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Hours in the saddle help B.C. vet in clinic

October 03rd, 2018

There’s a certain mystery to working in veterinary medicine, where each new patient can come as a kind of puzzle to solve — discovering the ins and outs of what makes them tick, unlocking whatever issue is at hand and sending them out the door happy and healthy once again. This process is also part of the reason why Dr. …

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Horse Health Lines (Fall 2018) online

The Fall 2018 issue of Horse Health Lines, news publication for the WCVM’s Townsend Equine Health Research Fund, is now online. You can also view the publication as part of the Autumn 2018 issue of Canadian Horse Journal or download a PDF version of the publication. Here’s a sneak peek at the stories inside this issue:  On the equine research front: Six …

September 26th, 2018 Full story »

Dr. Steve Manning

A life infused with horses

Dr. Steve Manning has enjoyed being around horses since he was a kid riding with the local Pony Club branch in his southern Ontario hometown. That interest prompted him to apply for a summer job with a local equine veterinarian – a move that led to his career choice. “I spent seven summers working in that clinic,” recalls Manning, associate …

August 17th, 2018 Full story »

Dr. Maia Aspé

Equine veterinarian’s life comes full circle

For 15 years of her life, Dr. Maia Aspé has ridden horses. Six of those years were spent chasing a career as a professional hunter-jumper before she found her calling in equine veterinary medicine. Those days of competition might be behind Aspé, but the skills, camaraderie and knowledge she picked up along the way continue to enrich her life even …

August 17th, 2018 Full story »

First aid, equine style

Anyone who’s been around horses knows they’re accident prone and susceptible to problems such as colic and choke. If you’re a horse owner, knowing first aid can help you to prepare yourself and your animal for the veterinarian’s arrival. How can horse owners prepare themselves for emergencies? Practise examining your horse so you become familiar with the process and can …

May 30th, 2018 Full story »

Isolated horses offer insight into virus

A horse stands on top of a sandy dune, his coat matted and eyelids lowered against the fierce wind. Ocean waves crash against the shoreline to his right, outlining the crescent-shaped wedge that is Sable Island, home to one of the last wild horse populations in Canada. The conditions surrounding Sable Island horses have long interested scientists, offering them a …

October 30th, 2017 Full story »

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Reining in equine obesity

Imagine you’re a draft horse. The year is 1927 and you spend most of your time hooked up to a plow in the field, burning calories and muscle. You dine primarily on grain. It’s important to keep your energy up because you work hard every day and your family depends on you. When the tractor comes along, your role on …

October 23rd, 2017 Full story »

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Planning key to protecting horse’s health

As a horse owner, you’re always on the lookout for potential risks to your horse’s well being at home and on the road. But what you may not realize is that the greatest threat could be standing right in the next stall. “The most dangerous thing to your horse’s health is another horse,” says Dr. Chris Clark, a large animal …

February 11th, 2017 Full story »

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Location key issue in assessing wounds

Horses can suffer from all types of wounds, and while some wounds look much worse than others, the primary assessment of their severity is the same as that of gauging housing prices: location, location, location. This claim is backed by Dr. Suzanne Mund, a master’s degree student in the Western College of Veterinary Medicine’s Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences. …

January 12th, 2017 Full story »

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What to do if you suspect colic

Most horse owners have their own personal stories to tell about colic — but chances are that everyone’s tales about the dreaded disease are different. Episodes of colic can range from a mild case of abdominal pain that resolves with pain medications to a life-threatening event that requires emergency surgical treatment. With such a variable condition, it can be difficult for …

December 12th, 2016 Full story »