Disease Du Jour Episode 8: Dr. Roberta Dwyer

Veterinarians can learn how to be better involved in client biosecurity in this podcast featuring Dr. Roberta Dwyer.

Dr. Roberta Dwyer is a professor, equine extension specialist and director of the pre-vet advising program at the University of Kentucky. Courtesy UK College of Ag, Food and Environment

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 Roberta Dwyer, DVM, MS, DACVPM (epidemiology specialty). She is a professor and equine extension specialist at the University of Kentucky Department of Animal and Food Sciences, and she is Director of the UK pre-veterinary advising program.

Dwyer received her DVM from the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine, her Masters from the University of Kentucky in infectious disease epidemiology, and she is Board Certified with the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, with an Epidemiology Subspecialty.

Dwyer is a subject matter expert for the American Association of Equine Practitioners in the areas of Biosecurity and Disaster Planning. She has been involved with numerous equine disease outbreaks and threats over the years.

Dwyer has spoken at many national and international meetings on the topic of biosecurity as well as authored numerous book chapters and papers on a variety of biosecurity and disaster preparedness topics.

This podcast episode will focus on biosecurity factors that equine veterinarians need to understand in order to best prevent and control disease spread on client farms.

Included in this discussion is why equine veterinarians need to understand biosecurity as it affects their clients and their clients’ farms. We also talk about setting up customized preventative plans, early disease detection training for horse owners, how to discuss biosecurity with clients, the possibilities for disease (even in a closed herd) and why veterinarians need to be a source of biosecurity information for their clients.

Previous Episodes of Disease Du Jour

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 or Stitcher.

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