Disease Du Jour Podcast Episode 12: Dr. Jack Easley

Dr. Jack Easley talks about equine dentistry and the many dental problems that horses can have.
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Dr. Jack Easley

Dr. Jack Easley, one of the fathers of modern equine dentistry, talks about his craft and the needs of horses in this podcast.

Welcome to EquiManagement’s podcast Disease Du Jour, where each podcast will delve into the research and current best practices for a variety of equine health problems with industry experts.

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This episode’s guest is Jack Easley, DVM, MS, DABVP, DAVDC (Eq), owner of Easley Equine Dentistry based in Shelbyville, Kentucky.

Easley received a DVM degree Tuskegee University in 1976. After completing a Large Animal Internship at Oklahoma State University, he served as an Associate Professor of Surgery at Kansas State University from 1978 to 1980 where he completed an Equine Surgical Residency and received a Masters degree in surgery. It was at KSU, under the direction of Dr. Gene Schneider, that Easley’s interest of equine dentistry began to bloom.

Easley served as the first equine surgeon for the newly established Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, as an Associate Professor of Surgery from 1980-1982. In 1982, Easley was certified as a Diplomate for the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (Equine) and was re-certified in 1992, 2002 and 2011.

In 1982, Easley and his wife, Sydney, returned to their childhood home with their three children to establish a private equine veterinary practice as the next step in his career.

Easley is an active member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners. He is a member of the American Veterinary Dental Society, International College of Equine Veterinary Odontologists, American Veterinary Medical Association, Kentucky Veterinary Medical Association, Kentucky Association of Equine Practitioners, Kentucky Veterinary Medical Association, and Equine Dental Vets (an Australian organization with world-wide educational opportunities.

For more than 30 years, Easley has globally promoted, lectured, and written about equine veterinary dentistry. Easley was the co-editor and a major contributor to Equine Dentistry, published in 1999 by Harcourt-Brace Publishing (Saunders) and printed in Spanish and German in 2002, and he has participated in more recent editions. The Veterinary Clinics of North America released an “Advanced Equine Dentistry” edition in the Fall of 2013 with Dr. Easley serving as Guest Editor and contributor.

Easley strived for more than 20 years to create a specialty board for equine dentistry, and in 2013, Easley and 18 colleagues from around the world passed the first boards given to 24 veterinarians. He received Diplomate status in the spring of 2014, when the American Veterinary Dental College Equine Specialty was formally recognized by the American College of Veterinary Dentistry and the AVMA.

This episode of Disease Du Jour focuses on Equine Dentistry. We talk about how much has changed in equine dentistry, the wide variety of dental diseases horses can have, the need for a good dental exam with the right tools, the use of radiographs, and what horse owners expect today in equine dental care.

Previous Episodes of Disease Du Jour

Episode 11 - This episode—featuring Drs. Ernie Bailey, of the Gluck Equine Research Center at the University of Kentucky, and Samantha Brooks of the University of Florida—covers the topic of Genes as Management Tools. We discuss how genetics touches equine veterinarians on a day-to-day basis; adaptation and evolution; fragile foal syndrome; OCD; roaring; reproduction; and infectious disease. 

Episode 10 - Angela Pelzel-McCluskey, DVM, MS, who is a National Equine Epidemiologist for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), Veterinary Services, discusses vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV).

Episode 9 - Kent Allen, DVM, owner of Virginia Equine Imaging in Middleburg, Virginia, and co-founder of ISELP, discusses lameness diagnosis and ISELP.

Episode 8 – Roberta Dwyer, DVM, MS, DACVPM (epidemiology specialty), discusses biosecurity factors that equine veterinarians need to understand in order to best prevent and control disease spread on client farms.

Episode 7 – Martin Nielsen, DVM, PhD, DipEVPC, DACVM, one of the world’s leading equine parasitology researchers who is an associate professor at the University of Kentucky’s Maxwell H. Gluck Equine Research Center. Nielsen discusses the value of checking efficacy of dewormers; the evolution of parasites and the science surrounding them; recent papers on parasite modeling; evaluating parasite control programs, combination deworming practices and the science behind them—good and bad.=

Episode 6 - Peter Timoney, MVB, MS, PhD, FRCVS, the Frederick Van Lennep Chair in Equine Veterinary Science and a Professor at the Gluck Equine Research Center at the University of Kentucky. TImoney discusses equine infectious diseases, with a focus on factors that compromise normal pregnancy and the adolescent horse.

Episode 5 - Robert Holland, DVM, PhD, a private practice veterinarian in the Central Kentucky area focusing on respiratory problems and infectious diseases, talks about Respiratory Tips from the Field.

Episode 4 - Bonnie Barr, VMD, DACVIM, an internal medicine specialist at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Kentucky, talks about common neonatal problems in this podcast.

Episode 3 - Tom Chambers, PhD, who heads the OIE Reference Laboratory for equine influenza at the University of Kentucky, discusses equine influenza.

Episode 2 - Tom Riddle, DVM, DACT (hon), a founding partner of Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky, discusses breeding season procedures that he has developed over his decades-long practice.

Episode 1 - Steve Reed, DVM, DACVIM, of Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky, discusses equine herpesvirus and equine herpesvirus myeloencephalopathy.

Listen to or download episodes of Disease Du Jour on iTunes, SoundCloud, Stitcher, or Pippa.

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