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July 23rd, 2019

How do you describe something the naked eye can’t see and requires its own vocabulary to describe? That’s a challenge Dr. Kristen Conn regularly faces. As an assistant professor in the Western College of Veterinary Medicine’s (WCVM) Department of Veterinary Microbiology, Conn hopes to advance the understanding of herpesviruses. While Conn started out studying herpes simplex virus (HSV) in humans, …

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Funds propel research for pets and horses

Have you ever wondered how veterinarians prepare tiny exotic pets for surgery or thought about how equine clinicians can help horses recover from a tendon injury? Researchers at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) are exploring these kinds of questions — thanks to the support of two research funds dedicated to the health of pets and horses. The Companion Animal …

May 27th, 2019 Full story »

Horse Health Lines (Spring 2019) online

The Spring 2019 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 Early Summer 2019 issue of Canadian Horse Journal or download a PDF version of the publication. Here’s a sneak peek at the stories inside this issue: $68K for five horse …

May 16th, 2019 Full story »

Uplifting equine research gains support

A University of Saskatchewan (USask) research team that’s working with Saskatoon’s RMD Engineering Inc. to create a unique rehabilitation harness for horses has received financial support from Mitacs, a publicly funded not-for-profit research and training organization. “If this works, the potential impact will be huge because there are no long-term rehabilitation harnesses available on the market today,” says Dr. Julia …

April 11th, 2019 Full story »

WCVM to pay necropsy fees on WFFS cases

During the 2019 foal season, the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) will cover the cost of conducting equine necropsy (post-mortem) examinations on aborted fetuses, stillbirths or euthanized foals that are suspected to be cases of warmblood fragile foal syndrome (WFFS). Canadian horse owners and referring veterinarians can submit cases to Prairie Diagnostic Services (PDS), the provincial veterinary laboratory based …

April 08th, 2019 Full story »

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Equine air flow in 3D

A Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) research team is going back to the drawing board to find a better way of treating recurrent laryngeal neuropathy (RLN), also known as roaring, in horses. Last year surgical specialists Drs. James Carmalt and David Wilson, along with surgical resident Dr. Michelle Tucker, were working on a new procedure that could replace a …

November 01st, 2018 Full story »

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Tool harnesses air flow in real time

Researchers at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) are collaborating with Andy Adler, a Canada Research Professor in Biomedical Engineering at Carleton University, to use a new technique called electrical impedance tomogrophy (EIT). This non-invasive technology is appealing to veterinary specialists because it will allow them to better understand the changes in breathing patterns happening in sedated and anesthetized …

October 29th, 2018 Full story »

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Lifesaving support

When a person breaks a leg, it’s highly unlikely that this injury would lead to death. But when a horse injures its leg, the all-too-common outcome is euthanasia. The heartbreaking experience of losing an equine companion to a leg injury is a familiar one for Samantha Steinke, a graduate student in biomedical engineering at the University of Saskatchewan. In 2016, …

October 09th, 2018 Full story »

Hamilton selected as FEI official for Games

Dr. Don Hamilton, professor emeritus of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM), is one of four Canadians who have been selected as officials for the 2018 Fédération Équestre Internationale (FEI) World Equestrian Games this fall. The 2018 games will take place in Mill Spring, N.C., from Sept. 11 to 23. Hamilton has been appointed as a Vet Commission (VC) …

May 30th, 2018 Full story »

Surgical solution for PPID?

A Canadian researcher is working to develop a surgical technique that could, one day, provide a long-lasting fix for pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction (PPID) in horses. PPID, also historically known as Cushing’s disease, occurs when a part of the pituitary gland called the pars intermedia becomes enlarged and secretes excessive levels of adrenocorticotrophic hormone. The body reacts to this excess …

May 25th, 2018 Full story »