The next 25 years

The next 25 years

FROM THE EDITOR The Next 25 Years This issue being my last as editor of JEVS, I am reminded of the fantastic changes in the equine veterinary field...

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The Next 25 Years This issue being my last as editor of JEVS, I am reminded of the fantastic changes in the equine veterinary field since 1981, when I published the first issue. Many of today’s veterinary students were not born yet. I had been out of practice for a few years and was excited about learning and reporting the new concepts and techniques that were coming to veterinary medicine. Yet I had no idea how dramatic the changes would be. It is impossible to identify any single development that was the most important. The development of amazing diagnostic imaging equipment for use with horses, such as ultrasonography, nuclear scintigraphy, and even magnetic resonance imaging would, to some, be at the top of the list. Yet to others, techniques in reproduction would be the most important, considering equine embryo transfer and cloning of embryos. The tremendous advancement in the field of equine sports medicine has been the most interesting to me. I had the honor of editing the first textbook on the subject, and ever since I have been vitally interested in how new information on equine exercise physiology is continually applied to sports medicine. I have watched and reported on the development of the high-speed treadmill over all these years and the discoveries it has brought forth. Although my PhD was in animal genetics, in 1969, I have been absolutely amazed at the strides human and animal geneticists have made since that time. The identification of the human genome followed by the genome of other species has been spectacular. The advancement of genetic knowledge and techniques in the horse has led to the identification of the causes of many equine inherited disorders. As you get older, your mind tends to dwell on the past. Yet I wonder what the next 25 years will bring to equine practice. All indications are that changes will be even more rapid and stunning than the last quarter century. I predict that we will see essential improvement in our fight against microorganisms and the diseases they produce. The continued advancement in genetic knowledge should prove vital in this field. Surely new imaging techniques will continue to amaze us. We may even come to understand laminitis and navicular disease. Undoubtedly, as we solve one veterinary puzzle after another, new diseases and disorders will emerge to confound the best minds among us—for a while. However, I believe the new veterinary knowledge coming forth in the next 25 years will be just as astonishing as that in the past 25. William E. Jones, DVM, PhD


Journal of Equine Veterinary Science

December 2005