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Equine research grants: 2023-24

August 30th, 2023

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, …

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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 »


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 »


Horse Health Lines (Fall 2021) online

The Fall 2021 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 Fall 2021 issue of Canadian Horse Journal. Here’s a quick look at the stories inside this issue: Dual-degree vet earns equine award The 2021 recipient of …

December 05th, 2021 Full story »


Cresty necks flag metabolic issues in horses

While University of Saskatchewan (USask) researchers are still hunting for a diagnostic biomarker that predicts equine metabolic syndrome (EMS), results of their study substantiated the cresty neck score (CNS) as a reliable visual marker of abnormal insulin metabolism in horses. The study, which was recently published in the Journal of Equine Veterinary Science, was conducted by a team of USask scientists from …

November 25th, 2021 Full story »


How well do you know your horse’s heart?

This spring, Dr. Nicole van der Vossen gave a presentation on equine cardiology as part of the WCVM’s EquineED Talks — an online series of equine health sessions for horse owners organized by the regional veterinary college. Van der Vossen is a large animal internal medicine resident in the Western College of Veterinary Medicine’s (WCVM) Department of Large Animal Clinical …

November 25th, 2021 Full story »

The point of no infection

A team of University of Saskatchewan (USask) researchers from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) and the College of Medicine are striving to find a reliable method for verifying when a horse with septic arthritis no longer has a joint infection — and no longer needs treatment. Who is on the team? WCVM researchers Dr. Joe Bracamonte and Dr. …

April 15th, 2021 Full story »

Lucky Treasure

Bright-eyed and well developed, Treasure appeared to be a perfectly healthy foal except for one critical flaw: the black and white Gypsy Vanner filly had a steady dribble of urine running down her hind legs. That telltale trickle, along with significant urine scalding of the skin below her vagina, definitely put a stain on the filly’s future. Incontinence is expected …

March 31st, 2021 Full story »

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Hormone baseline for horses in West

How do levels of insulin and other hormones in western Canadian horses compare to hormone levels measured in horses living in other parts of Canada and around the world? It’s a question that Dr. Julia Montgomery aims to answer through a collaborative study with Prairie Diagnostic Services (PDS), Saskatchewan’s provincial veterinary diagnostic laboratory. Once published, the study’s results will help …

March 21st, 2021 Full story »

Cardiac cases linked to caterpillars

A report recently published in Canadian Veterinary Journal tells the story of how a team of veterinarians at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) linked cases of an uncommon cardiac disease in horses with a caterpillar infestation in Saskatchewan. Between June and September 2017, clinicians at the WCVM Veterinary Medical Centre examined four horses of varying ages and from …

March 21st, 2021 Full story »