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TEHRF Research Grants: 2016-2017

May 16th, 2016

The WCVM Townsend Equine Health Research Fund has provided financial support for four horse health research projects that will be conducted by research teams at the regional veterinary college during the next year. Read the following research summaries for more details about each study. Can focused extracorporeal shockwave therapy treat caudal heel pain? Drs. Kate Robinson, Angela MacKay and Stephen Manning, WCVM …

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EHRF Research Grants: 2015-2016

Developing a treatment for acute laminitis Drs. David Wilson, James Carmalt, Kathryn Carmalt, WCVM Laminitis is a common, life-threatening condition in horses. The inflammatory disease causes the sensitive laminae, which connect the hoof wall to the coffin bone within the foot, to separate. This process results in rotation of the coffin bone within the hoof due to the pull of …

June 17th, 2015 Full story »

CAHF and EHRF support local research

Two research funds at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) have awarded over $146,000 to University of Saskatchewan researchers who are investigating critical health issues in horses and pets. The Companion Animal Health Fund (CAHF), which supports pet health research, granted nearly $76,800 to six research teams that include 22 researchers. The Equine Health Research Fund (EHRF) awarded nearly $69,700 toward 19 scientists …

July 11th, 2014 Full story »

EHRF Research Grants: 2014-2015

Is SAA a reliable marker for septic arthritis therapies? Drs. Joe Bracamonte, Andres Sanchez-Teran and Hilary Burgess, WCVM; Dr. Luis Rubio-Martinez, University of Liverpool; and Brent Hoff, University of Guelph Septic arthritis, which is caused by an infection within a joint, is a common condition that can end a horse’s career — or even its life. The disease results in …

July 02nd, 2014 Full story »

EHRF Research Grants, 2013-14

Is fine needle aspiration an option for diagnosing equine skin disease? Drs. Bruce Wobeser and Hilary Burgess Skin disease, including both skin cancers and inflammatory conditions, is common in horses. Fine needle aspiration (FNA) is a technique commonly used to diagnose similar conditions in companion animals. It involves inserting a needle into the skin and extracting cells for microscopic observation. …

September 19th, 2013 Full story »

EHRF Research Grants: 2008-2009

What’s the shelf life of pergolide mesylate? Drs. Trish Dowling and Katherine Ball, WCVM; and Dr. Gordon McKay, U of S College of Pharmacy and Nutrition Pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction (PPID) — or equine Cushing’s disease — is a significant health problem in senior horses, affecting one in 10 horses more than 20 years of age. Affected horses commonly suffer career-limiting and …

June 05th, 2013 Full story »

Cassie filly

EHRF Research Grants, 2012-13

Can an antihistamine prevent morphine’s side effects? Drs. T. Duke, J. Bracamonte, J. and J. Carmalt Although morphine infusions are becoming the standard, pain-relieving analgesic for horses undergoing invasive surgery, the drug frequently causes negative side effects, particularly low blood pressure (hypotension). Because these problems may result from morphine triggering a histamine release, researchers want to investigate the effectiveness of …

June 05th, 2012 Full story »

Grey horse

EHRF Research Grants, 2011-2012

How do stem cells affect wound healing? Drs. S. Barber, H. Sparks, A. Allen, V. Misra, J. Decoteau, S. Hendrick and J. Gordon Wounds are a common, costly problem in horses that can lead to complications and diminished performance. Stem cell treatments may offer benefits including faster healing and better quality of repair. This summer, a WCVM research team will …

April 30th, 2011 Full story »

Dr. Steve Manning acupuncture

EHRF research grants, 2010-11

How does arthrodesis affect carpal flexion? Drs. Spencer Barber and Luca Panizzi, WCVM: Dr. James Johnston, U of S College of Engineering; and Patty Tulloch and Hayley Lang, WCVM students Injuries to the carpal joints are common in horses and frequently result in arthritis that can be painful and debilitating. Arthrodesis, surgical fusion of the joint, has occasionally been used …

April 30th, 2010 Full story »

aedan trotting

EHRF Research Grants: 2009-2010

What’s the best way to characterize and localize BPV? Drs. Andy Allen, Bruce Wobeser, Janet Hill and Beverly Kidney, WCVM                   Many scientists consider bovine papillomavirus (BPV) as the cause of sarcoids, benign skin tumours that are often diagnosed in horses. However, recent studies have shown that BPV DNA is also found in the normal skin and in non-sarcoid skin …

June 05th, 2009 Full story »