We have recently launched adiponectin as a additional option when testing for EMS. Adiponectin is a beneficial fat-derived hormone that normally improves insulin sensitivity. Obese and laminitis-prone horses/ponies often have low adiponectin levels and this has been shown to be a good predictor of future laminitis risk.
Horses and ponies don’t need to be fasted prior to sampling, just take a blood sample in a red-top plain tube whenever you decide to test your patient. Just remember to separate the serum, and send to the Laboratory in a chiller pack – please contact the laboratory and we can send these packs free of charge – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please feel free to download our recent guide to Adiponectin testing for more information on this popular, practical, and useful EMS test.
Please find attached a copy of our July 2013 Laboratory Newsletter which contains news on our new histopathology service, and guide to the new tests that have been introduced in the last 12 months.
Liphook Equine Hospital Newsletter July 2013
Liphook Equine Hopsital is proud to announce the opening of its new Laminitis Clinic; a specialist service for the assessment and treatment of acute and chronic laminitis cases. Liphook Laminitis Clinic combines our medical expertise in the diagnosis of all causes of laminitis (including equine Cushing’s disease and equine metabolic syndrome), and orthopaedic and farriery expertise in the assessment of the foot.
For more information, please see our new Liphook Laminitis Clinic web page or email us at email@example.com
A few horses have been identified with neurological equine herpes virus this year in the west of the country. Sporadic cases are not uncommon in the UK so this in itself is not that unusual. However, the proximity (in both time and location) to a major equestrian event has raised the profile of these cases and consequently there will be an article in tomorrow’s Horse and Hound discussing equine herpes virus. The cases that have been identified in the west have been isolated and all appropriate measures have been taken to control any disease spread.
An article in this week’s Horse and Hound aims to provide a balanced discussion of the exceedingly complicated issues surrounding equine herpes virus but above all we would advise you not to panic and to call us if you would like to discuss the situation on your yard specifically. Although the disease can be very serious and should not be taken lightly, the risk to horses in our area currently is thankfully very low.
Naturally, many people are keen to provide as much protection as possible for their horses and are asking about vaccination. Currently the vaccine for equine herpes virus is not available but importation of further vaccine stocks is planned so vaccination may become an option in the near future. The vaccine is designed to prevent abortion in broodmares but can be used to reduce the risk of the other forms of the disease i.e. respiratory infection and neurological signs (the latter being the most serious). The vaccine does not offer complete protection to the individual but may reduce the severity of disease and reduces the amount of virus that is spread if a horse becomes infected and thereby reduces the risk to other horses. The vaccine is very safe so in situations where there are broodmares or large numbers of horses coming and going then the costs may be outweighed by the potential benefits. Other than cost, there is a suggestion that vaccination may (and this is a very controversial point) increase the risk of neurological disease if the horse is already infected. As there have not been any outbreaks in our area this is not a concern currently.
Please find attached our latest Laboratory Newsletter containing information on a new ‘Weight Control’ diet available via veterinary surgeons, an update on TRH stimulation tests, our new slimline car packs and new members of staff.
Copies of the Newsletter will be arriving by post to our veterinary practices in the next few days, but please feel free to download the newsleter from the link below in the meantime.
Laboratory Newsletter Autumn 2012
Last night over 300 people atteneded a Client Evening to hear presentations on Equine Metabolic Syndrome and Cushing’s disease which together account for 90% of laminitis cases. The importance of testing and treating Cushing’s was emphasised and a new programme for controlled weight loss was explained. For those people who couldn’t get tickets or were unable to attend, we are planning to run another meeting on Tuesday 23rd October @ 7pm. Further details will follow shortly so if you are interested in coming please email firstname.lastname@example.org or ring the office on 01428 723594.
Last night, Dave Rendle explained that volunteers from Liphook Equine Hospital will be contributing expertise to a trip to 11 Ethiopian Veterinary Schools early next year to help train and equip the Ethiopian vets on the ground to continue SPANA’s work in improving equine welfare in that country. A collection was held at the end of the meeting last night and we are thrilled to say that we raised just under £800 toward our target of £3000. If anyone wasn’t able to make a donation last night but would like to, please call SPANA direct on 0207 8313999. Every contribution, however small, makes a big difference to equine welfare.
At BEVA Congress 2012, we launched our “No nonsense guide to equine clinical pathology“.
Each chapter has been uploaded onto the Liphook Equine Hospital website for you to browse at your convenience as a paper-free copy when you are out and about.
A hard copy can be ordered from email@example.com
We’re pleased to welcome back David Rendle who returns to The Liphook Equine Hospital as part of the medicine referral and laboratory team. Dave completed an internship at LEH and a residency in Equine Medicine at LEH and University of Glasgow and then worked at the LEH for a year before venturing South to Devon for a while and then spending a year in Austrailia as a Lecturer in Equine Medicine at Charles Sturt University. Dave is an ECEIM Specialist in Equine Internal Medicine and has lectured and published widely on all aspects of equine medicine.
We will be operating a normal laboratory service on Saturday 5th May 2012 and Saturday 6th June 2012 and an emergency out of hour’s service will be available during these weekends. Please contact the hospital on 01428 727727 if you require this emergency service over this period.
Laboratory Bank Holiday Service
In November 2011 an 18 month, £2 million redevelopment programme was completed at Liphook Equine Hospital providing us with modern, up-to-date equine hospital facilities. The redevelopment programme included the building of a new administration building with a large reception area and meeting room for client’s use, building of a new Examination and Diagnostics building providing 2 new x-ray suites, a designated room for ultrasonaography and 2 new examination rooms, a new MRI suite which enables us to perform MRI of the distal limb in the standing horse as well as under general anaesthesia, a new Internsive Care unit providing intensive care faciliites for upto 10 horses and 2 foals and a new reproduction unit and a new American barn providing more indoor stabling. In addition we have added more turn out facilities for use by our hospitalised patients as well as improved car parking and landscaping around the hospital. We believe that this exciting new redevelopment programme provides us with optimal facilities to allow us to provide ongoing clinical excellence to all our patients.