Galloping Gazette: October 2022

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2022 WCVM graduate Dr. Taylor Davies. Photo: Christina Weese.

A round-up of equine-related news at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM).  

Equine internships for WCVM graduates

After graduating from the WCVM’s Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree program in June, six members of the WCVM’s Class of 2022 began one-year clinical internships at equine-focused veterinary practices in Western Canada and the United States.

  • Dr. Chantel Dunlop of Seven Sister Falls, Man., is interning at Moore Equine Veterinary Centre in Calgary, Alta.
  • Dr. Sarah Thomas of Calgary, Alta., is interning at Burwash Equine Services in Cochrane, Alta.
  • Dr. Taylor Davies of Langley, B.C., is interning at Paton and Martin Veterinary Services in the Fraser Valley, B.C.
  • Dr. Megan Puzey of Cochrane, Alta., is interning at Pioneer Equine Hospital in Oakdale, Calif.
  • Dr. Alexandra Hiemstra of Big Valley, Alta., is interning at Idaho Equine Hospital in Nampa, Idaho.
  • Dr. Matthew Woodman of Calgary, Alta., is interning at Cornell Ruffian Equine Specialists, Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y.
  • Dr. Alannah Friedlund of Fiske, Sask., is a large animal (equine) surgical intern at the WCVM Veterinary Medical Centre in Saskatoon, Sask.

Two WCVM graduates who interned at Moore Equine Veterinary Centre in 2021 have moved on to exciting opportunities in veterinary care. Dr. Anna Henderson (DVM’21) began an anesthesia residency at Ontario Veterinary College while Dr. Jane Westendorf (DVM’20) joined the team at Total Equine Veterinary Services in Langley, B.C. Another recent WCVM graduate, Reina Fennell (DVM’21) completed her internship at Veterinary Associates Equine LP in Auckland, New Zealand, and returns to Canada in September to become an equine veterinarian with Swiftsure Equine Veterinary Services in Victoria, B.C.

Vetavision returns

This fall, WCVM students welcomed people of all ages to explore the exciting world of veterinary medicine on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 23-24, during the 2022 edition of Vetavision — the WCVM’s student-run open house. The two-day event opened up the WCVM to the public to showcase the veterinary profession and to highlight the many roles of veterinarians in animal health, public health, research, industry and community service.

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Dr. Spence Barber. Supplied photo.

Longtime equine surgeon retires

Dr. Spencer (Spence) Barber, a professor and surgical specialist in the WCVM’s Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences, retired in June 2022 after a 45-year career at the WCVM. Barber grew up in southern Saskatchewan and graduated from the WCVM in 1974. After graduating, he completed an equine internship at Purdue University. He went on to finish a surgical residency at Cornell University and University of California, Davis, and then became a board-certified specialist with the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS).

Barber joined the WCVM faculty in 1977 and was an integral part of the WCVM’s large animal surgical team with many contributions to clinical services, teaching and research. Barber presented, published and conducted research on various aspects of orthopedic and soft tissue surgery, besides completing numerous clinical investigations. In recent years, he and his team members are best known for their innovative work in equine wound healing — including explorations of stem cells as therapy for wounds in horses.

In the Saskatchewan horse community, Barber was well known for his 23-year role as the regulatory veterinarian at Saskatoon’s Marquis Downs racetrack and his previous involvement as a calf roper in rodeo competitions. As well, he trained running breed barrel prospects and ran a small horse breeding operation outside of Saskatoon for two decades. A few years ago, Barber and his wife Terry purchased a waterfront cabin north of Saskatoon — the ideal place for their grandchildren to visit.

Online equine talks return this fall

The WCVM’s popular “EquineED Talks” online series will return this fall for a third season chock full of horse health learning with the veterinary college’s equine clinical team. While organizers are still confirming this season’s lineup of speakers, the first session is scheduled for Nov. 8. This season’s topic list includes equine skin conditions, equine behaviour, sports medicine, tying-up syndrome and more. The WCVM presentations, which are offered free to the public, will run from 7 to 8:15 p.m. CST on selected Tuesday evenings. Visit wcvm.usask.ca and click on “EquineED Talks” under the “Education” tab to register for the listed sessions. The web page also includes links to all recorded horse health presentations from the past two seasons.

Card’s international work lauded

Dr. Claire Card (DVM), a professor and theriogenologist in the WCVM’s Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences, received the 2022 J.W. George Ivany Internationalization Award for Faculty at the University of Saskatchewan. In Western Canada’s horse community, Card is best known for her pioneering research investigations targeting assisted equine reproduction as well as her clinical work as an equine theriogenologist. But outside of her equine-focused work, Card has inspired many students to seek out opportunities for international engagement and cross-cultural learning. To learn more about Card’s international contributions, visit wcvmtoday.usask.ca and search “Claire Card.”

Research in print
WCVM-related equine research articles that have been recently published in peer-reviewed journals.

Chapuis RJJ, Becker AAMJ, Dowling PM, Weese SJ. “Characterisation of faecal microbiota in horses medicated with oral doxycycline hyclate.” Feb. 2022. Equine Veterinary Journal.  00:1-13. https://doi.org/10.1111/evj.13570.

Diel de Amorim M, Klein C, Foster R, Dong L, Fernanda Lopez-Rodriguez M, Card C. “Expression of oxytocin/neurophysin I and oxytocinase in the equine conceptus from day 8 to day 21 post-ovulation.” Mar. 2022. Animals. 12:799. https://doi.org/10.3390/ani12070799.

Kingsley NB, Sandmeyer L, Bellone RR. “A review of investigated risk factors for developing equine recurrent uveitis.” Veterinary Ophthalmology. 2022; 00:1-15. doi: 10.1111/vop.13002.

Ricard RM, St-Jean G, Duizer G, Atwal H, Wobeser BK. “A 13-year retrospective study of equine abortions in Canada.” Canadian Veterinary Journal. July 2022. 63(7):715-721. PMID: 35784776; PMCID: PMC9207963.

Carmalt JL, Pimentel KL. “The equine temporomandibular joint: comparisons between standard and needle arthroscopic examination of cadaver specimens and standing horses.” Frontiers in Veterinary Science. Apr. 2022. 26;9:876041. doi: 10.3389/fvets.2022.876041.

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