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Reisbig earns top research prize

February 03rd, 2024

Dr. Nathalie Reisbig’s research work on an often-overlooked part of the equine anatomy earned the Western College of Veterinary Medicine veterinarian a top prize of $10,000 at the Calgary International Equine Symposium in September 2023. The annual event, which is hosted by the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, showcases equine sports medicine research from around the world and …

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Research funds fuel horse health

The Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) has invested over $140,000 in support of equine health-related research and graduate students for 2023. About $60,500 of funding comes from the Townsend Equine Health Research Fund (TEHRF). While part of the money supports equine research, the remainder of the contribution supports tuition awards for five WCVM-based graduate students whose research focuses on …

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 »

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 »


Fund directs dollars to projects, people

This year, the Western College of Veterinary Medicine’s Townsend Equine Health Research Fund (TEHRF) has targeted just over $100,000 to support three new equine health research projects as well as graduate scholarships and an undergraduate summer research position at the veterinary college. Projects Three equine health research studies, which involve scientists at the WCVM and their collaborators, received a total …

October 08th, 2022 Full story »

Horse Health Lines (Spring 2022) now online

The Spring 2022 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 Spring 2022 issue of Canadian Horse Journal. Here’s a quick look at the stories inside this issue: Unravelling the umbilical cord Does the equine umbilical cord’s …

March 06th, 2022 Full story »


Unravelling the umbilical cord

Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) researchers have added a couple of new “twists” to research focusing on the link between equine umbilical cords and foal health. Dr. Madison Ricard, a veterinary anatomic pathology resident in the WCVM’s Department of Veterinary Pathology, and her supervisor, Dr. Bruce Wobeser, are investigating whether excessively long umbilical cords or cords with more twists …

February 15th, 2022 Full story »


WCVM hosts research discussion

Click here to view recording of the Feb. 8 panel discussion on equine health research.  Horse health research is the focus of an upcoming virtual panel discussion that’s asking for input from horse owners about current and future research studies at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM). The online discussion, which will take place at 7 p.m. CST on …

February 03rd, 2022 Full story »


Stall-side research

Mateo Castano Ospina, a veterinary student at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM), spent four months working as the Townsend Equine Health Research Fund (TEHRF) undergraduate summer research student. Each year, the equine research fund provides financial support for a veterinary student to work on a horse-health focused research project. “I think the program gives veterinary students a great …

November 09th, 2021 Full story »

Funds propel research for pets and horses

Have you ever wondered how veterinarians prepare tiny exotic pets for surgery or thought about how equine clinicians can help horses recover from a tendon injury? Researchers at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) are exploring these kinds of questions — thanks to the support of two research funds dedicated to the health of pets and horses. The Companion Animal …

May 27th, 2019 Full story »