growing the veterinarian’s position as primary healthcare provider for the horse. We want horse owners to stop thinking, “How do I get my vaccine online?” and to start thinking, “I need to get my veterinarian back on my farm.” Healthcare by Life Stage Horse Care for Life will help keep your clients engaged and proactive in monitoring their horse’s health while keeping your veterinary clinic as the “go-to” source of healthcare information for horses in every life stage, including: • Broodmares, foals and stallions • Young horses • Adult horses (performance and pleasure) • Senior horses Members Only Your clients can use Horse Care for Life for expert information through a member-only website to help stay on top of vaccinations, deworming, nutritional needs and risk factors specific to their horses. Horse Care for Life works to educate your clients while boosting your practice, which ultimately creates a higher level of partnership between you and your clients. The unique life-stage approach of the information and client interface will help you set your practice apart, encourage greater veterinary involvement and preventative care, and help facilitate referrals for new business. At the end of the day, this means better health for the horse and better business for you. How it Works Horse owners can only participate in the program if you invite them. After receiving their exclusive invitation to the site from your clinic, horse owners create a profile for each horse. The program generates health reminders based on the horse’s profile that include general information and recommendations to support best practices and guidelines from the AAEP. Horse owners are encouraged to talk to their veterinarians for more information. Your clients will also have free access to veterinarian and nutritionistwritten educational content based on the life stage of their horse, as well as valuable record-keeping tools to track vaccinations, deworming, nutrition, dental care and much more. Armed with the right information, your clients will reach out to your veterinary clinic more frequently to prevent problems or stop them from becoming worse. Additionally, you will have access to clients’ detailed demographic data, such as clients’ healthcare interests/concerns, horses’ ages and breeds and more, for your planning and marketing purposes. Be part of this exclusive program today! Talk to your Merck Animal Health representative for information on the program and how to sign up your clinic. Or, visit

Western Veterinary Conference 2013 Event Report

A few years ago I was encouraged by my co-workers at Virginia Tech’s Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center and staff at Northern Virginia’s Community College Veterinary Technology Program to become a licensed veterinary technician. I had already obtained my B.S. degree in Animal Science and was registered as an equine dental technician with a successful business. Also I was working in the nursing department at the EMC. I asked myself, what would I gain from it? Over the past three years, I have gained a wealth of knowledge, more credibility with veterinary professionals, a deeper understanding of veterinary medicine and several great contacts in the field. In 2010 I started the online veterinary technology program through NVCC. As an adult student with two degrees already, I was not eligible for as much in financial aid as others. I applied for the Melissa Finnegan Scholarship and was selected as the recipient at the AAEVT convention in Baltimore that same year. The AAEVT has been a fantastic organization for those of us who work with equines, promoting the use of veterinary technicians and assistants, offering quality continuing education and providing comrade for those of us passionate about caring for horses. In May of this year, I graduated Magna Cum Laude was also awarded The Jenn Faye Memorial Veterinary Technology Student of the Year by the Virginia Association of Licensed Veterinary Technicians. I am the first person in the state to hold both a license in veterinary technology and a registration in equine dentistry. I continue to work at the EMC as a nurse, but have additional privileges as an LVT. I also continue to provide equine dentistry services to my own clients, working with many different veterinarians in the area. I believe there is always something we can learn from each other and the field of veterinary medicine is constantly changing and improving. The AAEVT is a resource that should be utilized by its members. I would also encourage those not yet licensed to consider advancing your career by enrolling in a veterinary technology program and applying for the scholarships offered by the AAEVT. Ask yourself, “What do you have to lose?”

Equine Health App offered to Horse Owners by Samantha Baker

We all need to make smart choices about our horse’s health, but where do we draw the line at treating ourselves and referring to our veterinarian? Now there is a brand new app for your smart phone, Horse Side Vet Guide (HSVG) is designed to you help make better decisions for your horse. HSVG is observation based, and guides you to what needs to be done based on those observations. HSVG is an extensive and growing knowledge of issues, from rare to common. The app is designed to give horse owners more veterinary based knowledge, and to deter from first turning to the internet. As we all know “Dr. Google” can get us into a lot of trouble and delay diagnosis. Doug Thal, DVM, Dipl. ABVP, and creator of HSVG stated “It occurred to me that there might be a way to educate my clients via a smart phone application that provides credible equine health information “Horse-Side”–-literally while standing in the stall and looking at your horse.” Horse Side Vet Guide was created with horse owners in mind. HSVG can assist you with a situation you have noticed, simply by you describing the problem. It will show you relevant observations; list what you need to look for, and how concerned you should be. Through education horse owners will be better equipped to handle any situation. HSVG will help develop useful skills with quick reference videos and diagrams. It can also help with improved communication between you and your veterinarian. The app has a “Notes” feature that can help with keeping a personal database of information from your veterinarian and other reliable sources. Horse Side Vet Guide is not a replacement for your local veterinarian, and cannot address all conditions associated with your horse’s health. HSVG is intended to enhance the quality of communication between you and your veterinarian for the benefit of your horse. For further information please visit: Doug Thal, DVM, Dipl. ABVP, has been a horseman his entire life. His father was a steeplechase rider and polo player. He grew up on a family cattle and horse ranch and has been riding and training horses since early childhood. He has been an equine veterinarian for over 20 years working on a mix of performance and pleasure horses. His special interests are lameness and surgery. Thal is board certified in Equine Practice by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. He continues to manage his equine veterinary practice, Thal Equine, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. You can see more about his veterinary practice at

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