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Horse Health Lines (Spring 2024) online

February 24th, 2024

The Spring 2024 issue of Horse Health Lines, news publication for the Western College of Veterinary Medicine’s (WCVM) Townsend Equine Health Research Fund, is now online. Click here to view Horse Health Lines (digital edition) Download Horse Health Lines (PDF) Here’s a quick look inside the issue: Reisbig earns top research prize Dr. Nathalie Reisbig’s research work on an often-overlooked part …

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Scientists bite into evasive equine disease

Pain in the temporomandibular joints (TMJ) — the two joints that connect the lower jaw to the skull — is a common human health issue with up to 60 per cent of adults experiencing symptoms of TMJ disease at some point in their lives. It’s also a common diagnosis in dogs, cats and sheep. But up until a couple of years …

February 03rd, 2024 Full story »


Reisbig earns top research prize

Dr. Nathalie Reisbig’s research work on an often-overlooked part of the equine anatomy earned the Western College of Veterinary Medicine veterinarian a top prize of $10,000 at the Calgary International Equine Symposium in September 2023. The annual event, which is hosted by the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, showcases equine sports medicine research from around the world and …

February 03rd, 2024 Full story »

Dr. Rebecca (Gimenez) Husted.

Husted wants to help save your horses

Ask Dr. Rebecca (Gimenez) Husted to describe her work and she’ll tell you that she’s “the chief cook and bottle washer” of Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue, Inc. (TLAER) — an organization that guides animal owners in handling and preventing emergencies. Husted, who is based near Gray, Georgia, is a primary emergency response instructor. Her goal is to provide animal …

February 03rd, 2024 Full story »

New award supports graduating equine students

A new equine scholarship for veterinary graduates had a flying start at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine’s (WCVM) spring awards program in early June. The Saskatchewan Speed Horses Association (SSHA) Award is a $3,000 scholarship that’s given to a student who is graduating from the college’s Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) program. The annual award’s aim is to recognize …

September 07th, 2023 Full story »


Research funds fuel horse health

The Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) has invested over $140,000 in support of equine health-related research and graduate students for 2023. About $60,500 of funding comes from the Townsend Equine Health Research Fund (TEHRF). While part of the money supports equine research, the remainder of the contribution supports tuition awards for five WCVM-based graduate students whose research focuses on …

August 30th, 2023 Full story »

Bone formation scoring 2.0

Equine veterinarian Dr. Claire Card (DVM, PhD) at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) and members of her research team are re-evaluating a decades-old bone formation (ossification) scoring system used to assess newborn foals. The skeletal ossification index (SOI) is a four-point grading system that generations of veterinarians have used to assess bony development in newborn foals and to …

August 29th, 2023 Full story »

Equine abortions and Chlamydia: link?

When Dr. Madison Ricard (DVM) set out to see if the bacterium Chlamydia is potentially linked to equine abortions among western Canadian horses, the PhD student wasn’t expecting to find much evidence of chlamydial infection based on the lack of research in the area. Instead, the study’s findings came as a shock to Ricard and her colleagues: more than a …

July 13th, 2023 Full story »

SHF awards vet for equine welfare

During the Saskatchewan Horse Federation’s (SHF) annual conference in March 2023, the organization honoured veterinarian Dr. Nathalie Reisbig for her outstanding dedication to equine welfare. Reisbig joined the Equine Field Service team at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) Veterinary Medical Centre in May 2022. Originally from Norway, Reisbig was a racehorse trainer and a FEI (International Federation for …

April 24th, 2023 Full story »

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Lightning learning

In January, equine-focused graduate students at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) participated in a “lightning rounds” session — part of the college’s annual EquineED Talks series. Each student gave a five-minute talk summarizing their research for an online audience of horse owners and enthusiasts. Click here to watch the WCVM “lightning rounds” webinar Click here to view the WCVM …

April 23rd, 2023 Full story »