Disease Du Jour Podcast Episode 9: Dr. Kent Allen

Learn more about equine lameness diagnosis and imaging in this podcast episode featuring Dr. Kent Allen.
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Kent Allen DVM

Dr. Kent Allen is the founder of Virginia Equine Imaging and is the Vice President and Executive Director of ISELP.

Welcome to EquiManagement’s podcast Disease Du Jour, where each episode 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 Kent Allen, DVM, owner of Virginia Equine Imaging in Middleburg, Virginia.

Allen received his DVM from the University of Missouri in 1979, and he has been practicing equine medicine ever since. Allen opened Virginia Equine Imaging in 1996 after selling the practiced he formerly owned in Arizona. Virginia Equine Imaging became the first privately owned and operated equine diagnostic imaging specialty clinic in the world. He had a vision to establish a practice that provides advanced diagnostic and sports medicine focused on the equine athlete in a way that had never been done before. During his transition from Arizona to Virginia, Allen served as the head veterinary services coordinator at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.

Since moving to Virginia and establishing Virginia Equine Imaging, Allen has served as Chairman of the USEF Veterinary Committee, the USEF Drug and Medication Committee, and the Medication Sub Committee for the FEI. He served as the FEI Foreign Veterinary Delegate for the 1999 Pan American Games in Winnipeg, Canada, the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, and the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Allen also was the 2010 World Equestrian Games Official Veterinary Coordinator.

Allen is currently certified by the International Society of Equine Locomotor Pathology (ISELP) and serves as its vice president and executive director. He also serves as the volunteer chairman of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Veterinary, Drug, and Medications Committees and on the FEI Veterinary and List Committees. Allen continues to see patients and impart his knowledge to veterinary interns and clients on a day-to-day basis, striving the share his knowledge with the equine industry both in his local community and around the world.

This podcast focuses on Lameness Diagnosis and ISELP. We discuss the fact that lameness one of top reasons practitioners are called out to see sport horses. Allen shares with us his triage system for a lameness case. We also discuss what imaging modalities veterinarians should have access to, either themselves or through a consulting vet/practice/school.

We also discuss ISELP, why it was founded and the education the group offers to vets of all ages and stages of practice.

Previous Episodes of Disease Du Jour

Episode 8 – Roberta Dwyer, DVM, MS, DACVPM (epidemiology specialty), discussed 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.

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