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From The Ivory Tower
Working from the "ivory tower" is a phrase often used when discussing the mythical ideal world of the university where a veterinarian can practice "perfect" medicine with the most advanced tools and possibly greater financial freedom than in general practice. The name of this blog is a playful way of referencing the reality that the advances and breakthroughs in the university and research laboratory sometimes have a hard time finding their way to the owners and animals in the general population. Dr. Chelsey Miller wants to bring the ivory tower to your front doorstep.
In From the Ivory Tower blog, every month Dr. Miller will bring you information on a few veterinary-related topics. Dr. Miller's goal is to make owners aware of some serious diseases that do not necessarily get the "press" that they deserve, which makes it more likely that these diseases will go undiagnosed during the window in which they are most easily treated. Also, Dr. Miller is determined to bring the latest in veterinary diagnostics, treatment, and prevention from the university and research lab to the farm. Hence the name of this blog - From the Ivory Tower.
Thank you for your interest in Iron Will Vets and From the Ivory Tower! In this entry Dr. Miller discusses the goals of these entries and the gap between the university and research laboratory, and the animal on the farm or in the home. It is this gap that Dr. Miller hopes to bridge by bringing the latest research to your door.
Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is the most common neoplasm of the equine eye and adnexa, frequently involving the cornea or corneolimbal junction, the third eyelid, and/or the eyelids. The incidence of periocular (located around the eye) SCC is related to increased age, poor skin pigmentation, and increased ultraviolet light exposure.
Implementation of an effective vaccination program on your farm is key to protecting your horses from infectious diseases. Vaccination of foals is intended to stimulate the immune system of the foal to produce antibodies, a process termed active immunization.
Although angular and flexural limb deformities are common abnormalities in newborn and young growing foals, the important thing to note is that these are typically easily corrected given that the abnormality is properly recognized and addressed in an appropriate time manner.
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