Spring 2015

News for Horse Lovers from Equine Veterinary Extension at the UF College of Veterinary Medicine

Welcome to the second issue of Leg Up!, a newsletter for horse enthusiasts from equine veterinary extension at the UF College of Veterinary Medicine.  This newsletter was formerly called the Equine Ledger, but we have revised the format and provided it with a new name.  In this issue, we have included information about our creeping indigo outreach efforts, a recap of the Healthy Horses Conference, and EEE updates (remember your vaccinations!).

Mosquito season is upon us, so it is critical to be sure you have your horse up to date on vaccinations for eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) and West Nile Virus.  A case of EEE was reported in an Alachua county horse at the end of June. Additionally, Gadsden county reported a horse and goat with EEE.  We have included a link to the mosquito-borne illness advisory published by the Florida Department of Health, which provides some great information on “Drain and Cover” techniques to protect you and your farm from mosquitos. This is the first case of EEE in a goat that we are aware of.  Alpacas and llamas have been known to get the disease as well.  The equine encephalomyelitis viruses (eastern equine encephalomyelitis (EEE), western equine encephalomyelitis (WEE), and Venezuela equine encephalomyelitis (VEE)) are transmitted by mosquitoes to horses and humans from wild birds or rodents.  Horses and humans are considered dead-end hosts for the disease, and cannot pass it to others.  Infection with these viruses can cause fever and neurological symptoms such as depression, difficulty walking/staggering gait, changes in behavior/mentation (profound depression, abnormal mental responses), and seizures.  VEE is a reportable foreign animal disease, and has not been seen in the U.S. for many years.  The reported death rate is 70-90% for horses with EEE or VEE, and about 50% for horses with WEE.  All horses should be vaccinated for EEE/WEE in the spring, prior to mosquito season, and again in the fall in warm climates such as Florida. Horses under 4 years of age should be vaccinated for EEE every 4 months.  The University of Florida is dedicated to improving owner education and we hope you will visit our website for additional equine event information at http://extension.vetmed.ufl.edu/equine-extension/.


Amanda M. House, DVM, DACVIM (Large Animal)
Clinical Associate Professor
Large Animal Clinical Sciences


Gadsen Mosquito Advisory

Two animals, a goat and a horse, have tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus infection.  Learn about “Drain and Cover” techniques to protect against mosquitos.

Creeping indigo seminars in Marion and Seminole Counties

Updates on creeping indigo toxicity will be presented at the following locations: 

Marion County:  In Ocala, FL on August 25 at 6:00 pm.  Click here for more info.

Seminole County:  In Sanford, FL on Sept. 17 from 6:00-7:30 pm.  Click here for more info.

Healthy Horses 2015 Wrap Up

Our 7th Annual Healthy Horses Conference was a big success.  We had an excellent turnout with great presenters and sponsors. You can view the proceedings of our 2015 Healthy Conferences on our website!  To see more pictures of the Healthy Horses conference, be sure to like the Large Animal Hospital on Facebook

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Pony yearlings are now for sale! 

We have several pony yearlings available from the herd here at the Large Animal Hospital and 2015 foals will be available in September.  They are all healthy and ready for new, loving and approved homes only.  Visit the website for photos and more information.