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Equine Practice
Grass sickness: an update
  1. Elspeth Milne

    Elspeth Milne qualified from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in 1979. After a spell in practice, she studied for a PhD at the Dick on clinical chemistry in sheep, which she was awarded in 1983. It was while she was lecturer, then senior lecturer, in large animal medicine at the Dick that she developed a special interest in equine internal medicine, and particularly in grass sickness. In 1996, she moved to the Scottish Agricultural College Veterinary Services at Dumfries as Veterinary Investigation Officer where she has maintained her interest in equine and ovine diseases. In 1996, Dr Milne was awarded the Diploma of Fellowship of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons for a thesis on the management of chronic cases of grass sickness.


IN the nine years since the last update on grass sickness in [i]In Practice[/i] (Gilmour 1988), many will consider that no progress has been made as the aetiology of the disease has not been determined. However, research is still ongoing and there has been progress in the understanding of some aspects of the disease. This article reviews some recent findings.

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