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Horse Health Lines (Spring 2024) online

February 24th, 2024

The Spring 2024 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 (digital edition) Download Horse Health Lines (PDF) Here’s a quick look inside the issue: Reisbig earns top research prize Dr. Nathalie Reisbig’s research work on an often-overlooked part …

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Scientists bite into evasive equine disease

Pain in the temporomandibular joints (TMJ) — the two joints that connect the lower jaw to the skull — is a common human health issue with up to 60 per cent of adults experiencing symptoms of TMJ disease at some point in their lives. It’s also a common diagnosis in dogs, cats and sheep. But up until a couple of years …

February 03rd, 2024 Full story »

Dr. Rebecca (Gimenez) Husted.

Husted wants to help save your horses

Ask Dr. Rebecca (Gimenez) Husted to describe her work and she’ll tell you that she’s “the chief cook and bottle washer” of Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue, Inc. (TLAER) — an organization that guides animal owners in handling and preventing emergencies. Husted, who is based near Gray, Georgia, is a primary emergency response instructor. Her goal is to provide animal …

February 03rd, 2024 Full story »

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Preparing for the worst

No one wants a life-threatening disaster to occur at their barn or stable but very few horse owners make the time to develop a plan for preventing emergencies, says Dr. Rebecca (Gimenez) Husted, a primary emergency response instructor with expertise in large animal emergency rescue. “It’s actually pretty amazing what people don’t know about preventing problems with their animals,” says …

February 03rd, 2024 Full story »

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The limb chill factor

University of Saskatchewan (USask) researchers hope their recent review of previous studies assessing different types of cold therapies for preventing and treating equine acute laminitis will help veterinarians and serve as a starting point for the design of a new cost-effective cooling boot. “This review can help veterinarians make decisions on which methods to attempt and which methods to maybe …

February 03rd, 2024 Full story »

Horse Health Lines (Fall 2023) now online

The Fall 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 Download PDF of Horse Health Lines (Fall 2023) Here’s a quick look inside the issue: Bone formation scoring 2.0 Dr. Claire Card and her WCVM research colleagues …

September 28th, 2023 Full story »

Equine vets in training

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 …

August 31st, 2023 Full story »

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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 »