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EHV-1 confirmed in horse near Saskatoon

Equine herpes virus 1 (EHV-1) has been confirmed in a horse with neurologic disease being boarded at a stable near Saskatoon. EHV-1 is a common equine virus to which nearly all horses are exposed during their lifetime. EHV-1 usually causes mild respiratory disease, but in some cases, the virus can spread to other parts of the body. In rare cases, …

March 17th, 2016 Full story »

Temperature and equine inflammation: link?

After spending several years of her academic career dedicated to improving the understanding of equine inflammatory processes, Dr. Stacy Anderson knows her fair share about why horses and inflammation don’t mix. “Horses do not do well with inflammation,” says Anderson, who completed her PhD program on the equine inflammation topic in 2015. Her graduate supervisor was Dr. Baljit Singh of …

March 15th, 2016 Full story »

New device gives healing horses a lift

It’s 8 a.m., and I’m all set for a long day of filling out paperwork for my summer job as a student researcher at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM). Less than an hour later I’m suturing up an eight-inch laceration on the shoulder of “Mama,” one of our research horses, in the WCVM Veterinary Medical Centre’s equine treatment …

March 01st, 2016 Full story »

Sable Island offers unique opportunity

My feet and back are aching, my boots are filled with sand, and I have horse manure all over my hands after a day of collecting fecal samples. I’ve just finished a 15-kilometre hike, an almost daily occurrence, and I’m heading back to the research station to help with another four or five hours of lab work. I’m utterly exhausted, …

February 09th, 2016 Full story »

Equine Expo designed to please horse lovers

After half a decade, organizers of the annual Saskatchewan Equine Expo know just what makes horse lovers trot to the entrance gates each year. The event is a collaboration between the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM)’s Townsend Equine Health Research Fund, the Saskatchewan Horse Federation (SHF) and Prairieland Park. This year’s event takes place in Saskatoon from Feb. 12-14, …

February 08th, 2016 Full story »

Sable Island horses buck bacteria trend

Could bacteria resistant to antimicrobial drugs routinely used in both human and veterinary medicine be found in wild horses on a remote island in the Atlantic Ocean? By answering this question, Dr. Joe Rubin and members of his research team at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) hope to gain a better understanding of how bacteria carrying acquired resistance …

January 12th, 2016 Full story »

Scientists study treatment for septic arthritis

Researchers at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) are investigating a better way to guide veterinarians’ treatment of septic arthritis in horses. This debilitating disease, which is caused by a bacterial infection in a horse’s joint, requires immediate, aggressive treatment. “Right now the gold standard treatment is when we get these horses they go for an arthroscopic lavage,” says …

December 21st, 2015 Full story »

Stem cells could speed equine healing

A team of researchers at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) is investigating the potential use of stem cells — an exciting new area of veterinary medicine — on wound healing in horses. “Stem cells in the purest definition are cells that are able to regenerate themselves and differentiate into all cell types,” says Dr. Suzanne Mund, a veterinarian who …

December 18th, 2015 Full story »

WCVM alumna to lead AAEP

Dr. Kathleen Anderson, a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan, will serve as the president of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) in 2016. The Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) alumna was installed as the equine organization’s new president on Dec. 8 during the AAEP’s annual convention in Las Vegas, Nev. She was first named as vice-president of …

December 15th, 2015 Full story »

EHRF renamed to honour first research fellow

A chance conversation with Dr. Hugh Townsend outside the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) led Dr. Joe Bracamonte to focus his career on equine health. “He changed my career in the parking lot, just with a conversation,” says Bracamonte, an associate professor at the WCVM who specializes in large animal surgery. Stories like this abound: Townsend has a gift …

November 02nd, 2015 Full story »