When I was in vet school, I was under the impression that I would be performing ear cultures on a semi-regular basis. After all, how else would I know if and when I was treating a resistant infection?
A total ear canal ablation (TECA) refers to the surgical removal of the entire ear canal. This procedure is typically combined with a bulla osteotomy (TECA-BO), in order to clear the middle ear of infection and reduce the risk of abscessation. The inner ear is left intact.
Whether you’re targeting a career in equine medicine or simply hoping to pass the NAVLE®, it’s important to be familiar with common dermatologic diseases in equine patients.
Review these top five derm diseases of horses so you can be more prepared for exams and/or life as a practicing veterinarian.
Regardless of where you end up practicing veterinary medicine, you are likely to see a fair amount of canine atopic dermatitis. If you practice in an allergy hotspot, this is especially true!
When I used to practice in the Charlotte, NC area, there were weeks when over half of my canine patients were presenting for skin issues. Given the prevalence of allergic dermatitis in dogs and the headaches inherent in explaining, diagnosing, and treating atopy, it’s important to feel comfortable with this condition.