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Winter 2018, Equine Medicine

Equine Pythiosis: An Overview

Sharon Klingler RVT, VTS (Anesthesia and Analgesia, EVN) | Premier Equine Veterinary Services | Whitesboro, Texas

Sharon Klingler RVT, VTS (Anesthesia, EVN) has been a veterinary technician for almost 40 years. She worked in private practice for almost 20 years where she worked in both an emergency and a general practice as the office manager, the anesthesia technician, and emergency technician. In 1997, Sharon joined the anesthesia department at the University of Georgia Veterinary Teaching Hospital to pursue a career as an anesthesia technician specialist. She is a credentialed member of the Academy of Veterinary Technicians in Anesthesia and Analgesia. and the Academy of Equine Nursing Technicians. At Georgia she was the emergency on-call anesthesia technician. Sharon joined the staff of Premier Equine Veterinary Services with Dr. William Rhoads in 2006. She currently provides anesthesia to Dr. Rhoads’ surgical patients as well as serving as the office manager. She also assists Dr. Wendy Rhoads at All About Pets Animal Hospital.

Over the years, Sharon has been involved with the American Association of Equine Veterinary Technicians and was a member of the organizing committee for the Equine Veterinary Nursing Academy and is now a charter member and Past President of the Academy. She is often asked to speak to technicians at both local and national conferences.

Sharon resides in Whitesboro, Texas, with her daughter Megan and grandson Bradley. Sharon enjoys horseback riding, gardening, watching Bradley play sports, and taking care of her menagerie of animals.

Pythiosis is a noncontagious disease caused by Pythiosis insidiosum, a fungus-like, protozoan organism. Until recently, it was considered to be a threat only to horses living in tropical or subtropical environments; however, it has been seen in many other areas of the United States, such as Illinois, New York, and even Wisconsin.1 Although dogs, cats, …

Cantharidin Toxicosis from Blister Beetles in Horses
March/April 2017, Equine Medicine , Toxicology

Cantharidin Toxicosis from Blister Beetles in Horses

MaryEllen Malysiak BS, CVT | ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center | Urbana, Illinois

MaryEllen earned her bachelor’s degree in science at the University of Illinois in Animal Sciences. She then went back to school at Parkland College and became a certified veterinary technician. She has been an active member of the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center since May of 2011. Outside of work, MaryEllen enjoys spending time with her off-the-track thoroughbred horse, Parker, and volunteering with her Pet Partners–registered dog, Ruby.

Blister beetles, also known as Spanish fly, contain a toxic substance called cantharidin that can severely injure or kill horses. Learn the signs of cantharidin toxicosis and preventive measures for owners.