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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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Lightning learning

In January, equine-focused graduate students at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) participated in a “lightning rounds” session — part of the college’s annual EquineED Talks series. Each student gave a five-minute talk summarizing their research for an online audience of horse owners and enthusiasts. Click here to watch the WCVM “lightning rounds” webinar Click here to view the WCVM …

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 »

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 »