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Equine Practice
Diagnostic and management protocols for equine's syndrome
  1. Catherine McGowan

    Catherine McGowan graduated in 1991 from the University of Sydney, Australia, where she also undertook an internship in equine medicine and surgery and gained a PhD in equine exercise physiology. She subsequently spent three years in private practice in Australia before moving to the UK in 1999 to take up a lectureship in equine medicine and performance at the Royal Veterinary College, London. She has recently moved back to Australia and is continuing her research into equine Cushing's syndrome at the University of Queensland. She is a member of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in equine medicine.


EQUINE Cushing's syndrome is a common problem in aged horses and ponies. It presents with a variable combination of clinical signs; hirsutism is characteristic of the disease, with laminitis frequently being the most devastating consequence. This article describes the diagnostic protocols available and, in view of the fact that complete resolution of the disease is not achievable, discusses how the condition might be managed appropriately to improve the quality of life of affected animals.

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