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Surgical solution for PPID?

May 25th, 2018

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 …

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Researchers use human medicine to further equine research

While unexpected results can lead to headaches and frustration for everyone involved, they proved to be a bonus for a team of researchers from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM). Dr. Julia Montgomery and her research team encountered surprising results while conducting a study aimed at finding biomarkers for equine metabolic syndrome (EMS), a metabolic and hormonal disorder in …

March 13th, 2018 Full story »

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Equine sarcoids: a mystery gone viral

Not all detectives wear fancy hats and trench coats with a magnifying glass tucked in the pocket. Some of them wear white lab coats and use powerful microscopes. “My dad’s a pathologist, so there you go. It’s the family business,” says Dr. Bruce Wobeser, associate professor of veterinary pathology at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM). “What’s appealing to …

October 01st, 2017 Full story »

Discovering the equine small intestine

Until recently, the inside – or lumen— of a live horse’s small intestine was beyond the reach of traditional imaging modalities and remained a mystery to veterinarians. But a group of researchers at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) have been working on a diagnostic tool that promises to overcome these limitations. In collaboration with Khan Wahid from the …

July 06th, 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »