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From The Horse: Effective Dec. 1, horses granted a therapeutic use exemption can remain on pergolide with no drug withdrawal prior to competition and no need to file a medication report form each time they compete. Pergolide has been the mainstay treatment of pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction (PPID), also known as equine Cushing’s disease, for several decades. Due to the class of drug that pergolide represents, it is a prohibited substance under Fédération Equestre Internationale and United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) rules. Currently, under USEF GR411, “Conditions For Therapeutic Administrations of Prohibited Substances,”...

This year’s AAEVT Annual convention was a hit! For the first time in the history of the AAEVT at our annual convention we had more first time attendees than veteran attendees! This is an extremely exciting time for our organization, our membership continues to grow, our numbers are higher than ever, and we are continuing on our mission to support and mentor the next generation of equine veterinary professionals. We kicked off the convention with a trip to Circle Oak Equine Rehabilitation Center where we got to see first- hand the use of...

In light of the fires that have impacted northern California, our host region for our Annual Convention this year!, the AAEVT will be hosting the following fundraisers during the meeting: Toy Drive for those children affected by the “Campfire” fire, and Donation Box for gift cards for supplies for horses/owners in impacted areas. Toys (new, in-box, and unwrapped)  and Gift Cards will be accepted at our Registration Area, as well as, the AAEVT Booth in Trade Show for the duration of the Conference. {PS – there is a Target right across the...

We are putting the finishing touches on what is sure to be another amazing Annual Conference and we hope YOU can join us! Check HERE for all the event details: registration, hotels, wet lab info, etc. Deadline to register online, with a discount: Friday, November 16th, 2018 NOTE: The Saturday, Dec 1, Wet Labs at Circle Oak Equine are FULL and registration is Closed...

Did you know that ALL of the money raised during our Raffles and Silent Auctions go directly towards the Scholarships that the AAEVT awards each year? What a great way to "give back!" This year we are looking for a few more items to raffle off at our upcoming Welcome Reception at the Annual Convention in San Francisco. Some items we have had donated in the past include: Art Work Halters Saddle Pads (sometimes signed by famous riders) fun Craft items (hand-painted wine glasses, horse head napkin rings, hand-carved door knocker,...

Zoetis customers allocate funds to support future leaders in agriculture PARSIPPANY, N.J., Oct. 31, 2018 — More than 1,600 National FFA Organization chapters across the country are receiving funds from veterinarians and animal health dealers and distributors through this year’s Zoetis Industry Support Program. Since 2008, the annual program has helped provide local FFA chapters with funds for different opportunities, including financing leadership development events and class projects for student members, purchasing equipment for school farms and classrooms, building new animal agriculture facilities, securing blue jackets, and sending members to theNational FFA...

Ever wonder how other members have navigated their careers, stayed in the industry so long, or made an impact?Here's a biographical article generously offered for publication by Lynne Hewlett, CHT, CHT-V, Technician Coordinator at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute. Her story is truly amazing! Lynne Hewlett, AA, CHT, CHT-V ( Certified Hyperbaric Technologist, Certified Hyperbaric Technologist- Veterinary ) Hagyard Equine Medical Institute BIO: Lynne has been an equine veterinary technician for over 33 years in a clinical setting with a focus on Neonatal Intensive Care. She is currently the Technician Coordinator in the Medicine Department as...

Evaluation of Occupational Injuries to Veterinary Support Staff Working with Large Animals You are invited to participate in a survey entitled “Evaluation of Occupational Injuries to Veterinary Support Staff Working with Large Animals.” The purpose of this survey is to document the prevalence of large animal occupational injuries to veterinary support staff across the United States and identify current practices, personal protective equipment usage, and availability of safety training. The data will also be utilized to look for ways to improve safety practices and behaviors. If you decide to participate, you will be...

Here's an update on NAFTA's VNI (Veterinary Nurse Initiative) recently published by Veterinary Business Insider Oct 15, 2018 The Veterinary technician profession has been subjected to variability since birth. Today, it faces a new, and hopefully positive, change with discussions about modifying the profession’s title to “veterinary nurse”. A movement lead by the National Association for Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) has illuminated differing opinions between those in and outside of the profession. Veterinary Technician History The profession began in 1908 when the Canine Nurses Institute made its first organized effort to train English...

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