Throughout the summer you may have seen one of our “summer help” employees running around the clinic. Brianna, Maddy and Kaylin all spent their summers working for Anoka Equine in preparation for veterinary school. Their jobs entitled many different activities including: caring for hospitalized patients, cleaning up the barn, assisting with appointments, and much more! All three girls have intentions of going to vet school in their future. Maddy and Brianna have been accepted to the University of Minnesota and will be attending their first semester of vet school this fall, while Kaylin will soon be submitting her application to begin vet school in fall 2016.
Brianna recently graduated from the University of Minnesota earning a degree in Animal Science. She will be embarking on a new adventure as she starts her first year of veterinary school this fall at Minnesota. Her love for animals and interest in veterinary medicine started at a very young age when the local vet would come treat the numerous animals on her parent’s hobby farm. She grew up riding multiple disciplines and caring for her horses in her own backyard. “My experience this summer with Anoka Equine has been simply amazing! The friendly clients, knowledgeable technicians, and excellent doctors all contribute to a perfect learning environment. From farm calls to surgeries, lameness exams to pregnancy checks, giving medications and running blood work, it’s never a dull day here at Anoka! I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to be a part of the team and learn about what running a busy equine hospital entails. The vast exposure to equine medicine I have experienced this summer has confirmed this is the area of veterinary medicine I want to focus in!”
This is Maddy’s third summer working for Anoka Equine. She has always been a horse person and grew up riding and caring for her own horses. After her freshman year of undergrad, she found an internship with the clinic and has been a part of the Anoka Equine team ever since. She will be starting vet school in the fall and will be specializing in equine. Maddy has specific interests in surgery and equine sports medicine. “Before starting at Anoka Equine, I knew I wanted to become an equine veterinarian from working with my own horses growing up. Working at Anoka has fueled that passion and reassured that this is the right career path for me. Thanks to my wonderful coworkers, I have learned so much about veterinary medicine and what it takes to be successful in this career. Everyone has been so willing to take time to explain things and to allow me to be involved with every aspect of the clinic. Working with various patients and clients from day to day has been so rewarding and I feel incredibly fortunate to be a part of this top notch clinic and people who work there. Moving forward into vet school, I am so grateful to have an immense variety of experiences and skills that I have gained here and the wonderful connections that evolved along the way!”
Kaylin will be entering her senior year as an undergraduate student at the University of Minnesota Crookston this fall. She will be earning a degree in Equine Science this spring with hopes to continue on to veterinary school fall of 2016. Her list of prospective vet schools include University of Minnesota, Colorado State University, Louisiana State University, Washington State University and Oregon State University. “After spending a day shadowing the veterinarians and technicians at Anoka Equine this winter, I knew this would be the perfect place to spend my summer in order to complete my undergraduate internship. The staff has given me so many opportunities to learn and grow as a student, and I couldn’t be more thankful for it. Working at Anoka Equine has not only given me the chance to learn a tremendous amount about equine medicine, it has given me even more passion for veterinary medicine.”
We love to see the passion of Veterinary Medicine through students’ eyes and this summer has not been any different. The ladies we were able to spend our time with this year reiterate why we love teaching and sharing our own equine passion. We are very fortunate to have Bri, Maddy, and Kaylin this summer! These young women are exceptionally intelligent and we are excited to see them grow in their Veterinary Medicine careers. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all of your hard work and dedication at the clinic this summer; we couldn’t have asked for a better trio! If you are someone that would like to gain experience in the veterinary field like these ladies, either through shadowing or interning, please visit our website for more information.
With the State Fair coming up next week it is important to keep in mind biosecurity, even when there is not a current outbreak of a disease. Just with any large equine event, the chance of your horse becoming exposed to a disease is present. The State Fair is a great event for the whole family and should be enjoyed. So I am sharing a blog from a fellow veterinarian about good biosecurity measures that you can do not only for the State Fair, but all large equine events that you attend.
In the face of the outbreak, can I still attend Midwest Horse Fari?
Toria Waldron, DVM Badger Veterinary Hospital
Keep clean! Practice good biosecurity
- 1) Keep the petting of horses down to a minimum. If you are touching horses, wash hands or use hand sanitizer in between horses.
- 2) Change clothes and shower before coming in contact with your own horses.
- 3) Disinfect boots, tack, or other equipment prior to bring them back to your own horses.
- 1) Horses should comply with the health regulation guidelines for the event.
- 2) Avoid nose to nose contact of horses.
- 3) Use your own water and feed buckets.
- 4) Do not share tack or other equipment including hoses, rakes, shovels, etc.
- 5) If you have concerns about your horse while participating in the event, take a rectal temperature and notify a veterinarian if the temperature exceeds 102.0 F.
What is the best way to disinfect equipment?
- 1) Since disinfectants do not work as well in the face of organic material (manure, bedding, food, etc..) it is important to remove all this material prior to disinfecting.
- 2) Then wash the equipment with soap and water and allow adequate time for the equipment to dry.
- 3) Apply a disinfectant and comply with the label recommendations regarding application, contact times, and safety information. Useful disinfectants include: diluted bleach water (1:10 dilution), Phenolic disinfectants (1-Stroke, Syn-Phenol), or Accelerated hydrogen peroxide products (Virkon).
By: Katie Jones, CVT
For many, when they think of rabies affecting their animals dogs and cats are at the very top of that list. Rabies cases in horses are rare, and can be preventable. Horses exposed to the virus are more sensitive and susceptible to the disease.
Rabies is caused by a virus of the rhabdovirus family. Rabies is a zoonotic disease that is spread through the saliva of an infected animal and is easily spread from one animal to another; including humans. It is believed that any warm blooded mammal is susceptible to this awful disease.
With any suddenly rapid progressing neurological signs, rabies should be considered. At onset additional signs infected horses can begin exhibiting are depression, anorexia, and ataxia. As the disease progresses, other signs that may show include:
- Hypersensitivity to touch and sound
- Hypermetria (a condition in which voluntary muscular movement overreaches the intended goal)
- Proprioceptive deficits (lack of physical awareness of limbs and their placement)
- Regional pruritus (itchiness)
- Periods of violence interspersed with periods of normalcy or depression
- Normal, increased, decreased, or absent spinal reflexes
Rabies is a fatal disease with death typically occurring 3-5 days after onset. There are no treatments or tests for live animals. A postmortem test is currently the only definitive diagnosis for rabies. There are vaccinations available through a veterinarian as a preventative for contracting rabies. Horses can be vaccinated as young as three months of age, but must be boostered yearly to continue the coverage. Although the rabies vaccine is not a required in horse, the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) lists it as part of the core group of annual vaccines. Increased chances of exposure can be linked to:
- Presence of wild animals in area
- Presence of known rabid animals in the area
- Horse traveling to areas with frequent rabies cases
The number of horses infected with rabies each year in Minnesota is extremely low. With statistics like this, it is extremely easy to choose not to vaccinate your animals, but with the virus being lethal yet preventable, is it not worth the risk.
Below is a map of Minnesota showing the positive Rabies cases for 2014.