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Nerve blocks: working from the bottom up?

April 04th, 2016

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 …

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EHRF Research Grants: 2015-2016

Developing a treatment for acute laminitis Drs. David Wilson, James Carmalt, Kathryn Carmalt, WCVM Laminitis is a common, life-threatening condition in horses. The inflammatory disease causes the sensitive laminae, which connect the hoof wall to the coffin bone within the foot, to separate. This process results in rotation of the coffin bone within the hoof due to the pull of …

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Single screw may treat acute laminitis

It’s 2 a.m. and I’m in search of an ice machine in the physiology lab at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM). No, it’s not for refreshments after a long day’s work or even in celebration: ice is one of the standard treatments for laminitis in horses, more commonly known as founder. Veterinarians use the ice to fill recycled …

October 14th, 2014 Full story »

Fourth-year veterinary student Becky Gilday. Photo: Myrna MacDonald.

Around the WCVM: October 2013

Here’s a roundup of news briefs covering recent equine-related activities and achievements of student, faculty, staff, alumni and others who are linked to the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM). Equine scholarships: Fourth-year student, Becky Gilday of Carvel, Alta., was the recipient of an educational scholarship sponsored by the Alberta Equestrian Federation and Capri Insurance. The $1,500 annual scholarship is …

October 19th, 2013 Full story »

Shoppette and Jess in pasture

Scientists slowly solving laminitis mysteries

Recent research has given veterinarians a better understanding of equine laminitis, but a leading authority of the disease points out that there’s still much to be discovered about one of the horse industry’s most challenging health issues. Dr. James Belknap, a professor in Veterinary Clinical Sciences at Ohio State University and a well-known researcher in the field of equine laminitis, …

December 18th, 2012 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 »


WCVM resident presents at ACVS symposium

Dr. Jenny Kelly, a large animal resident at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, was one of the presenters at the American College of Veterinary Surgeons’ annual symposium in Washington, D.C., from Oct. 5-7. Kelly, who is also the 2006-07 Fellow for the College’s Equine Health Research Fund, presented “A biomechanical comparison of different suture configurations in equine larynges” during …

October 06th, 2006 Full story »

Dr. David Wilson

New EHRF chair: Dr. David Wilson

Dr. David Wilson is the new chair of the Equine Health Research Fund’s management committee. Wilson, a 1980 graduate of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, is a large animal surgical specialist and head of the college’s Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences. Since joining WCVM’s faculty in 1999, Wilson has led or supervised a number of EHRF-backed studies that …

October 05th, 2006 Full story »