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Dr. Earl Gaughan

Merck Animal Health Team  /  Sedalia, CO

Local Anesthesia of the Distal Limb
Administration and interpretation of perineural and intra-articular local anesthesia can be challenging.  The techniques chosen will influence the results of a lameness exam and variations should be considered when using these very helpful tools.

Is There a Best Intra-articular Therapy?
There is some selection criteria that serve the veterinarian well when choosing what to use and when, when addressing joint origin lameness in horses.  Old standbys like corticosteroids continue to have a solid role in treatment and newer generation biological therapies also hold good promise for positive results.

Hock Cases
From bone spavin and bog spavin to proximal suspensory desmitis, hock issues in performance and other horses can present frustrating challenges for diagnosis and treatment.  Case discussions will highlight these issues.

Dr. Earl Gaughan has extensive career experience in the field and classroom. Gaughan has worked for several equine practices, including Littleton Equine Medical Center where he was a clinical equine surgeon.
His academic career started at Kansas State University. During his 14 years at Kansas State, he served in many roles including the equine section head for the College of Veterinary Medicine. After leaving Kansas State, Gaughan’s career path took him to Auburn University, where he was a professor and equine section chief for the College of Veterinary Medicine. His most recent academic role was at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, Virginia Tech, where he served as a clinical professor.

Gaughan received his doctorate of veterinary medicine from the University of Georgia and his equine surgery residency at New York State College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University. He joined the Merck Animal Health team as an equine technical services veterinarian in 2013. Gaughan has many published research articles, including:

  • “Infectious disease of synovial and foot structures in horses” (Veterinary Clinics of North America 2006)
  • “Osteoarthritis” (Current Therapy in Equine Medicine 2009)
  • “Angular Limb Deformities” (Equine Reproduction, 2nd Ed. 2011)
  • “Burns and Acute Swellings” (Equine Emergencies, Treatment and Procedures, 2nd Ed. 2012)
  • “Ultrasonographic visualization of colonic mesenteric vasculature as an indicator of large colon right dorsal displacement and/or 180 degree volvulus in horses” (Canadian Vet J 2012).

In addition to his horse interests, Gaughan also enjoys spending time with his family
and hunting.

Dr. Lauren Lamb

Oakridge Equine Hospital  /  Edmond, OK

Equine Upper Airway Obstruction:  Which Diagnostics and Therapies Should We be Using?

Upper airway obstruction is a common problem seen in athletic horses.  Upper airway obstruction frequently results in exercise intolerance, upper airway noise and nasal discharge.  More times than not a combination of these diagnostics modalities are needed to arrive at the correct diagnosis.

An Overview of Over the Ground Endoscopy for the Horse:

Dynamic upper airway diseases are common performance limiting problems seen in all horses. Over the ground endoscopy and/or treadmill endoscopy are the gold standard for obtaining an accurate diagnosis, which is the most important step in treating dynamic upper airway disease.

Dr. Lauren Lamb graduated from veterinary school at Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Science in 2007. Following graduation, Dr. Lamb did an internship and surgery residency at Oakridge Equine Hospital. He became a board certified diplomat of the American College of Veterinarian Surgeons in 2012. In 2012 Dr. Lamb accepted a position as an assistant clinical professor of large animal soft tissue surgery at Texas A&M University.  He held this position until 2015, at which time Dr. Lamb moved back to Oklahoma to accept an associate surgeon position at Oakridge Equine Hospital.

Dr. Steven Brinsko

Texas A&M University  /  College Station, TX

Timely Repro Topics
This talk will provide an overview of a number of reproductive topics relevant to the equine practitioner that have recently been presented in the veterinary literature. Topics include: Fetal sexing, cooled semen quality, techniques for removing retained fetal membranes and hemorrhagic anovulatory follicles.

Repro Cases – Common but not Obvious Conditions
Clinical cases will be presented that demonstrate some reproductive problems that practitioners can encounter, but whose diagnosis and/or treatment are not always readily obvious. Case presentations will include common but overlooked sources of uterine infection, poor pregnancy rates with cooled-transported semen, and causes of anejaculation in stallions.

Dr. Brinsko received his DVM from the University of Florida in 1985. He completed a combined residency and Master’s Degree program in Theriogenology at Texas A&M in 1990, followed by a PhD from Cornell in 1995. He is currently Professor of Theriogenology and Associate Department Head for Academics at Texas A&M University. He has been an invited speaker at numerous national and international meetings and has authored or co-authored over 100 manuscripts related to the field of reproduction.  He is a past president of the American College of Theriogenologists and is the Chair of the Theriogenology Foundation’s Research Grant Committee.

Dr. Jim Ward

Cargill Inc.  /  Tyler, TX


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Jim Ward, D.V.M. is a graduate of Texas A&M University School of Veterinary Medicine. He practiced equine veterinary medicine for forty years, emphasizing equine reproduction. He has been extensively involved in the equine industry, owning and managing several breeding farms. He is a former board member and a past president of the Texas Thoroughbred Association. He was also a board member of The Breeders Cup Ltd and Texas Racing Agri-Industry Council. Jim is currently the Equine Management Consultant for Cargill, Inc., a position he has held since 2000.  He is a member of the Cargill Product Development Team and the Cargill Equine Enterprise Team.  His passion has been to develop feeds that would provide solutions for veterinarians and horse owners for diseases such as Colic, Laminitis, Tying-up, Developmental Orthopedic Disease, Cushing’s Disease and Equine Metabolic Syndrome.  Jim presently serves on the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine Development Council. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the College of Veterinary Medicine where he presents lectures on equine nutrition to veterinarians, veterinary students and equine industry members. Ward is a Life Member of the Texas Thoroughbred Association and is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, American Association of Equine Practitioners, Texas Veterinary Medical Association, and the Texas Equine Veterinary Association.

Kirk Carter, MBA

Cargill Inc.  /  Tyler, TX


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Kirk W. Carter, MBA is an Equine Enterprise Team Consultant representing Nutrena Feeds and Progressive Nutrition serving North Texas and Oklahoma. Kirk serves as a member of the Cargill Equine Leadership Team, Equine Innovation and Think Tank Member, and Equine Sponsorship and Events Committee. He received a BS degree in Equine Science from Cal Poly State University and a MBA from California Coast University. As an undergrad, he studied at West Hills College in Dairy Science; Study Focus Feeds and Feeding and Agriculture Business; Sales and Service. While attending college, Kirk was active on the collegiate the Rodeo Team, Show Team, and Horse Judging Team. His past work experience includes a diversified blend of equine, small animal, and food animal nutrition and veterinary medicine sales dating back to 1986. He served for 8 years as Territory Manager and Sales Trainer at Hill’s Pet Nutrition Inc. Veterinary Division. In that capacity he worked to educate and train veterinarians and their staff on therapeutic diets and disease category nutritional management; Dermatology, Food Allergies, Weight Management, Gastrointestinal, Hyperthyroidism, Urinary, Arthritis, Renal, Geriatric, Liver, and Oral Care. Kirk previously worked for nine years as Territory Sales Manager for Thompson Veterinary Supply Inc., owned by The Farnam Company. Kirk grew up on a dairy and horse ranch in central California and was active in 4-H, FFA, and junior & high school rodeo. He enjoys roping and running barrels. He currently owns four Quarter Horses, and is a member for the AQHA & NBHA.