Disease Du Jour Episode 21: Dr. Steve O’Grady on White Line Disease

In this podcast we discuss diagnosis, treatments and appropriate farriery for white line disease.
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White line disease is called a variety of names and can be caused by different etiologies.

Welcome to EquiManagement’s podcast Disease Du Jour, sponsored in 2020 by Merck Animal Health. Each podcast will delve into the research and current best practices for a variety of equine health problems with industry experts.

This episode’s guest is Steve O’Grady, DVM, MRCVS, and a farrier with 40 years of experience, who owns Virginia Therapeutic Farriery. O’Grady discusses White Line Disease.

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O’Grady worked as a professional farrier for a decade prior to obtaining his degree in veterinary medicine. His mentor was "Hall of Fame" farrier Joseph M. Pierce of West Chester, Pennsylvania. O’Grady attended Haverford College and went on to graduate in 2981 from the University of Pretoria, Faculty of Veterinary Science, in South Africa, with a DVM Degree. O'Grady then completed an equine internship in Cape Town, South Africa.

After returning to the United States, he worked in Virginia with Dr. Dan Flynn at Georgetown Equine Hospital in Charlottesville for 10 years.

In 2003, O'Grady opened Northern Virginia Equine in Marshall, Virginia, which was devoted to foot disease and equine therapeutic farriery.

O’Grady’s current practice is called Virginia Therapeutic Farriery, which is a referral practice that provides advanced services in equine podiatry. The facility is located in Keswick, Virginia. O’Grady also sees referral patients at Georgetown Equine Hospital in Virginia and Palm Beach Equine Clinic in Wellington, Florida.

O’Grady’s practice offers comprehensive diagnosis, treatment and maintenance for a variety of foot conditions combining medical therapy as well as therapeutic shoeing. O’Grady’s 40 years of farriery experience combined with his veterinary work allows him to use the basic principles of farriery combined with advanced technologies to treat foot problems.

O'Grady has published 33 peer-reviewed articles, numerous papers in the farrier literature, written 17 book chapters and edited two editions of Veterinary Clinics of North America on equine podiatry and therapeutic farriery.

In 2003, O’Grady was inducted into the International Equine Veterinarians Hall of Fame, and in 2009 he received the AAEP President's Award for his work in farrier education. In 2019, he was awarded the coveted Gold Medal from the South Africa Veterinary Association.

White Line Disease Topics Discussed:

  • Basic understanding
  • Misnomer of name
  • Onychomycosis
  • What causes separation
  • Radiographs and “tapping” to determine affected area
  • Determining treatment
  • appropriate farriery
  • Continuity of hoof for support
  • Prevention
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We hope you will join us for a future edition of Disease Du Jour, brought to you in 2020 by Merck Animal Health.

You can listen to or download episodes of Disease Du Jour on iTunes, SoundCloud, Stitcher, or your favorite podcast platform.

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