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Equine Spring 2006 (Vol 1, No 1)

News Bits (Spring 2006)

    Dr. Eleanor Green Named 2006 AAEP Vice President, Becoming the First Woman on the Executive Committee

    Eleanor Green, DVM, DACVIM, DABVP, has been selected as the 2006 vice president of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP). She was inducted into office at the AAEP's 51st Annual Convention this past December. Dr. Green is the first female practitioner to serve on the Executive Committee and will ascend to the AAEP presidency in 2008.

    "The AAEP earned my loyalty and devotion from the time I joined as a new graduate in 1973," said Dr. Green. "I am humbled and honored to accept this responsibility and will enter the role of vice president by subscribing to the concept that 'Every job is a portrait of the one who did it.'"

    With a distinguished career in academia, Dr. Green is a professor and chair of the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. She is also chief of staff of the college's Large Animal Veterinary Medical Center.

    Dr. Green is a 1973 graduate of the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. She served as president of the ABVP from 1993 to 1995 as well as president of the American Association of Veterinary Clinicians from 1995 to 1996.

    Dr. Green's work with the AAEP includes serving as District III director from 1996 to 1999 and chair of the Internship and Student Relations Committee and the AAEP Foundation's Student Scholarship Task Force. She has also been a member of the Research, Educational Programs, Nominating, 50th Anniversary, and Public Relations Committees.

    Equine Cloning Debate

    Successful births and vigorous offspring are the rule for equine clones, according to University of Idaho scientist Dirk Vanderwall during the recent annual conference of the International Embryo Transfer Society in Orlando. Losses of cloned mule and horse embryos during early pregnancy do not translate into the health problems that occur at birth or in newborns of cloned sheep and cattle. The average loss of more than 80% of embryos early in pregnancy is consistent in animal cloning overall. The Idaho team documented a 2.7% foaling success rate with cloned mule embryos. Genetic programming errors were the most likely source of losses. According to Vanderwall, animal cloning offers several potential applications, including saving exotic species or salvaging the genetic heritage of geldings. (Accessed January 2006 at www.uidaho.edu/cloning and www.newswise.com)

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