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REMEMBERING THE WORLD EQUESTRIAN GAMES 

When it was announced 5 years ago that the World Equestrian Games were coming to the Kentucky Horse Park in 2010, Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital was ready to receive the Games with unbridled enthusiasm. Rood & Riddle offered their support early, becoming the Official Equine Hospital and Veterinary Partner in October 2007. The 3 years of planning seemed to go quickly, as did the 16 days of competition. Veterinary coverage and staffing at the on-site WEG Clinic at the Kentucky Horse Park began September 10. Rood & Riddle veterinarians working with the Games Veterinary Coordinator, Dr. Kent Allen, 50 WEG staff veterinarians and numerous team veterinarians, from around the world provided top health care and veterinary support to the world’s greatest equine athletes. Some injuries and illnesses did occur, but the Games were true to the FEI mission that the horse’s welfare is placed above the competition.
 
After years of preparation and a month of providing care to the World’s finest athletes, three of our veterinarians have shared their reflections of this monumental event for our local equine community.
 
From Dr. Chris Newton, Coordinator of Rood & Riddle Veterinary team supporting the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games
            The World Equestrian Games provided one of the more rewarding experiences of my veterinary career. These events happen very few times in a lifetime, and the entire Rood & Riddle veterinary staff seized the opportunity to provide the veterinary services which we have been providing for our clients, to the highest level of equestrian competitors.
    
 Rood & Riddle working with Dr. Kent Allen compiled a group of approximately 50 veterinarians  to provide constant support for over 800 of the worlds greatest equine athletes. The staffing of a 24 hour on site treatment hospital and veterinary presence at every competition venue were the primary roles of the veterinarians. All veterinary services were provided to the competitors on a no charge basis in order to provide fair competition between the more and less wealthy federations. The teams who arrived with team veterinarians were provided assistance with their needs, and the teams without team veterinarians were provided a team vet out of the treatment group. This allowed each of us to develop strong relations and interactions between equestrians from around the world. Whether it was the endurance horse that broke his pelvis on the 2nd night the stables were open, or the para-dressage horse that had its choke resolved just before competing on the final weekend, the team of veterinarians did everything they could to allow safe competition across national divides. (Photo, above left, courtesy of Alisa Corser)
 
We were fortunate to have the support of Sound/Eklin to provide an array of diagnostic imaging; Abaxis to provide on site labwork; MSPCA for providing multiple equine ambulances; the local horse community for volunteering equine transport; USEF for providing the drug testing crews of technicians and veterinarians;  veterinary students nominated from their respective schools to provide volunteer support to the vet staff; Rood and Riddle Veterinary Pharmacy for providing medications and the entire staff of veterinarians who volunteered their time to make this competition one in which every horse who came to compete returned home.
    
The level of volunteerism, camaraderie, and professionalism which was provided by this group made me proud to represent Rood and Riddle, and the entire veterinary community.  My hope is this competition will be the first of many which we all can support.     
  
From Dr. Steve Reed, an internal medicine specialists providing care at the WEG Veterinary Clinic
            What happened at WEG?  To begin there was plenty of hustle and bustle.  Horses started to arrive at the Horse Park on the 10th and attention to detail was the order of the day, matching passports and examining the horses for injury or other problems was quick to happen.  Each veterinarian was connected to a horse and each of us had a scribe, usually one of the 30 plus veterinary students from around North America.  This made everyone's job easier.  The horses that came from the Cincinnati Quarantine station were the easiest because the paper work was already in order and kudos go out to the people who organized that area.
 
This brings me to where I would like to really begin.  In my opinion all parts of the WEG clinic were made better because of the initial organization and scheduling of at least 5 people: Dr. Tom Riddle, Dr. Chris Newton and Dr. Fred Peterson from our practice, Veterinary Coordinator, Dr. Kent Allen, and Rusty Ford from the Kentucky State Vet office.  I know many people were involved in the success of managing the acute injuries which occurred during the Games, however setting up the hospital, scheduling the number and type of personnel who were needed to accomplish this was made easier in big part because of the careful planning and efforts of these 5 people.
 
Initial problems were related to shipping fever and or dehydration or diarrhea following travel.  Most of these issues occurred before the Games began. 
 
After the Endurance Race on September 26th the real work began.  The race was considered a big success to have 55% of the starters complete the race, and although there were only a few serious issues of dehydration and fluid imbalances many of the horses required fluid therapy during the recovery phase. Therefore many of the people who started that day at about 6:00 a.m. were finishing up the fluid therapy just after midnight on Monday morning.  The next day we saw a few horses with dehydration and diarrhea and three or four with sore feet and laminitis, possibly as a result of the hard ground associated with our lack of rain for a month prior to the Games.
 
Starting from that day forward we saw 75 acute injuries in the clinic with more than 100 examinations. Most of these examinations were captured on video and ultrasound, radiographic, and photographic images by Dr. Denoix and colleagues at the WEG clinic. This was a real eye opener for me as we had the benefit of seeing first hand the type of injures that occur with each discipline.  More importantly what I saw was that when elite athletes are well trained and well prepared to exercise at the highest level of competition, that even with some strains and sprains there were no career ending injuries and very few injuries that prevented the horses from completion of their discipline.
 
Perhaps one of the most interesting aspects to my time at the Games was gaining the perspective of veterinarians and trainers who work on horses at the highest level of competition. What do I mean?  Well, there was an air of “eliteness” in many of the competitors, which in my opinion could be recognized not only in the people, but the horses as well. These horses were at the top of their game and seemed to know it.  The endurance people came from a broad range of backgrounds from a simple family in Guatemala to a Sheikh from a wealthy country but they competed equally leveled by the quality of their mounts. It was all quite interesting. (A favorite memory for Dr. Reed was the opportunity to ride with the Swiss driving team during a training exercise, above. The photo was taken by Swiss team vet Dr. Micael Klopfenstein)
 
 From Dr. Hannah Wellman, who served as a  treating veterinarian throughout the Games and also served as Team Veterinarian for the Mexican Reining Team
            I am someone who can get goose bumps while watching an extraordinary equine athlete perform. This occurred frequently during the World Equestrian Games. The horse that almost danced through the dressage test, a reiner who hits the lead change perfectly, an eventer negotiating a difficult combination, a jumper who jumps clear against the clock, a vaulting team who completes a poetic routine, the driving team that trusts their driver as they respond to voice commands while blinkered in an obstacle, and the endurance horse that trots in after thirteen hours with his ears forward and head up. These are the moments I will never forget. There are a few other memories however that bring a bigger smile to my face as I sit here and reflect on the month, and they all relate to the people.
 
I was lucky enough to be offered the opportunity to be a team veterinarian for a reining team. Taking care of world-class equine athletes was an honor, but being welcomed into a “team” family was unforgettable. With the five horses came a farrier, two grooms, five riders, a chef d’quipe, wives, husbands, brothers, mothers, fathers and friends. We had a rider that had to return home to high school after the competition and one that had to return home to run a company. The diversity of backgrounds was amazing, but they all held a passion for the sport and a great respect for each other and the horses.
 
The sense of camaraderie did not stop there. In the onsite veterinary clinic, team veterinarians, officials, treating veterinarians, volunteers, grooms and competitors worked together seamlessly to provide gold-standard care to the horses. Friendships were formed, business cards were exchanged and Facebook accounts were expanded. The World Equestrian Games required years of preparation for two weeks of competition…and it was worth every second. 

COURAGEOUS COMET NAMED 2009 ROOD & RIDDLE THOROUGHBRED SPORT HORSE of the YEAR 
The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA) held its 25thannual National Awards Dinner in Lexington, Kentucky, September 10, 2010, honoring the achievements of Thoroughbred owners and breeders in North America. A new honor instituted this year, the Rood & Riddle Thoroughbred Sport Horse of the Year Award, was awarded to top eventing horse, Courageous Comet, owned by Tom and Becky Holder.
 
Mr. Tom Holder accepted the award on behalf of his wife, Becky, who was competing with Courageous Comet in the American Eventing Championship, where, fittingly, they scored an impressive victory. A perpetual grand prize trophy will also be displayed at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky.
 
Courageous Comet was selected as the 2009 overall winner by a celebrity committee comprised of four chefs d’equipe (division heads) for each discipline: George Morris (show jumping), Mark Phillips (Eventing), Patty Heuckeroth (Hunters), Hilda Gurney (Dressage), as well as famed U.S. Olympics equestrian and racehorse trainerMichael Matz.
 
A stakes-placed winner of moderate success in New York, Courageous Comet left the racetrack in 2000 to begin a new career as sport horse. After initial training and use in fox hunting, Courageous Comet was sold to Becky Holder, an Olympic rider with a known reputation for turning ex-racehorses into top eventers. Courageous Comet excelled in his new career and helped Holder earn a spot on the U.S. team for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. In 2009 Holder and “Comet” won the CIC3* Maui Jim Horse Trials and finished second in two additional events.
 
Courageous Comet on cross country at the WEGsA third-place finish in the 2010 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event and victory in the American Eventing Championship September 9-12, earned the duo a place to represent the U.S. again on the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games at the Kentucky Horse Park, September 25-October 10. Holder and Comet were individually in third place following the dressage test and cross country phase of the competition. Unfortunately, Courageous Comet lost his left front shoe on the cross country course and the following morning had filling in his right front leg indicating some amount of stress due to overcompensation for the left leg. Ultrasound examination of the leg showed no tendon or ligament damage and the horse will make a full recovery, but the injury necessitated withdrawal from the competition. 
 
Rood & RiddleEquine Hospital, partnering with the United States Equestrian Federation and the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, created a series of awards to recognize Thoroughbreds which excel in the sport horse disciplines: eventing, show jumping, dressage, and hunters. Divisional awards, named for legendary Thoroughbred sport horses, will be given to those thoroughbreds who are the top point earners each year in U.S. Equestrian Federation (USEF) competitions: Hunter (Stocking Stuffer Award), Jumper (Touch of Class Award), Dressage (Keen Award) and Eventing (Antigua Award). The divisional honors will be awarded at the USEF’s annual Silver Stirrup Awards Banquet in January 2011.
 
 “Our goal in creating these awards is to increase awareness of Thoroughbreds’ value as sport horses,” explains Tom Riddle, DVM, a founding partner of Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital. “While some Thoroughbreds are raised specifically to be sport horses, others are finding greater success in their second careers as sport horses than they did in races. Through this award, we hope to decrease the number of unwanted horses in the U.S. by demonstrating their value in these non-racing disciplines.”   


BIOSECURITY FOR THE TRAVELING SHOW HORSE 
by Bonnie S. Barr, VMD, Dipl. ACVIM

Biosecurity is defined as all practices intended to prevent introduction and spread of infectious (contagious) diseases within a group of horses.  The term “biosecurity” is often times used interchangeably with “infectious disease control.”  Thus, simply put, it means simple routines and conscientious practices which can guard your horse against a potentially fatal disease.  Application of the concepts of biosecurity is important at every level of the horse industry.  Probably the most documented guidelines are those used in equine veterinary hospitals, but the basic concepts can be modified to pertain to any venue that horses congregate from multiple sites.
 
Horse shows and events are prime places for a horse to catch an infectious disease.  In recent years there have been reports of disease outbreaks at horse shows, thus simple measures to protect your horse could mean the difference between coming home with a blue ribbon or a sick horse.  Contagious diseases significantly endanger the well-being of horses in addition to having potentially devastating financial and emotional effects.  Horses that travel are exposed to conditions outside the normal including enclosed spaces, poor ventilation, fluctuations in ambient temperatures and co-mingling of a large number of horses from different areas, states or countries.  In addition to abnormal conditions, horses that travel are stressed resulting in a decrease in immunity making them likely to develop clinical disease when exposed to common pathogens (germs).   
 
There are simple steps deemed the ABCD’s of biosecurity for the traveling show horse that will help to assure the health of your horse is not compromised.  These steps involve proper health care, disinfection and an awareness of day-to-day hygiene.  “A” stands for appropriate health care, which starts at home.  This refers to establishing the best practices to maintain the general health of your horse and includes appropriate vaccinations, proper deworming, a suitable diet and proper exercise.  The goal is to keep the immune system healthy.  An appropriate vaccination schedule can be discussed with your veterinarian who will know of the possible contagious diseases in your area and the area you are traveling to. 
 
“B” refers to the best form of transportation for the horse.  The ideal means to transport your horse is in a properly cleaned and disinfected trailer, preferably your own. If commercial transportation is the only way you can ship your horse, research the company and ship only with a company that appropriately cleans and disinfects the trailer.  If you can “smell horse” in the empty trailer then it has not been cleaned and disinfected properly.  It is best not to ship with other horses of unknown health status. Good ventilation when shipping is important as is tying the horse loosely in the trailer.  Research has shown that tying a horse’s head up makes it more prone to respiratory disease because it is harder for the horse to clear the airways of debris and mucous. 
 
“C” refers to cleanliness especially of the show grounds.  Stalls should be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected between uses either by the event coordinator or by the participants.  Prior to putting your horse into the stall, note if the stall has been cleaned.  If there is old bedding or feed material in the stall, you know it has not been properly cleaned and disinfected.  There are times when it is nearly impossible to appropriately clean and disinfect a stall because the material the stall is made out of is porous (i.e. wood) and the floor is dirt.  In a perfect world the best cleaning method is to remove all bedding, scrub the walls and floor with a detergent, rinse, allow walls to dry, and then spray with a disinfectant.  The literature has shown that physically scrubbing surfaces with soap and water followed by rinsing removes about 90-95% of bacteria and viruses.  Unfortunately this is not practical thus a modification is to remove all of the old bedding and feed material and spray the surfaces with a disinfectant.  If there is a large amount of organic material (dirt, fecal matter) on the walls, removal with soap and water is recommended prior to applying the disinfectant.   A garden pump sprayer makes a good way to carry and apply disinfectants (see photo).  In this scenario an appropriate disinfectant is one that is effective even in the presence of organic material such as a “phenol” compound.  These disinfectants can be recognized by “-phenol” or “-phenate” at the end of the chemical name on the label (examples include One-Stroke Environ® or Tek-trol®).  Diluted bleach (8 ounces bleach to 1 gallon of water) is an inexpensive disinfectant but it works best on a surface that has been thoroughly cleaned.  
 
“D” refers to day-to- day hygiene.  This refers to many day to day activities at the show that put your horse at risk for exposure to germs.  Closed or heated show grounds ay be comfortable for you but usually result in poor ventilation and exposure of your horse to temperature fluctuations.  Good ventilation and temperature control can help to reduce stress on the respiratory tract and circulation of germs/pathogens.  Although it is impossible to restrict traffic around your horse, it is possible to limit direct contact to only essential people.  Don’t let unfamiliar people pet or handle your horse because they may have just been touching another horse that was sick.  Alcohol based hand sanitizers or disinfectant wipes are an effective means to reduce the amount of germs on your hands.   Do not loan or borrow equipment including buckets, towels, brushes and mucking equipment.  If you need to borrow equipment appropriately disinfect it prior to using it on your horse.  Avoid taking your horse to community water or grazing areas.  Communal water hoses can be a source of contamination, thus bring your own hose.  In general do not submerge the end of the hose into the bucket because the end could be a potential way to transmit germs from bucket to bucket.  Monitor your horse’s temperature several times a day.  Be aware of other horses stalled near your horse.  Listen for coughing and observe for nasal discharge because this may be a sign of an infectious disease.  Don’t let your horse touch other horses especially nose to nose because this is a common way to spread contagious organisms.  Wearing rubber soled shoes allows for proper disinfection of your footwear.  Consider keeping rubber slip-ons to wear only when around your horse thus preventing tracking of germs from the show grounds to your horse. 
 
Biosecurity does not stop once you leave the show grounds.  Before leaving the show grounds clean and disinfect tack, boots, equipment and grooming supplies.  Once at home change your clothes and boots prior to handling resident horses.  Isolate the returning horse from your resident horses for 14 day and monitor for clinical signs of an infectious disease.  Appropriate biosecurity is important for the traveling show horse.  As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. 



EMERGENCY PROTOCOLS for the HORSE OWNER
by Travis M. Tull, DVM 

Horse ownership is a rewarding experience that allows an individual to establish a relationship with their animal providing some people with a livelihood and others an outlet from the daily work schedule or routine.  Regardless of use or vocation when considering ownership one must be aware of the inherent responsibility that accompanies a dependant animal.  Adequate shelter, pasture, food, a preventative health plan, and specialized tack or equipment are all needed to care for and facilitate animal use.  The individual that coined the phrase “There is no such thing as a free horse” spoke truly and likely from first hand knowledge.  Although the horse has been domesticated for quite some time, it is still a grazing prey animal whose first reaction to perceived animosity is escape.  It is no surprise that medical emergencies in the horse are a common facet of ownership due to their size, strength, athletic ability, unique anatomy, and frequent overriding reaction to stimuli.  For this reason it is important for horse owners to recognize this risk, be comfortable identifying medical problems, and have a plan for such an occurrence thus maximizing the chances for a positive outcome. 

One of the most essential factors in the result of equine emergencies is time or duration.  Regardless of etiology or location, the longer a malady goes unrecognized or untreated the worse the prognosis becomes and the more expensive it becomes to treat.  The physiologic response to trauma, while beneficial in the short term, incites problems through continued stimulation of inflammation if the inciting cause is not resolved and secondary bacterial infection also complicates resolution.  Chronicity is directly correlated to increased expense of treatment and inversely correlated to a favorable outcome.  Therefore, it is no surprise that the first, and arguably the most important, step is to have a relationship with an equine veterinarian.  These individuals are available to aid owners in determining what problems need immediate attention and /or referral to a hospital facility while also providing essential recommendations on nutrition, husbandry, and preventative health that will reduce the risk of future emergencies.  The second step is for owners to have a general response plan as stress and excitement can override typical cognitive responses.  The final step is to know where an equine hospital is located and the distance or time it will take to transport a horse there. 

When assessing an emergency, owners should remember to remain calm, stay safe, gather information, and supply the information to their veterinarian when contacted.  Information that will help your veterinarian evaluate the situation over the phone include basic information such as your horse’s age, gender, and breed, vital signs such as temperature, pulse, respiration, mucous membrane color (color of the gums) if possible to obtain safely, and the duration of the problem.  A normal adult horse should have a temperature between 99.5 and 101.5 °, a pulse or heart rate of  28-44 beats per minute, respiration rate of 12-16 breaths per minute, and a light pink mucous membrane color (although this can be variable).  Horses like people have differing vital signs so it is important for owners to establish what is normal for their horse before an emergency arises.  It also is imperative for owners to observe their horse’s normal behavior as horses have unpredictable pain thresholds and sometimes minor changes in behavior can indicate a problem. 

Regardless of type of emergency most animals should be confined in clean dry stall in order to limit their movement.  Owners should also avoid administrating non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like bute or banamine as these drugs may alter your veterinarian’s ability to evaluate your horse. There are general categories of emergencies which will briefly be discussed.  Musculoskeletal emergencies are common and include lacerations, penetrating foreign bodies, and lameness.  Lacerations that are full thickness or completely through the skin are often more contaminated then suspected, may involve important structures like tendons, ligaments, or joints, and warrant veterinary intervention. The area may be cleaned with tap water and covered with a clean bandage or leg wrap.  Applying topical medications are usually unnecessary.  If significant hemorrhage or bleeding occur the wound should be wrapped snuggly with an absorbent dressing over the wound.  Penetrating foreign bodies either in the hooves or elsewhere are unsightly but should be left in place to allow your veterinarian to identify what anatomic structures are involved (Photo at right shows a radiograph used to verify the nail did not enter the navicular bursa).  Any horse with non-weight bearing lameness should be evaluated by a veterinarian.  The horse could have a simple abscess, but other more serious injuries like fractures or infected joints often result in the same clinical signs.  Colic, a generic term for abdominal pain, is common and often resolves with veterinary care at the farm.  In handling the painful colicky horse it is not necessary to administer mineral oil by mouth, or prevent the horse from rolling by continuous walking as either activity could result in injury to the horse owner.  Instead the animal should be placed in an area where they will not injure themselves or become cast (stuck) against a stall or fence and the veterinarian contacted.Ophthalmic problems are always a veterinary emergency and often present as tearing, squinting, discharge, swelling, or light sensitivity.  The eye is a delicate organ and attempts at treatment may result in irreversible damage and should be limited without veterinary instruction. If food or water is observed coming out of your horses nostrils it could be a sign of esophageal obstruction (choke), or dysphagia (problems swallowing) and the horse should have food and water removed and your veterinarian contacted.  Epistaxis or bleeding from the nostrils, ataxia (uncoordinated movements), or inability to stand are all emergencies that also require veterinary attention. 

An equine emergency can be a stressful ordeal for both the horse owner as well as the horse involved.  Concise communication of pertinent information and vital signs to your veterinarian will allow them to rapidly evaluate the situation and give further instruction until their arrival.  If horse owners are adequately prepared they can maximize the probability that their horse will have a positive outcome facilitated by rapid recognition, prompt action, and veterinary intervention.

EDUCATIONAL EVENTS CENTERED ON SPORT HORSE CARE PRECEDE WORLD EQUESTRIAN GAMES
The 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games ™, held Sept. 25- Oct. 10, lured more than a half a million spectators and members of the equine industry from 60 countries to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky. In the days leading up to this premier equestrian event, Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital, Alltech and the American Association of Equine Practitioners hosted educational events for the veterinarian and horse owner focusing on advanced sport horse care.
More than 350sport horse practitioners gathered Sept. 22-24 at the Griffin Gate Marriot Resort in Lexington for the Veterinary Sport Horse Symposium: Promoting Peak Performance in Equine Athletes. Sponsored by Bayer Healthcare Animal Health, Boehringer Ingelheim, Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health, Luitpold and Vetel Diagnostics, the meeting featured leading sport horse veterinarians and researchers from around the world. Rood & Riddle veterinarians Dr. Rolf Embertson, Dr. Katie Garrett, Dr. Scott Morrison, Dr. Steve Reed, Dr. Alan Ruggles and Dr. Brett Woodie, were among the speakers presenting a comprehensive program on sport horse care, including respiratory disease, orthopedics, nutrition, podiatry and imaging.
In conjunction with the veterinary meeting, a sport horse workshop, The Winning Edge: Promoting Peak Performance in Equine Athletes, served as a world-class educational opportunity for 70 sport horse owners, trainer and riders. The meeting held at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Lexington was sponsored by Bayer Healthcare Animal Health, EQUUS, HayGain Hay Steamers, Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health, Triple Crown Feeds and The Horse: Your Guide to Equine Health Care. Rood & Riddle’s Dr. Chris Newton and Rodney King, NZCEF, CJF, AWCF, were among the international panel of experts presenting topics included nutrition, shoeing, regulations for the use of medications and adopting the ex-racehorse for sport.   


RECORD CROWDS TURN OUT FOR HATS OFF DAY
 Record crowds turned out for the sixth annual Hats Off to Kentucky’s Horse Industry Day, August 7that the Kentucky Horse Park  Presented by Alltech with Official Partners Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital and Hallway Feeds, Hats Off Day is an annual celebration of the horse and the equine industry’s vital role in Kentucky’s past, present and future. Thanks to the generous support of equine industry sponsors, over 14,000 attendees received free admission to all of the regular features of the Kentucky Horse Park, the special Saudi Arabian Equestrian Federation exhibit “A Gift from the Desert,” the Hats Off Day booths, exhibits and children’s activities, and admission to the $50,000 Rood & Riddle Kentucky Grand Prix.
 
The Rood & Riddle Kentucky Grand Prix, held for the first time in the new Alltech Indoor Arena, drew a class of 31 entries with only 5 horses jumping clear in the first round.  The jump off provided a thrilling end to the day with Michael Morrisey and Crelido beating Margie Engle and Indigo by two-tenths of a second for the victory.
 
Hats Off Day and the Grand Prix serve as a charity fundraiser for the Kentucky Equine Humane Center and the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation. Event sponsors and donors enjoyed a private dinner and auction with luxury sky box seating during the Grand Prix. Since 2003, the event has raised more than $350,000 for charitable organizations in Kentucky. 


OEPS – RECRUITING THE NEXT GENERATION OF EQUINE PRACTITIONER
The eighth Opportunities in Equine Practice Seminar (OEPS) hosted 393 third year veterinary students from 35 schools across the United States, Canada and the Caribbean September 3-5, in Lexington, Kentucky. The annual event is organized by Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital with support from over 75 veterinary practices in North America, the American Association of Equine Practitioners and numerous veterinary industry businesses.
The three-day meeting featured presentations from equine veterinarians speaking on the range of practice opportunities in equine medicine. Also included in the program were practice management experts and financial advisors offering guidance and practical information for managing student and business loans.
Students also toured 3 Lexington area equine hospitals, Keeneland Racecourse and several famed Bluegrass area Thoroughbred farms. “Students get to see that equine practice is more than a pick-up truck. It is referral clinics, specialties, advanced diagnostics and real medicine,” states Dr. Bill Rood, hospital director at Rood & Riddle and co-founder of OEPS. “They can dream because it’s available.”
In addition to the speaking program, 37 equine veterinary practices from across North America presented exhibits of externship and internship opportunities available to students in various areas of equine medicine. The OEPS practice exhibits have become one of the most successful recruitment forums for internships and associate positions. “At this year’s Practice Exhibits, many exhibiting practitioners were telling me about their OEPS experience," said Robin Murray, public relations and event coordinator for Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital. "They benefited from this when they were students, and now they're giving back. The original OEPS students have become the mentors."
OEPS was initiated in 2003 to encourage more students to enter equine medicine after only around 90 graduates entered the field in 2002. Since its inception, an average of more than 15% of all veterinary students have attended OEPS. For more information visit OEPS.com.  

 
Around the Practice. . .
The $125,000 Rood & RiddleDowager Stakes was won in convincing fashion by Casablanca Smile (Chi) at Keeneland Racecourse on October 24. The 1 ½ mile turf race for older fillies and mares has been sponsored by Rood & Riddle since 2003.
 
The Rood & RiddlePavilion had over 82,000 visitors during the 16 days of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. The pavilion featured educational information on multiple aspects of Rood & Riddle and equine veterinary medicine, including information videos, touch screen monitors for anatomy and treadmill endoscopy, a live display of an operating room and neonatal intensive care stall, and a theater with daily educational presentations. Videos produced for the pavilion are now available for viewing in the video archives on the News and Education page at RoodandRiddle.com. Go to Rood & Riddle Videos 
 
Congratulations to the Murch family of New Zealand, our raffle prize winners of the 8-piece World Games wine glass set on display at the Rood & Riddle Pavilion during the Games.
 
Rood & Riddle has commissioned a second set of hand painted wine glasses and a decanter depicting the 8 disciplines of the World Equestrian Games for donation to the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Foundation Auction during the AAEP annual convention in December. In 2010, the AAEP Foundation awarded $262,000 in grants to 15 non-profit organizations and universities working for the health and welfare of horses. These grant recipients share the Foundation’s mission to support equine research, benevolence, education and the equine community. Any horse owners who want a change to purchase the wine set and support the mission of the AAEP Foundation, ask your vet to place your bid!
 
An article by Dr. Scott Hopper was recently honored by the United States Dressage Federation as the Best General Interest Article in a GMO (Group Member Organization) Newsletter. The article about Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Therapy appeared in the Kentucky Dressage Association’s newsletter, Impulsion earlier this year. If you are interested in including equine veterinary articles for your breed, discipline or equine group newsletter, please contact Robin Murray in the Rood & Riddle public relations office at rmurray@roodandriddle.com.
 
Dr. Brett Woodie and Dr. Katie Garrett recently returned from speaking engagements at the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS) Annual Symposium in Seattle, Washington. Dr. Garrett presented “Diagnostic Evaluation of the Tarsus,” and abstract findings on “Evaluation of PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) for Sesamoiditis.” Dr. Woodie presented “Approach to Colic in the Peripartum Mare-Treatment.” Founded in 1965, the ACVS is the American Veterinary Medical Association specialty board which sets the standards for advanced professionalism in veterinary surgery. The ACVS defines the standards of surgical excellence for the profession, promotes advancements in veterinary surgery, and provides the latest in surgical educational programs.
 
International gatherings in Kentucky were not limited to the World Equestrian Games this year. In July, Rood & Riddle helped sponsor the International Symposium on Equine Reproduction in Lexington. This meeting, which is held every four years, is a prestigious gathering of many of the world's leading equine reproduction specialists. Rood & Riddle veterinarians Dr. Pete Sheerin, Dr. Peter Morresey, Dr. Modesty Burleson, and Dr. Maria Schnobrich presented papers at the symposium.
 

 


 
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