This expanded second AAEP/EVJ Supplement brings 24 articles to digital press that present important new information of interest to equine practitioners and veterinarians engaged in equine research and academics. This Supplement is a robust mix of clinical pearls, novel syndromes, treatment protocols and new facts relevant to equine research and practice. Equine practitioners will be interested to read new information regarding radiographic signs in the distal phalanx and radiographic evaluation of the thoracolumbar spine, clinical features of gastric impaction and white muscle disease and outcomes of maggot debridement therapy for wounds. Readers will be alert to the signs of the rare syndrome of equine pancreatitis, informed of safety concerns in treating piroplasmosis and aware of a new neurological syndrome thus far only seen in Scandinavia. Evidence supporting good management principles of stabled horses with heaves is included, as is discussion of surgical therapy for horses with iris prolapse. There is new information pertaining to clinical interpretation of synovial fluid analysis and serum amyloid A values that may be relevant in suspected cases of septic arthritis, as well as an analysis of best practices for handling of laboratory samples for accurate measurement of total plasma CO2. A dose titration study on the clinical effectiveness of flunixin meglumine provides data useful in prescribing that nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug for orthopaedic pain management.
Clinicians who treat broodmares will find immediate clinical relevance in a paper that describes antifungal susceptibility patterns in uterine fungal isolates and a study that evaluates ultrasonography as a tool to evaluate an induced model of ascending placentitis. Theriogenologists will find practical value in the data relating sperm motility and antimicrobial effectiveness to various storage methods for reconstituted antibiotics or semen extenders and will be reassured to read that a study of a large number of transvaginal aspirates of ovarian follicles show the procedure to have a wide range of safety. Surgeons who work with breeding populations will be interested to read about testicular function after unilateral orchiectomy and improved outcome for foals with ascarid impaction after surgery that does not involve enterotomy.
As always, academic content within the Supplement provides new building blocks for future advances in equine health. For example, a study relating prefoaling immunoglobulin A (IgA) levels in mares to serum IgA levels in foals should be useful for neonatologists.
A study examining abnormal noises made by horses that have undergone laryngoplasty quantifies the multiple respiratory abnormalities often present in these horses. Analysis of the anti-inflammatory effects of carbohydrates derived from equine colostrum suggests the potential use of these components as a treatment for endotoxaemia. And finally, expanded data on the use of a wireless, inertial sensor based system to evaluate lameness advances the quest for more objective tools in sports medicine.
Attendees at the annual AAEP Convention have long lamented the dearth of detail in the Proceedings when presentations are represented by short abstracts. As is explained in the accompanying comments, papers destined for publication in an indexed journal can only be listed as a short summary in a nonindexed publication such as the AAEP Proceedings. As a result of the collaboration between the AAEP and EVJ, authors can now have their findings undergo consideration for presentation at the Convention and for inclusion in this special AAEP/EVJ Supplement. This allows authors the opportunity to share their new and exciting findings at the largest gathering of equine practitioners in the world and simultaneously publish their information in EVJ, a highly respected, widely read indexed journal. As a benefit of their membership, all AAEP members can access text of the full-length papers electronically.
The concept of this Supplement was first proposed by AAEP Past President Dr Nat White. The AAEP enthusiastically supported the initiative with seed financing and the first Supplement was published in conjunction with the 2011 Annual Convention held in San Antonio. This second supplement was again supported by the AAEP and the contents reflect a rigorous review process. At the same time the abstracts were being considered for the AAEP Convention, 3 seasoned EVJ guest editors sorted through papers also submitted for consideration for the Supplement. The team selected a short list to send out for peer review. Each paper was reviewed by at least 2 reviewers using the well established EVJ process. In the end, 24 papers were selected.
A heartfelt thank you is due to all who made this special supplement possible: the authors of the papers, EVJ's guest editors Drs Nat White, Debra Sellon and Barry Ball, EVJ's North American Editor Dr Jim Moore and the international cadre of peer reviewers who laboured long to provide the critical insight that lead to the 24 papers now available for you to read. Additional thanks are due to Drs Katie Garrett and Eric Mueller, co chairs of the AAEP Educational Programs Committee and their team who reviewed over 200 submitted papers and abstracts submitted for the Convention.