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Vets perform ‘wry nose’ surgery

April 23rd, 2023

On the morning of June 30, 2022, Scot Gannon went out to the barn on his farm, Nejd Arabians, just west of Edmonton, Alta. He was happy to see that one of his Arabian mares, Nejds’ Bint Sabbah, had given birth overnight to a black filly. But Gannon’s delight quickly turned to dismay. “I got around to the front of …

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Fabbah before and after
Three veterinarians hold a large cheque

Vet earns PhD degree and research prize

Through hard work and perseverance, equine surgical specialist Dr. Michelle Tucker has earned her PhD degree as well as a $10,000 prize for her research achievements at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM). Tucker is one of 17 WCVM-based graduate students who will receive their Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees at the University of Saskatchewan’s Fall Convocation on Nov. …

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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 »

Morgan Ashdown with Jack and her horse’s WCVM surgeons, Drs. James Carmalt and Andres Sanchez. Photo: Christina Weese.

Owner helps Jack get back on track

It was early June 2013 and high school student Morgan Ashdown was looking forward to summer vacation. She planned to spend it out at the barn with her quarter horse, Under the Lethalimit, known as Jack. Her parents, Leanne and Keith of Pilot Butte, Sask., had bought the 2004 gelding a year earlier, and Jack and Morgan were starting to …

August 03rd, 2015 Full story »

EHRF Research Grants: 2008-2009

What’s the shelf life of pergolide mesylate? Drs. Trish Dowling and Katherine Ball, WCVM; and Dr. Gordon McKay, U of S College of Pharmacy and Nutrition Pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction (PPID) — or equine Cushing’s disease — is a significant health problem in senior horses, affecting one in 10 horses more than 20 years of age. Affected horses commonly suffer career-limiting and …

June 05th, 2013 Full story »

Amy Ayers

Fracture repair research ideal break for Ayers

Student: Amy Ayers, a second-year student at the WCVM. Hometown: Pemberton, B.C. Academic background: BSc degree (chemistry major), University of Northern British Columbia. Mentors: WCVM large animal surgeon Dr. James Carmalt and Dr. Imma Roquet, a WCVM large animal surgery resident. Summer research project: An in vitro study investigating the optimal position and number of transcortical pins to be inserted …

September 01st, 2011 Full story »

Haley Lang

WCVM student receives equine scholarship

Hayley Lang, a WCVM veterinary student from Humboldt, Sask., is one of 33 equine-focused veterinary students in North America and the West Indies to receive a financial boost from the Winner’s Circle Scholarship program. Lang, who will begin her fourth and final year at the veterinary college this fall, is guaranteed a minimum of US $1,500 in scholarship support through …

June 24th, 2009 Full story »

Goodale Farm: horse's eyes

EHRF directs $225,000 to horse health

The Equine Health Research Fund will invest more than $225,000 in equine health research and specialized training programs at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine during the next 12 months — the largest annual amount ever awarded by the 30-year-old fund. More than $122,000 of the western Canadian-based research fund’s investment is directed toward eight new equine health research studies …

June 26th, 2007 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 »

Ninita, Appaloosa filly

Horse Health Lines: Fall 2005

Click here to check out our feature articles in the Fall 2005 issue of Horse Health Lines. • Blinded by the Night: Veterinary ophthalmologist Dr. Lynne Sandmeyer is leading one of the most comprehensive research investigations of congenital stationary night blindness (CSNB) in Appaloosa horses ever undertaken. • The Cutting Edge in Equine Surgery: WCVM’s major expansion and renovation plans …

June 02nd, 2006 Full story »