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The limb chill factor

February 03rd, 2024

University of Saskatchewan (USask) researchers hope their recent review of previous studies assessing different types of cold therapies for preventing and treating equine acute laminitis will help veterinarians and serve as a starting point for the design of a new cost-effective cooling boot. “This review can help veterinarians make decisions on which methods to attempt and which methods to maybe …

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jessie in the VMC

Life after laminitis

If you call Bob Wood, you’ll likely hear birds singing in the background. Before his mare Jessie got sick, Wood could usually be found out in his pasture with his two horses, two dogs and one cat by his side. “We were the joke of the area … ’cause all of us would be walking and hanging together in the …

October 06th, 2022 Full story »


How to manage hoof abscesses

Every equine veterinarian is familiar with this kind of call: an owner goes out to do the morning feed and finds a severely lame horse that can’t bear any weight on one leg. The client calls the vet in a panic, fearing the worst — a broken leg or a life-threatening injury. But those same signs could indicate a less …

March 06th, 2022 Full story »


Equine foot expert visits WCVM

This fall, members of the local horse community and students at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) will have the chance to learn about a novel approach to equine foot health straight from the man who developed the theory. Dr. Robert Bowker, director of the Equine Foot Laboratory at Michigan State University (MSU), and an internationally-acclaimed authority on equine …

March 01st, 2019 Full story »

Nerve blocks: working from the bottom up?

As the saying “no hoof, no horse” implies, the diagnosis and resolution of lameness is critical to a horse’s life. Unfortunately, it’s all too common to see a horse limping down the equine ward of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine’s (WCVM) Large Animal Clinic. When there are no obvious external lesions that could explain a horse’s lameness, flexion tests …

April 04th, 2016 Full story »

The WCVM is hosting a lameness-focused equine education event for local horse owners on Oct. 30. Photo: Christina Weese.

New tool homes in on equine lameness

Whether their patient is a high performance equine athlete or a beloved pony, veterinarians at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) have access to a full range of technologies that can help diagnose equine lameness and pinpoint problems. A new addition came in August 2015 when the college’s Veterinary Medical Centre acquired a Lameness Locator®, an advanced diagnostic tool …

October 16th, 2015 Full story »

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WCVM scientists assist in laminitis puzzle

Laminitis research for the layman can be divided into two broad topics: therapies that can be used to treat laminitis and investigations into the chain of signalling events that trigger the condition (new targets for future therapies). Researchers at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) are tackling both aspects. Two of the veterinary college’s scientists — Drs. David Wilson and …

December 18th, 2012 Full story »

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Laminitis: what does that word mean to you?

Laminitis: what does that word mean to you? Do you think you know all about it, or does hearing the very word have you shaking your head over all we just don’t know. The recent–and some would say long overdue–expansion in laminitis research has spawned a generation of geeks who can speak the lingo and conject about the future. Their …

September 19th, 2012 Full story »

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CT unit delivers diagnostic clarity

Medical imaging specialist Dr. Tawni Silver can’t hide her enthusiasm when she describes the Western College of Veterinary Medicine’s new CT (computed tomography) unit. In the world of veterinary medical imaging, this machine is like the Cadillac of CT scanners with the ability to simultaneously acquire 16 three-dimensional “slices” or high-resolution images of an animal during each 0.5-second revolution. “With …

October 11th, 2011 Full story »