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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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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 »

SHF awards vet for equine welfare

During the Saskatchewan Horse Federation’s (SHF) annual conference in March 2023, the organization honoured veterinarian Dr. Nathalie Reisbig for her outstanding dedication to equine welfare. Reisbig joined the Equine Field Service team at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) Veterinary Medical Centre in May 2022. Originally from Norway, Reisbig was a racehorse trainer and a FEI (International Federation for …

April 24th, 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 »

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Vet earns PhD degree and research prize

Through hard work and perseverance, equine surgical specialist Dr. Michelle Tucker has earned her PhD degree as well as a $10,000 prize for her research achievements at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM). Tucker is one of 17 WCVM-based graduate students who will receive their Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees at the University of Saskatchewan’s Fall Convocation on Nov. …

November 10th, 2022 Full story »


Galloping Gazette: October 2022

A round-up of equine-related news at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM).   Equine internships for WCVM graduates After graduating from the WCVM’s Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree program in June, six members of the WCVM’s Class of 2022 began one-year clinical internships at equine-focused veterinary practices in Western Canada and the United States. Dr. Chantel Dunlop of …

October 08th, 2022 Full story »


Horse Health Lines (Fall 2022) now online

The Fall 2022 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 the Horse Health Lines (Fall 2022) issue. You can also download the PDF or view the publication as part of the Fall 2022 issue of Canadian Horse Journal. Here’s a …

October 07th, 2022 Full story »


Melanoma and grey horses

Anyone who has owned a grey horse knows the struggle of trying to keep their equine friend clean and to prevent them from becoming a shade of brown. However, owners of grey horses often face a far more serious problem than mud. On average, grey horses have an 80 per cent chance of developing a melanoma (skin cancer) during their …

October 06th, 2022 Full story »