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Horse Health Lines (Summer 2020) online

July 12th, 2020

The Summer 2020 issue of Horse Health Lines, news publication for the WCVM’s Townsend Equine Health Research Fund, is now online. You can also view the publication as part of the Summer 2020 issue of Canadian Horse Journal or click here to download the PDF. Here’s a sneak peek at the stories inside this issue: Horse care amid pandemic: Other than physical distancing …

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Mare-embryo signal still a mystery

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 …

May 09th, 2020 Full story »

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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 »

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 »

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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 »

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Lifesaving support

When a person breaks a leg, it’s highly unlikely that this injury would lead to death. But when a horse injures its leg, the all-too-common outcome is euthanasia. The heartbreaking experience of losing an equine companion to a leg injury is a familiar one for Samantha Steinke, a graduate student in biomedical engineering at the University of Saskatchewan. In 2016, …

October 09th, 2018 Full story »

Surgical solution for PPID?

A Canadian researcher is working to develop a surgical technique that could, one day, provide a long-lasting fix for pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction (PPID) in horses. PPID, also historically known as Cushing’s disease, occurs when a part of the pituitary gland called the pars intermedia becomes enlarged and secretes excessive levels of adrenocorticotrophic hormone. The body reacts to this excess …

May 25th, 2018 Full story »

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Researchers use human medicine to further equine research

While unexpected results can lead to headaches and frustration for everyone involved, they proved to be a bonus for a team of researchers from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM). Dr. Julia Montgomery and her research team encountered surprising results while conducting a study aimed at finding biomarkers for equine metabolic syndrome (EMS), a metabolic and hormonal disorder in …

March 13th, 2018 Full story »

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Equine sarcoids: a mystery gone viral

Not all detectives wear fancy hats and trench coats with a magnifying glass tucked in the pocket. Some of them wear white lab coats and use powerful microscopes. “My dad’s a pathologist, so there you go. It’s the family business,” says Dr. Bruce Wobeser, associate professor of veterinary pathology at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM). “What’s appealing to …

October 01st, 2017 Full story »