Originally Posted by wyominggrandma
I agree Draftrider, guess my vet is wrong also, Washington state must not teach their vets anything either. Am curious Ryle, do you actually have hands on experience with horses or just spend your time quoting stuff from the internet? Article after article is posted to the forum, yet have never heard one experience of actual hands on. Does your vet approve of you telling the rest of us our vets are stupid?
I have never said that your vets were stupid. I have just said that there is information from the noted researchers in this area that is different from what most vets are recommending. Veterinarians do not have the time to keep up with every area of research and tend to spend the time that they do have on keeping up with the areas they are most interested in. These tend to be surgery and medical conditions rather than preventative care. Deworming is far from the most glamorous or money-make topic and most vets take what they learned in school however many years ago and just keep repeating it. Seeing as it does me little good to study new surgical techniques, I have more time for things like diagnostic testing which is very much a part of a veterinary technician's daily workload. And client education on preventative care is another. So, updates in deworming and vaccination protocols was always something I kept up with and took to my boss as I saw information that meant that we needed to change our protocols.
Whether you believe this or not is up to you. I have been working in the veterinary field for more than 20 years and have written a professional continuing education article on equine deworming for publication in the last year that was approved my our state veterinary medical association for meeting their continuing education requirements. As for having hands on experience, yes I do. I have owned horses for more than 30 years and was the head technician at an equine hospital before my boss decided to go into retirement and sell her practice.
Follow your vet's advice, but don't do it blindly. Ask questions, do your own research. Use you mind. Remember, your vet is not all-knowing and they can be behind the times on current recommendations in different areas of practice.