I'm convinced that you, My Dear Reader, have all the answers to the very difficult questions that come up in my life.
For example - What topic should I write my Ride and Tie Scholarship on?
--> My winning submission was the DIRECT result of a reader question, and a series of posts.
Or, should I do Tevis or Ride and Tie Champanionships next year?
--> the answer is so OBVIOUS to me know that of COURSE I should do championships. But it wasn't until you'all pointed out the obvious....
So now I'm coming to you with another great question....What topic should my "historical essay contest" article be about? I was going to enter this contest this year (2013) but the deadline sort of slipped away from me, probably because I didn't find a topic that REALLY held my attention. I have another chance and the 2014 essay is due in April.
Here's a link to the contest website: http://www.avmhs.org/smithcoressay/14essay.html
The topic I was thinking about this spring was about Cyclops lambs and the associated prolonged gestation....which led researchers to connect it to a different disease in dairy cattle which also had prolonged gestation and voila! the connection between the role of the pituitary in the fetus initiating parturition was discovered. (if the fetus doesn't have a pituitary, you get prolonged pregnancies, because one important factor in initiating labor is the a signal that the fetus's pituitary gives out. No pituitary, no labor). There's a LOT we don't know about the initiation of labor (especially in horses) so these sorts of discoveries are quite exciting - plus, any story involving a cyclops is interesting right?
After looking over past topics, I definiately do NOT want to do EIA/Coggins, rabies, anything to do with vetmed in rome, rinderpest, westnile or any of the other recently emerged "trendy" diseases, or zoo medicine.
An list of past topics is here
There's not a lot of horse performance subjects.
What about the history of doping in horse performance? Or evolution of drug testing?
Or historical treatment/perception of tendon injuries?
Or...the range of topical antiseptics that horse people cling to? such as the blue spray, scarlet oil, corona and the like?
Or melanoma in grey horses?
Or the history of equine dentistry?
What do you guys think - is there a certain topic in vetmed that you are interested in that you find interesting? Any particular piece of equipment?
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