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Articles by Kenneth L. Marcella, DVM

Designing the future

Nov 1, 2008

A look at veterinary-school architectural plans sheds light on how the profession is changing.

'Reading' the equine hoof

Close examination can reveal much about foot conditions and overall health
Oct 1, 2008

If, according to an old English proverb, the eyes are the windows to the soul, then for horses and humans the nails and hooves may well be the windows to inner health or medical problems.

Aid to digestion

Diseases, other serious conditions of equine salivary glands often overlooked
Sep 1, 2008

The digestive system of the horse is of crucial importance to the equine practitioner. Health and optimum function of this system are necessary for almost every aspect of a horse's life. Complaints of diarrhea, weight loss, poor weight gain, lack of performance and colic, among others, often accompany equine digestive disease.

Preparing for Olympics a challenge for equestrians

Aug 1, 2008

When the equestrian events of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games are held Aug. 9-20, the world will see if China has met the numerous challenges facing the successful staging of those events. Concern was raised, even from the beginning of China's Olympic bid, in three main areas:

The new ice age

Are you ready to offer your clients advice about the range of cold-therapy options available?
Aug 1, 2008

Veterinarians often are called upon to help their clients sort out all of the commercial choices available when equine products are being purchased. Equine nutritional products (primarily feeds), vitamin, mineral and other performance supplements and joint-protection products tend to be the three areas where client confusion abounds and veterinary clarification is sought.

Red means stop

Discolored urine, common in performance horses, often a reason for concern
Jul 1, 2008

In the Dr. Seuss classic Go Dogs Go, we learn a very important lesson that remains with us throughout our lives: Red means stop.

Fire-safety seminar: a win-win-win solution

Jun 1, 2008

Equine practitioners need not go far these days before being reminded that they and their clients are facing difficult economic times. Rising gas prices, feed prices, seed and fertilizer costs, reduced travel to horse shows and generally lower consumer spending suggest a tough business year for many veterinarians.

Reasons to exorcise the 'demon' in grain

It's not always to blame for obesity, other horse-health issues, and still has a place in some equine feeding programs
May 1, 2008

The International League for the Protection of Horses (ILPH), based in Norfolk, England, has long dealt primarily with cases of neglected and starved horses, but now there is a newer issue facing this organization.

Exercises to help prevent injuries, extend your career

Mar 1, 2008

Dr. H, a recent graduate, was attending the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) meeting in Orlando, Fla., this past December. While standing in the convention-center lobby waiting for a lecture to begin, he noticed three older veterinarians over in a nearby corner engaged in serious discussion. He recognized all three as leading lameness experts and well-respected practitioners.

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