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WCVM opens equine ICU and foal centre

June 08th, 2017

A new centre that will allow equine specialists to provide the best possible care for mares and foals and other sick horses is now open at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM). The new Rae-Dawn Arabians Equine Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and Foal Centre was made possible by a generous gift from Murray and Shirley Popplewell, who are long-time …

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A life-saving gift

It was nearly 20 years ago when Murray and Shirley Popplewell visited the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) for the first time – but it’s a story they still tell. The couple had just witnessed the birth of their first Arabian foal. The foal lay on the ground, its head limp. Beginning to worry, they picked up the baby …

April 14th, 2017 Full story »

Horse Health Lines (Spring 2017) online

The Spring 2017 issue of Horse Health Lines, news publication for the WCVM’s Townsend Equine Health Research Fund, is now online. Check out the PDF version of Horse Health Lines. Inside this issue, you’ll find the following stories: • A life saving gift: A $200,000 gift from Saskatoon’s Murray and Shirley Popplewell is helping to establish the Rae-Dawn Arabians Equine Intensive Care …

April 14th, 2017 Full story »

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Early detection of EMS has big benefits

Weight-related health problems are a growing concern in the world of equine medicine just as they are in the world of human medicine. Excess weight can lead to serious health complications such as the development of insulin resistance – a condition linked to type 2 diabetes in people and equine metabolic syndrome (EMS) in horses. Unfortunately, owners often don’t consider …

March 03rd, 2017 Full story »

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Drugs in my tack box

Much like human sport competitions, irresponsible medication use and a positive drug test can cause serious problems for both the horse and rider at equine events. “If you’re competing in a horse sport, the first thing you need to know is whose rules you’re running under,” says Dr. Trisha Dowling, a board-certified specialist in veterinary pharmacology and large animal internal …

February 12th, 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 »

Horse Health Lines (Fall 2016) now online

The Fall 2016 issue of Horse Health Lines, news publication for the WCVM’s Townsend Equine Health Research Fund, is now online. Check out the digital edition of Horse Health Lines or view the PDF version. Inside this issue, you’ll find the following stories: • Dumonts double research dollars: Pat and Mark DuMont commit another $3000,000 to WCVM equine research. • Making …

January 07th, 2017 Full story »

Equine drug study leads to rule change

Results from a Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) study have led to a nation-wide change in Equine Canada-sanctioned competition rules regulating the use of the drug firocoxib in performance horses. The national equine sport organization’s rule change regarding firocoxib’s use came into effect on Jan. 1, 2016. Firocoxib is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that’s used to treat musculoskeletal …

April 14th, 2016 Full story »

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EHV-1 case dies of other health issues

A Saskatoon-area horse that was diagnosed with the neurologic form of equine herpes virus 1 (EHV-1) has been humanely euthanized after developing other health issues. The horse was the first of two local equine patients diagnosed with EHV-1 in the past two weeks. Veterinarians from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) were providing treatment and supportive care for the …

March 31st, 2016 Full story »

VIDEO: Equine lift system in action

This innovative new project at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine is designed to give healing horses a lift as they recover from injuries. Check out this story for more information on Dr. Julia Montgomery’s work.

March 22nd, 2016 Full story »