Equine Health Care and Management
Horse health care has been one of the WCVM's research
strengths since the mid-1970s when the College created the Equine Health
Research Fund (EHRF) and its research fellowship program. Over the years,
WCVM-based researchers have conducted fundamental research in areas such as
infectious diseases, nutrition, reproduction, orthopedic surgery, behaviour,
locomotion, wound healing, immune responses and vaccine development.
Recent studies focus on the use of novel nanomedicines
to treat equine endotoxemia, a better understanding of foals' immune response
and susceptibility to Rhodococcus equi
pneumonia, genetic ocular disorders, equine dentistry pathology, advances in
minimally-invasive surgery, assisted reproduction and the management of uterine
inflammation in broodmares, antimicrobial resistance, analysis of new analgesic
drugs, prevention and treatment of equine influenza, and determining the true
cause and transmission of equine sarcoids.
Besides generous support from the EHRF, WCVM
scientists who conduct equine research have received funding from provincial
research agencies like the Alberta Agricultural Research Institute, private
donors such as the Heather Ryan and L. David Dubé Foundation, and from national
charities like the Equine Foundation of Canada.
- Allen, Andrew
Congenital hypothyroidism of foals, investigations of equine sarcoids, and the potential association between liver concentrations of copper and iron and pregnant mares dying of hemmorhage from ruptured uterine arteries.
- Barber, Spencer
Arthrodesis of the equine carpometacarpal joint,
evaluation of commercial wound products, and enhancement of second intention
- Bracamonte, Joe
Dr. Bracamonte's research interests are primarily focused on anastomotic healing, adhesions and equine laparoscopy.
- Card, Claire
The use of computer-assisted ultrasound image analysis, low dose insemination, semen cryopreservation, fertility of frozen semen, and breeding-induced inflammation in the mare.
- Carmalt, James
Equine pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction (PPID or Cushing's disease), equine dentistry (temporomandibular joint disease or TMJ) and evidence-based medicine.
- Chavarria, Nora
- Dowling, Trisha
Clinical pharmacology of antimicrobials and calcium channel blocking drugs.
- Duke, Tanya
analgesia, inflammation and anesthesia and physiological effects of anesthesia
- Epp, Tasha
Zoonotic diseases, public health and epidemiology.
- Hamilton, Don
Physiological responses in the endurance horse.
- Loewen, Matthew
Investigations of the mechanism and effects of calcium activated chloride channels as they modulate human and animal diseases.
- Lohmann, Katharina
Inflammation, endotoxemia and host-pathogen interactions.
- Manning, Stephen
acupuncture, advanced reproductive techniques, and subfertility/infertility in
mares and stallions.
- Marques, Fernando
Infectious diseases, sepsis and inflammation; the immune response to infection and vaccine formulation; and the epidemiology of equine gastric ulcer syndrome (EGUS) in western Canadian horses.
- Montgomery, Julia
- Robinson, Kate
- Sandmeyer, Lynne
Antiviral agents against feline herpesvirus, and hereditary retinal disease of horses and dogs.
- Singh, Baljit
Cell and molecular biology of lung inflammation. Dr. Singh's projects focus on mechanisms of neutrophil and monocyte migration into inflamed lungs, biology of pulmonary intravascular macrophages and environmental pulmonary toxicology.
- Townsend, Hugh
Infectious disease epidemiology, vaccine formulation, delivery and efficacy; and the immune response to infection. Dr. Townsend's recent research focuses on the investigation of a foal's immune response and its susceptibility to Rhodococcus equi pneumonia.
- Wilson, David
Implant biomechanics, developmental orthopedic disease and minimally invasive surgical techniques.