The Equine Endocrinology Group has launched its latest recommendations on equine Cushing’s disease/PPID. This is a great summary of diagnostic and treatment protocols:
We are delighted to receive recognition from the British Horseracing Authority for our ringworm PCR test. We are the first and only Laboratory worldwide to offer a highly sensitive and specific qPCR to detected all dermatophyte species known to affect horses including Trichophyton spp, Microsporum spp and Arthroderma spp. This assay can be run on every weekday and has a same day turnaround so that vets can get a rapid result back to their clients and racing yards to confirm their suspicions of disease, or to prove that a treated horse is no longer a contagious risk to others.
The British Horseracing Authority now recognise this ringworm qPCR as a suitable test for proof of non-contagiousness in a racehorse prior to attendance at a racecourse. Please see this link to the BHA’s certificate of non-contagiousness that racehorse vets use to confirm that a horse is free from ringworm infection: Ringworm Certificate of Non-Contagiousness.
Liphook Equine Hospital offers 18 month positions for recently qualified veterinary graduates that we call ‘housevets’. The housevet programme stands out as an exceptional experience compared with many internship programmes as it offers:
The comprehensive and practical experience obtained during the housevet programme prepares young vets for a future career in any field of equine veterinary work.
An application form, including a CV and letter of intent, for housevet positions starting in the Spring and Summer 2018 should be sent to Barbara Thornley at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applicants are encouraged to visit the hospital before applying. Closing date for applications 12th December 2017 and short-listed candidates will be invited for interview in early January.
Until the end of October, FREE blood test vouchers (which are now paperless) are available at:
When horses and ponies are prone to laminitis it is important to test for Cushing’s disease, amongst other underlying hormonal diseases. Although many people think that Cushing’s is a disease seen only in geriatric patients it has now been shown that many (up to one third) of 10 to 15 year olds may be affected.
For more information on Cushing’s disease please click on the following link:
We are delighted to launch our latest podcast on Liver Disease. Here are a few of the papers we discuss in the podcast:
Quigley et al (2017) Prevalence of liver fluke infection in Irish horses and assessment of a serological test for diagnosis of equine fasciolosis: doi
Pfaender S et al (2015) Clinical course of infection and viral tissue tropism of hepatitis C virus-like nonprimate hepaciviruses in horses. Hepatology, 61, 447-59: doi: 10.1002/hep.27440
We are delighted to launch our next podcast with Victoria South in discussion with Jamie Prutton and Tom Hughes; three vets from our Hospital specialist team. We treat a number of severe acute laminitics, and chronic laminitis cases here at the hospital – they are particularly rewarding cases that demand close collaboration between our medics, orthopaedic specialists and farriers.
You can download the “Acute care of the laminitic” Podcast here.
In this podcast we refer to Total Foot Protection’s impression material and foam foot pads. Here is a photo series of the impression material being applied to the foot, being allowed to set underneath a rigid plate, being cut to shape, and finally the foam pad being taped in place:
Don’t forget to follow the Liphook Equine Hospital Laboratory Facebook Group which is exclusive for vets – with more “how to’s”, useful downloads, and news on our latest podcasts:
We are thrilled to announce that our first Podcasts is available to download today. It features Victoria South in conversation with Andy Durham about recent advances in our understanding of insulin dysregualtion and how to test for it (and assess laminitis risk in general).
We discussed a few papers in the podcasts – here are links to some of the papers:
We are thrilled to launch our new histopathology service. Unique to LEH Laboratory, each sample will have a personalised clinical interpretation by one of our medicine specialists in addition to routine histopathological description and comments. We provide free histopathology kits that contain a formalin-filled pot, submission form, suitable packaging, and are labelled to our Pathology Service’s direct postal address for speedy delivery of samples. Please contact the Laboratory to obtain these free packs or alternatively, download our Histopathology submission form and Pre-paid labels.