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Mare-embryo signal still a mystery

May 09th, 2020

Even before birth, a lot of communication occurs between an infant mammal and its mother — not through speech or body language, but through chemical interaction inside the uterus. The maternal recognition of pregnancy (MRP), one of the earliest communications that occurs during pregnancy between the embryo and the mother, is the signal produced by the embryo alerting the mother’s …

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What makes horses tick?

In mid-February, western Canadian horse owners will have the chance to meet Dr. Sue McDonnell and learn more about equine behavior during the 2020 Saskatchewan Equine Expo in Saskatoon, Sask. The Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) has invited McDonnell to visit Saskatoon for several educational events — including a public seminar from 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. …

January 23rd, 2020 Full story »

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‘No bad horse’

Unlike many who spend their careers working with horses, Sue McDonnell wasn’t always so keen on the equine species. “I was familiar with horses, but it wasn’t really my sport or activity as a kid,” says McDonnell, who grew up on a dairy farm in rural Pennsylvania. “I first got involved seriously with horses as a professional when I went …

January 23rd, 2020 Full story »

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Saskatoon horse diagnosed with EHV-1

Diagnostic tests have confirmed that a Saskatoon-area horse with neurologic disease is a positive case of equine herpes virus 1 (EHV-1) — a common virus that causes respiratory disease as well as outbreaks of neurologic disease and abortions in horse populations worldwide. The ill horse is in isolation at Sandhills Stables, a boarding stable near Saskatoon, Sask. Its owners have placed …

December 28th, 2019 Full story »

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Tour time for horse enthusiasts

The Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) is offering a tour of its equine health facilities and resources on Friday morning, Feb. 14, as part of the 2020 Saskatchewan Equine Expo’s attractions. The equine health tour will take place at the WCVM’s Veterinary Medical Centre — the veterinary referral facility for all of Western Canada and the only veterinary teaching …

October 23rd, 2019 Full story »

Funds propel research for pets and horses

Have you ever wondered how veterinarians prepare tiny exotic pets for surgery or thought about how equine clinicians can help horses recover from a tendon injury? Researchers at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) are exploring these kinds of questions — thanks to the support of two research funds dedicated to the health of pets and horses. The Companion Animal …

May 27th, 2019 Full story »

Uplifting equine research gains support

A University of Saskatchewan (USask) research team that’s working with Saskatoon’s RMD Engineering Inc. to create a unique rehabilitation harness for horses has received financial support from Mitacs, a publicly funded not-for-profit research and training organization. “If this works, the potential impact will be huge because there are no long-term rehabilitation harnesses available on the market today,” says Dr. Julia …

April 11th, 2019 Full story »

WCVM to pay necropsy fees on WFFS cases

During the 2019 foal season, the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) will cover the cost of conducting equine necropsy (post-mortem) examinations on aborted fetuses, stillbirths or euthanized foals that are suspected to be cases of warmblood fragile foal syndrome (WFFS). Canadian horse owners and referring veterinarians can submit cases to Prairie Diagnostic Services (PDS), the provincial veterinary laboratory based …

April 08th, 2019 Full story »

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Equine air flow in 3D

A Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) research team is going back to the drawing board to find a better way of treating recurrent laryngeal neuropathy (RLN), also known as roaring, in horses. Last year surgical specialists Drs. James Carmalt and David Wilson, along with surgical resident Dr. Michelle Tucker, were working on a new procedure that could replace a …

November 01st, 2018 Full story »

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Tool harnesses air flow in real time

Researchers at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) are collaborating with Andy Adler, a Canada Research Professor in Biomedical Engineering at Carleton University, to use a new technique called electrical impedance tomogrophy (EIT). This non-invasive technology is appealing to veterinary specialists because it will allow them to better understand the changes in breathing patterns happening in sedated and anesthetized …

October 29th, 2018 Full story »