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Amer ic an Asso c iat ion of Eq uine Ve t er inary Tec hnic ians & Assistant s Message from the President

As 2018 comes to an end, the final words I share with my AAEVT community are to, “make this industry better than you found it.” Through our joint efforts we are able to help our patients, our clients, and the equine veterinary industry as a whole. My final call to action is to focus on what we can do for each other. In my over 10 years as an AAEVT member, I’ve found that it’s the relationships I’ve made with other members that mean more than anything. Continuing education events keep our technical skills updated. Through case studies, we share new and exciting discoveries and connect with friends (new and old) to create a community. Together as a community, when we put our minds, resources and dreams together, and are able to make huge changes. This action starts at the grass roots level. I encourage you to share with each other, share your experiences, share your connections, and share your inspirations. Be courageous, you never know who you are inspiring. I know I’m certainly inspired by each new member I meet.

Nicole Lagrange, 2018 AAEVT President

I’ve been honored to be your president this year and I would like to take a moment to share with you a new passion of mine. A tragic and devastating experience has lead me to do something I really feel proud to be a part of and has encouraged me to do more for my local equine community. In December of 2017, the practice I work at was a huge component of the evacuation, medical treatment and

ongoing care of the horses impacted by the Lilac fire at San Luis Rey Downs.

I knew after that experience that I wanted to do more. I wanted to be part of an organization that could utilize my specialized equine medical training. I sought out several local organizations that also helped during the fires and have since become a credentialed member of one organization in particular called Disaster Animal Response Team. As a trained and credentialed member I am able to assist alongside other trained individuals to help care and tend to animals that may be left behind during evacuations or assist in their evacuation. While I hope no one ever experience what we went through during the fires, my hope is that you will someday experience that which inspires you to do more as a member of the equine veterinary community. We are the leaders of our industry. We are the start of change, the start of something more. “You never know where you may find inspiration”

Nicole LaGrange, RVT

2018 AAEVT President


AAEVT President Elect : Nicole Bone My name is Nicole Bone and I am a 2006 graduate of Michigan State University with a bachelor of science in Veterinary Technology. After graduation, I was hired as an anesthesia technician for Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital (Lexington, KY) and performed those duties for 4 years until receiving a promotion into my current role as the Surgery and Anesthesia Supervisor.

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Meg Schenk

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CT, DE, NJ, OH, PA, RI 908-268-5237

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Katie Jones

AR, KS, LA, MO, OK, TX 612-298-9964

AL, GA, MS, NC, SC 607-742-1331

AAEVT Executive Board 2019 Executive Director Deborah B.Reeder B.A., RVT, VTS-EVN 544 Saddleridge Dr. Wimberley, TX 78676 Cell: (214) 505-1548 Fax: (760) 301-0349

President Lindsey Schoelen LVMT

Tennessee Equine Hospital

Thompsons Station, TN Cell: (615) 591-1232

Canada/ International Shana Lammenes All Provinces 952-201-4870

President-Elect Nicole Bone

Vice President Laura Kestner

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Saratoga Springs, NY Cell: (518) 583-7273

Secretary Rexanne Morrison LVT Morrison Performance Horses Cell: (817) 694-1711

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AAEVT Vice President: Laura Kestner Laura Kestner is the Practice Manager of Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Saratoga Springs, NY. Her professional background is in Human Resources and Talent Development. She’s been an adjunct professor at the community college level for the past 7 years in the Business and IT departments and has extensive experience as a Leadership Trainer for Sprint PCS and Walmart. In those positions she helped develop management strategies to support high performing teams and new managers. Her infatuation with horses began as a PE credit in college and they have been in her life ever since. She spends her leisure time riding her horse Elmo and holding Marco the pony for her son at local horse shows. Laura is eager to bring her passion for developing people to AAEVT and looks forward to an exciting year

Reframe the Parasite Control Discussion

By Wendy Vaala, V.M.D., Dipl. ACVIM, Merck Animal Health Traditional parasite control recommendations involving rotational use of anthelmintics at regular intervals were developed when Strongylus vulgaris (large blood strongyle) was the most important parasitic pathogen of adult horses. A lot has changed. Unfortunately, old habits die hard, and the traditional practice of widespread, frequent use of anthelmintics, often without the guidance and knowledge of a veterinarian, has contributed to the growing problem of drug resistance we face today in our equine populations. Currently there are no new, resistance-breaking classes of dewormers on the horizon for use in horses, so it is crucial to encourage horse owners to work with your clinic to customize parasite control programs. The challenge is to offer (and charge for) a comprehensive parasite control program that incorporates fecal egg count (FEC) testing into a farm-wide, herd-based program that combines chemical and non-chemical control strategies. Goals of a Parasite Control Program The AAEP Parasite Control Guidelines (revised 2016) suggest the following goals for a parasite control program:

1. Minimize the risk of parasitic disease in the individual 2. Control parasite egg shedding and environmental contamination 3. Maintain efficacious drugs and avoid further development of anthelmintic resistance as much as possible

There are several considerations when providing a comprehensive approach to parasite control, including understanding key parasite life-cycles, the mode of action and efficacy of the three major classes of equine anthelmintics (benzimidazoles, tetrahydropyrimidines, and macrocyclic lactones) and the advantages of various fecal egg counting methods available. You and your client should discuss not only what parasites are problems on that particular farm, but also the role of fecal egg counts in selecting appropriate anthelmintics for their operation, and what non-chemical parasite control strategies are realistic. This approach is crucial to prolonging the efficacy of the three major drug classes we have. The goal of a strategic parasite control program is not to eradicate all parasites from a particular individual, but to limit parasite infections so animals remain healthy with no evidence of clinical disease, and fecal egg shedding is controlled.

The Critical Role You Play Although FECs are accepted as an important part of an evidencebased parasite control program, they are unlikely to become widely accepted if they are too expensive or offered only as random diagnostic tests. This is where you can market the extensive knowledge of your veterinary team. This knowledge includes the distinct advantage of being familiar with the resident horse population and the local farm’s management practices. If you haven’t already, now is the time to schedule an on-farm visit to reframe the parasite control discussion with clients. Fecal samples can help determine deworming needs, but because the majority of parasites may not actually be in the horse, but waiting to be consumed, it is important to visit the farm and evaluate ways to reduce parasite loads on pasture and break the transmission cycle. Consider providing a “physical exam” of individual farms using a simple questionnaire to capture information about management practices, herd demographics and deworming history. Evaluate the farm in terms of stocking density, size and overall condition of pastures and/or paddocks, as well as labor available, to help decide which nonchemical parasite control strategies are realistic for that particular operation. All of these elements can impact parasite burdens and should be assessed prior to making deworming recommendations. Top 10 Non-Chemical Parasite Control Tips The following non-chemical control tips are part of a comprehensive parasite surveillance program, and can be shared with your clients. By making at least one annual parasite control trip to the farm, you can help the owner assess which ones might be realistic for his or her individual farm. Strategies to reduce parasite egg and larvae build up in the environment include the following: • • • • • • • • • •

Cross-graze pastures with other ruminant species, preferably sheep Keep pastures mowed Don’t overstock pastures or allow pastures to become overgrazed Remove manure from pastures and paddocks at least twice weekly During hot, dry weather, harrow or rake pastures to disperse manure piles and expose larvae to sun. Rest the pasture a minimum of four weeks after harrowing Harvest a hay crop off pastures Plant an annual crop such as winter wheat Feed hay and grain in raised containers and not directly on the ground Clean water sources regularly to prevent fecal contamination Compost manure. Properly composted manure will kill strongyle larvae and many ascarid eggs

Now more than ever it is important for you to help reframe the discussion on parasites with horse owners. Technicians play a critical role in this important conversation and can often start the dialogue with clients. It is incumbent upon the entire care team to work together to not only to preserve the efficacy of the dewormers we have, but also to continually position the veterinarian as a resource to owners in all facets of their horse’s care. Copyright © 2018 Intervet Inc., d/b/a Merck Animal Health, a subsidiary of Merck & Co., Inc.

Equine Vet Techs Deserve a Seat

by Kyle Palmer Before the day starts, on the way to every visit, and wowing horse owners: The equine veterinary technician is a must-have passenger (or driver) for great mobile equine practice today. For mobile equine veterinarians, preparation is important: preparation for specific cases, planning a logical and efficient route of travel from appointment to appointment, and ensuring that the practice vehicle is appropriately stocked. You’d never leave the driveway in a vehicle with no vaccines, no antibiotics, no tools or no medical supplies, so why should you go anywhere without the most important thing in the truck: your veterinary technician or assistant?

The data is at your technician’s fingertips, because you should be spending your precious time practicing medicine, not running reports. 5. Your technician … checks your ride Not only should your vehicle be stocked and organized with the standard products and supplies, all the equipment should be in working order. Your technician can run a quick test to make sure everything operates properly, batteries are charged, water tanks are full, and everything that was taken out for cleaning or sterilization has been returned. 6. Your technician … can drive

Even if you’ve already embraced the daily use of an assistant, this person is more than just a warm body. Your working partnership can have a major impact on efficiency. If you’re not using one? Hire one. Now.

Finally, you and your technician are ready to drive out and have a wellplanned day together. There’s only one decision left to be made.

What can an equine vet tech do for you? Well, first off, if your state Veterinary Practice Act says your technicians can do it, let ‘em do it. I won’t downplay the benefits of lending a hand or showing your staff you’re not above the dirty work, but unless you’ve got absolutely nothing else to do (and I mean nothing), leave your technician to it. Here are nine tasks that are perfect for a tech.

It’s hard to imagine a practicing equine veterinarian who doesn’t have a stack of phone calls to return, so using your technician as a chauffeur while you make calls makes a lot of sense. You’re also free to process medical records and research treatment options for complicated cases.

1. Your technician … takes first look at the schedule Although schedules change, your technician should start the day by reviewing every appointment, ensuring you have the right medications and equipment for those visits. The technician should also be checking every patient’s medical history for ongoing concerns, vaccine or deworming needs, and any other relevant information. Your client’s satisfaction will go through the roof when you and your technician call the horse by name and demonstrate a knowledge of its history and needs.

Who’s driving?

Most small animal practitioners would kill to have 15 to 45 minutes between cases to catch up on records or make phone calls. One caveat to this: If you have a published number that rings to your phone/vehicle rather than a brick-and-mortar location with staff, let your technician answer that line. Hands-free technology has advanced to the degree that using a phone in the car can be safe and uncomplicated. Your technician may end up transferring the call to you most of the time, but answering the phone yourself sends the signal that you’re not very busy.

2. Your technician … optimizes your route

7. Your technician … helps with exams

The technician should make sure addresses and phone numbers are current and look for ways your route can be made more efficient. Perhaps switching the order of two nearby calls will help travel time? A confirmation call from the technician to each of the day’s clients will ensure you don’t show up to an empty barn, each horse is ready for the appointment, and you stay on schedule.

The last piece to this puzzle is how your technician assists you throughout the day. A technician should stage the equipment you’ll need while you handle the initial client greeting. A technician should be an active participant in the examination and treatment process. Put the lead rope in the technician’s hands so you can focus on speaking to the client who’s focused on you. Once the diagnostic and treatment phase of a visit is complete, your technician cleans equipment, puts it all away, and gets the vehicle buttoned down and ready to leave.

3. Your technician … checks your accounts receivable Your technician can also review each client’s accounts. How do they pay (do they pay?), and do they have a balance outstanding? A previous balance means a courtesy telephone call to remind clients of amounts owed and verify that they’ll be taking care of that during today’s appointment.

Your technician can collect samples, administer dewormers and take radiographs. A licensed veterinary technician is educated, trained and dying to use these skills.

If the answer is “no,” that may affect whether you show up for that appointment. If the answer is “yes,” you’ll save yourself the sometimes-awkward exchange in person (and you’ll get paid, which I always think is a great thing). Above all, having that exchange before you drive in gets the client thinking that an agreement to pay is a requirement of your showing up—which it should be.

The technician can start a medical record (computerized or otherwise) and enter charges relevant to the appointment. Then you take just a moment to make sure the charges are correct and complete, then let your technician collect the balance. It’s a good time to let the client know that you’re going to take off your gloves or wash your hands and will be right back.

4. Your technician … manages your inventory

This two-minute period is vital for your technician to get some alone time to collect payment. It frees you from being the bill collector, so you remain the compassionate caregiver, and, frankly, it’s going to be a lot harder for the client to ask your technician if they can “pay later.”

A huge part of preparation centers on something no one in our industry really loves: inventory. It’s often cited as a borderline failure in many practices, despite various attempts at doing it well. But you’re in luck! Mobile practice inventory is simple to manage and should always be successful for two reasons. First, two people are involved with it on a daily basis—you and your technician. Second, 100 percent of the services you provide come out of the vehicle you’re working in. What’s more, you have a built-in list of what you need to put in your vehicle today because you have a record of what was sold or used yesterday. If you used it, replace it. Unless your veterinary software doesn’t track medications and consumables used (and if not, you need to change), all that data is at your fingertips, right? Wrong! That was a test and you failed.

8. Your technician … enters charges and collects money

9. Your technician … is lining up the next visit The second your call is over, the technician calls the next client to give them an ETA. Being late is hard to avoid in equine practice, because many variables are out of your control, but many clients are happy to know you’re on the way. This call also helps make sure the client and patient will be ready on arrival. Hiring a trained veterinary technician isn’t an expense—it’s an investment. And it’s about time you made it.

Start With It. Stay With It.

Treat the disease, not just the signs of degenerative joint disease It’s no secret that lameness is a top concern among veterinarians and horse owners. It has been estimated that up to 60 percent of lameness in the horse is related to end-stage degenerative joint disease (DJD), also known as osteoarthritis (OA). These conditions can influence performance and significantly impact the careers of horses – from top competitors to pleasure horses. The good news is that catching the clinical signs, diagnosing DJD early and starting treatment can help reverse the degenerative process before it progresses to irreversibly damage joint cartilage. Adequan® i.m., the only FDA approved polysulfated glycosaminoglycan, is an important firstline treatment due to its ability to produce disease-modifying effects. This means veterinarians can treat the disease and not just the signs of equine DJD. Adequan® i.m. (polysulfated glycosaminoglycan or PSGAG) is recommended for the intramuscular treatment of non-infectious degenerative and/or traumatic joint dysfunction and associated lameness of the carpal and hock joints in horses. Adequan i.m. is scientifically proven to help treat DJD by: • Improving lameness caused by swelling and inflammation associated with joint disease • Inhibiting the loss of proteoglycan, collagen and hyaluronic acid (HA) – key building blocks of healthy cartilage • Stimulating cartilage repair by rapidly aiding in new cartilage production • Reversing the disease processes by inhibiting harmful enzymes that attack cartilage and synovial fluid • Restoring synovial lubrication and facilitating joint movement IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION There are no known contraindications to the use of intramuscular Polysulfated Glycosaminoglycan. Studies have not been conducted to establish safety in breeding horses. WARNING: Do not use in horses intended for human consumption. Not for use in humans. Keep this and all medications out of the reach of children. “Diagnosing horses with degenerative joint disease earlier is when we have the opportunity to make a difference,” says Kelly B. Tisher, D.V.M., Littleton Equine Medical Center. “For us, a product that offers i.m. administration and FDA approval behind it is an easy choice.” Adequan i.m. reaches joints quickly and is well-absorbed after intramuscular administration.5 Peak concentrations in serum and synovial fluid are reached within two hours of administration, and hyaluronic acid levels nearly doubled at 48 hours.5 (Clinical relevance of this pharmacokinetic information has not been established.) “I tell clients we’re going to treat the disease and the clinical signs,” says G. Marvin Beeman, D.V.M., Littleton Equine Medical Center. “Adequan’s ability to help repair cartilage and reduce synovitis is why we stay with it.” Only Adequan i.m. empowers you to treat the cause and not just the signs of degenerative joint disease. Because only Adequan may help improve joint function by reversing the disease cycle, repairing cartilage, restoring joint lubrication and reducing inflammation. When you start with it and stay with it, the horse may enjoy greater mobility over a lifetime. Discover if Adequan is the right choice for your patients. For more information, contact your Luitpold Animal Health sales representative or customer service at 1-800-458-0163, or visit Adequan® and the Horse Head design are registered trademarks of Luitpold Pharmaceuticals, Inc. © 2018 Luitpold Animal Health, division of Luitpold Pharmaceuticals, Inc. PP-AI-US-0176 10/2018

Luitpold Animal Health Deepens Support of FEI World Equestrian Games Tryon 2018 Luitpold Animal Health, manufacturer of Adequan® i.m. (polysulfated glycosaminoglycan), has extended its sponsorship of the FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) Tryon 2018 by becoming the official discipline sponsor of Para-Dressage. “We are thrilled to welcome Adequan as a Discipline Sponsor at the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018,” said Mark Bellissimo, Managing Partner of Tryon Equestrian Partners and CEO of Tryon International Equestrian Center. “Through their support of Para-Dressage, Adequan has played an instrumental role in the success and expansion of the equestrian sport across North America and beyond. We look forward to their continued involvement in the growth of this inspiring discipline.” Para-Dressage offers an opportunity for equestrian athletes with impairments to compete at an equal and meaningful level. Athletes from 23 countries have been named to the FEI Nominated Entries List for Adequan Para-Dressage, which will take place in Tryon Stadium, spanning the course of five days from September 18 to 22. “These athletes epitomize the passion, focus and courage of every equestrian striving to be a champion,” said Allyn Mann, Director of Strategic Partnerships for Luitpold Animal Health. “It is our distinct honor to support their journey in representing the best in the world at the FEI World Equestrian Games.” Other portions of Luitpold Animal Health’s WEG sponsorship commitment include the “Adequan® Stabling Area,” home to the world’s best equine athletes throughout the 12-day event, the Adequan dining halls and partial sponsorship of the onsite veterinary hospital. For nearly 30 years, Adequan i.m. has been used by leading veterinarians, top trainers and riders because of its ability to help improve joint function by reversing the disease cycle, repairing cartilage, restoring joint lubrication and reducing inflammation. Adequan i.m. is the only FDA approved equine polysulfated glycosaminoglycan (PSGAG) prescribed for the intramuscular treatment of non-infectious degenerative and/or traumatic joint dysfunction and associated lameness of the carpal and hock joints in horses. Talk to your veterinarian today to determine if Adequan is the right choice for your horse. For more information, please visit IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION There are no known contraindications to the use of intramuscular Polysulfated Glycosaminoglycan. Studies have not been conducted to establish safety in breeding horses. WARNING: Do not use in horses intended for human consumption. Not for use in humans. Keep this and all medications out of the reach of children. CAUTION: Federal law restricts this drug to use by or on the order of a licensed veterinarian. Please see Full Prescribing Information at About Luitpold Animal Health Luitpold Animal Health, a division of Luitpold Pharmaceuticals, Inc., is committed to advancing animal health with proven FDA-approved products like Adequan®. The company’s portfolio is anchored by the only FDA-approved equine polysulfated glycosaminoglycan, which has been relied on for nearly three decades by equine practitioners. As the manufacturer of Adequan® Canine (polysulfated glycosaminoglycan), the company recently returned marketing and distribution of the product to its portfolio, reflecting its position as a leader in joint health care for horses and dogs. Luitpold Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a Daiichi Sankyo Group Company, manufactures and distributes human and veterinary pharmaceutical products and is committed to providing the ever-changing healthcare marketplace with a growing and diversified portfolio. For more information on Luitpold Animal Health, visit or call 800-458-0163. About the Tryon International Equestrian Center Tryon International Equestrian Center at Tryon Resort, host of the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018, is one of the world’s premier equestrian lifestyle destinations, with first-class facilities for all eight FEI disciplines. From carousel to competition, the mission of Tryon Resort is to celebrate the magic of the horse, grow equestrian sport, and increase access to this majestic animal. Tryon Resort is a spring, summer and fall haven for equestrian competitors and enthusiasts, and a yearround destination for connoisseurs of diverse cuisine and shopping, lodging getaways, and family entertainment. Learn more at About the FEI World Equestrian Games™ The FEI World Equestrian Games™, held every four years in the middle of the Olympic cycle, is the property of the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), the world governing body for horse sport organized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). It is one of the biggest events on the global sporting calendar, combining World Championships in the Olympic disciplines of Jumping, Dressage and Eventing, the Paralympic discipline of Para-Equestrian Dressage, as well as Driving, Endurance, Vaulting and Reining.

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CONGRATULATIONS, ASHLEY AND LISA Ashley Cashwell Bristol Veterinary Service - Salem, Wisconsin An early love of horses led Ashley toward a career in the equine industry, which she began as a stable manager. Ashley joined Bristol Veterinary Service in 2010, where she has grown her knowledge and enthusiasm for equine health. Her passion for horses’ well-being also led her to Rotary International, through which she helped a missionary group establish a therapeutic riding center in central Asia. In her spare time, Ashley helps train lower-level dressage riders and their horses and often provides horse owners with important wellness education. Nominated by Kevin Nelson, DVM - Bristol Veterinary Service

Lisa Amtower

Rhinebeck Equine Hospital - Rhinebeck, New York Lisa has dedicated her life to caring for horses. After earning her degree in equine sciences from Lake Erie College, she spent time managing both thoroughbred and foxhunting stables in multiple states. For the past seven years, Lisa has worked at Rhinebeck Equine Hospital, where her caseload ranges from nursing sick neonates to assisting with emergency colic and fracture repairs. Lisa spends extra time helping teach the clinic’s interns and externs, and is currently pursuing the Animal Care Technologies certification program through the AAEVT. Nominated by Jenna Donaldson, DVM - Rhinebeck Equine Hospital

The Champions of the Cause Award recognizes excellence within the equine veterinary technician/assistant profession. Boehringer Ingelheim, in partnership with EquiManagement and the American Association of Equine Veterinary Technicians and Assistants (AAEVT), awards this year’s winners with an all-expenses-paid trip to the AAEVT Conference in San Francisco, where they will be honored for their accomplishments.

Learn what it takes to become a Champion at

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