The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) has confirmed the first case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in a Virginia horse this year. The horse, from Suffolk, was a Saddlebred mare. She exhibited symptoms on June 22 and was euthanized June 23.
A horse that was at the same facility as a Howard County horse that was recently diagnosed with the non-neuropathogenic strain of Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1) has tested positive for the same strain. This second horse was tested as a result of a fever and EHV-1 diagnosis was confirmed by the Frederick Animal Health Laboratory. This second horse was euthanized for unrelated reasons.
All horses that were exposed to the two positive horses are currently free […]
Rappahannock Equine Clinic invites you to a Client Education Seminar on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016. Topic: Tick Borne Diseases & Emerging Infectious Diseases
The second annual Virginia Horse Festival, April 1-3, offers a comprehensive look at the equine industry over three days of clinics, demonstrations, exhibits, shopping and more.
The event is held at The Meadow Event Park in Caroline County, the historic birthplace of famed racing legend Secretariat. The weekend includes the Colt Starting Challenge USA, during which eight trainers will gentle and ride a previously unridden horse. As they work with the horses Friday and Saturday, they […]
Written by Emily McNally, VMD, Rappahannock Equine Clinic
Penetrating wounds of the foot due to screws or nails are surprisingly common, and treatment can seem straightforward. Unfortunately, it isn’t always as simple as pulling the nail out and cleaning the wound. If a sharp object penetrates the sole of the foot, it has the potential to damage sensitive and important structures inside the hoof. Injuries to synovial structures such as the navicular bursa or coffin joint, or […]
The 2016 Virginia Horse Council Membership Drive started on November 1, 2016, with early discounts on all membership categories. The Virginia Horse Council (VHC), a not-for-profit organization, is formed by Virginia horsemen for Virginia horsemen (and women). The membership and Board of Directors represent all breeds and riding disciplines, equine organizations and clubs, and a multitude of equine-related businesses and interests.
2016 VHC member benefits include early alerts on important equine issues such as legislative and […]
Most people know that their horses need vaccines to maintain health and wellness, but isn’t it enough to get them done once a year? Getting vaccines in the spring before the onset of mosquitoes and other vectors of disease makes sense, but why should you get a booster in the fall? These are all great questions! While rabies is a vaccination that is given on an annual basis, most of the other vaccinations we administer […]
The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) today announced the third case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in a Virginia horse this year. The horse, a 19-week-old Racking filly, was from Chesapeake. Because of its young age, it had not been vaccinated yet. The horse was euthanized September 24 due to the severity of the illness.
All three cases of EEE this year have been in horses from Chesapeake. In mosquito-prone areas like this, […]