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EHRF Research Grants, 2013-14

September 19th, 2013

Is fine needle aspiration an option for diagnosing equine skin disease? Drs. Bruce Wobeser and Hilary Burgess Skin disease, including both skin cancers and inflammatory conditions, is common in horses. Fine needle aspiration (FNA) is a technique commonly used to diagnose similar conditions in companion animals. It involves inserting a needle into the skin and extracting cells for microscopic observation. …

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Dr. Baljit Singh,

The art of collaborative research

Years of dealing with complicated, multifactorial diseases such as endotoxemia in horses has taught the Western College of Veterinary Medicine’s Dr. Baljit Singh that the best approach to finding solutions is multidisciplinary teamwork. “If you’re going to develop new ideas or find new treatments, it’s going to be through collaboration with people who are away from your field,” says Singh, …

December 11th, 2011 Full story »

Jesse in the pasture, fal.

Can nanomedicine end endotoxemia?

A previous study conducted in the United States showed that eight out of 10 horses experience colic during their lifetime. Of those affected horses, 40 per cent of them die, likely as a result of endotoxemia – a complicating factor in many common equine diseases like colic and metritis (inflammation of the uterus). Endotoxemia in horses occurs when the circulating …

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Dr. Stacy Anderson in surgery.

Under pressure

When your horse is undergoing major abdominal surgery for a condition such as colic the last thing you want to worry about is whether the surgical incision site may open up during recovery or in the early post-operative period. It can happen, but thankfully, acute incisional bursting (or dehiscence) following abdominal surgery is extremely rare in horses. “Acute incisional bursting is …

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Grey horse

EHRF puts equine research teams to work

The Equine Health Research Fund has allotted more than $106,000 to six research projects that will ultimately help to improve veterinary health care for horses across Canada. The research will be conducted by researchers at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) over the next 18 months. As the work progresses, watch for more updates about some of these projects …

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