Two equine journals have combined forces to create a free online collection of articles on endocrinology to provide vets with a source of references in one place.

According to Equine Veterinary Education (EVE) and Equine Veterinary Journal (EVJ), the partnership also aims to raise awareness of the disorders, including the common and much-researched condition pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction (PPID).

The collection, says the journals, encompasses a “comprehensive range” of topics within the field of endocrinology and includes authoritative review articles on:

  • insulin dysregulation;
  • glucocorticoids and laminitis; and
  • paraneoplastic syndromes.

The initiative – supported by the trust of the British Equine Veterinary Association – has been compiled by international authorities on equine endocrinology, including Philip Johnson of the University of Missouri and academics from The University of Nottingham.

The collection includes several studies addressing the diagnosis of PPID. The value of plasma adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH), when interpreted with seasonally adjusted reference ranges, is discussed by several authors, advocating it as the most readily accessible test for monitoring PPID cases in a field setting, although they maintain the thyrotropin-releasing hormone (TRH) stimulation test is more sensitive and, therefore, has advantages when diagnosing PPID in its early stages.

The editor of EVJ Celia Marr said: “Raising awareness of the benefits of early diagnosis [of PPID], and sharing the latest research on these and other associated conditions, are imperative to provide horse owners with the best diagnostic and treatment programmes for their horses.”

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