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Understanding horse insurance

May 01st, 2015

Although many horses in Western Canada have high performance, breeding and emotional value in the eyes of their owners, few of the animals are covered under an equine insurance policy. Horse insurance can help owners with the cost of treating these horses. “We are often dealing with horses that are injured or sick, and owners are facing the choice of …

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Along with fecal samples, veterinary student Lindsay Rogers (above) collected information about the horses' diet, activity level, housing and medical history. Photo courtesy of Lindsay Rogers.

“SIP project” targets sand colic

I’ve spent a lot of time this summer with my arm up the south end of a lot of northbound horses — all for the sake of finding sand in poop. Nicknamed the “SIP project,” I’m working with Dr. Steve Manning of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) to take repeat fecal samples from a number of horses at equine …

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Dr. Steve Manning conducts a Coggins test.

Coggins test still vital cog in EIA screening

The standard in equine infectious anemia (EIA) screening is a test known to horse owners everywhere as the Coggins test. A “negative Coggins” is required for import and export of horses and is recommended for any situation in which horses are gathered together, such as a competition or boarding stable. But what exactly is a Coggins test, and how is …

July 12th, 2012 Full story »

Close up of a Coggins test

Controlling EIA’s spread has its challenges

Those in the horse industry all share a stake in maintaining vigilance over the spread and control of equine communicable diseases, and this is perhaps most true with equine infectious anemia (EIA), a disease whose only control is through regular screening. But the politics of disease management inevitably bring forth questions. Why do certain competitions require EIA screening but not …

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Horse herd in the Goodale Farm's pasture

EIA persistent equine disease in the West

The mention of equine infectious anemia (EIA) or swamp fever holds a special kind of fear for horse owners. With no vaccine and no cure for the disease, a positive diagnosis of EIA is essentially a death sentence as an affected horse must be either euthanized or quarantined for life in fly-proof facilities to avoid infecting other horses. EIA screening …

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Bruce: WCVM’s “perfect teaching stallion”

For more than a decade, a grey-haired “gentleman” named Bruce played a key role in the hands-on training of students at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM). Bruce was a 32-year-old grey quarter horse who was “the perfect teaching stallion” for the college’s veterinary students and theriogenology residents, says WCVM associate professor Dr. Steve Manning. “He was all stallion …

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Horse Health Lines: Autumn 2009

The Autumn 2009 issue of Horse Health Lines is now available online. View your own full-colour copy of the WCVM Equine Health Research Fund’s news publication in a new, reader-friendly format. Here’s an overview of what you will find inside this issue of Horse Health Lines: • EQUINE TEETH TELL VITAL HEALTH STORY: A WCVM research team complete a baseline …

October 27th, 2009 Full story »