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Equine vets in training

August 31st, 2023

Drs. Alannah Friedlund, Eveline Juce and Josefina Ghersa are among the Western College of Veterinary Medicine’s team of incoming residents and clinical interns whose work focuses on equine health. Visit tehrf.ca to read more profiles of the college’s new team members. Dr. Alannah Friedlund, resident, large animal surgery  Originally from Fort Nelson, B.C., Dr. Alannah Friedlund completed a Bachelor of …

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ranch horse with cattle

Equine research grants: 2023-24

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, …

August 30th, 2023 Full story »

‘It was always horses, horses, horses.’

 Long before she became a veterinarian, Dr. Amanda Butler was a big fan of horses. “There was never a second when I didn’t think I was going to work with horses,” says Butler, a lecturer in equine field service and large animal medicine at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM). “[For me], it was always horses, horses, horses.” After …

August 30th, 2023 Full story »

Equine abortions and Chlamydia: link?

When Dr. Madison Ricard (DVM) set out to see if the bacterium Chlamydia is potentially linked to equine abortions among western Canadian horses, the PhD student wasn’t expecting to find much evidence of chlamydial infection based on the lack of research in the area. Instead, the study’s findings came as a shock to Ricard and her colleagues: more than a …

July 13th, 2023 Full story »

Fabbah before and after

Vets perform ‘wry nose’ surgery

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 …

April 23rd, 2023 Full story »

Group of students around sedated horse

Global vets trade equine expertise

A University of Saskatchewan (USask) program that fosters collaboration between educators around the world helped to transport large animal surgical specialist Dr. James Carmalt to South America for two weeks in January 2023. Carmalt was a guest lecturer and clinician at the Universidad Austral de Chile in Valdivia, a city located about 850 kilometres south of Santiago, Chile. His trip …

April 23rd, 2023 Full story »

Clydesdale gelding surrounded by kids.

Horse Health Lines (Spring 2023) online

The Spring 2023 issue of Horse Health Lines, news publication for the Western College of Veterinary Medicine’s (WCVM) Townsend Equine Health Research Fund, is now online. Click here to view Horse Health Lines (Spring 2023) Click here to view Canadian Horse Journal (Early Summer 2023) Download a PDF version of this issue Here’s a quick look inside the issue: Townsend inducted to horse …

April 23rd, 2023 Full story »

Dr. Hugh Townsend

Townsend earns seat in equine hall of fame

A lifetime of working to enhance the health and welfare of horses across Canada has earned a place of honour in the Saskatchewan Horse Federation’s (SHF) Hall of Fame for University of Saskatchewan (USask) alumnus and professor emeritus Dr. Hugh Townsend (DVM). Townsend, who spent most of his 42-year career as a veterinary clinician, educator and researcher at the Western …

March 10th, 2023 Full story »

illustration showing cow, woman, horse and herpesvirus

Exploring protein’s link to herpesviruses

Herpesviruses are nothing new, but what’s surprising are their sheer number: 130 species of herpesviruses infect and cause disease in a wide variety of species — including people. Scientists still have a lot to learn about herpesviruses and how they establish infection. Host cells naturally have antiviral defence strategies to prevent infection, and viruses must counteract these cellular defences in …

February 18th, 2023 Full story »

closeup of a student injecting a needle into horse's neck

Hormone baseline takes shape

As the percentage of older horses in Western Canada grows, so does the number of animals that are diagnosed with endocrine disorders such as pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction (PPID) and equine metabolic syndrome (EMS). That’s why establishing a hormone baseline for diagnosing these diseases in western Canadian horses has become essential, says Dr. Julia Montgomery, an associate professor at the …

February 18th, 2023 Full story »