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Nerve blocks: working from the bottom up?

April 04th, 2016

As the saying “no hoof, no horse” implies, the diagnosis and resolution of lameness is critical to a horse’s life. Unfortunately, it’s all too common to see a horse limping down the equine ward of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine’s (WCVM) Large Animal Clinic. When there are no obvious external lesions that could explain a horse’s lameness, flexion tests …

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The WCVM is hosting a lameness-focused equine education event for local horse owners on Oct. 30. Photo: Christina Weese.

New tool homes in on equine lameness

Whether their patient is a high performance equine athlete or a beloved pony, veterinarians at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) have access to a full range of technologies that can help diagnose equine lameness and pinpoint problems. A new addition came in August 2015 when the college’s Veterinary Medical Centre acquired a Lameness Locator®, an advanced diagnostic tool …

October 16th, 2015 Full story »

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WCVM scientists assist in laminitis puzzle

Laminitis research for the layman can be divided into two broad topics: therapies that can be used to treat laminitis and investigations into the chain of signalling events that trigger the condition (new targets for future therapies). Researchers at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) are tackling both aspects. Two of the veterinary college’s scientists — Drs. David Wilson and …

December 18th, 2012 Full story »

Dr. James Belknap

Laminitis: what does that word mean to you?

Laminitis: what does that word mean to you? Do you think you know all about it, or does hearing the very word have you shaking your head over all we just don’t know. The recent–and some would say long overdue–expansion in laminitis research has spawned a generation of geeks who can speak the lingo and conject about the future. Their …

September 19th, 2012 Full story »

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CT unit delivers diagnostic clarity

Medical imaging specialist Dr. Tawni Silver can’t hide her enthusiasm when she describes the Western College of Veterinary Medicine’s new CT (computed tomography) unit. In the world of veterinary medical imaging, this machine is like the Cadillac of CT scanners with the ability to simultaneously acquire 16 three-dimensional “slices” or high-resolution images of an animal during each 0.5-second revolution. “With …

October 11th, 2011 Full story »