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Equine research grants: 2023-24

August 30th, 2023

Two equine health research studies, which involve scientists at the WCVM and their collaborators, received financial support from the Townsend Equine Health Research Fund (TEHRF) and the Mark and Pat DuMont Equine Research Fund. What are effective methods for treating temporomandibular joint disease? Drs. James Carmalt and Nathalie Reisbig, WCVM Temporomandibular joint disease (TMD), which causes jaw pain and dysfunction, …

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A mare and foal enjoy the sun in the paddocks behind the WCVM Veterinary Medical Centre.

Iodine important in pregnant mares’ diets

When it comes to bringing new horses into the world, mare care and particularly mare nutrition should be a top priority for horse owners — a mother’s diet during pregnancy can drastically impact the health of her foal. A multi-year study led by Dr. Claire Card at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) is aimed at ensuring that mares …

November 25th, 2022 Full story »


Dr. Duke’s 30-year legacy

In 1999, Dr. Tanya Duke-Novakovski travelled to Leipzig, Germany, for a one-year sabbatical leave from her role at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM). The veterinary anesthesiologist’s goal during her stay in the former east German city was to help curb the number of horses that died after surgery in the Universität Leipzig’s large animal clinic. The problem was …

March 06th, 2022 Full story »


Horse Health Lines (Fall 2021) online

The Fall 2021 issue of Horse Health Lines, news publication for the WCVM’s Townsend Equine Health Research Fund, is now online. You can also download the PDF or view the publication as part of the Fall 2021 issue of Canadian Horse Journal. Here’s a quick look at the stories inside this issue: Dual-degree vet earns equine award The 2021 recipient of …

December 05th, 2021 Full story »

Horse Health Lines (Spring 2019) online

The Spring 2019 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 Early Summer 2019 issue of Canadian Horse Journal or download a PDF version of the publication. Here’s a sneak peek at the stories inside this issue: $68K for five horse …

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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 »

EHRF renamed to honour first research fellow

A chance conversation with Dr. Hugh Townsend outside the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) led Dr. Joe Bracamonte to focus his career on equine health. “He changed my career in the parking lot, just with a conversation,” says Bracamonte, an associate professor at the WCVM who specializes in large animal surgery. Stories like this abound: Townsend has a gift …

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Eliza Hunt and Kalan, a 10-year-old Thoroughbred cross owned by Pat Dumont of Langley, B.C. Pat and Mark DuMont have established a $300,000 fund targeting equine orthopedic research at the WCVM. Photo: Totem Photographics.

Couple donates $300,000 to equine research

A British Columbia couple is investing in the future of equine musculoskeletal research by donating $300,000 toward the establishment of the Mark and Pat DuMont Equine Orthopedics Research Fund at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S). The DuMonts have pledged three annual instalments of $100,000 to the fund with the goal of encouraging researchers at the Western College of …

June 12th, 2014 Full story »

WCVM student Angela MacKay assists during a demonstration at the Ryan/Dubé Equine Performance Centre. The equine health tour is part of the 2014 Sask. Equine Expo. Photo: Myrna MacDonald.

Equine expo a welcome mid-winter break

Western Canada’s equine community is looking forward to the third annual Saskatchewan Equine Expo at Prairieland Park in Saskatoon from Feb. 14-16, 2014. “We have a full schedule once again this year,” says Brenda Sapergia, livestock manager for Prairieland Park Ag Centre. “Our headline events – the Trainer’s Challenge and the Cowhorse Competition – will of course be returning. New …

January 13th, 2014 Full story »

Wendy Christoff and Pfalstaff competing in Aachen, Germany, in 2010. Photo: Bob Langrish.

Love of horses embedded in riding, teaching

Wendy Christoff of Delta, B.C., loves horses. She’s been riding since she was eight years old, but the self-proclaimed “horse nut” found her true calling in 1979 when she watched a dressage demonstration by an acclaimed Canadian rider and Olympic competitor. “I’d always enjoyed trail riding and pleasure riding, but once I saw Inez Propfe-Credo’s demonstration at the Pacific National …

December 10th, 2013 Full story »