Disease Du Jour Podcast Episode 13: Dr. Michele Frazer

Dealing with a horse that has diarrhea can have many facets, from the horse’s own health to the biosecurity needed to protect herdmates.
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Dr. Michele Frazer

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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Today’s guests is Michele L. Frazer, DVM, DACVIM, DACVECC, an Associate veterinarian at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in Lexington, Kentucky.

Frazer, a native of Lexington, Kentucky, attended the University of Kentucky for her undergraduate education before receiving her DVM from the Auburn College of Veterinary Medicine in 1995. After working in a referral clinic in Birmingham, Alabama, she completed a medicine residency at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute and obtained her board certification in internal medicine in 1999.

After her residency, Frazer served as an equine clinician and instructor at Kansas State University’s Veterinary College before returning to Lexington and establishing a solo practice.

Frazer joined Hagyard Equine Medical Institute as an Internal Medicine Specialist in 2004. In 2011, she obtained Diplomate status in the Veterinary College of Emergency and Critical Care Medicine as well as certification in equine acupuncture.

Although Frazer enjoys all aspects of equine internal medicine, she has a particular interest in protein-losing enteropathies, neonatology and critical care medicine.

Frazer regularly speaks at nationally recognized meetings, including the AAEP and ACVIM Forums. She has been published in veterinary journals, and she is the co-editor of an ultrasound atlas.

This episode of Disease Du Jour focuses on equine diarrhea. Every vet sees diarrhea cases, but how should you go about determining the cause and whether it is infectious?

Frazer discusses stabilizing the horse with diarrhea, IV fluids and oral medications that might help. She also discusses diagnostics for salmonella, clostridium Potomac horse fever, rotavirus in foals and those diarrheas that remain unidentified.

Other problems that a veterinarian faces with a horse that has diarrhea is the ability to isolate that horse, how you manage the rest of the herd that horse is associated with, and the management of mares and foals when one of them is sick. Frazer also talks about gastro protectants, how diarrhea can affect a horse’s feet, and when you can release biosecurity protocols when dealing with equine diarrhea.

Previous Episodes of Disease Du Jour

Episode 12 - Jack Easley, DVM, MS, DABVP, DAVDC (Eq), is the owner of Easley Equine Dentistry based in Shelbyville, Kentucky. Easley talks 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.

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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